Why did Gauahar Khan win Bigg Boss 7? Answer Lies Within
When I watch television these days, I tend to think half the time that why am I even watching it. In 90% of the shows, the lead female protagonist actually showers ‘ganga and jamuna’ from her ever so wet eyes only giving a boost to the demand of glycerine. Ever wondered how many litres of glycerine is used up by the small screen industry in a month? I guess they are the largest consumers of glycerine in the country!
Keeping the production and demand part of glycerine aside, did we ever think why our television is so regressive? Apart from a few shows, more than half the daily soaps deal with the same nonsense, where a girl is made the scapegoat and she juggles on to be a good daughter, good bhabi, good bahu, good mother and good wife. It is not regressive to show woman power through different form of relationships on TV, but what is regressive is the way the so called ‘woman power’ is portrayed.
Why a woman needs to take trash (before speaking up) from each and respective person in her life for months until her life becomes a complete hell? Or shall I say, until the TRPs fall? Can’t she talk from the very beginning when she faces or witnesses the wrong? Why we tend to follow the celluloid so religiously and then claim, oh we are going the ‘rishta wohi soch nayi’ way!
Bigg Boss 7 wasn’t really an example of a progressive show especially with all the drama that took place in the house. Give me the name of one lady contestant (apart from Hazel who left the show on the very first week), who was left out and wasn’t insulted or abused inside the house. In many of the cases it was one single man and his anger management problems that created huge mess. He didn’t even care half the time that a huge number of viewers are actually witnessing his abuse and they really weren’t getting impressed with him for his super impulsive behaviour.
Inside this house we also witnessed many women crying their hearts out without the usage of glycerine due to these insults and abuses and this is something which is really disturbing (more disturbing than seeing even television’s perfect bahu crying on screen).
When you witness a certain lady taking the abuse happily in the name of love and understanding, you tend to actually understand why these saas bahu shows get such high TRPs inspite of the regressive content. But if today someone tells me that television viewers are all backdated, superstitious, apprehensive or residing in the 19th century, then I am sorry, I tend to differ here.
Television although being termed as idiot box doesn’t always serve idiocy and people should not view the viewers as idiots too. They are thoughtful, progressive and they know what kind of women they want in their households. Weak and submissive elements of a woman aren’t really appealing to the normal public of today’s India. Gone are the days when even men only searched for ‘shaant and shushil naari’ in a woman and probably Bigg Boss 7 showed and proved how a woman should be in adverse situations. Be a sport and deal with it other than hiding behind or crying your heart out.
In many places I read people doubting and asking about whether Gauahar’s win in the show was pre-decided. Was it rigged? Were the votes counted properly? Why did she win? What made her win? It’s basically the same question asked and thought about in different manners. But again here I fail to understand that from where the space of so much confusion is coming?
My question is, if not her then who? Tanisha? Who took all the abuse in the most graceful manner possible giving out the most wrong message about women strength on national television or Armaan? Who literally went on to insult and abuse every lady in the show. Andy? Who out of sheer excitement and fun forgot his limits and showcased personal clothing of a fellow female contestant or Ajaz Khan, who can speak or say anything rubbish to get importance in front of the camera? Or would you say Sangram, who just can’t accept his defeat from another lady (Elli) in a task and goes on to describe the incident as his ‘dariya dil’ favour or even his inability to take any stand with regards to any issue in the show proves why he wasn’t showered with votes on the finale day.
Gauahar on the other hand was a strong lady who held her head high and had been herself in the show throughout. She maintained her principles and even didn’t leave them once for the sake of her love unlike others. She loved and she accepted. She had the calibre to voice against the wrong no matter who is involved in the wrong (even Kushal).
She had been with her belief and love throughout the entire journey. When she thought that injustice was being done, she held the hand of her belief, faith and love and left the house without thinking twice. Credit needs to be given to the man as well (Kushal Tandon), he stood there firm with her and it is almost undeniable that he is a strong reason and boost behind her win! They both complemented each other to survive inside that madhouse. Who says India doesn’t warm up to lovers? (due to the several honour killing incidents). It’s a romantic country we are residing in, we respect and adore true lovers who define love constructively.
People judged her for being opinionated and termed her as a ‘school teacher’. But isn’t a school teacher better than any of those we mentioned above? There’s a lot to learn from ‘school teachers’ and I guess those who complain about her being a ‘teacher’, learn from this ‘teacher’. (Ironically, her critics didn’t realise that teachers do make people learn and she properly fits into that category)
These enormous amount of positive response towards Gauahar Khan shows how Indian audiences really are changing and thinking today. Are the broadcasters and creatives working behind the camera seeing? Please take example from this one non-fiction lady on television and serve us with some similar fictional women on screen. That’s an ardent request.