Similarly, the only way out for Padmini from her “un free” and repressive world as Balraj Singh Chowdhury’s “Chodudhrain”, was to escape into a world free of relationships and responsibilities; a world where she could co-exist with Shamsher Mallik; a world where she could entertain the thought, of being bold and rebellious against the bonds of relationships that society imposes on all.
“A woman is not born. She is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes the symbol of this, symbol of that; mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.” Just like Andrea Dworkin’s quote above, this is exactly what Padmini’s defiant speech was all about. Expressing her sorrow for not taking a stronger stance against Balraj’s abuse, her speech was a strong message to all the women who are victims of domestic violence.
“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God”. Taking Benjamin Franklin’s quote as inspiration, Padmini’s speech of self-defense was the cake, then Madhu’s emotional and inspirational speech about “Parameshwar Men” and their responsibilities towards their women, was the cherry on the cake for me!
Madhu’s outburst in the courtroom was emotional enough to affect the judge and the jury, it warrants a standing ovation and a round of applause. It was heart warming to see RK’s look of appreciation and underlying compliment to Madhu, proud of her stance in the courtroom. Now that RK witnessed Madhu’s capability of making people cry, I wish he offers her a role in his upcoming film. I’m eager to see Madhu in a glamorous role and RK’s appreciation of her at every instance and avatar (wishful thinking on my part?)!
I’m overjoyed that Rishbala have sorted their differences and RK has finally apologized to Madhu for his past behavior. RK’s act of packing Madhu into a suitcase, telling her that he’d packed all his essentials, was truly a unique and pleasurable moment! I am happy to see Trish and Madhu finally reconcile their differences. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child” ~Sophia Loren ~
It would be unfair if I did not thank Team MB for their outstanding tribute to Indian Cinema, as well as their efforts for the Maha episode. The grandeur, the presentation and costumes, all geared towards providing us viewers, nothing less than an entertainer as the classic bollywood blockbuster movie “Sholay”. At the expense of sounding biased, I enjoyed this more, with its blend of comedy, action and drama. (no jooties please—hehehe).
All in all, it was a satisfying week, a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs for Padmini and her daughters. The episode was an anti climax with Padmini’s dramatic shooting of her abusive “ex” husband Balraj (will be dearly missed btw) that ended with her acquittal. Finally Padmini is officially and irrevocably Mrs. Shamsher Mallik! I’m eagerly waiting for Rishbala’s new “bel gari” village adventure and keeping my fingers crossed for some unadulterated Rishbala romance this coming week.
Contribution By: Tazeen Siddique
Edited By: Alima Kanumilli