How to make a good TV show: The Mere Dad Ki Dulhan playbook

While Nia understands Amber’s age-related mood swings and his need to be pampered, Amber knows of his daughter’s dreams and never comes in her way. It is not always necessary to give female characters an over-the-top look with makeup piled on. View this post on Instagram

Ticked off one thing off my bucket list – Rode a bike for the first time in my life 👅 Thanks to Dada @badolavarun.. He is a father who is conflicted between his daughter’s safety, her dreams and her choices in life. The two share a special bond where they do movie nights, dinner outings, share a drink when the going gets tough, give ‘champis’ and care for each other like nobody else. Judd jaayein unke saath aaj raat #MereDadKiDulhan par KBC ke baad @anjali_tatrari @badolavarun @shweta.tiwari
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In Amber Sharma, we get a relatable character. But she is mature enough to understand her father’s need for a companion after her mother’s death. They brought back television’s ace performers like Varun Badola and Shweta Tiwari, who proved their acting mettle on the small screen quite early in their careers. She is as vulnerable as any other youngster in today’s time. Like any of us, she has bad days at work and fails in her love life. Also, it gives a very important lesson on how to make your characters relatable. Mere Dad ki Dulhan is the story of widower Amber Sharma (Badola), who lives with his young daughter Nia (Anjali Tatrari). She has her flaws, and she isn’t afraid to acknowledge them. But ultimately, an Indian daily soap cannot stay away from the clichés and conventions — overly dramatic plots, characters wearing make-up to bed, unforeseeable, unrealistic twists. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. She is hardly bothered about being likeable. The trajectory of her relationship with Amber keeps one hooked. View this post on Instagram

Niya aur uske friends kar rahe hain bade dhoom dhaam se #AmNeet ke shaadi preps! They can dress as you and I do. In fact, he has brought her up as an independent girl who is not bogged down by the challenges of life.×1.png
In Hindi TV shows, where a female character is often either a ‘bechaari’ or a vamp, it is delightful to watch Nia, played superbly by Tatrari, live life on her terms. #mdkd #sony #meredadkidulhan #actor #actorslife
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Adding to this endearing father-daughter duo is Guneet Sikka (Shweta Tiwari), who plays Amber’s love interest. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. She is a woman in her early 40s, through whom the makers tell us love has no age, and it is completely fine for women to not be married even in their 40s. Shweta Tiwari essays the role of Guneet Sikka in Mere Dad Ki Dulhan. Kudos to the writers for not turning her into a woman who, to make a place for herself, plans and plots to bring differences between Amber and Nia. He is worried when she goes out at night with a guy or is conscious when a male colleague visits her at home. It may begin with a theme that is socially relevant, or it may promise ‘quality content’. She wants what she wants and is unabashed when she mentions what she desires in her partner. However, Sony TV’s Mere Dad Ki Dulhan seems to be keeping away from that path. But he still has relationship advice for her (though given reluctantly). So, I hope other channels and content creators take some inspiration from Mere Dad Ki Dulhan and realise it is not always about TRPs. Varun Badola and Anjali Tatrari in Mere Dad Ki Dulhan. But, ultimately, he trusts her with life situations. (Photo: Shweta Tiwari/Instagram)
What’s striking about Mere Dad Ki Dulhan is that none of its leads are painted as either heroes or villains. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Shweta Tiwari

varun badola (Photo: Varun Badola/Instagram)
Indian TV shows have been misogynist, and have failed its women characters for such a long time that it will take more than just one show to turn the tide. Instead of blaming the audience for only accepting your stale saas-bahu dramas, offer them something new. To be fair, the ball was set rolling by the brilliant casting. The Varun Badola-Shweta Tiwari starrer is worth your time due to its refreshing portrayal of a father-daughter relationship. Written by Arushi Jain
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Updated: October 8, 2020 2:25:05 pm

Mere Dad Ki Dulhan airs on Sony TV. She is also unafraid to make mistakes. And, unlike a Tulsi, Parvati or Pragya, she is not always a hero either. Joining them was a very talented young lot including actors Anjali Tatrari, Vijay Tilani, Samentha Fernandes and Shaleen Malhotra.