New Delhi: It was the year 2000 a demure woman but with a mind of her own Tulsi Virani (Tulsi in the title song) of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabgi Bahu Thi. beckoned the couch potatoes into the Virani Parivar and kept them glued to their seats for eight long years.
But Balika Vadhu Aannandi who sailed into Indian homes with the launch of the new General Entertainment Channel Colors in July 2008 changed the fate of the saas-bahu drama. This gurgling and innocent girl with her chirpy persona who is forced into child marriage had the audience hooked like never before.
“The difference between the two lies in the way Balika Vadhu has been treated. Essentially they are both saas-bahus sagas,” says Television Critic, Hindustan Times Poonam Saxena.
It is not only the child-woman who has given the saas-bahus a run for their money. Reality television that has taken the imagination of the Indian viewer by storm has women at their brazen best.
The devil may care attitude manifested by a Samabhavna Seth with her feisty and politically incorrect stance in the Reality television show Bigg Boss in its second season has the audience eating out of her hands.
If Sambhavana can so can I is what Miss Rohatgi seems to believe. Matching word for word with the Helen of Bhojpuri films Payal threw caution to winds and was not deterred from getting up close and personal with the mansion's very own ladies man Rahul Mahajan.
And if the word of wars was not enough which turned dirty to put it mildly on MTV's reality show Splitsvilla then the damsels did not shy away from a fist-fight in MTV Roadies.
“These days you have item girls gyrating in reality shows but remember Buniyaad where women used to come dressed in sarees. So it’s the appearance that has changed,” actor, Mandira Bedi.
And the antics don't stop there while at it flip to the most dreaded game show on air Dadagiri on Bindass and you will see women taking on men, literally.
If you thought the platter was full and there was no space to jostle for women to show their ever changing avatars on the idiot box then wait for Kiran Bedi's show all set to invade our living room.
From the dignified bahu to the towel clad siren with her come hither looks or even the uncouth spitfire all we can is bring it on ladies.