You raised some very poignant points. It is very easy for us to become judgemental and come out with an elaborate list enumerating how a woman could have asserted herself. But then all that remains only a lip service in a traditionally patriarchal society. The male interest is cleverly camouflaged as the family's honour. Gauri became the sacrificial lamb.As so do many girls in South Asia. Sad.
I have an honest confession to make. I have this horrible habit of laughing at the most stupidest of jokes. So I dutifully cracked up when Asawari addressed Gauri as Yamli, Pagli, Deewani...
Even though the Cvs may not have intended so but there is wonderful transformation in the portrayal of Appa Saheb.
He used to be once an awe inspiring figure, instilling fear in the hearts of his opponents by a mere sneer and now look at what Garv has done to him. He stands as a figure of ridicule evoking disgust and contempt in all. He has made a fool of himself, literally and figuratively. By confiding about his evil plans to Asawari, he has made himself an object of her disdain too.
I want a loving and sweet Mommy for Garv. Enough of vicious vahenis and sobbing saases.