It's Ekta's show!! And as is usual for Ekta's shows, mostly because she manages to get the best cast, it comes with a lot of hype. I was on my toes for the show since last week. What do I feel about the first episode?
On a general rule, the first episode could be a huge stimulant or a lil duller than its successors. Tere Liye started with a huge stimulanting, suspense filled episode and hooked people. BALH starts with a slower episode which took its time setting the storyline and the plot. It tried to familiarize with the characters and the backstory.Priya and Family
Priya: Sakshi as a confident, working woman who earns for her family and unconditionally loves them is not exactly a surprise. She is just an Ekta heroine with jeans and a flashy dupatta. From what I saw of her she is very principled, selfless and ignored by her mother. Also she is someone who is totally in love with the idea of love. We have seen such girls before in many Ek's serials but one thing that I liked about Priya was her self of maturity and her lack of sad faces. She smiles and doesnt simpers... She walks on confidently knowing that she is too old for marriage and she takes her mother's lack of attention in her stride.
Her family is so typical. A mother obsessed with the younger,prettier daughter and has no time for Priya, a doting but helpless father , a beloved but clueless sister. Is it really given that a mother of an unmarried daughter would be inattentive? No its not and I wish I saw that a lil more but one thing I can identify is that since she believes Priya is past her prime she could be more willing to bestow her attention on Aisha who might still be well-married.Ram and Family
A hardworking, soft hearted and soft bellied
business man who is shrewd enough to read through slides and naive enough to buy a company merely to attend his sister's wedding. Interesting!!
I loved his hard and soft edges. I also feel his loneliness as he is spurned by his step mother. But once again the family is so typical. A clueless, uncaring step mom who cant see beyond her flawed children and has no feelings for the step son who adores them all. Reminds me of Dhadkan!! Also it has some storyline potential.Strengths:
Loneliness is the theme that underlies the first episode, Another theme is how wrong footed unmarried old people feel: Ram with his guest who believes it his daughter's wedding and Sakshi with the beauty pageant receptionist. So it promotes marriages at the right time.
The last frame reinforces the loneliness that they both feel while being with their families. This is why people need to get married because after a point your family members move on with lives and u are left alone and lonely. Overall
Not a brilliant start but an interesting one. Looking forward to more of it. I give a 6.5 / 10