Argh! Star Player is MEAN! So after I was right into the episode having watched 3 out of 4 uploaded segments, it refuses - LIKE REFUSES - to upload the part for me
I'm going to try again in the evening to watch that bit - I know its whimsical when i can just watch on the links you've shared Srush, but if I can help it, I'm going to watch it HD - because the editing and cinematography is sheer brilliance and deserves to be watched like that!
Anyway - about the rest:
Loved the scene with Baba. Like its my favorite scene in the episode (so far? cause I didn't get to watch Galool waltz in yet... ) But I really like how that scene plays out. Usually, all these baba like scenes make me both wary, and weary. They are OTT, to say the least, and just impossible to believe in, if comprehended in the first place. I love how the script in this show balances the act between realism and fate. There's so much credibility to the extent of Vasant's optimism in his dream atm, that it convinces a viewer, just as Baba said, about the probability of a miracle coming true for him... His enthusiasm and never give up spirit just inevitably rubs off - and I love the way you said on your other post Srush, that Gulaal believed in his crazy dream because she was the dream... but really, its also the way he is! The singularity of his belief - its one-dimension-ness so to say - is what Kesar possesses too, except they are different in their wiring. Anyway - like I said, I love the way this Vasant and Baba scene plays out, because the dialog writing is so decent, everything that the Baba says has that crazed touch or aura of a soothsayer, yet, the statements have no 'fortune telling' in them. He's only translating into 'words' what he can see in Vasant's person. And it ends up sounding like a prediction for the long run. My favorite favorite favorite lines from this scene - sar par kafana baandh liya to duri se kya darna... fateh ki itchcha kar! - Not something you wont hear in a countless other ways in all those shelves of self help books... but there is so much conviction when he says it to Vasant - its like watching one crazy believer meet another! Again - the entire set up of that mela was so well done! Whoever is responsible for the sets of this show has shown excellence, without exception throughout the run of the show. This is entirely out of context, and maybe just my own bizarre sense of linking, but when Vasant walked inside that fair, and we saw the sights through his eyes, to me it was a deja vu sense of the movie Kabuliwala (minus the colors of course, cause I've seen the black and white olddd version!) He was this stranger in a celebration in another land, who had a fateful unknown reason to belong there anyway! And the way fate plays its cards - Yogesh (Nirja's brother) has called for a dholi, which Vasant shall be. PooBaa (Nirja's mother) already knows the first things about her soon to be SIL badi haveli blah blah... Vasant was like setting up his matrimonial details there And PooBaa only had to call him to chai now, for the alliance to be formalized it was a cute scene! I also like how fate again interferes, when Vasant starts chasing the wrong girl, and the other guy comes and pulls him back on track. Not that Vasant knows what's happening in the big picture - but its such a subtle way of portraying how even when we think we're taking all decisions, doing our own thing, making our own plans and schemes - really, what we're doing is only fate's bidding! If you haven't guessed - I love love love this entire deal of 'looking into signs'. All the more, because we can see it in retrospect now!
The opening scene was well done by all actors. It made me wish all over again, that the show had managed to retain this old PB for the end run. When she was so needed!
And hopefully Star Player will eventually behave and I'll be back to gush about chance encounters!