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The series is all about women, the protagonist is a woman and so are many significant characters. They are regular women, they wear regular clothes, they err, they struggle, they succeed, and there is no over the top drama.
Feminism, Women Empowerment, Womens’ Rights: Most significant subjects for a fast developing India, and there have been myriad of movies and web-series dedicated to the same.
But more often than not, many of these stories revolve mainly around men, with sporadic dialogues breathing feminism down our necks.
It’s a cliché always; independent women are portrayed as conceited, ultra modern, adultering, drunk, expletive mouthing she-devils. These go as the signs of their strength.
Then you have those ‘Sanskaari Bahus‘, all powerful in their ability in bonding a joint family and mending broken relations.
And God save us from the TV vamps; they manipulate men, their husbands, sons, bosses, almost everyone around them. There’s no question about why perhaps are they like that. And who wins the battle? The stereotypically empowered women, of course.
That’s why the women in Delhi Crime 2 are so refreshingly different, both the good and the bad ones. They are mothers, wives, grandmothers, professionals, evil, flawed, but so relatable.
*A few spoilers alert
Take DCP Vartika Chaturvedi’s (Shefali Shah) character for instance.
She is ruthless when dealing with criminals and her seniors, she doesn’t mince words, she comes straight to the point. But she’s a mother, she wishes to speak to her teenager everyday, she’s caring and strict, both in the right measure. She has a meltdown when her daughter misbehaves, but later she gets her act together and patches up with her child as well. Not for once does she sermonize her daughter about sanskaars, shed tears or deliver overly emotional dialogues. Nor does she assault the criminals physically or abuse them as a show of power.
Vartika is a working mother like many of us, who does balance work and family, and the message is subtle but strong.
Neeti Singh (Rasika Duggal) is newly married, and her husband and in-laws are unhappy with her erratic working schedule. Her face reflects her predicament, she can’t go on a vacation, the work is stressful and her husband cribs almost all the time.
She doesn’t smile excessively through her anguish, nor does she weep or scream at the drop of a hat. You can see she’s tired and trying her best to manage work and family together. At one point she loses it, she spells it out to her husband, that their marriage was a mistake. But there are no unnecessary tears, foul language or victorious background scores involved. Neeti turns up at work as usual and when asked if she’s alright, she mentions she has Domestic Issues. That’s it, no melodrama.
There’s a 70 year old grandmother, vile and vicious. I am not glorifying her character, but unlike the quintessential grandmother, this one is aware of her rights, doesn’t whimper and whine, nor does she beg with anyone to protect her ward. She’s been in a criminal background, there are no emotions, she’s old but not breaking or vulnerable.
I wouldn’t want to divulge the story, so just mentioning here, not all female offenders are socially wronged women or victims of abuse. There is no justification for crime, man or woman and this is aptly depicted in Delhi Crime 2.
In short, the series is all about women, the protagonist is a woman and so are many significant characters. And they are regular women, they wear regular clothes, they err, they struggle, they succeed. But they deal with all of this normally, there is no over the top drama. And this is what sets the Delhi Crime 2 and it’s women apart.
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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