‘Bal Vadhu’ is the story of a girl who has been forced to grow up too soon. After her mother’s death, she finds herself being married off to an older man, because that’s what society demands. She is treated like a child and left with no say in any decisions made about her life. This show has dealt with some very serious issues in its first season as well, but it did so in a subtle and understated manner. However, in its second season, things are more intense than ever before. The marriage between the young bride and her much older husband is portrayed as something they both want, rather than an arrangement they have to make because of societal pressures. There’s also a lot more violence and negative characters than before! Here are our quick takeaways from watching the first few episodes of this new show…
The Serial Review
The first season of ‘Balika Vadhu’ was a very mature and subtle take on the issue of child marriage and its consequences. While the story was very touching and emotional, it didn’t focus too much on the sadness and sorrow of the situation. It was primarily a love story, with a very sweet and innocent romance between two very young characters.This new season of ‘Balika Vadhu’, however, is a completely different beast. While the first season was a very subtle and mature take on the issue of child marriage and its consequences, this second season is a much more intense and aggressive take on the same subject.The serial has a lot of really intense and dramatic scenes, including one very brutal (and very long) scene where a young woman is tied down and tortured by some really nasty men. This scene is so long, and so graphic, that it’s almost difficult to watch. There’s also lots of loud shouting and abusive language. The serial is filled with very extreme characters, both positive and negative. There’s a lot of violence and fighting in the show. So, if you want a stress-free, easy-going serial, this isn’t it!
Violence against women is still a huge problem in India
The first episode of the second season depicts a very disturbing and violent scene where a group of men are torturing and assaulting a young girl. They tie her down, burn her with hot iron rods, hit her with sticks, insult her, and force her to drink urine, all because she rejected one of them. This is all happening in broad daylight, with people walking by and completely ignoring her plight. This is a very sad commentary on the state of affairs in India. While millions of people, including women and girls, have joined the ‘Me Too’ movement, and have been speaking out about sexual harassment and assault in all spheres of life, there are still millions of women in India who have to live with this kind of violence on a daily basis. The fact that no one intervenes to help this young girl, even though she’s screaming and crying for help, shows how deeply rooted this problem is in Indian society.
Child marriage is still a huge issue too
In the first season of ‘Balika Vadhu’, the girl’s mother was very insistent on her daughter getting married at a very young age. The girl’s mother herself was married as a child, and was very adamant that her daughter get married as soon as possible. She was also very specific about the man she wanted her daughter to marry.Our young heroine, however, is not forced into marriage. She marries the man of her own free will. She knows that her marriage is an unusual one, with a very big age gap between her and the man she marries. She knows that society will gossip and talk behind her back. However, she still wants to marry him and make a life together with him.The show also shows that younger girls are still being forced into marriage and child-bearing. There’s a young girl from the village who has been promised in marriage to a much older man. She’s very young and very unhappy about the entire situation.Our young heroine, on the other hand, marries the man of her own free will. She is fully aware of the situation she’s entering into, and she accepts it.
Adolescent pregnancy is another big concern for Indian girls
This season of Balika Vadhu deals with the issue of adolescent pregnancy as well. There’s a young woman in the village who is pregnant and is worried that no one will accept her child once the child is born. She’s also very worried that her child will be discriminated against.This young woman, like the other young girl mentioned above, is married to a much older man. However, in this young woman’s case, she didn’t marry the man of her own free will; she was forced into the marriage.This young woman doesn’t want or like her husband, and she definitely doesn’t want to have his child. She’s very worried about how she will handle this situation, given that she has no support or love from her husband.
Women also face harassment at home
This new season of Balika Vadhu also deals with the issue of women facing harassment and abuse at home. There’s a woman in the village who is a widow. Her in-laws refuse to let her have any peace and quiet. They constantly verbally abuse and threaten her, and treat her very badly. They are very critical of her, and they treat her like she’s lower than dirt.One really disturbing twist in this story is that the woman’s own son is part of the family that’s mistreating her. He doesn’t stand up for her, and he doesn’t protect her from his abusive family members.This is another sad commentary on the state of affairs in India. Many women are not treated with respect and dignity in their own home. They are constantly abused and threatened by the men in the family. They are forced to do all the housework, and they are not allowed to rest or relax at all.
This new season of Balika Vadhu is a very intense and dramatic take on the serious issue of child marriage and its consequences. The show deals with this subject in a very aggressive and confrontational way. It shows that the problem of child marriage is not one that can be ignored or overlooked. It also shows that there are many ways in which this problem can be addressed and dealt with.This show has dealt with some very serious issues in its first season as well, but it did so in a subtle and understated manner. However, in its second season, things are more intense than ever before. The marriage between the young bride and her much older husband is portrayed as something they both want, rather than an arrangement they have to make because of societal pressures. There’s also a lot more violence and negative characters than before! Here are our quick takeaways from watching the first few episodes of this new show…