July 21, 2008 was the day when Balika Vadhu — Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte had started its journey on Indian Television, Colors Channel. Not many of us would have guessed that it will complete its 1000th episode. The practice of child marriage was the main topic around which the show revolved. And soon it was India’s favorite daily soap. Since its launch in 2008, Anandi has become a household name and looked up at as a catalyst of change. At an early age of 8, Anandi’s innocent smile and simple questions took the whole nation by a storm and soon her life was followed by many.
The show has won many prestigious awards during this amazing journey. It won the Apsara Guild Awards – Best Drama Series (Fiction), 8th, 9th and 11th Indian Telly Awards for the best Child Artist Male and Female, Popular Daily Serial, Best Programme With A Social Message and many more individual awards. If you think the journey was a smooth ride, well you are wrong. Balika Vadhu took centre-stage in national politics when members of Janata Dal (United) raised serious objections to the show’s content and demanded it to be taken off air. They said the serial was glorifying child marriage and the I&B Ministry should ban it. So, to avoid going off air, the show started showing slogans at the end of each episode describing the negative effects of child marriage.
And this became a national discussion because it also highlighted the repercussions of ‘child marriage’ besides touching upon several thought provoking and sensitive issues such as adult literacy and women empowerment. The story did take lots of turns and twists portraying Anandi’s difficult times, Jagya’s betrayal and breakdown of her marriage. But despite all this it was finally time for Anandi to make a new beginning leaving behind the bitter past. The 1000th episode did make the story more interesting when a new man named Shiv (Siddharth Shukla) made an entry in Anandi’s life . The elders in the house thought that it was high time that Anandi moves on in life. Shiv is a well groomed charming young man with an army background. He seems to be an energetic yet impatient, good-looking and a self made man of today.
Only time will tell if this new addition will help the channel to attract more viewers and not to forget the TRP’s 😉 So Stay tuned to iDubba and set a reminder for Balika Vadhu and find out about Anandi’s life as she embarks on a new journey… Do let us know if you liked this new start in Anandi’s life.