I've followed this show since the first epi and needless to say the first week has been an interesting one...
I find Sugni to be a very refreshing character better than the usual cookie cutter "bubbly" girl characters in most shows that are just OTT in their attempt to be "bubbly"...such characters have become caricaturish over time on TV cuz most shows attempt to either go for that or the "seedhi saadhi middle class" girl template.
In Sugni's case...she's just very NATURAL...in her bubbliness, the dreams she has in her eyes, the spirit that sparkles bright even in the face of gloom or any attempts to shatter those dreams...she talks nineteen to the dozen but I find it sweet that there is this quirk where ppl have to make her repeat what she just said cuz she talks too fast...and I love her quirk relating to the stones she uses to chant a made up prayer to calm herself whenever she's scared...the actress performs all this very naturally and she's impressed me since the first epi.
I love that combination of spunk yet not BLIND bravado...she isn't blindly fearless...she too feels scared from time to time but in the middle of a situation when you think she'll cower, she'll surprise you with her spunk...case in point the ending dialogue of epi 2...my most fav. of this week..."Main aapki majboori samajhti hoon...jaayiye maine aapko maaf kiya"
...in that moment, this girl won me over as a fan
The premise of this show and the universe in which it exists makes you pause...and the way the stories are being presented raise many questions on the morality in this almost alternate universe where the usual rules of family don't apply for this community...they have to live on the fringes of society, be treated like lepers unless it's to get something out of them...and they continue to do this...generation after generation...the parallel lives that these Thakurs lead...one is the "proper" one with their wives and legitimate children...one is the "not to be spoken of" one that they lead with their Bednis...who's children are never acknowledged...unless ofcourse they grow up and join the procession as the next generation of Rai dancers.
So in this universe, Sugni is the one bright spark...the symbolism of the night and dawn was reiterated many times over the course of this week...with Gulabiya again and again telling Sugni that a Bedni's destiny doesn't allow for any dawns or mornings in her life...her entire life revolves around the night, is the night...The bond b/w the mother and daughter is being subtly shown...in particular I'd mention the butterfly scene and the scene where Sugni is putting oil on her mother's feet at night and Gulabiya so softly talks to her about dreams...especially the latter I feel was fabulously enacted by Narayani...the initial impressions of Gulabiya were a bit on the underwhelming side but I really liked this scene and I feel this character will slowly show more layers as the story progresses...oh and I'd like to mention the chemistry b/w the two actresses is very good too...natural...there is a pathos in Narayani's character that will slowly emerge more strongly...but I get a sense of the undercurrents. ...anyways coming back to Sugni...she refuses to bow before the 'wisdom' being imparted to her...she refuses to simply accept her "fate"...she wants to write her own destiny and no matter what kind of situations she faces, she doesn't let it break her spirit...that is interesting to watch.
Now moving on to the other most interesting character introduced in the third epi...Thakur Vikram Singh...it is so lovely to see Varun Badola back on screen in an interesting dramatic role...makes you realize that the powerful screen presence of the iconic TV actors is unmatched...so according to the promos and the initial articles, it is hard to peg this character...but if I speak of the actual entry sequence and his scenes shown so far, he seems like a very interesting character...his first meeting with Sugni was quite entertaining and Varun does that bemused sarcastic persona so well...the bantering worked well in that scene with the misunderstanding going on...he's a bit of an enigma...Sugni appears to amuse him at this point...a refreshing character in his life...again I'd like to mention that Sugni wasn't one of those typical "cute" babbling bubbly girls in this scene...and I found it interesting that Vikram was the only guy who could decipher her superfast way of talking as she mentioned as well
There are interesting similarities b/w these two...this struck me more in the 4th epi when Vikram made that sarcastic remark about how that Thakur shouldn't be given the shade of an umbrella cuz he considers himself the sun of the village or something...lol...reminded me of Sugni's "maine aapko maaf kiya" comment...Vikram is a more polished and educated version of Sugni...but on one level they connect. Sugni too seems intrigued by a Thakur for the first time in her life after hating the whole breed in general...so a base of intrigue has been set b/w these two...an interesting dynamic that will unfold soon.
I guess somehow Sugni will end up becoming Vikram's bedni but she will fall in love with the other lead guy? Remains to be seen...as of now, the Vikram-Sugni dynamic seems interesting.
Apart from this, the rivalry b/w the Thakurs is interesting and will probably form a major crux of the story and twists...have to say the actors are excellent and create an aura of powerful drama on screen very well...loved the confrontation b/w the Thakurs today...excellent dialogues as well.
So in this Bedni community, the men don't work...and wait for the women of their family to go and dance and earn money...given what they showed in the most recent epi, it seems Gulabiya will fall sick and be unable to dance...and Sugni will finally have to step up and perform a Rai dance after pressure from her family? That's my guess...
And Gulaal fans...since I see a few floating around this forum :P...the set they're using for one of the haveli venues is Motabha's house in Talsagra, isn't it?
Overall I liked the first week...the show seems to have a good script and a very good cast...they all fit their roles well...I'm intrigued to see how this develops.
I do have to say that in general this show gives me an Agle Janam part 2 vibe...not that that's a bad thing