Most of you don’t know me and this my first time posting but I felt like I added to throw in my two cents. Also disclaimer, I do not intend to offend anyone, I am solely disclosing my own personal views based off my own personal experience and what I gathered from the show.
Let me start out by saying that I am a criminal justice major, residing in the United States but my parents are from Bangladesh and India. With that being said I’ve grown up around Bollywood and tv shows. I will also be truthfully honest, I have not watched Yeh Rishta all the way from the beginning. However, I have been watching the show on and off and I find myself nonplussed by the fact the show is really (like really going downhill). I will be blunt, that as a CJ major and someone who is around all types of crimes including violence against women I find this show producing the wrong messages to the youth and the rest of the audience.
I would like to discuss the current plot line, which has shocked me in more ways than one. I’m not saying Yeh Rishta is the only show that has promoted this ideal but the fact that it is still continuing to promote this ideal is abhorrent to me. We are in the 21st century, yet our days of promoting that women should be comfortable living with their abuser is far from right. Granted, right now there’s no solid sign of the show pointing that way, but regardless it’s common sense to assume that either Lav or Kush will be marrying Trisha to make up for their perversion and criminality. This just sends the wrong message, are our girls being conditioned in a way that God forbid, something like that happened, they will find themselves in the same situation.
Trisha is a fictional character, but her situation is not. And contrary to public opinion, television is a social conduit for our behavior. What we see on TV, we sometimes subconsciously mimic. For example, ads promote us to buy things and mimic behavior associated with these ads. ONCE AGAIN, this not meant to be an attack on anyone, whether you support or don’t support the show. All I am saying, is that especially for the younger generations such plot lines should be thought over more carefully before they are introduced to the public.
Moving on to my next point, I have some criticism for Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan, as the leads of this show I feel they have the caliber to contribute to their input. Granted, the fact that they will actually change the show is something I can’t talk about, but as young youth they have some responsibility to the public on their portrayals. I will keep elaboration on this topic short due to the fact I do not know a whole lot about the entertainment industry but I am disappointed that they continue to portray a role that is actually regressive but tries to be progressive.
All in all, I do think Yeh Rishta despite putting on an act, is moving back instead of moving forwards. And I personally believe it’s time to call the curtains on this show and instill some fresh light and views. Once again, if anyone takes issues with my points I apologize, and if anyone wants do discuss, I am open to doing that too!
Best wishes to you all!