That the small-screen saas bahus are no
longer engaged only in kitchen politics is
not new. Neither is the fact that the channels are featuring mature romances a la
Bade Acche Lagte Hain. But what is interesting is the concept of remarriage taking
centre stage in several serials.
To start with, Zee TV's Punarvivaah,
as the name suggests, is about a single
mother and a widower with two children
giving marriage a second chance. Then
there is Sony's just-launched, intriguingly-titled Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka and Color's Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha,
which has a widowed mother of
two finding love with a commitment-phobic bachelor.
In fact, when Zee launched
Punarvivaah, as part of its marketing initiative, it stoked a
national debate on the issue
of remarriage for divorcees and widows. Says
Sukesh Motwani, fiction
head, Zee, "We have tackled remarriage earlier in
Yahan Main Ghar Ghar
Kheli, but yes, now we have
brought the concept to
the forefront with kids in the
picture. It is as much about
the couple trying to adjust to
each other as much as it is
about the two sets of kids
coming to terms with a new
mother/father and siblings."
As for Na Bole Tum...
which has a bachelor attracted to a widow with
two kids, producer Sudhir Sharma says,
"It is basically a love story told in a sensitive, mature way. We have progressed and
remarriages are a common thing, which
is why audiences find the story relatable."
JD Majethia, who is producing Byaah
Hamari Bahu Ka, refuses to divulge the
story. All he's willing to let on is that the
mother-in-law, though completely traditional in her outlook, takes a progressive
call when the time comes. "It is a contemporary story that will connect with the
family and the youth," he maintains.
Apart from these serials, there's Balika Vadhu that has taken a 360-degree
turn. Starting with the issue of child marriage, the serial, which recently
completed 1,000 episodes, had a major twist with the main protagonist
Anandi procuring a divorce. And
now, the ground for a remarriage is already being laid. As Prashant
Bhatt, programming head fiction, Colors says, "Re-marriage is still considered a
taboo in our society and it
needs to be addressed
through the right mechanism. With the track of
Anandi's remarriage in
Balika Vadhu, our attempt
is to project a brave stance
to life with a second chance.
We hope this move triggers
a positive change in conservative sections of society
and brings in acceptance of