As usual, on a Saturday afternoon I was busy flipping through channels on TV while eating brunch. My remote jerked halt on Star Plus with a ‘Bang –Bang’ trailer of Saath Nibhana Saathiya where Rashi and Gopi, two sisters of Modi Parivar, born and bought up together, married in the same house; were fighting with each other. Suddenly Gopi’s face zooms in terror form on TV with “Rashi ben ka kuch pata nahi hai!”
I knew I’d catch this one because I have almost literally grown up watching it in bits and pieces for years. It never fails to intrigue me and I watch it happily while performing my most favourite routine of the day – Eating.
Here are 5 reasons why every TV buff is expected to watch and learn something from the Maha episode of SNS
Rucha Hasabnis has been one of the main protagonists of the show and done an amazing job at entertaining her fans for the past five years. She finally decided to move on from SNS as the actress feels that it’s time for her to explore different characters on TV so that she can continue to entertain her fans in every avatar they can imagine her in.
Rashi being Rashi was always that nuisance of a younger sister. She made life miserable for Gopi urf Devoleena Bhattacharjee most of the times on the show.
But as a patron of SNS, observing her growth in the show, she’s that bubbly, mad, beauty-brain of a sister who’s misled by her mother, Urmila ben most of the times, other-wise she’s a good heart who enjoys teasing Gopi and Kokila all the time for her own quirks, maybe.
She’s a baby most of the time herself and her kids are even more adorable but naughty, just like her. It was fun watching her on screen.
Gopi and Rashi, two cousins brought up together by Rashi’s mum, Urmila ben always treating Gopi as a servant of the house, due to her backward mentality as Gopi is Urmila’s urf Vandana Vithlani’s mute husband’s orphan niece. She taught her daughter the same values of being money minded, treating Gopi like a servant and manipulating household situations to get Gopi into trouble. Gopi’s life continued to be merciless until both sisters got married in the Modi family and Kokila changed the way Rashi thought about Gopi.
Rashi could have grown up loving and caring for Gopi, had it not been for her conservative mother.
This show clearly shows how the entire environment affects sibling relationships; right from parents who should be clean and open minded at home with cousins, friends and family. Those relationships are delicate and higher levels of generosity and acceptance should start from home. Siblings can be best friends and parents play a big part in getting two individuals to love and have each other’s back always.
Sibling jealousy is very harmful between any two of the same blood because it can not only destroy them both but every one around them as well. The show plays between the evil and the good sister very well.
The show centred around sibling rivalry, very categorically shows how parents can help build sibling bond so that it prevents any feelings of competitiveness and jealousy.
The backdrop of the show being that of a conservative and disciplined Gujarati family, the show retains its motto of being progressive. But this show shows how families who choose to be conservative can also be progressive, very neatly.
The show in its finale of sorts will make a very huge impact on siblings if they watch it because it proves that two sisters, if divided can never help themselves, forget each other.
It teaches you that two siblings should be two peas in a pod. No less.
SNS is based on a story of a rich Gujarati family in Ahmedabad. The mentality is conservative, yes, but not orthodox. The difference is portrayed very well with characters like Urmila ben’s mother and Kokila Ben. The brilliant sketching of these two characters gives the show a distinct space in the TV shows market where there’s a war of intentions based on values in the same house. I say, if you can deal and correct the demons of your own nest first; then the world’s easier to conquer.
Kokila urf Rupal Patel is phenomenal when acting her part of being a progressive mother- in-law but conservative in her own right. All the characters have justified their parts beautifully throughout the show, bringing out different and relatable life instances for particular types of such families in India; that glues me to it loyally.
Catch the Maha episode of Saath Nibhana Saathiya and let me know what you think about it, won’t you?