Indian television shows scarcely involve crucial, sensitive and taboo subjects in their premise. And on those rare moments when they do, we end up witnessing some really problematic takes on them. From mental health to domestic abuse, whenever daily soaps have tried to touch upon the topics, the attempts have been hardly fruitful.
In fact, these shows at times casually slide scenes where a man hits a woman. And the latter then falls for the same person at the end. In that case, how can we expect sensitivity while dealing with domestic violence?
Trigger Warning: This story contains mentions and fictional scenes of domestic violence.
The Rupali Ganguly starrer — which has earlier dealt with women emancipation, infidelity and patriarchal norms in Indian households — is being praised on Twitter for sensitively bringing forth the ordeal of a domestic violence victim and her struggle with depression.
In the latest episode of Anupamaa, Malvika is triggered at a potential sight of domestic violence and heads towards a downward spiral. Anupamaa, the protagonist, just sits there holding her trying to comfort her without uttering any unsolicited remark or suggesting a quick fix.
The reactions on the scene suggest that the viewers were glad that an attempt was made to treat the matter with absolute thoughtfulness.
The rare sight of an intelligently made TV serial is now being acknowledged and praised by the viewers on Twitter.
Here’s what they are saying:
trigger warning ⚠️— 🤝 | ⚛️ | 📺 | 🤒 (@itv_fever) January 7, 2022
the highest rated show on itv is talking about abuse, mental health and consent, 2022 is here
tv shows are a powerful medium as they run in indian households six days a week
i hope this sparks the much needed conversations at home and online#Anupamaa pic.twitter.com/N0PM1oJiJ7
Reason why #anupamaa show is worth watching— nidz_mehtz (@nidzmehtz) January 7, 2022
it has tried to importance to sensitive topic ans marital rape is really serious issue and kudos n respect for entire #Anupamaa for taking up this 👏👏👏
And that’s reason they deserve to be on top n rule ITV pic.twitter.com/jAddzvn9eL
How, how not to cry with these people! From picking up the most neglected area of the society to making it a topic for an ITV show; a big bow to the makers🙌— Varsha (@_Inkandedit) January 8, 2022
Aneri was the limelight and man, the background song; brought more life into Mukku!🥺❤️
More power to the team!#Anupamaa pic.twitter.com/58uCnerZFQ
Kudos to team Anupama— 𝒜𝒶𝑔 𝑀𝑒𝒾𝓃 𝒢𝒽𝑒𝑒 𝒟𝒶𝓁𝓃𝒶 (@fiercy_jhalli) January 7, 2022
Here in our country, it's been instilled since childhood that Husband is GOD or Pati Parmeshvar and girls are usually told whether it's right or wrong, we'd to give in the demand of our partner https://t.co/NWksS5eaHd
#Anupamaa it gives the message that physical and mental torture must not be tolerated . It’s not necessary ki ye abuse ko sehen Karo aur samaaj mai so called successful marriage dikhao! Makers are portraying it rightly https://t.co/0ubCBVSIDn— kismat ne milaya cheater n devi ko stan (@DiyaUpadhayay) January 7, 2022
Even though not massive leap but the show did take a step in the right direction. And we expect more Indian daily soaps to follow.
If you or someone you know are suffering from depression, experiencing suicidal thoughts, or just need someone to talk to, remember that help is just a phone call away. Reach out to the following helplines in India. BMC mental health helpline: 022-24131212 (available 24X7), Vandrevala Foundation: 186-02662345/180-02333330 (24×7) or AASRA: 91-9820466726 (available 24X7).