The ‘evil mother-in-law’ of daily soaps

Many young girls form terrified images of an evil mother-in-law after watching daily soaps. This leads them to either decide to remain single or do not give a chance for their relationship with their MIL to flourish.

5 replies
Ranjana Kamo
August 30, 2017


Ranjana Kamo September 2, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Ibada, Anshulika, Satarupa and Bhagyashree,

Soaps are fiction but have a great impact on the young and old alike, though in different ways. The young are easily swayed and make their life miserable.

Anshulika Bansal September 1, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Well, this is just not the matter of girls!
Young boys also form misconceptions about marriages. They often tend to think that in a marriage a man has to oscillate between a mother and wife.

I have an opinion that parents at home should check what their child is watching and direct him/her to watch sensible TV shows that helps them to understand about life better.

Bhagyashree Sowani September 1, 2017 - 1:27 pm

The negative effects of tv on young girls is well documented. They develop negative body image and unrealistic expectations from relationships.
Our tv serials display a very regressive version of indian society. The mother in law is typically shown as evil and dominating.
Its important for parents to take action by
Limiting tv hours
Focusing on the achievements and ambitions of their daughters.
Developing their self confidence.

Satarupa B Kaur September 1, 2017 - 1:23 pm

Hey there.. The serials are too much drama but then let’s not always be over judgemental. My funda is be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best. That way, women will not be in for a bumpy ride if MIL turns out to be not-so-awesome. However, they must do what they can to see the other person’s ‘good’ bits can be absorbed.

Ibada Monn August 30, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Only a very naïve person will take the exaggerated mothers in law shown on tv to decide whether they should marry. Relationship with one’s in laws is of course complicated and needs to be handled with care. Going in with that mindset is better than any other.

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