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The Forgotten: The Original Villain of GHSP
"[A story] is
only as good as its villain. Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat
from [story] to [story], only a great villain can transform a good try into a
triumph." ~ Roger Ebert
Dev the Villain
the antagonist, the bad guy: Every story, not matter how big or small, needs
one and every story is incomplete without one. Without a villain to oppose the
hero, the story is lackluster and the hero is left without a job. Yes, the hero
may romance the heroine in various locations and settings, steal a few kisses, but
that is not exactly being heroic, now is it?
Villains simply make the story interesting. You might find their actions
despicable and morally repugnant; you may very well hate them with every fiber
of your being, yet, they engage you. They are complex and well rounded
characters that have much depth than their exteriors care to reflect. They are
often associated with dark and troubled pasts or an injustice of some sort. A
realistic villain is one whose motivations and extremism are described by their
was built to be the perfect the villain. When Dev made his entrance as a
suitable groom for Geet, the audience was instantly drawn to him. There was
something appealing about him. At face value, he was the prince charming and
every girl's dream. He was "rich", stylish, and yes good looking. His smirk
could make your heart skip beat and leave an eerie feeling at the pit of your
stomach simultaneously. He was believable as the hero. However, underneath it
all was a man with a dark soul; he is a master charmer, a womanizer, a
pathological liar and an opportunist. He is a man who gambled away his wealth
and tricked a young girl into a fraudulent marriage for money. He schemed, he calculated and exploited a
girl's innocence for his advantage and he never repented, not even for a second.
Dev Khurana was the devil in disguise.
A man is a
product of both nature and nurture. When Dev is considered, both nature and
nurture has blessed him with the worst of their qualities. He is truly a
product of his father, the elusive Papa Khurana. He is a womanizer and his
promiscuity knows no bounds. He cheated on his wife with Geet and then he turns
around and does to same with Meera. His
upbringing clearly didn't make up for the disastrous genes in his bloodline. He
is the Khurana that never belonged, the black sheep, and a pariah of sorts to
his own family. He was not Dadi's favorite and most certainly not his father's.
He didn't have the control over the family wealth or as a matter of fact
neither did he have any say in it. His upbringing made him resentful and
selfish. Nonetheless, Dev is a chameleon in many ways. His true nature is
When Maan cut off his funds and made him a true pariah, his true colors surfaced. Dev is innately an exploiter. He used everyone in his life to his advantage. He used Maan for his money. For Dev, Maan had the equivalence value of an ATM with unlimited funds. He used his wife Naintara; he used her to come up with a plan of a fraudulent marriage. He used Daadi, by taking advantage of the fact that she loved him. Finally, he used Meera. Meera was his saving grace when he once again became a pariah. He used her and manipulated her into helping him. Not only that, Dev is an opportunist. Dev will take advantage of any opportunity to achieve whatever he can get out of it, with no regard for principles or consequences. Being intimate with Geet was an opportunity that presented itself to Dev, an opportunity from which he simply couldn't walk away. Intimacy was not part of the plan, but it didn't matter to Dev. Naintara might have been the mastermind behind the plan, but she didn't ask him to be intimate with Geet. He is selfish and it is intrinsically true to his character. Dev Khurana was intricately sketched to be the perfect villain.
Villain vs. Saint
Dev as a villain makes sense. His foundation was all perfectly laid out to be the villain; the ultimate villain who will give Maan a run for his money, a true evil genius. A story is that much more engaging when the hero and the villain are siblings, much like Cain and Abel. The Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark. It is the conflicts and variations among characters that captivate the audience, not homogeneity. Dev as the Devil had and still has so much potential. However, potential is nothing without execution. The execution of the villain Dev fell flat. On the flip side, Dev as a saint makes no sense. He has no foundation to make a convincing positive character. It's an absurdity to even remotely consider Dev in such light. He was the man who plotted and exploited a young girl's innocence for his advantage, and that makes him irredeemable. Forcefully trying to make Dev a positive character has made him a limbo character. He is neither good nor evil. Dev today is a coward who can't stand up to his wife or own up to his mistakes as his own doing. Dev Khurana, the suave, sophisticated and the original bad guy of GHSP, is lost in a world of creative confusion, lack of vision and lack of dedication to a character that is very much vital to the story. Dev Khurana is in oblivion. Does the same fate await to his actions? Are his actions also, forgiven and forgotten?
villains may come and go, but Dev Khurana will always be the villain of GHSP.
Dev is the one who made Geet everyone's Parayi; it is her story, for that
reason he is the ultimate villain. Dev's character might have lost its
sophistication, but his actions must not be forgotten. Every story has a
villain for a reason; the villain is the driving force behind the story. The
story continues till the hero defeats the villain, may it be a dragon or a highly
intelligent psychopath with a sadistic sense of humor. Whoever it may be, the
villain always gets the short end of the stick. Good must defeat the evil. Dev
Khurana must endure the same fate, he must be defeated. No matter which way one
tries to spin it, basic nature of people does not change, Dev Khurana is a
chameleon; his repentant act is simply another shade.
The continuation of Dev Khurana: Rebirth of the Villian/Defeat at the hands of the hero
1) Dev Khurana the villain must be reborn. He needs to be out of this current state of confusion and stake his claim as the villain of GHSP.
2) Dev must fight back; he is not a loser who accepts defeat just like that. He is not selfless and no one is buying what he is selling. The Maan has to work hard to defeat Dev. What's so heroic about defeating a villain who already surrendered? Where was the battle between the brothers? We need to see that.
3) We need to see a proper trial, not a rushed version of it. Bring back the old cast as witnesses. Give the Dev track a proper closing.
4) Dev must receive apt punishment. He needs to be tried for fraud, rape, polygamy and any other offenses.
5) Dev and NT join forces to fight Maan and Geet in this trial. It was always the four of them and it should remain that way. Outsiders should not be brought into this battle because it's not theirs to fight. Others may choose sides, but it's not their battle .
Replacing actor 8 months into a serial can be a daunting task, but certainly not impossible. Here are some options to explore until the replacement is found.
1) Dev successfully jumps bail and is in hiding MINUS Meera. He is a fugitive; he doesn't need a consolation prize in Meera. And if he "loves" Meera he wouldn't jeopardize her safety. But the police keep looking for his whereabouts and Maan hires a PI.
2) Dev quits his repentant acts and realizes that he doesn't want to go down alone, and kidnaps NT and runs away with her (She is his consolation prize). But the police keep looking for their whereabouts and Maan hires a PI.
3) Dev jumps bail, and police catches him and puts him in jail.
4) Put Dev back in jail for violating a restraining order taken by Naintara.
5) Dev hires a top notch defense attorney and he is shown working on the case while speaking to Dev over the phone.
6) Dev moves away from Meera, but he keeps tabs with her over the phone.
beats the living day lights out of him and it puts Dev in a coma.
Dev Khurana, the story needs you, can't wait for you to be reborn.
During my extensive study of Dev Khurana, it came to my understanding that he suffers from a mild/moderate case of Anti-social Personality Disorder. Sociopathy is severe form of this disorder. In other words, Dev Khurana is a sociopath in the making.
Characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder may include:
Other common characteristics of those with Antisocial Personality Disorder include superficial charm, shallowed emotions, a distorted sense of self, a constant search for new sensations a tendency to physically or verbally abuse peers or relatives, and manipulation of others without remorse or empathy for the victim. Egocentrism, megalomania, lack of responsibility, extroversion, excessive hedonism, high impulsivity, and the desire to experience sensations of control and power can also be present. A Sociopath in the making
Feel free to add, subtract, divide and multiply...
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Maan and Geet:
They are just adorable! No one does humor quite like them. Loved the look on Maan's face when Geet said the breakfast is yummy. Poor munda is such a joru aka ghulam. Then again, aren't they all. DD is so cute. She is brilliant in these nok-jhok scenes. It reminded me of the first night at the outhouse when they were chasing each other off the bed. Oh.......Good times
However I didn't like the whole "You call me HP Express
because you think I'm dumb blah blah". We all know why he calls her HP express.
Yeah that's right Geet, because you never shut up! Much like you were doing right there.
Finally, we are starting to see some nausea and food cravings. Hallelujah!! This must mean that Geet is preggo after all. I liked the golgappa scene. It was cute! Maan will buy her the whole cart of golgappa when he ealizes she is craving. Yeh Maan bhi na... such a tube light sometimes.....by sometimes I mean like all the time.
Maan/Dadi/Nakewl and NE:
I liked the scene. Nakewl's expressions were priceless! Nakewl you ROCK!!! Everyone teasing Maan and him being tolerant and not blasting them was nice to see. It showed the how much Maan has evolved as a character. My favorite part was when Maan was chopping onion and him looking around to check if anyone was around before wiping the tears off his eyes. That is such a Maan thing to do, God forbid if someone sees the MSK shedding a tear!
Arjun and the non-existent one:
Like Arjun! HATE HER!!! I hate the idea of the sister and I hate the fact that Nikunj can't act to save her life. CV's your casting is impeccable. Ok Arjun is flirting with the NES....he is such a playaHH Why is their story moving so fast? Are you guys trying to save money by having one gigantic wedding and have them marry alongside Maneet? No Right? Then what's the rush? And oh my goodness, what is with the NES doing a turn around and hair twirl thing? Come on....why is NES so cheap? Play hard to get dammit, you look like an idiot looking back at him. If you are going to walk away then do it in style! Don't look back.Haven't your brother taught you anything.....That's right he didn't know you existed till like an hour ago
If mommy wants golgappa that's because the baby wants golgappa! So get me some RIGHT NOW. Sorry for yelling, but you know, I'm just trying to be like you
P.S. Aren't these shades just so kewl? Kinda like Nakewl chacha. But not as kewl as you though, because you are the coolest.
Hi Dude! Wassap?? I know I'm cool and all and you wanna be like me. But DUDE! Stay away from my damn closet! That's right I want my hair and clothes back. Don't try to pull off my pants as your....They are a tad too, how should I put it....TIGHT!
I don't even know why I'm writing to you, but i have a thing about talking to imaginary peeps. So yeah I just wanted to say that you are growing on me....kinda like Mold on bread...leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth
PS: Can you guess which snake you are
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7) Arjun beats the living day lights out of him and it puts Dev in a coma.
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Maan-Geet scene: This scene could have been better. Mostly because of Geet's rant about her being Hoshiarpur express. Now where did that come from? I know what you may be thinking, but Geet is just like that, she goes off in tangents. Not a good excuse. If the CV's wanted Maan to make up to her with breakfast then he could have thought of something else. For example, how about Maan simply wakes up in the morning and decides to make his lady love breakfast? So simples yet makes so much more sense, it does not always have to pointless arguments that have no base. But the meaning behind this conversation is very relevant. Geet is an example to Maan, she teaches him to trust in humanity. She also attempts to tell him that she is not as nave as he thinks and does have a mind of her own. She does not need his constant protection.
Both their views are understandable. Maan will never be able to forgive himself if Geet is ever hurt and Geet sometimes feel suffocated under his protection because she wants to break out on her own. When Geet's happiness is most important to Maan, he cannot help but be protective. That has been his instinctive nature since day one. He is Geet's one and only savior. What would be smart is for him to do is keep an eye on Arjun from the sidelines and allow Geet to make her own decisions.
Maan the chef: Oh how sweet he is making her something she does not like. =)) My favorite part of this scene was NaCOOL! How awesome he is. Please do show more of him. His acting is improving, much better then Nikunj in fact. Keep it up NaCOOL!
Breakfast for Hoshiarpur express: I liked this scene. Drashti's expressions were very good. She is extremely good with the comic scenes. It was a very cute scene. I like light hearted scenes like these. Beats the rona dhona any day. Though rona dhona is needed as well.
Hallelujah! Praise the lord, the baby is real! Did Geet react to the smell of mushrooms? Yes she did! Did she have achar and gol gappe cravings? Yes she did! =D We want to see more baby related scenes. We want to see Maan running around trying to fulfill Geet's cravings, massaging her feet and back, helping her out while she pukes (gross, but sweet)…etc. Those will make for great scenes.
Scene in the car: Loved it! They are just too cute to handle. I already see their husband-wife relationship blossoming. You never want to tell your significant other that his/her cooking was bad. That is a danger zone. =))
Arjun-Anvesha Scene: Arjun is a character I am very intrigued with. The double meanings in his dialogues were just brilliant. He is obviously there with an agenda that won't be good for the Khurana's. He has made his way into their safe haven; their home. He has also made his way into the hearts of the three ladies in Maan's life; Geet. Daadima, and Anvesha. Now that is an intelligent villain. This would have been an awesome scene if it had not been for Nikunj's bad acting.
Anvesha: Cv's where in the world did she come from? One of the reasons she has gotten so much negative feedback is because you were not able to give a good foundation to her existence. She literally just popped out of nowhere. Even now it is not too late to give us an explanation of where she was all this time. The character has potential, but the actor playing the role does not. Please replace her.
Geet HSP viewers like logic in the show. The show was best during the April-August period. Since then, there have been some episodes that were done very well and some that left us thinking if we were even watching Geet HSP. Granted there have been some ups and downs behind the scenes, but is that a good excuse to let the quality of the show fall? It is evident that when logic and good execution was missing, episodes became mediocre. Last week's TRP's is a good example of that. The script needs to be more refined. How much the viewer enjoys the show is dependent on good story telling. Tracks should not happen without telling us how and why it happened. It should not be left to the viewers to assume what happened. Loop holes in the story should be filled in. For example we should hear more about Sameera and Vicky. Anvesha asks why Dev was not in the wedding card, but why did she not ask about Vicky? A building always needs a good foundation to remain standing; otherwise it is inevitable that it will fall someday. Before doing anything with the story, it is always necessary to create a reasonable and sensible foundation.
Questions for CV's
1. Did Dev move to Pluto?
2. Did Naintara go back to the pits of hell she came from?
3. Who is Vicky? Is he Maan's imaginary brother?
4. Is Nikunj being replaced or not?
5. Do you have the ability to choose good actors?
Theme of the Den: Dev
What can I say about the worst character in Geet HSP? His sainthood has put a dent in the story. It would have been more fascinating for him to stay a negative character and give Maan and Geet grief. Dev has still left me confused till date. What I would like for Dev, if he remains in the story is to turn evil once more. A villain is much more intriguing in a story then a positive character. He can attempt to win custody over Geet and Maan's child. It is disappointing that he did not show any concern for the fact that he got Geet pregnant. That was bad characterization. He wants Geet and her child to be happy with Maan. But the more exciting track would be if he tried to snatch their child from them. I would suggest keeping Dev the character, but replacing the actor as acting has never been Abhinav's strong point.
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Redeeming the Devil
"It is his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute." AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Freedom from Fear
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