Fun fun! I don’t think I’ve done this since Jab Harry Met Sejal maybe? It’s a combination of the characters being written in such a way that there is a lot to talk about, and there being enough people interested for us to have a real conversation.
(oh, and index of all my Made in Heaven reviews is here)
The bride who is adorned with jewels, the daughter-in-law who is the jewel of the household, the person herself doesn’t matter, it is a way of showing your wealth and position, having a beautiful person wearing expensive beautiful jewels.
The Goddess statue in temples who is dressed in real jewels, remote and opaque and powerful, taking jewels as her tribute.
The golddigger wife, the woman who did all of this for the jewels and now has only the jewels to comfort her.
Sobhita/Tara is all those things in this series. She is forever a bride, married so far above her that people only see her as her husband’s wife, her in-law’s daughter-in-law, not as her own person.
At work, she is a Goddess. Seeing the bigger picture, gently changing the course of events, impossible to fully understand, beautiful and somehow otherwordly.
But at heart, she is the goldigger. That is what the end of the season brings her to, acknowledging that she set out to win over Jim Sarbh and she did, and she isn’t ashamed, she accepts that. It’s what she did and who she is, and there is no need to feel guilty or try to punish herself any more. That’s the person Arjun knows too, the awkward woman trying to look richer and more in control and more perfect than she is.
It’s an interesting character. In broad strokes, this is the villain in a soap opera. She is a poor girl, she trains herself to act rich, she gets a job as a secretary just to be near to a wealthy man, she seduces him step by step, then she releases a sex tape to break his engagement and guilt him into marrying her, and then she takes his money to pay for the business she wants to open. EVIL.
But this show takes a step back and asks us to consider what kind of a person would do those things, and what kind of a world she must live in. Sobhati was raised to believe that her beautiful face was her fortune, and marriage was her goal. As are all women in India, marriage is the greatest thing to hope for, the only thing to hope for.
All women are told that, but Sobhati was smarter than other women. In a different place, she might have aimed herself towards movie stardom, or politics, and become the biggest star or the most powerful politician. But she was told that marriage was where she should look, so she looked for the best marriage. And she made a plan and figured out how to get there. We have just seen 9 weddings, is what Sobhita did that different from the Sikh bride who cheated on her fiance and then decided she loved him and wanted to make the most of her marriage? Or the Munglik bride who went through the secret ceremony? Marriage is complicated, especially for a woman in India, and there is really no way to make it work if you do it completely “fairly”. So Sobhita does it unfairly, finds a single rich man who is not that interested in his fiancee, gives him the option of sleeping with her, releases the tape, and then makes herself into the exact kind of wife who could make him and his family happy. Is it that different from a woman whose family forces her and the groom together and then she makes herself into the kind of person he would want?
Sobhati is a very very good wedding planner. She knows how to make people happy, she can figure out what they want, she can ease the way for these new couples. And the greatest wedding she planned was her own, giving Jim exactly what he wanted.
At least, that’s how I see her. How about you? What did you like, what didn’t you like, what parts of her story did you find most interesting?