Originally posted by serialjunkie
No offense taken this side either. As I mentioned, I drop watching most shows after they pass their one year mark precisely because the shows tend to start delving into cliched story lines.
Dont worry, if at all there is an interconnected past, I dont think it will surface in the near future. The plate is already full as it stands now.
For now, this story is gripping enough with a few peppering of coincidences, albeit necessary to move the story ahead (for instance, khushi meeting Arnav in Delhi, necessary because the leads need to meet to have a love story).
I wouldn't say that is the only co-incidence in the show so far. Did they not show Shyam saving Khushi's honour in Lucknow and ending up as a PG in her house? He also happens to be the husband of the woman who gave her the job in KM. So not only is Arnav thrown in Khushi's company but Shyam is as well. A lot of melodrama is there in store for us with this factor alone.
but beyond that, they can easily carve a story line that relies on the
individual and personal flaws of lead characters, flaws that were
created by their pasts and being brought out in its worst form when they
are together. the true love story will begin when one becomes the catalyst for the others healing.
Whatever is currently happening to Arshi is exactly that. Arnav's reaction to Khushi is related to his past. I wish they show more about his past than that one flashback of his mom running away. Maybe as his feelings for Khushi strengthen, there might be some introspection on his part which will trigger more memories than that one incident.
Now, CVs can choose to do what they want, thats their choice, I do know what I want and when the story stops going in that direction, I will have the choice to decide whether to continue watching it or abandoning it altogether.
I agree with you there. One can always switch to some other show if one does not like what one sees.
Seriously, i don't watch any TV other than perhaps one serial at any given time. IPKKND is that one serial I watch now, and if a better one comes along, i will move on. As for western TV, I agree resoundingly that its a sleaze fest through and through. Other than Meet the Press and a Fareed Zaccharia show or some shows in Food Network/HGTV TV, some incisive shows here and there, I find most entertainment fodder pander to the basest of human emotions - even the local news creates unnecessary sensationalism. I stick to a very limited repertoire of news shows that are truthfully and ethically delivered and typically am not able to see most western soaps, shows or serials. I watch Numbers because the mathematical approach intrigues me, but that too can get sleazy at times but its a crime show, so i am not shocked to see immorality and dishonesty weaved into the story. Same goes for CSI.
In any case, the point is not whether I should be directed to watch Western TV. The point is that CVs can resort to a higher plane of story telling by sticking to personality traits of the characters. And if the story cannot be moved because its gotten stuck at that point, then they should stop the show at that point. Commercial aspirations wont let them and i know I am in the minority with this thought process.
Yes, one has a plethora of shows to choose from and one can do so depending on what is his/her interests. The limited point I was making is that this show already came with much more than personality traits on its platter and to be fair one cant stretch the show for two years or more only on the basis of differences in personality traits. At best that can be explored for a yer or so. I am of the opinion that shows (especially love stories) should not stretch beyond a year because there is not much else one can narrate without making it a ridiculous fest. I am also aware that given the reality of shows on Indian T.V., that would be a wishful thinking because everyone wants to stay as long as they can. That is why if they have come up with the canvass large enough to accommodate future plots without making the story sound ridiculous, I will support it. As I said much depends on how they narrate the story.
I had recently watched an intriguing and different show on this same channel called Gulaal. The theme of the show would come under what you would classify as sleaze. The female lead is widowed because of the lust of her husband's cousin brother. She wanted to remain faithful to her husband's memory but also wanted to stay on as the daughter-in-law of the house because of her husband's wish that she keeps the family (which is a large joint family) bound together. So she does not reveal the cousin's true face to the family but lets him know what she thinks of him. She also ends up marrying the twelve year old brother of the husband (to protect the young boy, whose life is in danger because of the greed of the killer cousin's elder brother and also avoid marrying the lustful cousin). She intended to free him from the bonds of marriage once he turns an adult. The lustful cousin turns into a reformed man seeing the strength of character of this woman and fulfills all the duties the dead son of the house was supposed to fulfill.
The woman, in the meantime, encourages the fondness that an orphan girl, who is raised by her sister-in-law, develops for her boy-husband so that she can get her boy-husband married to this girl once he grows up. However, fate has different plans. The boy-husband who is sent away to a boarding to complete his education returns back as an adult and develops very strong feelings for the woman who denounces it because of her fierce loyalty to her husband and also because she feels it is not fair for the young man to waste away his life with a much older woman. She also feels guilty for having encouraged the feelings of that orphan girl. The young man is very persistent though and they show how he develops into a matured man from a stubborn and willful young lad who cannot take no for an answer. He remains a support to the woman without demanding anything in return.
Although the orphan girl was initially heart broken, she finds a suitable match. In the meantime the truth about the lustful cousin comes out and her in-laws banish her from their house for having hidden the truth for so long. The family get broken up because of the harshness of the truth.The lustful cousin (who is reformed now) gives himself up to the police and serves a jail sentence before being reunited with his family. The family finally come to know why she had kept the secret of the lustful cousin for so long and will accept her. The woman herself finally accepts the feelings she herself has unknowingly developed for her young husband and reunites with him. This convoluted story which has some radical thoughts was gripping because of the tight narration, some hard hitting dialogues and excellent acting by the entire crew.
I have not seen a show which had excelled in every dept as this one did. That is why I feel it all depends on the narration and execution. Even a so called cliched or radical theme can be made gripping.
I think i am agreeing to disagree with the CVs on this piont, and they will pull it off, good for them! Like you said, it will stop being my cup of tea and at that point I will decide whether to watch because i am hopelessly addicted to a Mr. Barun Sobti or move on.