You Need To Know It Yourself…. Power Is Within You
I was sitting in a complete thoughtful mood in my room. My mother came inside and asked me
“ Why are you looking so worried?”
I instantly said
“what if someone comes to kill me. What will you do?”
“That person wouldn’t even know and I would eat him up. He will vanish and never dare to take birth again”
I was completely horrified seeing this state of my mother. I have always seen her pampering me and this was a very different side of her that I saw today.
The biggest reason behind this freaky question to her was my binge-watch and added addiction to web series in this lockdown. In the evening, I completed watching ‘Aarya’ which was going pending due to the tussle between my craving for series and studies. But I heaved a sigh of relief and an arc of a smile spread over my face.
Now, let’s talk about Aarya. I personally don’t like watching English series because I usually don’t connect with it. But in these Hindi series, I somewhere connect it with myself or someone others’ stories. Aarya is for me personally the story of womanhood, the story of a bold yet affectionate mother, a dedicated wife, a responsible daughter, a trustworthy friend, and most importantly an exemplary woman.
Based on a Dutch drama, Penoza, the story revolves around the protagonist, Aarya (Sushmita Sen). Her husband, Tej (Chandrachoor Singh) handles the pharmaceutical company that also deals in opium and drugs with two other partners, his friend Jawahar (Namit Das) and brother-in-law, Sangram (Ankur Bhatia). The story overall says that Aarya’s husband gets murdered due to some business conflict.
After his death, she is left alone with her three children. She then manages the company, rescues herself from a gangster. Also, at the same time, she is continuously questioned by police officials. Where on the other side of the story, her children deep down in her father’s death trauma gets diverted into different matters and try to seek love and peace from elsewhere.
In the end, her sister also gets murdered. It gets revealed that her father got murdered her husband. The series was complete chaos. There was violence to the extreme, lust, the greed of wealth, politics, crime and all sorts of evil one can think of. But one thing that kept me hooked to my bed was Aarya’s character. The boldness, the potential, the decency, calmness, and whatnot.
It was like Sushmita Sen justified her comeback after 10 years. She has done great justice with her character. The most appealing to me was the originality that dropped from her acting. It’s her skills that she fit well in the role or maybe being a mother in real life might have added to not just portray but live that role.
Feminism is often confused with womanhood. When we talk about the powerful innate qualities of being a woman, some sweet critics get high with their spirits giving it the name of fake feminism. But the thing is that who is speaking about feminism. No, I am not. I am just speaking about the strength of women, womanhood.
When a woman gives birth to a child, she wears that bulletproof jacket naturally with the baby in her lap to protect that child from all the fear and negatives. In a persistent mode, we go on comparing a few homemakers with a working woman regarding them as ‘weak’. But we live with this illusion, unfortunately.
It’s because women don’t realize their potential. Be it a homemaker or a corporate job worker, every woman is strong in her own way and that’s strength bulges out in front of others when she or her child’s life is seen in danger.
The way Aarya deals with her husband’s death. Rather than mourning, she handles the situation with extreme boldness. She goes on to be extra cautious and affectionate with her children not to let them feel the grief of their father’s absence in their life. When dealing with the drug mafia, she strategically plays the game without even fearing for once.
With the same patience, she handles the police too. Also, she goes on to reveal the truth behind her husband’s murder. In all this part, she never freaks out. Yes, she cries but never lets herself break down. Without even relying on anyone, she portrays the real 9 phases of Goddess Durga in the form of fighting with the world.
All through this, her aim was just to protect her children and give them a secure life. It was a crime thriller. I too kept on giving wild guesses, trying to solve the mystery.
But approaching the end, the crime thriller transformed into a story solely based on an Indian woman of a Rajput clan who is dedicated towards her family has a vow towards her culture but if needed she can slit the throat of the enemy without even a single wrinkle on her forehead.
Whenever there has been an extreme misdeed happening in the world, the great bold women have liberated the world from the sins and sufferings. It’s a great lesson for all the women who are living a life inside a four-cornered house to never underestimate their weaknesses because they take the responsibility of managing the house. It’s because they are that capable.
Whether you are clad in a saree or trousers, you define your power through your actions and presence of mind and not with your attire. It’s about how you deal with situations. And it’s also about where to shed the tears and where to fake a smile.
So, before going to sleep, mummy came with a glass of milk in her hand. Handing it to me, she said
“Why do you ask such weird questions these days? Is this lockdown effect or something playing inside your mind?”
I just smiled, grinned before her, and hugged her. She was like my girl is crazy. But I could sense that affection and intensity of power to protect both in her eyes. When you can play all the roles beautifully in a single body, there is no wrong in saying that your strength is worth admiration.