She is not your stereotype female protagonist who puts others’ happiness before hers and readily sacrifices everything. She is also not a damsel in distress who needs rescuing. She is someone who is very practical and has a clear sense of right and wrong.
We are talking about Mishti, the female protagonist of Star Plus popular show Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke. Mishti is a perfect blend of modern thinking and traditional values. She never hesitates to stand up for what is right even if it means going up against her loved ones. Although she has come from a broken family and was adopted, she is never insecure. She understands the value of love and the importance of family.
Mishti raises questions about the age-old of the custom of arranged marriages. She went one step further and asked for a premarital courtship to understand her partner better before committing. When she realized her chosen partner Kunal was not the right person for her, she didn’t hesitate or think about the consequences but broke up the engagement, unlike the usual heroines who think too much about the consequences and end up adjusting.
Mishti’s modern thoughts reflected in her character when she realized her love for Abir and decided to propose him instead of waiting to be proposed. She is always logical and her relationship with Abir is a mature one with trust and loads of love. She is a true problem solver and a protector of her loved ones. She does not let herself get consumed by family pressure and sacrifice her happiness. Instead, she finds a solution to overcome the problem and stay happy. Kudos to the makers of the show for portraying Mishti as a completely relatable and girl next door character that goes beyond the norm of daily soaps female protagonists.