There are many TV shows that depict angry mothers-in-law, crying daughters-in-law, women busy in the household chores. But there are very few Indian TV shows that portrays working women that spreads essence of women empowerment and rights of women in society.
People have some level of suspension of disbelief from TV shows when female characters are reliably stereotyped as ‘obedient, timid = good’ and ‘questioning, assertive = bad’. This notion has already been established inborn sexism and masculine notions, but some Indian TV shows have succeeded in featuring woman as a lead character and revolving a story around her life. Are you interested in knowing which Indian TV shows establishes the women empowerment essence? Well, refer below sections to get complete idea:
Below are the top 9 Greatest Women Centric TV Shows In India of all time
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Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani is an Indian television show that was released on DD National back in year 1994, and it was later presented on famous Indian television channel named STAR Plus. It features Mandira Bedi as Shanti in the main character and this TV show is regarded to be one of the former Indian television drama shows which has attained a substantial cult status and is measured a typical show. In this show, every character bears a past and has something concealed, it all gets exposed when Shanti, who features as an aspiring journalist eager to write the biographies of Raj and Kamesh, comes into picture. Mandira Bedi is featured as Shanti (the main character) who fought for her rights as well as for protection of her mother.
8. Mann ki Awaz Pratigya
Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya featured on STAR Plus, was an Indian soap opera featuring a lady-Pratigya as a lead character. This TV shows revolve around a woman who will reach to any height to fight for her personal right. The story is basically centred on two families named Saxena and Thakur family. Krishna is a lead male character who belongs to Thakur family, recognized for their control in Allahabad. This family believe in superstitions, but the Saxena family is altogether different. Saxena family believes in educating their daughters named Pratigya and Arushi, Pratigya is shown to be dissatisfied with her marriage. However later she realises her husband’s (Krishna’s) love for her. This TV show focuses how Pratigya fought for her rights in her in-laws home and transformed her husband to a gentleman.
Tamanna (meaning: Desire or Goal in Life) is a Hindi-language Indian television released globally on Star Plus since February 2016. In this TV show, Tamanna portrays the life of a female cricketer named Dharaa (essayed by Anuja Sathe) who sought to become a cricketer and displays the sacrifices she need to make for achieving her dream. The character of Dharaa is supported by her father and he soon persuades her grandmother regarding playing cricket. Dhara is shown to continue playing well and an auspicious future appeared to lie ahead.
6. Jhansi Ki Rani
This TV show is an ancient drama based show, focusing on Lakshmi Bai, who is the queen of city named Jhansi. The show got released in year 2009 on channel named Zee TV with the queen being featured as skilled in the talents of warfare and spurns the British law, and accepts the charge of revolutionary to defeat it. She got married to Jhansi’s king, Ganghadar Rao Newalkar, her name transforms as well as her life story transformed severely. The show highlights how the woman lead character established woman power and fought bravely in war.
5. Saat Phere – Saloni Ka Safar
Saat Phere – Saloni Ka Safar was a renowned Hindi television serial that broadcast on Zee Tv in period of 2005 to 2009. The show revolve around Saloni, who is a 24-year-old woman possessing a dark complexion. The story depicts how this woman’s bravery and strength lets her proceed outside her complexion and establish for her personal identity. The story also highlights how Saloni fought with her mother and in-laws to establish her rights and seek love of her husband.
Gangaa is year 2015 TV show that has won many awards, featuring a lead character named Gangaa. The show focuses basically on a young girl with the identical name as this TV show Ganga, who hears the bad news as she has turned a widow on the day of marriage when she got married when her partner as well as her father, are murdered in a rebellion on the holy set of Ganga. The show highlights her fight for her veracious to reside fortunately, contrasting all the limitations placed on widows by civilization. This TV show of 2015 is a best example of recent time about how a woman can secure her rights in a male dominating society.
3. Balika Vadhu
Balika Vadhu was a famous Indian TV show soap aired on Colors TV. The TV show continued for 8 long years because of its fame and excellent story. The story of the show is set in rural Rajasthan that outlined the hard journey of a kid bride from the edge of childhood to maturity. Its first season revolves around the life journey of Anandi and Jagdish, who were married right from in childhood, while the second season focuses on the lives of Anandi’s daughter named Dr. Nandini who worked as a child bride. Balika Vadhu very sympathetically depicts the difficulty of children who are innocently forced into marriage relation, by the excuse of tradition, and have to tolerate the consequences for the remaining of their life.
2. Saath Nibhana Saathiya
Saath Nibhana Saathiya is a Hindi-language Indian TV show, produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms Limited and renowned worldwide. The show focuses on the fictional Modi family, who reside in a house in Rajkot. The show discovers family and morals values of a typical Gujarati joint family and outlines woman empowerment. The storyline of this TV show accepted a leap of eight years in year 2014, a next leap of ten years in year 2015, and a latest leap of around four years in year 2016. It focuses on the life of arranged marriage of two female cousins (namely Gopi and Rashi) and their conflicting characters. It is the story that focuses how Kokila Modi – the harsh, strong-minded mother-in-law of a woman-Gopi, converts Gopi into a self-assured and cleverer woman in order that she gets easily acknowledged by her husband.
1. Diya aur Baati Hum
Diya Aur Baati Hum (meaning: you are the lamp and i am the wick) is year 2011 Indian TV show broadcasted on Star Plus. The story of the show revolves around a contemporary young woman who has to discover a way to her passion and who unpredictably discovers a continuous companion in the person she least estimated it from — her out-dated husband and his traditional family. The show has followed Sandhya’s life since she was a college-going girl to the time she was compelled to marry following her parents’ death to her fights to find recognition in a conventional Rajasthani family, to maternity and most suggestively her expedition to become an IPS officer. The woman character had always anticipated being an IPS officer and the she establishes challenges of her preferred occupation.
Today female characters are portrayed as lead character in many Indian TV shows to establish their status in society. These shows are best example to depict how woman oriented story can be best in acknowledging a positive transformation.