Diya Aur Baati Hum

   

HT Article

Post Reply New Post

Page 1 of 1

b2011

Coolbie

b2011

Joined: 03 January 2011

Posts: 11732

Posted: 15 September 2011 at 11:33pm | IP Logged
 
Bachchan's dignity remains a draw
Poonam Saxena, Hindustan Times
September 03, 2011
  Email to Author

 Author's Blog
First Published: 00:20 IST(3/9/2011)
Last Updated: 00:23 IST(3/9/2011)
Share more...
3 Comments         
Email     print
 
Fortunately ' or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) ' I was out of the country during most of the Anna Hazare drama. But I believe news channels showed viewers nothing but Anna and friends all day and all night long. Even if World War III had broken out, it would have probably got
only a passing mention (if that). So thank God nothing of the sort happened, else many of us might have been annihilated without ever finding out why.

I got home also to discover that Kaun Banega Crorepati's fifth edition (KBC 5) had opened on Sony to stratospheric ratings, helping push the channel up to the No. 2 position (Colors has slid to No. 3 and Zee has crumbled to No. 4. Don't even ask the fate of channels like Imagine; if current trends intensify, such channels might end up existing only in the imagination of their promoters). This also means that Amitabh Bachchan's show opened to better ratings than shows anchored by Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra' basically every other Bollywood star who's ever been on TV.

This was at once surprising and unsurprising. Surprising because KBC has been around for ten years ' isn't there an element of fatigue by now? Aren't viewers weary of the show? Unsurprising because though it's no longer new, it's still a great show. And Amitabh on KBC has always been a class act.

I watched a couple of episodes and liked them very much. In today's reality show environment, everyone is so mean and nasty they could make Hindi TV serial vamps look like angels from heaven. But there are exceptions ' and KBC is one of them. Amitabh's dignity and old-world courtesy, his flawless Hindi, all contribute to the show's strength. Also, this time round, KBC has some very unusual contestants from all over India, many of whom have intense back stories (which are shown to us through dramatic reconstructions. I'm not wild about such reconstructions, but they seem to be working here).

The other show that has helped Sony's upward climb is the runaway hit soap Bade Achche Lagte Hain in which a 40-plus business tycoon (played by Ram Kapoor) gets married to a 30-plus middle class working woman (Sakshi Tanwar). Hindi serials are quite fond of business tycoons who are always shown striding down office corridors with a phalanx of fawning sidekicks, barking out tycoon-type orders such as "Usko do crore ka cheque de do!"  ("Give him a cheque of two crore!") But the working woman is a much rarer species. You can spot her only now and then in our serials. She is hugely outnumbered by the dense herd of women whose favourite accessory is either a pooja thali or a well-hidden (metaphorical) dagger.

Also, Bade Achche Lagte Hain has a relatively more 'real' air than the other serials which appear to exist in some mythical Serial Land where wearing makeup at all times is compulsory, sinister scheming is a national pastime and weeping a major virtue.

There is another working woman on the horizon ' in Star Plus's new serial, Diya Aur Bati. The show, set in Rajasthan, is supposed to be about an ambitious girl who wants to become a civil servant. She gets married to a simple boy from a conservative family and he helps her realise her dream. I saw a couple of episodes and they seemed okay except for the (future) mother-in-law character who shrieks out all her dialogues. But it's early days yet, so let's wait and see. Hopefully, Serial Land will not claim this show as its own.



Edited by b2011 - 15 September 2011 at 11:33pm

The following 5 member(s) liked the above post:

metallicazAmor.monika_2691Rose_PetalRajinilicious

Dear Guest, Being an unregistered member you are missing out on participating in the lively discussions happening on the topic "HT Article" in Diya Aur Baati Hum forum. In addition you lose out on the fun interactions with fellow members and other member exclusive features that India-Forums has to offer. Join India's most popular discussion portal on Indian Entertainment. It's FREE and registration is effortless so JOIN NOW!

Robie23p

Newbie

Robie23p

Joined: 08 August 2011

Posts: 35

Posted: 15 September 2011 at 11:43pm | IP Logged
Hey...!! Thnx for posting...!

Rajinilicious

IF-Stunnerz

Rajinilicious

Joined: 22 June 2008

Posts: 25859

Posted: 16 September 2011 at 12:48am | IP Logged
thanks for sharing the article

Amor.

Coolbie

Amor.

Joined: 27 August 2008

Posts: 40706

Posted: 16 September 2011 at 4:50am | IP Logged
Thnx for sharing :)

arunima_LUIT

IF-Rockerz

arunima_LUIT

Joined: 05 March 2010

Posts: 5683

Posted: 16 September 2011 at 5:08am | IP Logged
...Thanx for the article .  gosh the ma-in -law is indeed scary LOL

Edited by arunima_luvdsky - 16 September 2011 at 5:14am

Post Reply New Post

Forum Quick Jump

Forum Category

Active Forums

Limit search to this Forum only.

 

 

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.