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Here are my thoughts about the episode from discussion that I have patched together in a take for today with some additional thoughts:
I AM ON TEAM GAYATRI!
Radha had no right to question Gayatri's mamta and this blasting was a long time coming for her! She was getting too cocky, roaming about Gayatri's house acting like some mahaan saint and telling Gayatri what was wrong and right. True, the outburst should not have happened in front of Yash, but every word Gayatri said was absolutely justified and in fact much needed!
But that last line about Yash being willing to lose everything for Gayatri's love... ermmm foreboding much?
Gayatri has a very distinct pattern of "anger management." Today she maintained her cool until Radha provoked her by calling her out on the faulty decision. So Gayatri is looking for other people to start the fight and SP is the only one who unfortunately knows her too well to give her what she wants in terms of provocation. Gayatri's usual mode of anger is reactive, not proactive, and SP, knowing her fiery temper is not giving her a proper trigger to react to. We will see their confrontation, I think, when Gayatri comes into her own as an individual, is secure in the love of both her sons and realises where the guilt truly lies. Also, I think it is a big step for her that the rose-tinted glasses have been removed in the first place. SP keeps trying to divert the issue from his own mistakes, first to the fact that Akash wasn't fit to be in the family and now to Gayatri's impending, dangerous, angry volcano of emotions, as seen in the precap. The only one seeing through this tactic is Gayatri and he can only dodge the blame for so long when she is on to him.
Sometimes parents make mistakes and all they can do is admit that they made one and try to make it up to their children by explaining as best they can. This is what happened with Gayatri today, which reminds me strikingly of the time when Aarti slapped Prashant and then Yash beat him up, all in front of Ansh. Ansh saw a lot of things that he shouldn't have because Aarti sort of went off on an emotional impulse that day instead of doing what was best as a parent. She is human, it happens and I would say the same for Gayatri. Sure, it should not have happened in front of Yash because it had so much potential to hurt him, but all those things did need to be said; Gayatri has been waiting for the right trigger and it was just plain bad luck that she was triggered in front of Yash. But this is also how we get to see what good parents Gayatri and SP are, because when it came to their kid, SP who has been quiet thus far did not hesitate to call out her mistake and Gayatri who was so blinded with pride and anger put it all aside to make things right with Yash. It is great to see all the layers to these characters!
Gayatri is sort of approaching SP in a weird spiral pathway. She is taking the passive-aggressive route as opposed to Akash's aggressive one, to provoke SP into a fight. And today she finally got SP out of his stoic silence but it worries me that she did this by undermining Yash... I suppose there will be more of that to come, especially given that Yash was so understanding today.
The CVs never turn anyone "evil" really, except maybe Prashant, but that seemed to be an exception under extenuating circumstances. Gayatri is going through a very understandable gamut of emotions and because she just found out about the infidelity, it is as though it just happened for her, whereas SP and Radha have had thirty years to learn to justify and deny their actions. Gayatri in her anger, is not able to wrap her head around the fact that this happened thirty years ago and blew up at Radha as though the baby-swap just happened, because in her mind it just did. So the "najaayaz" baby that she was ranting about was more of an abstract thing than the beloved son actually standing there. It was only when she came out of her anger that she realised she had been referring to Yash directly in her outburst.
I do believe that this storyline is built around Gayatri's empowerment as a strong woman and leader of the family. The SP's humanity will emancipate her and perhaps they can build their relationship anew with both of them as equals and human beings, instead of a devotee-god kind of dynamic. So much like Aarti and Yash! These CVs and their brilliance, I say!
As for Paridhi, I think her reaction to the necklace incident was not so much resentment against Yash and Aarti as it is bitterness over the kind of man her husband turned out to be after marriage. Sure, Yash and Aarti saved her bum but it was Prateek's lie that she could work after marriage that landed her in such a soup in the first place. She is now an ambitious girl, who hated all things domestic, cooped up in the house with the ghosts of her dreams and life goals haunting her 24/7. I would say she is entitled to a little bitterness and unlike Gayatri, at least she is directing it at the person who is actually to blame for her plight. She has become completely jaded thanks to the Scindias' hypocrisy and I for one can't fault her that!
I think she does have huge respect for Aarti and Yash but she was targeting Prateek's ego with that statement rather than Yash himself. It was as though she was saying, "look Mummyji changed her favourite so easily... maybe if you had put in a leetle effort that could have been us as the new faves!"
I think it would actually be kind of facetious for Yash to blame Radha and I appreciate the fact that he is not doing that simply because he has faced no negative repercussions of her act yet. I like that by not blaming her and calling her act a sacrifice he is candidly acknowledging all the privilege he got growing up, and being grateful for it. He suffered for like five minutes when he found out the truth and he immediately had Aarti by his side to assure him that nothing would change and then the Scindias themselves backed that up. By not questioning Radha and not blaming her, Yash is very comfortingly humanised in that he recognises how great his life has been thanks to Radha's wrong act, whereas Akash has to work for the same position when it was rightfully his. Yash is in no place to really "blame" anyone because he hasn't suffered first hand for their actions. If he were to play the blame game, it would be on an abstract, moral level and that would seem extremely patronising and self-congratulatory to me... something I do not associate with Yash. This set of reactions fits his character, I think.
I have no idea what Yash and Aarti were thinking when they brought Radha into the house and expected all to be hunky dory. That line when Aarti said with time Gayatri would accept Radha... oh how I ranted about that line! Accept Radha as what exactly?! To be honest, Yash and Aarti are idealistic to a fault and a little silly in this respect, but what about Radha? She probably should have taken a stand and said she was going back home now that both her sons had their rights. Sure, Yash and Akash would have protested but she is their mother; a kasam or two would have done the trick just fine! In short, if Radha wanted to, she could have never entered SM in the first place, so the logical conclusion is that she does want to be there, for any number of reasons. My guess is that her number one is to be near Yash now that she has found him. In a way she is taking advantage of Yash and Aarti's naivite and Gayatri's good parvarish!
One thing that I really, really liked about this scene was that while Gayatri explained herself and felt accountable to Yash, she did not apologise to Radha. I am in total agreement with this because in my opinion she had nothing to apoligise for. Radha was way out of line when she accused Gayatri of having inadequate mamta and in my opinion she deserved, maybe not a slap because physical violence is never a good idea, but some kind of huge reality check. I get that they have to show it explicitly on TV, so a slap it was in this case. When Radha questioned Gayatri about their mutual decision that Yash had hit a six, my blood boiled along with Gayatri's. Radha did not include Gayatri on her decision thirty years ago as to who was out and who would hit a six, so Gayatri must have felt, why should I include her in my decision now? Was Radha's decision then fair that she should be questioning Gayatri's sense of justice now, when Gayatri knows in her heart that she is striving only to make up for Radha's mistake? Yes, Gayatri owed Yash an explanation and an apology for him having to hear what he did... but not Radha.
I think today was the heralding of Yash's downfall in Scindia house. Maybe downfall is too dramatic a word, but at least his growing emotional distance from Gayatri. But we were all anticipating this, weren't we? Yash and Aarti were too overconfident when they brought Radha into the house and expected everyone to live harmoniously... they had to learn their lesson and that lesson has begun. It was easy all this time and still is, though maybe slightly less, for Yash to preach morals and take the high road but what happens when he feels his identity slipping away from him? He too is human and though he might try to be the bigger man and allow all of Gayatri's indulgences towards Akash, at some point he is going to get possessive of his mother like all kids do. Even today he does not go to Radha for comfort, but to apologise for Gayatri and justify what she did. Radha is someone he feels obligated to; Gayatri is his mother. All the parallels they are bringing back are so interesting because this reminds me so much of the debate track, where Ansh felt bad that Aarti was supporting Palak when he had always been the center of her world. Today when Gayatri gave Yash out, it was akin to when Ansh thought Aarti had switched his speech [AHEM, OPEN LOOP] to make him lose. Yash is an adult so he has a higher threshold, but he will crack soon enough.
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