I still can't believe the show's ending
This was the one show that I was sure
would be on forever, and the only K show that I wouldn't have minded
being on forever
Where else are we going to see such a great ensemble cast working in perfect harmony together? In 8 years the cast of this show have never been involved in any catfights or scandals, or actors' clashing egos creating tension on the sets. As a few people - Ali, Kiran K and Lily Patel - have commented in articles, it truly seemed like this really was on large family, who always got along off screen despite what was going on on-screen.
As someone who has stuck with this show from the beginning, it is extremely sad to watch the show end now, even though it has run its course in many ways. It's like losing a huge chunk of your life - for goodness' sake, I was a ruddy teenager
when the show began!
It seems like we've grown up and matured with "Parvati Bhabhi and her family". Goodness, I remember the first ep as if it were only yesterday - that first iconic scene that everyone remembers...the rangoli and diya that we always make fun of now
I guess what I'll miss most about the show is the characters, and the actors who play them. For me, Sakshi is
Parvati, and it will be difficult to see her and not think of her as such, or to think of her as any other character, should she take up TV again. It'll be difficult to not see her every day as Parvati/Janki/Swati, and to not hear those great bhashans from her...truly, Parvati always gave the best bhashans and the best slaps
No other bahu/saas could ever compare to Parvati in style, elegance, grace and strength. Ever.
And what about Pallavi? No other 'villain' will ever be as human as Pallavi - the two women who played her have together created such an iconic character that the audience have never really been able to hate her, even at times when she might have deserved it. This is one villain who always had a heart, and I'm so glad that, even if the show is ending, she's getting her happy ending
Shweta K and Achint - thank you for giving us our Pallavi
And my Shruti. Despite all the ups and downs over the years, despite my anger at the way the creatives have often mishandled her character, she is and will always remain my favourite
From the mature child in the early years, to her relationship with Krishna, Om, Parvati and Kamal (I still remember and love his "bacha"
, and nobody says "mamma" quite like Shruti
), to finding out the truth about her parentage, to Aryan and the Doshis, to Sameer and Gayatri, to Pranay, Tannu and Chotu, to the Janki-Shruti fights, to bringing Om home....I've loved each and every track she was in, even if sometimes I disagreed with her actions. Like Pallavi, Shruti is a flawed human being, with selfishness and greed and love and loyalty all part of the package. I'll miss the chemistry between Tina and Sakshi, from their mother-daughter bonding moments to their fights, and I'll miss the relationship between Om and Shruti, and Kamal and Shruti and Krishna and Shruti, and even Pallavi and Shruti. Basically, I'll miss Shruti
Thanks Tina, for giving me my most favourite character, and for always acting her with honesty.
As for Kamal, he truly has gone through acres of change throughout the course of the show - from the illiterate hangabout he was in the beginning, to a well-informed, intelligent businessman, and not forgetting those moments of Rishi Kapoor comedy
Kamal has always been the most steadfast of characters, despite his luck with women
and I'll miss his loyalty and his humour always.
Om - how glad I was when he was brought back. I know that the topic of Om has caused a divide across much of our online community, with some people preferring others to the jodi of OP, and that is fine. What are discussion forums for, if not for differing opinions?
But for me, Om will always be Parvati's other half, and despite the negligent way that the creatives have treated him upon his return, I am still glad that he was brought back, because it was the one thing - the only thing - that Parvati ever wanted. I've loved the OP jodi from the very beginning, and to have their love kept alive throughout the years was the most beautiful thing on this or any other show. Not for Parvati the three-thousand marriages and divorces like other characters; not for her the transferring of affections from one husband to the next. Parvati has always loved only one man in her whole life, and even when he was gone, and there seemed no chance of his coming back, and even when there was opportunity for her to "move on" with her life with another man (I don't think a woman necessarily needs a man to "move on" from something, and I'm glad that Parvati didn't think so either), she continued to love the one man who had been her companion forever. Her love for him never wavered, not when they were against each other, and not when he was "dead". Not for a second did she think she could choose another man in his place. That was the beauty of Kahaani, and of a real, loving relationship. How I'll miss OP
How can I end this character list w/o talking about "Kill me...
From the moment he and his clan made their entry - in black leather and motorbikes, no less - he has enthralled all of us to the extent that, like Pallavi, we could never truly hate Sasha. The coolest villain on TV, he was one who could command the same screen presence as Parvati, stand in the same frame as her and deliver, and Chetan deserves many accolades for his performance. The "Mahabharata" track after the 1st leap was one of my favourites, as was his love story with Monica, and now his return to the AG family. I'll truly miss this hunk of a villain, and his crazy and often suspect chemistry with "Parvati...Aunty
Chaya - God
how we hated her
That woman was the bane of so many people's lives, and we can only applaud Rinku Karmarkar for her excellent
portayal of this bitter-no-sweet character
It can't have been easy to play the character that people didn't love to hate, but simply hated. But Rinku pulled it off, at times we all pulled out the hair on our heads at her antics, and wished we could enter our TV screens and slap her silly. Thank you, Rinku, for playing your role so well that we truly hated your character, but appreciated you.
As for the rest of the clan - while I may have had my differences with the Buddha Brigade (Score one for Trishna for that epithet
), in the beginning they were each of them as strong as the rest. Dadi, Babuji, Vandy Maasi, Maaji, Ajay, Avantika, Gaurav, Shilpa, Neeraj, Mitali, Preeti, Sonali, Parth, Vigyat, Monalika, Sonu, Varun, Krishna, Gunn, Aryan, Sameer, Gayatri, Trishna, Rajeshwari, SD, Mallika Doshi, Suyash Mehra, Shikhar, Mayuri, Ashu, Nikhil, Rishika, Aditi, Adi-Mets, Tiny and Bheem, Chotu/Ishan, Pragati, Trishna, and last but by no means the least NARAYANI DEVI, whom we all love and miss like mad - thank you all for making the show what it was. In your own ways, you contributed a lot to the threads and texture of the show. If I've missed anyone out, apologies - there are a lot
Who can forget the iconic theme tune, the variants of which would often created such thrills down our spines. That moment when Janki returns on the boat in the dead of night, the moment when Om dives into the water to save his Parvati, and every single time we hear that title tune revamped has been such joy. That title track will be missed as well. And if I seem to be using the word "iconic" an awful lot in this post, that's because there is no other word - the show IS iconic; it has created a kind of history that can't be mirrored or repeated ever again.
And finally, the creatives (begrudgingly
). I may not have liked a LOT of the things you've done, but it cannot be forgotten that YOU created Kahaani in the first place, and even in its darkest days, you kept Kahaani a notch above the rest, always above the rest
. You gathered a brilliant cast, created great stories and relationships and played on the right chemistries, and for that, you get my thanks.
There never will be another show like Kahaani (not least because all the new shows are copies of each other and have pieces of furniture playing human characters); Kahaani was THE show, maybe at the beginning right behind Kyunki but it caught up and surpassed it (IMO) over the years. Kahaani was the K show from which all K shows are now made, it was a pioneer in its path, and it introduced us to such wonderful talents and created a resonant chord in our hearts. Kahaani will always be missed
and lovingly remembered
P.S Maybe when the show ends, and if enough members agree, we could air Kahaani reruns on the site; starting from the very beginning, and enjoy the show together again.
P.P.S Sorry for the extra long speech
but after 8 years, this is the least that Kahaani deserves!
Edited by psawyer - 08 October 2008 at 5:33am