Let me begin this post by stating very clearly that this show breathes an air of freshness – much needed on Indian TV right now. The Hindi drama is not your usual Saas-Bahu serial, this one here makes you rethink over many an Indian servility. It’s slowly breaking certain regressive societal taboos for your own good.
The lead actors Divyanka Tripathy and Karan Patel of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein are doing a phenomenal job in bringing out the true essence of the script.
Inspired from author Manju Kapoor’s novel Custody, Ekta Kapoor proves to be the producer with a golden eye. She knows a good story when she sees one.
Going by the background of the programme; it acts as an eye opener for many urban, upper middle families in Metros of India. It innocently but clearly portrays the dilemma of divorced couples, their children who get emotionally brutalized in the bargain of their vicious battles.
It shows the harsh reality of how children of separated parents suffer from a grave loss of parental guidance and attention which is why they become attention seeking and rebellious.
Most importantly, why this programme caught my eye is that the motto of the serial seems to be ‘Nurture Versus Nature’ where the makers are trying to change the Indian mentality towards step mothers, rebuilding the genuine affiliation of belonging to the strength of a family as a whole. The serial has successfully bought out thought provoking subjects that need change of perspectives on a massy level.
It talks about the concept of late marriages slowly becoming a new tradition in India, it kills the inter-caste marriages hullabaloo, the unneeded pressure of female reproduction after marriage and it brings out unconventional but important aspects of mature companionship between a husband and his wife after marriage.
Here are 5 urgent reasons why Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is a must watch on Indian TV:
1. Late Marriages in India
It argues reasonably with the audience that if a woman is independent, holds her own profession and is comfortable living alone and on her own terms until she finds her soul mate, then there is no need for her to give in to a marriage not of her choice.
It brings out simple and logical queries of modern Indian women currently: Why should I get married to someone who doesn’t match my level? Or then why should I marry a man just because he belongs to the same community even if we are poles apart? And why should I get married to a man immediately after I enter my mid-twenties?
2. Inter-caste marriage
The show has very sensibly played out the human interactions between South Indians and Punjabis. Sometimes it’s very important to highlight cultural differences to break them altogether, and the show does just that.
It teaches you to reinvent your attitude towards the backward concept of ‘communities’ altogether, by way of showing that human emotions are the same no matter which religion or faith he/she belongs to. That it’s high time Indians started treating their fellow countrymen impartially, burying man-made biases that have ruled our society for centuries, slowing our evolution and tolerance as individuals of a fast developing nation.
3. Female reproduction
Only in India women may be penalized for not being able to produce. This extremely private loss of one’s spirit is made out to be a woman’s fault instead! This tacky mentality needs to change; and hopefully it will if you watch how this woman, who cannot have her own baby. However, she turns out to be a better mother of a toddler than the kid’s real mother.
It’s basically trying to say that nurture breathes nature and that an adopted kid, if given rich values of life, will turn out far more stable and accomplished than the kid ignored by her real mother at home.
For over centuries in our Desh, men and women get married barely knowing each other as their friends would know them. By this I mean their true selves, before they tie the most relevant knot of their lives.
Is your husband your best friend? Can you look fat and eat ten pancakes in front of him and still win his smile at you lovingly instead of shockingly? He or she would if you both were connected with each other’s subconscious. It simply says, “Never judge a book by its cover”, understandably so.
The show sincerely connects with the urban middle class families in the metros, especially with regard to the issue of loyalty. Most of the time as mentioned above, couples get married thinking they love each other, but do they really?
If you’re bound by the values of a happy family then it prevents disloyalty just by the comfort of companionship with your respective partners.
One Indian had to break the stereotypical beliefs that hinder our progress and again, it had to be the queen of Hindi TV serials. Well done Ekta Kapoor!
What do you think about the show? Leave me a comment and let me know…