Originally posted by why3
I know many people in the forum are talking about giving time to the characters. But based on this PH and the channel with the previous version, I am skeptical that they are planning to show anything more complex or giving time to this show to adjust. The other show such as YMGGK (don't watch it) picked up the TRPs after 1.5 years and yet they expect TRPs to CB to be in top 10 within first month.
This is also where I am seeing the difference between CB and other shows in the hands of Zee....for CB quick TRPs from the start is important but this same Zee can keep a show going for 6 months or more with far less TRPs.
The TRPs were high in first two weeks because audience liked the characters of kids introduced in the show. Also, the main child actors playing Dev, Radhika, Virath, Chenu, Barkha fit their roles perfectly and performed very well. If they change the characters after the adults are introduced, the audience would be turned off after few weeks or months and TRPs would go down instead of going up.
Yes...........the kiddies were brilliant.......and for the last two weeks they did justify the characters that they were enacting.....but if the same characters are now going to be played with then why will the audience be interested.They will migrate to the shows that makes sense.
Why not start slow and steady by building up complexities in each character and then you have a lot of stories for everyone. Probably I am being too harsh but the episode yesterday did not bode well for the future in my opinion. Since I carry my fondness for Dev from the first CB1 and also from first two weeks of chota Dev, it makes me mad when they play with that character. Also, people have to like the lead characters. Here I liked choti Radhika and so far adult Radhika, but can't say the same for adult Dev.
For me more than liking it has to make sense regarding their actions and behavior. I can watch a character whom I don't like so long there is logic behind his actions......but if he just starts jumping around then I loose interest and that character becomes a caricature.
Wonder if it is just two directors or the script writers or they want to project Radhika as this sweet innocent person who is always surprised by people's lies. That does not cut for me. A sweet natured person is not meant to be dumb. Even if she loves her sister unconditionally, she has to be aware of her nature. They showed that in the childhood where she didn't take Chanda's word and had to be convinced by Chenu whom she trusted more. So after living for 18+ years she has to know that Chanda uses her constantly. Radhika of CB1 was aware of Vishaka's duplicity, but covered for her because of her obligations towards the family. So she was not surprised when Vishaka would turn on her all the time. She would be shown hurt but not surprised.
Even when the second year of CB1 was terrible, they showed Radhika being very uneasy and unsure about her mother's testimony regarding the first wedding. That went with the character as she knew that her mother had preferred Vishaka over her at every crucial moment.
Yes CB1's Radhika kept to herself and she did not let her real feelings out...only Dev was the person to whom she opened up. Radhika in CB1 always knew what the members of her foster family were......it was obligation and expert manipulation by amma that made her shut up. Since we are talking of manipulators..........amma was the manipulator, she knew peoples weakness and attacked that......whether Shastriji, Vishaka, deviki or Radhika........although she was quite open about her hatred but she used to manipulate her son into silence.........her daughter in law into silence. Even the way she set to burn Radhika was a well thought out plan........after being told by Devki that Dev will not marry anyone when Radhika is alive.........she goes out and sweetly blesses Radhika in front of everyone to hoodwink Radhika and others. Since people knew about her hatred.....Dev knew about the bangles.........Shastriji and others knew about the mehendi.....when Radhika gets burnt people will not suspect her. She knew that Radhika most probably will not tell because she was still under ammas control. That is how a manipulator works, but even when Maheshwari pushed dadaji that was a reaction to the sentence that "there is nothing in niyati that says that she will get the luxirious life of an RPtian"......that is when her expression changes and she lashes out. Before that she was trying to ask for her son's right....reason with dadaji.......so Maheshwari is not a manipulator for me.
It is true what you have written for a sweet person.........being sweet does not mean that the person is dumb.
So, here she is fully aware of her mother and sister's nature. She was not shown to be surprised when her mother gave a look to her after Pandit asked her to go to Nandgao for Radha Astami. In fact, she was shown to be extremely happy and then she controlled her smile and happiness after seeing her mother's face. She then became happy again after her father endorsed the visit. Then, she kept smiling regardless of mother's loud disapproval. That was done very nicely and I liked it.
Yes but would like to see more groW*H in Radhika.....so that she does not depend on her fathers support. I hope they show that in her character development in future episodes.
Anyway since the surprise scene was the only jarring note in otherwise perfect interaction of Radhika with her family, I would give it a benefit of doubt and assume that it was just direction.
I am clinging on to direction now for that scene.
Overall, liked Radhika with her family and the characterization was intact for the most part. Shanti was an exception because she seemed subdued. But that could be that her husband has now put his foot down regarding Radhika and she would wait for an opportunity to strike back.
Shanti was a bit different....I wasn't sure whether she is bidding her time or just mellowed down. Have to see more of her.