The character of Shakti portrays each woman. We all represent her.She inspires all of us to become a better person and respect our gender.
Serials are today’s space for entertainment where most people seek pleasure watching it. As these serials sometimes go to the extra fictional level and sometimes it pictures and portrays ordinary life of people making it more popular. ’Balika Vadhu’ was one such serial that portrayed the life of rural Rajasthan. There we see child marriage as a popular culture. It indeed became very famous.
And there are serials which center on Indian Mythology which revolves around human life teachings in moral terms. Ramayana and Mahabharata are such serials. Ramayana in India is the most popular serial. So much that however modern a person maybe will still put all their work down to see the serial. But both of these serials are somewhat male-centric. It does teach human beings good things. But it’s patriarchal. Devi Sita is very important but only in relation to lord Ram! Recently a serial named ‘ Siya Ke Ram’ changed the trend to some degree. But even ‘Siya Ke Ram’ still appeared a little patriarchal. But it’s good work too.
On 22nd July 2017, a serial’s first episode was released on Colors TV. The serial was “ Mahakali- Ant hi Aarambh hai”. Mahakali is basically Goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva. The whole story revolves around Parvati but at the same time, the other gods are not pictured less in any way. The tag line “Anth hi Aarambh hai” means that every end is a new start. That the end which appears like the end can be a new start to something. Hence end itself is a new beginning. This serial almost has more than 90 episodes featuring the spiritual transformation of Goddess Parvati to Mahakali. Mahakali means someone who is beyond time and death. Someone who herself is eternity. It’s a splendid story of a human being transforming and achieving its godhood.
I really owe a lot to this serial. This serial is especially so much woman empowering that I cannot express in words. There was an old Adi-shakti serial but it was not so good in terms of portraying the marvelous and brave nature of neither Shakti nor the special effects in the serial was that great. But this is so much different; it had the best effects possible in some budget. At the same time, Shakti is portrayed so beautifully and it is women–centric that in spite of patriarchy I cannot feel it. The whole season we see Lord Shiva on a mission to make Parvati realize her true power which is deep inside every woman.
The character of Shakti portrays each woman. We all represent her. She inspires all of us to become better person and respect our gender. I still find some people complaining about this serial. I am sure they haven’t evaluated it so much. But we need to appreciate this serial for portraying the character of Mahakali so powerfully and effectively. And creating a perfect Women-centric mythological serial where the goddess hood is more looked into than otherwise.