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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     23 November 2010

The end of wicked mother inlaws !

Wicked mothers-in-law replaced by loving ones on TV

New Delhi, Nov 19 : Saas-bahu sagas are still a staple for the small screen, but there has been a gradual change in the portrayal of mothers-in-law in serials - from scheming and conniving to loving and understanding.

Zee TV has recently launched "Dil Se Diya...Vachan", starring Neena Kulkarni, about a deep bonding between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

Actress Supriya Pilgaonkar, who plays mother-in-law Shailja in the STAR Plus

show "Sasural Genda Phool", says a balance needs to be maintained on the small screen.

"Mothers-in-law are not always bad; they have a good side too. It is necessary to maintain that balance. My character has been shown to have a lot of patience, she is very understanding and wants to keep the family together. She loves her daughters-in-law," Supriya told IANS.

"It is necessary to encourage balance on what is being portrayed in the shows. People who are not educated often perceive things the way it has been shown on the small screen, which is not always true," she added.

The change was first noticed in "Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family" that was telecast on Imagine TV in 2008 as well as STAR Plus' "Baa Bahoo Aur Baby".

Among the recent shows showing a positive image of mothers-in-law are "Sasural Genda Phool"; "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai"; and "Laagi Tujhse Lagan".

Rajan Shahi, producer of "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai", says when it comes to good storytelling, the presentation of characters cannot be one-dimensional.

"It would be wrong to say that mothers-in-law are bad. As the storylines get real, we need to portray realistic characters and when it comes to good storytelling we cannot always show black and white characters or caricatures," he said.

Sonali Verma, who plays loving and caring mother-in-law Gayatri to protagonist Akshara played by Hina Khan in "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai", told IANS: "I am happy that the meaning of mother in the word mother-in-law is finally being realised. After all, at the end of the day she is a mother who is loving and caring and wants her son's married life to go on peacefully and happily.

"The credit for this goes to the writers. The audience is also getting a chance to see something new and positive."

Mean mothers-in-law have certainly not vanished from the small screen thanks to Dadisa in "Balika Vadhu" and Thakuraayin in "Pratigyaa" - who are all making their daughters-in-law's lives miserable.

Mithali Banerjee, writer of "Sasural Genda Phool", says negative characters are used in order to add drama to the shows.

"I wouldn't say there has been any shift in the portrayal of mothers-in-law because good mothers-in-law always existed on the small screen. For a serial to survive, it is necessary to have some kind of drama which can only be possible if the show has negative characters also," she said.

But to those who would get sleepless nights mulling over on-screen saas-bahu tensions, it has certainly come as a relief!

Said TV viewer Anjani Singh: "I prefer watching serials that have less tension because I get stressed when too much kitchen politics and cruelty are shown. I watch TV for recreation, not to have high blood pressure."


 6 Replies

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     23 November 2010

Good news. Let us hope for positive development.

Raj Kumar Makkad (Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh)     23 November 2010

I think this platform is not a proper place to discuss all such things.

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Daksh (Student)     23 November 2010


I beg to differ with your thinking/perception my learned collegue Ms.Roshni has not written anything objectionable.  If she wants to share her thoughts there is nothing wrong in it nor it is forbidden as such.    I sincerely commend her thoughts, approach and analytical thinking.

Best Regards


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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     23 November 2010

Dear Raj sir,

this article is not discussing wicked mother inlaws,although its title suggests so.

it's discussing a +ve trend that present TVserials are now inculcating moral values by showing affectionate mother inlaws...earlier serials of Ekta Kapoor had only been showing kitchen politics,cruelty by inlaws, serials are actually giving message how mother inlaws can be understanding towards the daughetr inlaw


have a good day!

Arup (UNEMPLOYED)     23 November 2010

" this article is not discussing wicked mother inlaws"   -  the intention is very much that.


" discussing a +ve trend "    -   it is - ve trend,

women not characterised as per the indian culture.

several complaints are ther.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     24 November 2010

demeaning and demonisation of women from serials and bollywood must stop.

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