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Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya is an Indian soap opera that airs on STAR Plus channel starting December 7, 2009. The story depicts the life of a middle-class girl Pratigya who struggles and fights for her self-respect against the stigma and discrimination that prevails in the Indian society even today. The show is very popular and right now enjoys the top position in TRP ratings!!
Love stories happen when two people have the same feeling towards each other of liking, desire and passion. But this is a love story of two people who are together for all the wrong reasons. The story is based in a small town of Allahabad, where the smallest thing happening in one’s house is known to everyone. Women lead a very careful lifestyle because men are seen as superior to them by some people. Social rights for women are not valued as much in this town and are taken for granted. Most women are treated poorly, indeed. Education is not seen as a strong attribute for a women in society.
Such is not the story for the Saxena family. Though they have their values and tradition in place, they believe in educating their daughters without any hesitation. Pratigya and Aarushi consider themselves lucky to be born in this family, which in retrospect, they are. Their father has left no stones unturned to provide his daughters the same education as he has provided for his son, despite pressure from relatives and the rest of society. They are a closely knit family. Returning from her college to Allahabad, Pratigya slaps Angad (Kunal Kapoor) for misbehaving with her with ill motives. This starts the problems in her life which she is unaware of. Krishna saw her. When he is about too, he sees her face and admires her beauty. He falls in love with her at first sight and decides to marry her at any cost even his father Sajjan Singh refuses.
Pratigya also goes out for shopping to meet her friends, unaware that Krishna has developed a liking for her. Later on, Pratigya and her family finds out Krishna is the Thakur’s son, who is the richest and influential man in town. Despite her middle class background, he still respects Pratigya a lot and never bore any ill feelings for her. Krishna is very arrogant and rude, like the rest of his family but he has a good heart. The way he is brought up by his family causes him to act aggressive towards others. Also, he carries a gun around because of which no one questions him.
From the day he has seen Pratigya, his day and nights revolved around her existence. Krishna’s friends too have started considering Pratigya as their Bhabhi (sister-in-law) making sure that nobody troubles her.
Pratigya doesn’t even see eye-to-eye with Krishna. He doesn’t exist for her. She is unaware of the troubles Krishna creates for others if they are unkind or extra nice to her. Krishna with full right makes Pratigya’s life his business. His obsession towards Pratigya doesn’t take long for Pratigya and her family to realize that there is some guy who is after her. The family decides to get Pratigya married soon and Pratigya also willingly agrees for it. Pratigya’s family arranges a boy for her named Nitin. Pratigya completes her engagement with him. But later Angad(villain) severely injures him and kidnaps Pratigya. The blame goes upon Krishna. But Krishna, as he is a Thakur, had no problem. Later Pratigya becomes ready to marry Krishna to take revenge on him for what she thinks he had done including her kidnapping, insulting her family by writing Krishna’s and Pratigya’s name on the wall opposite their house which was actually done by Angad, saying that they’re madly in love.
As a means to gain the equal amount of control, Adarsh, Pratigya’s brother, decides to marry Komal, Krishna’s sister to make certain that no one in the Thakur’s household will treat Pratigya badly. During the marriage, Pratigya also comes to know that Krishna is uneducated. She intends to take revenge from him and stop the various injustice regarding women in his house. But Krishna, who does not know anything about what happened to her, tries his best to win her love.
Pratigya now wants to oppose and stop the various insults that women are facing in that house. She takes a Pratigya (pledge) to save the respect of herself and also her sister-in-law (Kesar who is Krishna’s bhabhi), whose husband beats her often without reasons and has got her children aborted for 4 times because he does not want a dark-skinned child. The new challenge for Pratigya is to protect Kesar’s unborn child, but she does not understand that she needs the support of Krishna in all her fights. They succeed in saving the child.
On the other hand, Komal finds out that her husband used to love a girl named Roli, an old friend of Pratigya’s. They have a big fight, but in the end, they patch up. He says he loved her before the wedding, but forgot her later. Komal finally accepts her new life, family and husband. The finally starts to get along with all of them.
One day, the house’s servant makes Pratigya eat some old pickle. She gets sick and runs to throw up. Her parents-in-law think that she’s pregnant. They start celebrating. Pratigya tries to tell them that she is not pregnant but Krishna stops her. He wants to see his parents happy and wants them to live in the illusion. Days pass, Pratigya’s mother-in-law suspects that Pratigya is not really pregnant. She arranges a puja. Pratigya cannot sit in the puja and tells her in-laws the truth. They all think that it was her plot, that she lied to them so that she could get special treatment. They throw her out of the house and all through this, Krishna does not stand up for his wife. He doesn’t defend her. He doesn’t tell his parents the truth that he told her to continue instead he slapped hard on Pratigya’s cheek which made Pratigya cry and feel embarrassed and she went away to her mother’s house.. But he deeply regrets his actions… He misses her a lot and notices how much she means to him. He tries to bring her back but Pratigya’s family members pose a condition- if Krishna’s father comes to take her home, only then would she go. Krishna’s father goes to their house and brings his daughter back instead. He poses a condition that Pratigya could only come back if she apologized for her actions to everyone in the family.
Angad, on the other hand, decides to set up a new business. He tells Pratigya’s father the truth on how he was the one who beat up Pratigya’s fiance and how he was the one who kidnapped her. He says he took some sexy photos of her when she was naked and would spread them around it he is not given 5 lakh rupees (money) in 5 days. Pratigya’s father cannot get hold of the money so Angad says he will marry Aarushi instead which she is not very happy with and runs away from home. Luckily Pratigya finds her and also finds out that it was Angad who kidnapped her and not Krishna and finds out what Angad has been asking for (Aarushi’s hand in marriage). Pratigya confronts Angad and gets him arrested. Her father tells Pratigya not to tell Krishna about the kidnapping and all the terrible things Angad has done because this would make Krishna angry and he would end up killing him now Angad is out of prison he has set himself goals to ruin Pratigya’s life.
Angad was let out from the prison. That very night he died, By slipping from the top of a rocky deep ditch Shyam Saxena could have saved him, he tried to but when he grabbed his hand to pull him up, as Shyam’s hand was wet and so was Angad’s he fell into the ditch and died therefore Shyam thought he had murdered Angad. Now Professor is in prison and Pratigya and Adarsh are trying to get Professor out by hiring a lawyer to fight the case. This has caused a rift between Pratigya and Krishna, as Krishna thinks that Pratigya is going against his father, Thakur Sajjan Singh. now Shyam Saxena is out of jail but for this to happen Pratigya has to tell the truth how angad had kidnapped her, hearing this Krishna is shocked and wants to kill her and himself tries not to. Pratigya is hurt to see Krishna in this state. Krishna leaves home because he is upset and doesn’t want to return. Pratigya is worried that Krishna has not returned home yet, so she decides to find him whilst finding him, a snake bites Pratigya, Krishna takes the venom out of her body and decides to go home for the sake of his family member. whilst returning home Krishna faints and Pratigya comes to know that Krishna’s body is full of poison. Later the doctors say that Krishna’s condition is very critical and that they don’t have enough hope. Pratigya is shocked to see Krishna dead. she requests him to wake, all are shocked to see Krishna’s vital kick stars kicking when Pratigya talks to him. a man(Aman Mathur-the lawyer who helped Pratigya’s father get out of jail) says he wants Aarushi’s hand in marrige. Krishna has realized that how much Pratigya loves him and together they both decide to love each other a lot and will always stay together.