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Breaking the typical Saas-Bahu Idea, Sameera Reddy & her Sassy Saasu uplift each other!

How is  Sameera Reddy and her mother-in-law Manjri breaking stereotypes of the saas-bahu relationship?


Every Indian woman is worried about living with her in-laws after marriage due to stereotypes about this. But Sameera Reddy and Manjari Varde’s relationship proves to turn it around. Sameera Reddy, who is married to businessman Akshay Varde, shares a great bond with mother-in-law Manjari Varde. They laugh together, cook together, create fun content for social media together and even work out together.

Both the women work together to change the story of Saas Bahu Ke Rishtey and prove with their bond that Sassu Mas and Bahus are not always in conflict as they are stereotyped, publicised, and portrayed in Bollywood films, soaps, and dramas. We can learn from their relationship many things:

1. It was not a power game at all in their household

Her mother-in-law Manjiri shares a very easy relationship with her daughter-in-law Sameera. She said in several interviews it was not a power game in her house as it was open to all. “In Indian households, it is a power game between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law because I am still the head of the household but I have been unmarried and independent for many years so there was no power game in our house. It was open to all. I think it made a difference”

2. Understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses, sensitivities, and beliefs are very important to maintain a healthy relationship

“Her mother-in-law walked her way a little bit and she went where Sameera understands her today so Sameera realises where her reactivity comes from. Sameera always understands what her intentions are and what patterns she’s trying to break. She, in turn, understands my patterns,” Reddy said in her interview. After all, a relationship only works when two people understand each other.

3. Create Boundaries as a Way to Resolve Issues

As human beings, we all have some limitations in life. We have things we are open to and things we are against. In addition to being open to understanding where the other person comes from, it is equally important to know how to create boundaries to address issues.

Saas-Bahu Jodi teaches us that in order to maintain a healthy mother and daughter relationship, boundaries can be created to resolve issues without giving rise to worse issues. Sameera reddy & her sassy  Saasu breaking stereotypes of saas-bahu relationship?

4. Importance of financial security

As women, we don’t think about financial security but it matters.” For every woman, if she has financial security, she also gains a sense of independence and confidence. It was never an “Oh my god, you gotta stay with me” thing for her when it comes to getting married. She also said in her interview that she didn’t need to say, “She’s carrying my son” because she too is independent and is happy with herself.

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5. Respect goes both ways

There are still things that I’m sure get on her nerves and she gets over me like every family. But you have to find a way to understand the intention,” said Reddy when she talked about her bond with her mother-in-law. The actor also added that it is not an easy thing to build a new relationship that is strong and comfortable and you have to work on it every single day. Sameera Reddy & her Sassy Saasu breaking stereotypes of saas-bahu relationship?

6. Don’t promote negativity

Unresolved problems make us bitter from within. When our problems and anger go into disarray for too long, we often get angry.” The biggest issue I have seen in most mother-in-law relationships is that the daughter-in-law will go and absolutely chit-chat with the friend. and will complain about the mother-in-law,” Manjiri also suggests in her interview that keeping it in mind and fueling further negativity works better than confronting the problem right away. “We need to find a solution. We can’t sit here and vent negativity. Sameera Reddy & her Sassy Saasu breaking stereotypes of saas-bahu relationship.

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History and has worked as a freelance writer. She writes on issues of gender, caste and democracy.
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