Posted: 31 May 2011 at 7:29am | IP Logged
Originally posted by nureat01
Ok, I've only managed to watch 3/4ths of the first epi so far but here's my general thoughts.
I'm so BEYOND sick of the THOUSAND years purana Kekta background score she uses in EVERY show...It's been a while since I've watched a typical K-soap and to hear those dumb tunes in EVERY scene was ruining the effect for me.
Secondly, it's not bloopers that bother me but the TECHNICAL glitches...what was up with the random bad dubbing for Ram and Priya's bits in b/w?? The voiceovers sound like pata nahin kaunse door tunnel se aawaaz aa rahi hai...such POOR quality of sound/dubbing...what a waste if you look at how this is THE soap queen we are talking about *rolls eyes* This is the FIRST epi...you'd think they'd put in proper PREPARATION for it...but no, instead they are busy compiling wohi same footage of the 20000 gods that Kekta must pray to before starting an epi.
Overall I felt the epi was rushed...in the way typical first epis of K-soaps have been since I can remember...why does EVERY character trait need to be established within the first epi only?? For example, the bit when Ram tells his friend why he feels marriage is not for him...did that have to be randomly put in after a moment right after Ram's stepmom kinda snubs him??? Why not draw out some character traits so that it all unfolds slowly and the audience is able to absorb and assimilate each facet of a character? This epi could have been left at showing the whole business tycoon on the rush aspect to him or even his OCD behavior at the meeting talking about bringing his own cutlery next time...
Priya's character was everything the synopsis mentioned but HOW I wish that stupid "Oh can't you see what a WONDERFUL woman" she is music wasn't playing the bg to play up her mahaanta...as it is the scenes with the mother and sister were cliched...upar se this music...god save us.
And the lecture on pyar...god...ok either I've been spoilt by some some shows where I've seen such wonderful NUANCES in recent times or K-soaps are just incapable in general of dwelling on nuances and not ramming you over the head with that baba adam ke zamaane ka melodramatic bg music...we GET that Priya is a positive personality but WHY the need for such a CHEESY love gyaan session?? Really blahh scene.
So far the supporting characters don't seem very interesting. RP obviously have potential...let's see if/how their relationship is developed well from here on.
was waiting for your contribution to this...
You know, when I wrote this yesterday I was simultaneously watching the show OL, and so these were my immediate thoughts. Later, I watched the show on TV (due to time difference) with my fam, and my feelings were revised slightly to concur with yours, Shreya's and to some extent, Mash's in the CC.
@bold1 - lmao. The bg scores are so common now that I barely pay attention to them but yes, they have become very stale. I loved the bg of the title track though that played a few times on Priya. But tbh the first thought that came to my head then was how would that track sound rocked-up, synthesised and angry-sounding for the typical "angry/pivotal/revenge-type" moment when Priya is about to deliver someone a bhashan or an asskicking
- you know what I'm talking about, Anu? The beefed-up versions of KZK and KGGK (which, btw, I *loved* at the time)? The melody of BALH is so sweet, so soft that it made me laugh to imagine what it would sound like in the future.
@bold2 - EXACTLY! I said something similar in this or another post somewhere - since apparently Ekta has been waiting for TWO years for Ram and Sakshi to give the show the nod, you'd think she would have spent the time preparing the script and all its peripherals in such a way that NOBODY could pick a single fault in - at the very least - the FIRST episode?! Haila - this simply reaffirmed to me that K-titles or not, EK has not grown up, matured or changed a single bit. Okay, she's the creative head and not the actual writer/production manager/whatever - but it is HER final responsibility to ensure that her monkeys are closing every manhole with a logical cover (excuse the really bad analogy
). Chalo, at the very least we could start a daily/weekly Blooper Watch and laugh ourselves silly
@bold3 - arre, when has EK not
rushed into things? Like we discussed in the CC, most EK heroines have fallen in hate, lust, love, pregnancy, hate again and revenge all within the first week's worth of episodes That's
when the story truly begins
. But I agree with you that the mark of a good story - and a good writer - lies in revealing the characters and their minds slooowly
, page by page, through incident, action and thought. This was almost like those really bad novels where the narrator gets his heroine (or her best friend) to strike up a ridiculous conversation detailing every aspect of their lives up until this point, even though they already know and have been through it. That just makes it all the more transparent that it is a story.
@bold4 - LMAO
What I still
want to know is why the hell was Priya giving gyaan on love in a class meant to be a) about Keats and, you know, his WRITING, and b) in English?!! This reminded me of that scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai when Mz Briganza (aha!
) taught the gang Romeo and Juliet, but only got as far as asking her three favourite students what love was
Mind you, I love the film and that scene - it just didn't really fit in an English class. Or, maybe that's what the teach in English classes in India?
I wouldn't know, but maybe Anu and gang can shed some light on this
were you asked to write essays on love and marriage in your Eng Lit classes?
All of this now sounds like I've completely reversed my position and hated the episode; that's not the case. I do still think it had some potential but I feel that largely it rode on S/R's shoulders to rise above the mediocre dialogue. And despite the promise of the promos, I went with with reasonably low (in Ekta's case, these are very, very, VERY low) expectations, so I wasn't as disappointed as some others might be. It wasn't the worst thing I've seen on Indian TV in recent years, but there is still a ways to go.