I loved both Vishal & Hemant as Krishna & Balaram. Some had expressed concerns about Vishal looking divine or not, but I thought that his demeanor fitted Shri Krishna to an 'n'. Only nitpick I have - Krishna was reputed to always wear an yellow vastra on top and orange dhoti, while Balaram was always dressed in blue. They showed Krishna wearing a blue sheet, which he used to cover Rishi Muchkund, while in the promos, they've been showing him in green.
The sets and everything looked very realistic - they didn't make it extra modern the way they did w/ the AS Ramayan (this is not necessarily a negative reflection on the latter, just that they did a great job w/ the scenery here). When Kalyavan and his troops marched into battle, it looked like a real battlefield, and not like a set
However, I thought that they picked a strange point to start the serial, since many wouldn't know about Kalyavan. I think a better point to have started would have been to show Krishna either after Kamsa's death, or after his return from Rishi Sandipan's ashram. The serial could have started w/ something like Jarasandha declaring war on Krishna for killing his son-in-law Kamsa, and the first week's episode would have been about those wars, and about Krishna moving his capital from Mathura to Dwaraka.
Another major issue I did have was Krishna describing himself to Muchkund as the ruler of Dwaraka. His entire argument could have been unchanged had he instead described himself as a pramukh rakshak, or something along those lines. This is not a nitpick - one of the important facts about Krishna was that he never sat on any throne. Balaram too was addressed as Raja, and nobody showed Ugrasena, who was the ruler of Dwaraka throughout and until Krishna's end. Yeah, Krishna was the ultimate decision-maker in Dwaraka in that anything he said automatically became the policy. But not b'cos he was the king.
Also, Balarama, like Lakshman, had the reputation of having a fiery temper, and yet, Hemant was pretty subdued in his reaction to Kalyavan's insult. He needs to be more volcanic.
Incidentally, I liked the actor who played Kalyavan.
I do hope that a flow is maintained in this serial, and they do not leap-frog b/w events. But other than that, I have a good first impression
Edited by _Vrish_ - 05 July 2011 at 2:45am