Sometime last month in one of the episodes of ‘Dance India Dance’ for kids Rani Mukherjee was invited as a guest celebrity.
There was this little kid ‘Om’ from North East India who was asked to propose Rani Mukherjee for marriage and accept it only if she knows how to roll a chapatti.
So wheat dough and rolling pin were brought and she was asked to roll a chapatti. She did that and then the roti was displayed to check if it was really round. When everyone was satisfied with the shape the actress asks the kid if she qualifies the criteria of getting married. The kid says yes and everyone claps.
Now you must be wondering why I am writing all this.
Let me explain.
It was a kids show and somehow I got the feeling that we are conveying a message that how so ever successful a woman is, still she needs to know cooking and other household stuff to get married.
One side we talk about equal opportunity for girls and boys and on other hand we spread the message of need for a woman to know cooking.
When a girl gives in equal effort to be successful then why is this criteria of cooking be restricted to girls only? She too invested her time in coming in par with the boys then why do we expect girls to know everything?
In country like ours where media plays such an important role and creates a huge impact on the minds of people especially young generation aren’t such shows spreading a wrong message?
The show had kids from age group of 8 to 13.At such tender age whatever values we give to kids would help them to grow up as good adults.
Will not the kids learn that when they grow up and get married, they are supposed to sprawl on the sofa and let the wife do all the cooking, because cooking is something which a girl is supposed to do?
May be I am over reacting. It was just a show and whatever was telecasted was for fun. But somehow I felt the message that it conveyed was not right.
Any thoughts on this?