Thanks guys - loved all your analyses and viewpoints
Couple of things I picked up from your disussions:
1. Cliches - I agree that many scenes in this past week have been very formulaic and cliched. The bathroom scene was one such scene - I found it slightly incredulous that a man would spill out his secrets to a closed door of a very public bathroom - I mean, it should have been obvious to him that perhaps Neha might not be in there, but that even if she was, there might be other women in there at the same time? If there were women in there other than Priya, that would have been a vaguely creepy scene. It was poor direction - and @divan, I went back and saw that scene again with a better video, and you were right, the cameraman had some fairly weird birds-eye angles in that shot; it looked like a quite obvious set and not a public restroom.
Side note: The only other bathroom scene I've ever enjoyed was SO not a cliche and was an absolutely electric scene, once again because of the protagonists and their skills
2. miscasting of side characters - you know, I am somewhat surprised that EK has missed the mark on so many of these side characters. In the past, even her peripheral characters were much more solid actors and could very beautifully stand in the same frame as the excellent leads and match their acting skills. In KGGK and Kasamh Se, to take an example, we had actors like Achint Kaur, Ashwini Kalsekar, Tisca Chopra, and even Aruna Irani. Granted, these were much more than just random side characters who will probably be phased out as the show goes on, but they were capable of holding their own in a frame they shared with the lead actors. Here, I find myself very disappointed watching Priya's father or Ram's mother because, as Anu and others said, there is this emotionless void in those scenes - I can't figure out who they are, what their motivations are, whether they even believe what they are saying. Maybe this is all because they are to be phased out once RP get married, but at least in Ram's mother's case - it would have been better to get a seasoned actor so that they could at least stand up to the leads. I don't think taking other seasoned and well known K-actors would have detracted from the supposed "freshness" or down-to-earth quality of the show.
3. the love lecture
- I too am getting very tired of every single person RP meet, from their parents to friends to their neighbours' dogs, advising them to get married. We get it - you've bashed us over the head with it Ekta and once again I implore you to let the audience feel our own way through. Just as your lead characters are supposedly mature, so your audience is also mature and intelligent enough to know what you are implying without you spelling it out for us. As the King once sang, we need "a little less conversation, a little more action please"
In general, I'm also feeling a little irritated by the general beating down of Priya's character and past. She's an unmarried 33 year old, she doesn't earn enough, her mother doesn't appreciate her, her ex-boyf refused to marry her, her best friend "stole him", her blind dates want younger women - STOP! Enough battering of Priya's character, we don't want to make her into this tragedy of a character. I like that she has a spine and a little bite, but I don't need to be knocked over by the writers in an attempt to make me feel sorry for her. Please give her something to be happy about in her life, something that doesn't involve Ram because what I don't want to see is that a woman's happiness is dependent on her husband. Give her a hobby, a great friendship, a passion - something. I think one week is enough to introduce us all to the sadness of these characters' lives - now let's buck up and move on to the good things.
Edited by psawyer - 03 June 2011 at 2:59am