I agree with you about the cutesy bit; Vishnu/Soham looks like the kind of chap who, if he was cleaned up and dressed to match, would fit right into the teenage flicks meant for the old Saturday matinees, strutting around in torn jeans with a girl on each arm and a fast car in the background. It is not a strong face by any means, and his smile is also self-consciously cute.
As for his dancing, that is typical tapori
stuff, and the song, even if it is, as Ash says, from Ekta's latest film, is really a remix (with perhaps some new lines added), of an old song from a Prakash Jha movie, perhaps Gangaajal
, danced to by Shilpa Shetty in a very popular item number "Main aayi hoon UP Bihar lootne!"
I also agree that the boy has no voice control. The problem partly is that he is straining to get the very marked Bihari accent right; he might sound much better, as you feel too, if he were to speak normally. Even there, his voice would be commonplace, but then no one in PR,not even Arjun or Purvi,has the kind of voice that mesmerises you with its rich cadences. Amitabh Bachchan's kind of voice is rarely found in TV. As for his acting, there has been nothing in that line called for as yet; it has all been loud posturing so far, and anyone could do it.
The Bihari accent, as well as the dialect used, are in any case almost like a caricature of the way Biharis speak, even in the villages. Prakash Jha understands his native Bihar as few others so, and practically all his films are situated in contemporary rural Bihar and at times in the feudal Bihar of the old days, but I have never heard any of his characters speak such a broad dialect. It seems rather to be the PR CVs' idea of how Biharis would speak, and is as far from the real thing as the awful fake Tamil accented Hindi of Tamil characters in the films of 40 years ago.
The very sad thing is that Soham, who was so lovely a child, so quiet and pliable as to be almost passive, has been morphed into this tapori gangster, who is so amoral that he enjoys his dhanda,
and is only sorry about that Rashid who got away. I really do not see how he is to be redeemed and whitewashed, even given that the PR CVs are by definition logic ke dushman.
If he is ever caught, and if even one of the kidnappings is proven against him (and the small fry in his 'father''s gang, who resent him so deeply, would be first to turn State's witness against him) there is no way he can avoid a minimum of 10 years in jail. What a fall for poor little Soham,and what have Archana -with her stupid and self-righteous do-gooding, in overt disregard of Manav's fears and his objections, about which she is not sorry even now - and the mentally unbalanced Varsha, done to him! How is he to be brought back to a normal life at all?
I don't think that when the truth is eventually brought home to Vishnu/Soham, he will hate his biological parents for what happened to him, and mourn all the lost opportunities and the good life that might have been his. He is far more likely to not acknowledge them as his parents at all, I feel, nor will he ever move away from his gangster 'father' and his mayee.
The truth, as today's episode makes crystal clear, is that he is completely
at home in his slovenly rural setting - see the way he touches a handful of "Bihar ki mitti' to his forehead, before luxuriating in his favourite paan. He likes sitting on the charpai
and eating his mayee ke haath ka
simple rural food, he likes horsing around with his village chamchas,
and he loves his mayee
and has a great deal of affection for , and is in awe of his 'father'.
Plus he likes
his 'father''s dhanda.
I wonder if he would baulk at murder, or if he would take that too in his stride. In any case, crime of this kind is a one way street, there is neither any going back, nor can the recruit limit the extent of the criminality involved or stop short of murder. He is also young enough and devil may care enough never to worry about something going so wrong that he is caught in the toils of the police.
But that is bound to happen one day or the other, perhaps straight away with the kidnapping of Manav (?). If they spirit him away to Bihar, and he meets Varsha, then all will come out at one go. Not if it is Ovi or Purvi who is kidnapped, for neither might recognise Varsha. Ovi has seen her only once, and that too briefly, in that photo with Soham before Savita tears it up. Purvi might never have seen any photo of hers, given Sulochana's edict against mentioning her name in their house.
See what Varsha has done to herself as well! Satish to usko palkon pe bithata tha
( he used to cherish her like the apple of his eye), but she never appreciated him as he deserved, nor did she value his love as it deserved to be valued. She had a near luxurious upper class existence, but she led her in laws and her husband a merry dance.
Now, as if to pay for her past sins, she has, for the past 18-19 years, been immured in a countryside tabela, complete with a cow in the courtyard and buffaloes being scrubbed down in front of the house. It is clear that she has married the gang chief , and he keeps her firmly in her place - see the way in which she has to jump to attention as soon as he appears and cover her head with her pallav -
, and will not brook the slightest disobedience to his orders, or any interference in his dhanda.
She has now become a prototype, subservient village housewife, Jhumri, from head to toe.
She evidently has a good idea of the dhanda,
but her objections to her beloved son getting involved with it seems proforma rather than due to any deeply felt moral opposition to this kind of crime. She no longer seems to be suffering from any of the hysterical fits she used to get so often and drive the unfortunate Satish round the bend; in any case, if she were to indulge in any such displays now, her present husband would make short work of them. Plus her memory of things past is as fresh as ever, and though she is thus terrified of her son going to Mumbai and perhaps running into his family, she does not dare to voice this opposition in front of her husband.
All in all, if it were not for the tragedy of Soham having been morphed into Vishnu,
I would applaud what has happened to Varsha as a case of jaisi karni waisi bharni
(as you sow, so shall you reap).
As for the sketch, I dare say Arjun caught a very brief front face look at Vishnu when he was pushing him to one side in the ticket queue. Not that it cannot be covered under the rubric of a plot device as well, or of cinematic licence (or the TV equivalent thereof).
Now let us all get set for Janmashtami and the great kidnapping!
Originally posted by jdronamraju
My first reaction to todays' episode:
My God !! Is this Archana and Manav's son? WOW !! Such a crass, uncouth, loud-mouthed, bihari ... Even they dont deserve it..
Will be interesting to see how they accept him .. kind of feel bad for them the first time...
Impression of VISHNU:
He is probably considered good looking and cute to some, but not my cup of tea.. He is more cutesy, and I am not for cute guys ...A good enough dancer, I guess. His voice is annoying..kind of grates on my nerves.maybe on a softer note, may be ok. but, in his current loud mouthed dialoges, there is no voice control at all... his acting skills, for me, still left to be seen.
All in all, as of today, not very impressed for the hype that was created.
How was Arjun able to describe Vishnu's face? I dont recall him looking at the guy directly. The sketch guy was able to draw every feature.. Am I missing something? Frankly, I didnt really watch the race around the train tracks that in detail..
I am not going to bother saying anything about the rest of the story..as unrealistic as can be..
All in all, can have another stress-free weekend
. We all should make use of it, as I believe next week is when all hell will break loose...