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Society in general is a two-faced hypocrite.
He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut is the mantra that it lives by.
A man’s sexual appetites are considered normal. His wildchild phase a normal part of growing up but were a woman to do the same, experiment with her sexuality, drink or smoke all hell breaks loose. Heck even the use of abusive language in a fit of anger in India, gets her tagged with names of all sorts. Whereas a man using words like motherfucker in his vocabulary doesn’t even cause anyone to bat an eyelid, even if he directs the abuse at his own family.
So, this brave new offering by the house of Balaji where the female protagonist wishes to defy the rules of society and live life on her own terms, is indeed a bold step in the world of desi TV.
While Prakash Jha’s Lipstick under a burqa still struggles to see the light of the day in its own country Ms. Ekta Kapoor and company have taken inspiration from one of the greatest classics of Indian literature and flipped it over so completely that Devdas’s tragedy is now the foundation on which is about to begin the journey of Devika Trivedi.