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Malayalam Film Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey Is Every Woman’s Story Told Jaya Style!

I strongly feel that one must leave a relationship where respect is no longer served. Jaya, the protagonist of Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey shows us how.

Recently, I watched a women-centric Malayalam movie Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey.

We have fought for equality, justice, and independence. Unfortunately, a lack of these three things is still an impediment in women’s lives. Especially in a country like India, there are still some silent women sufferers.

Every woman has talent and skills, but what if society mocks her and tries to deny her choices? What if she has the only choice to listen and never give value to her opinions? What if she has no control over her married life? What if she has been dominated and manipulated in a negative light? This movie teaches the importance of freedom and equality, which every woman deserves.

Jaya is a smart, educated, and ambitious, middle-class girl who has been controlled all her life. Her family mocks at her choices. She gets married according to her parents’ wishes but a time comes when she can no more adjust with her husband. However she is constantly tricked into adjusting her parents. When her husband begins physical abuse, the violence takes her almost to a breaking point.

Denying girls the right to choose an education

The choice of a college degree is a dream of every ambitious girl today. That choice of degree course is denied to her through the intervention of a mean uncle.

These will perhaps be the most relatable parts of the film, considering the fact that relatives also often interfere and spoil a girl’s dream career, highlighting the stereotype saying that men are to be educated and a female’s education can be put on hold as they are to be married off.

Denying the basic right to freedom

Jaya begins to feel a complete loss of freedom when she enters the in-laws’ house and sees the broken chairs and glass table. She realizes the complete loss of freedom.

Denying the right to choose one’s food

Jaya’s travail begins after marriage. Rajesh, her husband, a poultry businessman who happens to be a ‘Mr Unromantic’, tries to veneer his friendliness. In his house, named ‘Raj Bhavan’, only his favorite dish is allowed, with his mother and sister assigned to cooking and eating only his favorite food — idiyappams — daily.

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When Jaya tries to cook something different, he gets angry, and that’s where the violence starts. When she orders porotta and beef in a restaurant, her husband disregards her choice and forces her to order his favorite dish.

A sweet revenge

The movie takes a turn when Jaya decides to fight back. She decides to be firm in her decision, and very smartly, she handles the violent marriage. Jaya’s fight back might seem exaggerated. However, the film makers found a solution to domestic violence, for the many who are forced to silently endure violence in their daily lives, to evoke the feeling of empathy in audience and also for those who see such violence as their right to hurt.

Jaya is an ordinary girl with no family support. She has no college degree, and no money to support herself, but signs the divorce petition. Unlike in most cases, there is no compromise. She accepts what happens and tries to move forward in life with no resentment.

I strongly feel that one must leave a relationship where respect is no longer served. The movie ends with a much-needed message that women need three basic things in a relationship – equality, justice, and Independence.

This movie teaches the importance of freedom and equality, which every woman deserves.

Before I finish writing, Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey is not just another female-oriented movie that today’s generation must watch. I would suggest giving it a watch for the following reasons: Hats off to the brilliant acting by Darshana and Basil, message conveyed in a humorous manner, a motivational support to girls out there who are suffering silently.

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A Commerce post graduate, now a SAHM and a freelance writer after 12 years of logistics career in Dubai. Writing is my passion. Fascinated in the world of inspirational and motivational books, a galaxy of read more...

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