Posted: 23 December 2010 at 3:51pm | IP Logged
I think the problem isn't the approach to the story, i.e. whether it should have been emotional or more upbeat, but the planning and organization which went into it, and wasn't concrete enough to hold in place as things proceeded. On the whole as well, this is an area in which the LTL team lacks...their timing in planning tracks (ex. Damodar Patil, elusive Twin-Anna, drunk-slap, etc.) and the pace of executing those benchmarks leaves much to be desired. Of course, the reason behind this is the time constrictions provided by the channel, and the fact that they make decisions as to what track will be dropped, focused on, or altered and how. The flip-flop that happened with Baaji's story too seems to be the result of having to juggle around and accommodate the channel's decisions...just like nowadays, I think even then, they had a lot on their hands in terms of material to explore but just couldn't organize it in a coherent manner within all the limitations (by the channel) and so, some of the arcs ended up looking incomplete (DP's death), others were rushed (drunk-slap) and some were just forgotten (not only Baaji's lovestory but even his presence as a character leading up into the wedding and FR).
There were a few off-hand comments back when the track with Roops started that Neetu Wadhwa's acting chops weren't found fit enough to be playing the reformed love-interest and this change in the story didn't garner positive feedback, so they looked to other alternatives because of that...I don't know how much truth there is to this possibility, but it seems likely because of how quickly the track was dropped. They suddenly switched gears and brought in a totally positive character as Baaji's love-interest, but again, rather than development of the lovestory, the pair got recycled Baaji/Roops type of scenes that aired in a stray manner, something which only ended up making them look cold and lackluster together. There was and is nothing unique or convincing about Madhu-Baaji...which, IMO, is the biggest pitfall with regards to this couple. They neither have a well-built connection since the start of the show like Roops-Baaji and nor do they bring something new to the table...whether they do emotional scenes or even those that are a little more neutral...there's just nothing to talk of there. Hot and cold would probably be the best way to describe their struggle with Baaji's story...they've been trying to tussle it in there, sometimes more actively, while sometimes totally sidetracking it, and since there are so many other things going on within the show, they just haven't been able to give it good enough a development and presence amongst all the numerous things that need to be shown.
As for the emotional vs. upbeat thing...I don't think it entirely explains why this facet of the story has been falling flat...with Roops/Baaji, one of the reasons I really liked them together is because of how childish and immature they were together, which is such a stark contrast to DN, who are silent and deep-rooted. It would have made for a good juxtaposition and variation in the story because RB did have it in them to do the bickering-young-love thing well...Madhu/Baaji...they can't do the bickering, playful shtick well, not only because of the way their characters physically look together but also because of how they were introduced to each other and the dynamic they share, which is just not fun and frolicsome
On the other hand, if we talk about the emotional treatment to their scenes...it worked well on Roops/Baaji because they had known each other for a long time, Baaji had almost been an over-seer to her, indulging her for many years, so for them to share such deep and intense moments, such as him having the ability to change her mind from committing suicide, or her comforting him re: Dutta worked because of the development they already had...with Madhu/Baaji, it looks artificial, because how many days have they known each other for again? Their emotional scenes don't have the same genuinity and depth because there has been no development to make them look real or touching...
So the emotional thing would have worked well for RB, while they did also have the upbeat, fun feel sprinkled around in good quantity too...better of both the things. With Madhu/Baaji...things are just looking forced and thus failing...they don't get enough screen-time and development for us to buy into and be convinced. And since the writers don't have the time to handle Baaji's lovestory with good focus and treatment right now, why not save it for later after DN get together? Then they can go into it in detail and make it satisfying as well...but now, as they try to stick it in here and there...it's just not working out.