Silence, Consent, Touch – Here’s How Kasautii Zindagii Kay Subtly Touched The Burning Topics Of #MeToo

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay

The women of the country are at rage right now, demanding equality, demanding a safe workplace, demanding their right to work without any worry or fear. The #MeToo movement has provided them the platform to name their offenders and change the patriarchal culture of the society.

Indian daily soaps are high on drama, may be they are too loud for some viewers but we have to accept that they come up with the contemporary issues quite frequently, always and in a way through which you can relate with the characters on screen.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay on Star Plus is relatively a new show on the block. The show has its respective share of heroes, villains, positive and negative characters. The jewellery demonstration (especially by the male lead’s mother) in the show somehow attracted more eyeballs since the very first day than anything else. Also, since last week the main topic of discussion revolving around the show is the entry of Hina Khan as the pivotal antagonist of the show.

But herein, we will talk about how the female protagonist of the show, Prerna represents a normal and regular girl in the show with whom we can mostly relate to. Not everything about her is relatable though, of course it depends from person to person, but her fears, her silence, her decisions, her gut feels, her insecurity – Yes, a woman can relate to them. And in the light of #MeToo movement, here’s how Prerna is one among the those women who have faced their #Metoo moments in life but still could not call out their predators and could not say #TimesUp.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay

The Silence

Why did you stay silent all this time?

We may say that she is yet another sacrificial queen kind of a character that we often see on TV. She is sacrificing her future, dreams and aspirations for her parents, to secure their future financially and hence, is giving up to the vile demands of a man who is merely attracted towards her. Just like how a person can’t leave their job at once for any sort of harassment due to family and their obligation to provide or may be just because they had dreams to follow.

Prerna cries in her room violently pushing her face into a pillow, not letting any sound cross the door but still doesn’t reveal what she goes through every time Naveen looks at her with his filthy eyes.

She had that feel of discomfort when he merely looked at her from the very first day, but she is like those women who don’t find words exactly to describe what was wrong with the way a man looked at them. You see, you may recognize that x-ray kind of look or stare, but often you aren’t sure exactly what was wrong about it or whether there was anything wrong about it.

The best part about her character is that, she has accepted her fate now and is relatively calm about it. When we all expected her to become a crybaby, shedding tears on her fate, she turned out to be someone who has made an internal decision to live with it. She isn’t sure how though but still she doesn’t want to look out for options. She believes she has no options. It is debatable whether she has any option. She sure does. Quitting and letting her parents handle things is the best option but that may bring consequences and those consequences are scaring to her.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Saheli, I have read your many articles before and most of them were always Sane and on point. But seriously this article of yours is so disappointing. At a time when everyday 100s of #MeToo cases are coming out in the open you are trying to Justify a fictional character under the garb of this movement, probably this is the lowest point of this movement itself. So you are justifying Prerna’s sacrifice for her family, now I would have agreed to your analysis if Prerna did not have any options or was from a really poor family or even if her parents were not supportive (though a girl should never compromise on her self-respect). But in this case it’s none. She has a supportive family who earn decently enough, a good support in Anurag’s Dad and Anurag himself who is trying to help her. Even after all this she decides to marry her molestor for the sake of money and the funny part is you are trying to justify that by bringing in words touch, consent etc. So are we trying to give a message to the young people out their it’s ok to compromise on your self respect in the name of love for your family who are supportive and love you unconditionally. And we are talking about a girl in 2018, do you really expect girls to behave that way. Agreed she did not give consent to Navin to touch her but by agreeing to marry him who by the way molested her isn’t she giving him the power to molest and harass her again in the name of marriage, think about it once. Just because you like some actor or some Production house please do not try to justify any role they do.
    Sorry but I don’t know why you have written this article linking such a sensitive issue to a show but next time onwards I will think twice before reading any of the articles on Fuze. Good day and Good luck with the show.

  2. Are you being serious??? Did I rally read that ‘accepting her fate’ is the BEST part of her character?? So, a woman shld be willing to MARRY a molester for money and then also be accepting of it?? You want to promote this idea?? So, you are saying that the girl giving her MOLESTER LEGAL SANCTION to continue to molest her (thru marriage) is actually a spiffy idea and all women shld follow this. And why shld she subject herself to this ACCEPTINGLY?? For money!! So, let me ask, has this girl never heard of personal loans?? Which are avl over the table today? Or can’t she ask friends for help, the hero is dying to help her out and he is a rich dude. Oh, we are also now saying that a family need not plan for a debt that has been hanging over their heads for years. So we are also telling young girls NOT to plan for financial security early in life, now, are we? Fuze and Saheli, I always found you guys rational and sane. I really did NOT expect this from you guys. Maybe you had a mandate to write smthng positive abt this show but u cud have found something else to talk abt rather than try to gift wrap this most regressive, cringe worthy bit as some kinf of women empowerment thing.

    • Absolutley Well put.

      Saheli, I have read your many articles before and most of them were always Sane and on point. But seriously this article of yours is so disappointing. At a time when everyday 100s of #MeToo cases are coming out in the open you are trying to Justify a fictional character under the garb of this movement, probably this is the lowest point of this movement itself. So you are justifying Prerna’s sacrifice for her family, now I would have agreed to your analysis if Prerna did not have any options or was from a really poor family or even if her parents were not supportive (though a girl should never compromise on her self-respect). But in this case it’s none. She has a supportive family who earn decently enough, a good support in Anurag’s Dad and Anurag himself who is trying to help her. Even after all this she decides to marry her molestor for the sake of money and the funny part is you are trying to justify that by bringing in words touch, consent etc. So are we trying to give a message to the young people out their it’s ok to compromise on your self respect in the name of love for your family who are supportive and love you unconditionally. And we are talking about a girl in 2018, do you really expect girls to behave that way. Agreed she did not give consent to Navin to touch her but by agreeing to marry him who by the way molested her isn’t she giving him the power to molest and harass her again in the name of marriage, think about it once. Just because you like some actor or some Production house please do not try to justify any role they do.
      Sorry but I don’t know why you have written this article linking such a sensitive issue to a show but next time onwards I will think twice before reading any of the articles on Fuze. Good day and Good luck with the show.

  3. Don’t try to correlate such a sensible issue like metoo to such shitty drama show..
    Please it’s a request……
    Don’t try to create a negative thought in the minds of the people regarding this revolution by attempting this stunt…

    • Absolutley Agree.

      Saheli, I have read your many articles before and most of them were always Sane and on point. But seriously this article of yours is so disappointing. At a time when everyday 100s of #MeToo cases are coming out in the open you are trying to Justify a fictional character under the garb of this movement, probably this is the lowest point of this movement itself. So you are justifying Prerna’s sacrifice for her family, now I would have agreed to your analysis if Prerna did not have any options or was from a really poor family or even if her parents were not supportive (though a girl should never compromise on her self-respect). But in this case it’s none. She has a supportive family who earn decently enough, a good support in Anurag’s Dad and Anurag himself who is trying to help her. Even after all this she decides to marry her molestor for the sake of money and the funny part is you are trying to justify that by bringing in words touch, consent etc. So are we trying to give a message to the young people out their it’s ok to compromise on your self respect in the name of love for your family who are supportive and love you unconditionally. And we are talking about a girl in 2018, do you really expect girls to behave that way. Agreed she did not give consent to Navin to touch her but by agreeing to marry him who by the way molested her isn’t she giving him the power to molest and harass her again in the name of marriage, think about it once. Just because you like some actor or some Production house please do not try to justify any role they do.
      Sorry but I don’t know why you have written this article linking such a sensitive issue to a show but next time onwards I will think twice before reading any of the articles on Fuze. Good day and Good luck with the show.

      • I am commenting here for the very first and last time. I do not like to indulge into extreme negative thoughts or things that are judgmental in the very first instance. But still thought to reply to make certain things clear –

        1. I didn’t write what Prerna is doing by marrying Naveen is ‘right’.
        2. I never wrote the content of the show is anyhow similar to ‘women empowerment’.
        3. I didn’t even justify Prerna or anyhow tried to demean the movement.
        4. I DO NOT write to gift wrap anything to anybody. In fact, I write for myself more than anyone. And an old reader of mine would always know that I don’t write as per others but I write whatever deems fit to me. Reading or not reading are upto people. I don’t force anyone to read.

        Lastly, this article was meant to draw parallels with women who stay quite after going through an abuse. This was about drawing parallels with people who still are forced or choose to continue association with their predators due to whatever might be their weaknesses or problems. It doesn’t say that staying quite or keeping association with them is the ideal thing to do. It just says that it happens – Used to happen in 1970 and still happens in 2018. But it doesn’t say that a girl in 2018 should do that.

        Please understand the difference before drawing conclusion.

        Have a good day ahead.

  4. I missed reading your articles… After every episode of Kuch Rang I used to be equally excited to read your reviews.
    Kasauti is dramatic sure but it also touching many issues subtly, I knew what we gonna get how story is heading when Naveen helped Prerna to wash her face in 3rd episode. I feel prerna’s love for family way more stronger than fear of consequences that’s why she was silent. it’s not like she is proud of her mahaanta she felt disgusting called it Zindagi ka sabse bada sharmanaak Faisla.. many times we know in what mess we are yet unwillingly have to continue thinking it’s ‘fate’.
    I loved how Prerna warned Naveen in dressing room. All it takes little courage to say NO and yes it is matter of consent how Prerna allowed Anurag to pin up n stamped naveen’s feet.
    Though it makes me cringe everytime I see Naveen (it shows how good actor Sanjay sir is) I totally totally loved how Erica as prerna making us feel that good n bad touch through outmost subtle expressions neither ott nor underplay emoting that discomfort through body language n same time acts with facade smile as if she is ‘ok’ so that others shouldn’t get to know! I do feel it’s difficult for actresses to show those emotions when they go through harassment n physical abuse correct me if am wrong.
    Lastly thank you Saheli for beautiful write-up❤

  5. Good morning Saheli . It’s so nice to see you back with PRERNA, and how we loved to read you your takes on Sonakshi Bose. A very relatable article to women who are facing this kind of bad touches more often than good touches. What you say about Prerna is absolutely right, we women do have a sixth sense as which man is good & which man is bad. And lastly I fully endorse Prerna ‘s sacrifice for the sake of her family.
    Good day and have a peaceful day ahead. Waiting for more articles on KZK in the future🙏

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