Diya’s transformation in Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya from a fierce woman to a trophy wife is a major letdown

Yet another show that has shattered our hopes of seeing something new and good on television. Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya portrayed Diya (Tejasswi Prakash) as this fierce, strong woman who swore to protect Ratan (Rohit Suchanti) from a family member who was after his life. In fact, she impressed us with her sword fighting skills and presence of mind when she was a bodyguard. I was in awe of her and really impressed to see a woman being so fearless and for a change, not helpless. But little did I know my hopes are going to be crushed soon. Now that Diya managed to catch the killer and save Ratan, the track has shifted to Diya getting married and taking up household responsibilities.
Since she was so focused on protecting Ratan and dealing with all the other bodyguards, she never learnt how to cook or how to be an ‘ideal’ wife. After all the drama, she is now married to Ratan, the kid she saved from getting killed. The entire family, including Ratan, know that Diya cannot cook or do chores that are required of an ideal new Indian bride. Forget the fact that no one volunteers to help her out but she is only being pressurised into serving the family like a sanskari Adarsh bahu. She is married to a guy who is much younger to her and falls under the millennial category. For someone who doesn’t really respect or understand marriage rituals, Ratan is a terrible life partner or human being. Instead of helping his best friend/ wife, he is terrified of the fact that she will attempt to cook deserts after a failed attempt of making khichdi and chapati. (ALSO READ: Tejasswi Prakash’s bridal look from Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya spells elegance – view pics!)
How this show has managed to disappoint me! It all comes down to confining a woman to the kitchen and holding her responsible for the price of the family. She has to be a good cook so royal families don’t judge Ratan’s family. She has to behave a certain way to prove herself as a royal daughter-in-law. I could write the entire article in caps lock so people would know I’m screaming these words out. The woman spent 12 years of her life trying to keep the heir of your family alive. The man she was supposed to marry wanted to leave her at the altar and she had to marry the kid she saved instead. Cut the woman some slack! And it’s not just about women in the house being so regressive. Diya has been fearless and independent her entire life. Why is she being portrayed as a weakling suddenly? She feels helpless because her cookbook gets destroyed in a flood that was no fault of hers. Her character development has only been disappointing and confusing. How can you go from being a daredevil before marriage to a helpless woman after marriage? And it’s not like someone has put a gun to your head asking you to be perfect.
In times where we are making new rules for women so they feel free and powerful, we have shows that focus on a woman’s culinary skills. I mean, no one technically even gave this woman any time to grieve her marriage she got into unwillingly. The only problem I have with the show is how they’ve turned a strong character into a daily soap material. And this content comes from makers who produce beautiful shows like Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai!
I’m terribly disappointed with how Diya’s story is churning out. I was expecting so much more. What about you? Tell us what you think in the comments below and stay tuned with us for more.
Source: Bollywood Life

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