A new TV show launched two weeks ago in India, titled “Mrs. Tendulkar”, that has a family role reversal – dad at home and wife working- at the core.
Thanks to @HelenAnnSurveys for the heads up across our Twitter feed earlier this week. There was a related article in The Hindu: A Role Reversal of Sorts that describes the show.
“A househusband (stay-at-home-dads or the more stylish house-spouse), a man who keeps the house — with or without a work-from-home option — while his wife steps out to work, is a rarity even in the most socially-advanced countries. So, it is a refreshing change that a television show in India has this role reversal as its crux — “Mrs Tendulkar” on SAB TV…The story, partly comic and partly feel-good, is of a family consisting of wife, husband and their three children. The wife becomes the branch manager of a bank, and the family moves into a society inhabited by the bank’s employees. To a community that is accustomed to seeing the wife toil at home and the husband as the breadwinner, this comes as a jolt.”
What can we make of a country like India being progressive and airing a show about a family and their role reversal? A step forward, certainly. Also, interesting to hear that the show had decent ratings so people were interested in this type of family lifestyle.
In a television age where we have popular shows in the U.S. like Modern Family and Parenthood, maybe at-home daddying or families with progressive parenting roles are not very groundbreaking. However, with a country like India in the mix, and perhaps other countries to follow suit in the future, at-home daddying and families with role reversals will continue to be more socially accepted as part of the “social proof” landscape.