“I wish I had the courage of the girls on my Good Girl Show. I have often unconsciously conformed in the desire to strike a balance; a balance between my dreams and the desires of people who considered me a role model. Yes, I grew up like one. I did very well in academics, I worked at one of the most prestigious media houses in the country, I married at the ‘right’ age, I chose to have kids and all of this was my choice. But it unintentionally set me up as an example for many girls and boys at home. That’s how being “good” got defined for younger folks in my vicinity. The Good Girl Show, a web series, has been my sincere attempt to break that shackle which got bolted around me without my knowledge.
I met and interviewed many girls studying at DU before penning down the script. I wanted to feature the real time tale of Indian girls who leave their small-town homes to live big dreams in metros. They fight small and big battles everyday to get what they want. Even most of my actors are DU students. They are different from the me that came to Lady Shri Ram wearing a pink baby suit matched with a magenta chunni and stood out in the crowd rather loudly. My father told me that I didn’t have to be like them. My migration suddenly became a battle of me vs them; the them who were non-conformist. I realized the depth of the stereotype that existed in the society I came from. I have brought together many such incidents to tell this story of girls who believe in being themselves and not ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
So far, I have evolved with the stories I have created. In my first book, the 12 women characters were living around me in various roles. I simply captured the various shades of women. In my second book, I shared my life as a mother and questioned norms and biases around motherhood. In this web series, I bluntly question the stereotypes that I grew up with. It is a my journey and the journey of those like me who learn and unlearn on their paths of exploration.”