Television is omnipresent. A massive bunch of daily soaps, also known as serials, are aired across a number of channels in India in different regional languages. The content on Indian television, which once featured regressive ideologies, has steadily seen an upward spiral in the recent past. In a fresh departure from the regular saas-bahu-beti and their saazish kind of drama, the creative makers are now leaning towards mirroring the modern-day woman. In fact, Zee TV has been consistently airing shows that challenge stereotypes and encourage women empowerment, cue on Saat Phere, Kitty Party, etc. Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai, a new serial that went on air last month, is the latest addition to the channel’s content bucket.
Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai is the story of a cheerful girl Kajal from Jhansi. Everything seems perfect until she is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and starts losing her vision. It is an inspiring story of a small-town girl, who refuses to give up and transforms her life from ordinary to extraordinary. Now, the immediate reaction after you hear the gist of it is that physical disability is a cry for sympathy. Not in Kajal’s case!
Megha Ray doles out such a lucid and powerful performance as Kajal that one would only take her for a fighter. Riding high on an author-backed character graph, Megha’s stint is bound to win every vote in the house. It is mention worthy that Megha shines above every validation. The episodes highlight her journey as a quest to come to terms with her condition and not let it limit or restrict her from fulfilling her dreams. Relatable, right?
What would you do if one day the world around you crumbles? Would you let your situation overpower you and abstain you from living your life to the fullest or fight it hard to claim all that you desire? Many of us would choose the latter. This is where Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai reflects hard on reality. Several TV shows have painted the image of a docile, non-questioning woman as the ideal bahu-beti, while the ones that raise their voice and demand their rights are to be stayed away from. But times have changed from where India first began as an independent nation. Ever since 1947, females have taken over everything under the sun including PMO.
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Albeit it’s true a huge section of the society still remains glued to the soap operas every evening, it is not necessary the chunk enjoys watching regressive content. Which woman today wants to marry only to do chulha-chauka and reproduce? We are here for equal rights and equal pay. Anything less, is unacceptable. Kyunki Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai!
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