Balika Vadhu

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/11/2008

Balika Vadhu on Colours has been getting heavily into issues of class. Apart from Maasa repeatedly reminding each of the daughters in law that they get better food to eat in her home  than in their parental homes,  she has now begun to object to people from Anandi¿s village visiting her at her sasural when they are from a status in life which does not match that of Maasa¿s khandan. Wow. Class discrimination on prime time entertainment TV?  Lets see how long it lasts.

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