The Trial-Pyaar,Kanoon,Dhokha: the men may have won the argument but it is the women who win the trial!

The new web series on Disney Hotstar The Trial-Pyaar, Kanoon, Dhokha starring actress Kajol is a remake of the American legal drama The Good Wife. However as you dig into it it is much beyond a usual court room drama. It is a woman’s constant fight to survive in a world that’s all about men whose shrewdness and manipulative behavior is unfathomable.

The opening scene shows Judge Rajeev Sengupta’s conviction and arrest for demanding sexual favors at work while his gross video clip airs on all the news channels leaving his wife Noyonika Sengupta (played by Kajol) and his daughters distraught and uncertain. However his mother remains on his side, as just all the mothers who bring up sons in India do-they do not see any wrong in their actions.

Noyonika is left to her fate and just like any other Indian woman must take it upon herself to clean the mess her husband has created rather than focus on her immediate mental health. As their bank accounts get frozen and others assets get seized she’s left to fend for herself and her young daughters who are bewildered at the entire turn of events. Her struggle seems like the one that every woman goes through when a tragedy hits their families. That is why Kajol rightly puts it, “Noyonika’s character is an ambitious woman who is doing whatever she can to save her future and her children’s future and that, I think, is pretty much most women everywhere.”

“Most powerful, strong women and housewives at the end of the day and who supposedly don’t have a job but actually do the most unpaid job in the world. So yeah, that’s who she is. That is her core and that is I think most every woman’s core,”

The series delves into different aspects of love, marriage and betrayal besides keeping different legal dramas as their fulcrum. But what remains the main essence is how a woman has to navigate through all the curveballs that life throws at her and how she comes out triumphant in the act of balancing diverse aspects of life even though she loses a ball here and there in this entire process.

Through Noyonika we are acquainted with the fact how women are often burdened with societal expectations ranging from maintaining a happy home, bringing up perfect children while being the best partner to their spouse and also balancing a career because a woman who decides to be a homemaker or stay at home parent isn’t much appreciated. Here of course Noyonika is compelled to step out of her 10 years old break to get employed so that she can run the family.

The Trial-Pyaar,Kanoon, Dhokha also touches upon the concept of a perfect marriage that most women aspire to live in however she forgets that there could be a lot more skeletons in her cupboard than what  she had ever imagined to be. This is precisely what happens with our female protagonist Noyonika who felt everything around her was perfect until her world came crumbling down one day.

The series is also an eye opener for women who are always taught to be the perfect daughter, wife and mother however life isn’t all about perfection. There are many odds that she cannot manage and that should be completely acceptable is what the protagonist teaches us. From a vulnerable homemaker to a fierce and intimidating lawyer Noyonika’s character touches upon so many shades of a woman that each of one of us can identify with.

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Besides Noyonika we cannot neglect other female characters like Sana (played by Kubbra Sait) and Malini Khanna (played by Sheeba Chadha) a legal consultant and one of the partners at Ahuja-Khanna-Chaubey Associates respectively. While the former is struggling with her commitment issues and her financial situation, the latter is battling men at work to sustain herself and also remain relevant.

As our female characters struggle to stay afloat we are once again reminded that life cannot be deemed perfection when everything is going good for you, it is only when everything falls apart and a woman has to fight all odds to manage it all that she learns to redefine what perfect means. To sum it up all, in the words of Kajol, “Sometimes perfect means being imperfect. If you’re good enough, that is, at times, close to being perfect.”

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