Posted: 10 January 2011 at 5:29am | IP Logged
P.S. - Anu,
So they had on a marathon of Sapnon se bhare Naina on SP yesterday and I ended up watching a number of eps. I see what you mean about the show being a little better since she left the house. I saw one ep in which she had just arrived in Mumbai and her suitcase got stolen - totally expected her to cry for an hour then stomp off to the police station in a fit of righteous anger a la most heroines. She was of course teary-eyed, but MEGA-impressed me by simply closing her eyes for a minute, giving in to the sadness, then smiling as simply moving on, no drama. Went to the hotel, calmly decided she would buy more clothes. Then the incident with the taxi driver. Granted, the whole "pretend amnesia so people gather and find out he's overcharging me" thing was a little OTT, but kudos to her for actually trying something different and getting away with it.
Then the scenes in the wedding planners office. Okay, I was very annoyed at her here for a number of reasons:
1. Asking for a meeting with the boss after repeatedly being told that there is no vacancy. I understand exuberance, I understand determination - but for Christ's sake, this is bordering on unprofessionalism! You cannot just walk into someone's office, with NO QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE in the relevant field, I might add, demand a meeting with the boss WITHOUT an appointment and continue to harass him and his secretary despite being told there is no vacancy. No vacancy means no vacancy! And how on earth she managed to get past the receptionist and security to make the tea and take it into the office, I have no idea! Completely inappropriate behaviour, no matter her intentions. And just answering one question and pleasing the client does NOT mean that you are now a better wedding planner than the people who have trained for it! Complete insolence.
2. Then the whole EKta-mai style mahaanta - "I don't work with people who don't respect others" spiel. What she was saying was understandable, but it's one thing to have principles when you have enough money to sustain yourself or actual qualifications in the field to support yourself, and another thing to hit yourself in the foot when someone, anyone, is offering you a job when you are a) new in town b) living in a hotel with limited means and c) have no professional qualifications to speak of. I mean, just because one day I decide I want to be a plumber doesn't mean that I can go out the very next day and start plumbing! And then refuse a job on the grounds that my potential employer is a bit of an ass, and decide to start my own plumbing company with invisible money and invisible qualifications!
What I would have appreciated more in this scenario was, if she had decided to become a wedding planner, to go to Mumbai and take up an apprenticeship with someone or take a course to learn the trade while at the same time supporting herself with any menial job that comes to hand. That is what most people in the real world do and have to do.
However, throughout the incongruity of all this happening, I still appreciated her sunny nature and that she didn't shout/taunt/cry her way through all of this. She simply picked herself up and moved on.
Then there was the whole paying guest issue. Liked how she dealt with that, though I did wonder how she could afford to leave the house without her few remaining clothes and money, since she doesn't have a job or a roof over her head. And in my opinion she should have stayed there until the wife came back so she could tell her just why her husband was locked in his bedroom....but I figure I know exactly how that conversation would go. And the random cliche of her meeting that lady in the park who would offer her a home aside, I liked their interactions.
I didn't see any eps after that, so I don't know if this has been discussed, but I bet anything that teh lady is the mother of the lead, the man Naina met at her friend's wedding.
All in all, it has its moments of cliche and sheer ridiculousness, but I do like the way that Naina (usually) deals with situations, and that her attitude is very different to all other heroines. How long this lasts, of course, is the true test. But I think I can probably bring myself to watch the show fairly regularly for the time being