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.
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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