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Balika Vadhu: From Child Marriage To Honour Killing, Why The Show Survives On Indian TV

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| May 30 , 2015 , 14:06 IST
[caption id="attachment_45325" align="aligncenter" width="745"]balika-vadhu After child marriage, TV serial Balika Vadhu has now depicted another social evil of honour killing, in the backdrop of Rajasthan.[/caption] It's one of the longest running shows on Indian television, and yet it continues to rule several hearts across India. Television channel Colors has been airing Balika Vadhu for the last seven years and the show has been able to survive itself in the mad race of TRP. Ever wondered why? The show began on July 21, 2008, with a young girl as its protagonist. After seven long years, there's hardly any middle class family in India that does not know Anandi. [caption id="attachment_45326" align="aligncenter" width="745"]Balika Vadhu Almost everyone watching the show sympathised and felt attached to the Balika Vadhu, played excellently well by Avika Gor.[/caption] Based in the backdrop of Rajasthan, the story of the series touched nerves of viewers as it portrayed the social menace of child marriage with utmost sensitivity. Almost everyone watching the show sympathised and felt attached to the Balika Vadhu, played excellently well by Avika Gor. It communicated how child marriage impacted an innocent mind and what all she had to go through, unaware of what she was pushed into in the name of tradition. And it didn't end there. The TV serial went on to showcase how even relationships suffered because of child marriage as the protagonists, Anandi and Jagiya, grew up. And now, the serial has depicted another social evil of honour killing. A father was seen killing a man who eloped with her daughter, just because he was not of the same caste and stature. The father was also about to kill his daughter just when she was saved by her aunty, played by popular actor Rajeshwari Sachdev who enacted a 'Mata' to prevent the life of the girl. In a state like Rajasthan, while child marriage has been rampant in the name of tradition, there have been several instances of honour killing as well. There have been loss of several lives and hopes because of these social evils, yet it has failed to stop. And how can we forget the quotes at the end of each episode, giving a message that's aptly relevant with the content of the show as well as the realities of life. Probably, Indian television needs more such shows highlight the evils of the society, and at the same, raises a strong voice against them.

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