I think the creatives have very smartly touched upon the issue of live in relationships adding a desi flavour to it obviously. The creatives themselves have tried to practise what they preach by showing they go half way to show us a controversial issue by adding a flavor of acceptance attached to it.
Arnavs represents today: over confident, rash, wanting to break free, caught up with family ties, not knowing what he wants and hence does the opposite of what is being told to him.
Dadi on the other hand represents- traditions, dogma, values and rigidity that has been passed down in the name of good upbringing.
so which one is right?
Shyam warns Arnav, he tells him, there is no harm is making a few sacrifices today to secure a future tomorrow.
Whereas Arnav a man believes in living for the moment. He is unsure of what his tomorrow holds for him. If something goes wrong he thinks he can use his clout and power to bend things his way.
Does one have to really get married to find social acceptance?
Shyam says, if its just a small ritual or an act that makes the world change the way one looks at a thing, why is Arnav still relunctant? does he believe at some level that marriage is a holy institution and he fears not honoring it? Does he feel, he is too big for the rules of the society? Or does he fear not being recognised in a crowd if he does what everyone else does?
Either ways it is Arnav's inner struggle to be a man who creates a place for himself such that he is invincible, and for now, he doesnt care its his own family, he wants to prove wrong! well, may be he doesnt, but his acts make it look that way.