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Weekly Review Kushaal / Viraat - 16 - 21 July 2012

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WEEKLY REVIEW - Kushaal / Viraat

16th July 2012

Goading Maanvi in front of everybody, Viraat has nothing to hide, really. He has come clean to his family, and that is where the opposition would have been - and is - the strongest. Now honesty perches on his shoulder and urges him to spill the beans to the Choudhury's, as well. Intemperate words, but his intentions are clear.

Aha! My prediction of turning the bold, 'Maanvi!' into a tame commonplace request bore true!

Tsk, tsk, CVs. You can do better than predictability.

'Mayray paas Ma hai!' Really! LOL
Ripping dialogues from old movies now, CVs? Tsk. Tsk.

I liked the fighting over Jeevika scene; it was natural, without histrionics, and the performance was endearing.

I have always maintained that such bantering scenes are not his forte, but Kushaal toned it down and this was one lighthearted scene I did enjoy.
Unblinking holding of Maanvi's gaze to crow about it was called for after Budee BG gave her support, but Kushaal could not manage it.

Seeing Jeevika upset, Viraat's complacent air changes to one of regret. Yet, he knows the value of his presence and will not budge until his mission is accomplished. It required determination and understanding, yet relentless pursuit of his goal and Kushaal delivered it. He was also able to infuse a vulnerable pleading towards the end and that was well done.

I loved the look in his eyes as he holds a crying Jeevika – at once a resigned supplication and also a grim awareness of the macabre specter that snatches hope away even as it entices him with it.

No, it is not death.
It is love.

The patient, slightly abashed meeting with Budee BG – quite natural and perhaps as we all would be. His tone was gentle, reassuring, and confident, yet faintly redolent of grief and the desperate hope that always clings to him – just the way the scene demanded. Well done.

 

17th July 2012

I liked that the moment Viraat entered the room where Maanvi was, his expression went from easy to uneasy. I also liked that as BG hounded Maanvi for answers his expression became somewhat foreboding, as if disliking anyone, even BG, causing Maanvi any kind of distress. It is wonderful to be protected and defended by one's friends and loved ones, even if one is capable of fighting one's own battles; but here it was a lover to the rescue, and so doubly pleasurable to watch.

Once BG put him on the spot, Viraat hesitated for a moment, but finally decided that honesty was the best policy – a true Viraat trait! I like the CVs always throwing in little bits of his true personality in small but profound moments like these.

Kushaal executed the bold stance of someone unafraid of love and its revelation to all rather well. It was delivered with no obfuscation or ambiguity – trademarks of Viraat. In fact, even as Maanvi looked on with dismay at his declaration he was completely unrepentant and even somewhat challenging – I think that was the right interpretation of the scene by Kushaal.

Even as BG decries it, his eyes momentarily sweep downwards as if thinking, 'Here we go again!' (Nicely done.), then he carries on with the conviction of his emotions. He is even stern with Mannvi, requiring her to answer BG – nice touch by Kushaal. I also liked how he scoffed her 'words' and the way a glint of steel entered his eyes as he refused to leave.

His dialogue delivery thereafter needed a little work, I felt. It was good, but could have been better, if he had delivered them with eyes either fixed on Maanvi with the fervor of his love, or on BG with the fervor of his conviction. There was also too much body movement. Did not like the clasp of hands in plea – instead slight bowing of his head might have been better; did like the look of challenge as well as determination in his eyes as he glanced at Maanvi.

Note 1: 7 Days to change the course of people's minds – puts me in the mind of that movie – 'Voh Saat Din' starring Naseeruddin Shah, Padmini Kolhapure, and Anil Kapoor. If you have not seen it, please do. It is a good movie about human emotions and how they can be touched and changed 180 degrees in a short period of time

Thank you, Kushaal! To the kids, 'Welcome' instead of 'Velcome', the more common Indian way of pronouncing all 'Ws' as 'Vs'. Someone has been practicing proper English diction lessons!Big smile
To, Dubboo: licking of fingers in company – gross! Kindly use a napkin.

That his not-so-very-secret love was known to the kids surprised Viraat for all of a second, but he made a quick recovery and was easy with it. At this point, I do believe Viraat thinks it is in his favor if as many people know as possible so all can support him.
Easy with them does not mean the exaggerated act most adults put on around kids – highly annoying, to the kids and others. Kushaal could have done a more natural acting and it would have been better; also could have done without the hand wringing.

But overall he was all right.

 

18th July 2012

What does he do, stalk the approach to her room at all hours of the night? A bit creepy.
Anyhow, Viraat hears Maanvi's not-so-sleepy, 'Partner', and takes precious moments to contemplate how touching and similar this moment is to one in the past.
After this very important Confused delay written by the CVs, he makes his way to her bedside and ministers to her as he has done in the past.

Kushall was just okay. The eyebrow lifts with the slanting gaze did not work for me. Also it appeared as if he was contemplating the breakfast menu as he rubbed her hands.

Nice blue shirt. Not-so-nice subtle facial contortions as explanations are given to Jeevika and the hand-wringing. The playful 'wake up' was good. The low-hung pants, not-so-good.

Note 2: Frankly, pants/jeans worn so low look terrible and makes him appear stick-legged with no *ss. Most women do like to check out that particular area and someone ought to let Kushaal know that the 'Gangsta' look went out with the 2003's, like almost a decade ago.

Back to exaggerated lighthearted acting; it was just strictly tolerable. *Shudder* at the 'drunk-Basanti' scene. For a more natural and enjoyable performance of same see Sanaya Irani's in IPKKND.

I did like the softening of his expression as Maanvi glared at him and he seemed to disregard that, seeing only his love. Nice nuance by Kushaal.

Viraat is upset at the knowledge that he may have to leave Manvi unexpectedly to accompany Jeevika back home, and it was there in his gaze, suddenly remote, but filled with the reluctance of unwanted parting. True to his character, Viraat knows his duty and he executes it, whether wanting to or not. He further closes himself up, his expression setting into harder lines as he realizes what he has to do now; Kushaal did this well.

Scene with Jeevika began awkwardly then settled as Viraat put her at ease. He boldly states declares that he and Maanvi are similar to Virain and Jeevika in their relationship, and then very simply put his suffering at the parting into plain words. Anguish was never so modestly put nor so deeply felt.

Viraat has always been sincere about his emotions and his words bear testament to his dislike of subterfuge in any instance. Initially I expected Kushaal to have done better consifering the depth of emotions being discussed, but as he carries on, the starkness and simple honesty of his words seem more than enough; they touch a chord.

A nice interpretation of a poignant scene by Kushaal. He avoided playing it too heavy and that was a good choice. Towards the end, a husky timbre to his voice and the sheen of moisture in his eyes sealed the deal.

 

19th July 2012

The previous stalking at night now seems very endearing and heartwarming; Viraat checks up on her because he knows Maanvi will not willingly disclose the side-effects and her troubles. Explaining the care of Maanvi to Dubboo, I just wish he had been more focused and not as light in his dialogues. The import of his instructions seemed lost in the seemingly bantering atmosphere.

Side note: Pardon me. A moment of crowing:

YES! YES! YES! I knew it!

I don't know if anyone recalls my post of wanting to see Vunshika happy with another guy in her life (for that matter Svaamini Boaa, too) and the hope that when she had that social meeting with her online college friends that might be a set-up for some romantic interest from the past, but I can only hope that the CVs were listening, because…. Mr. Tulvaar!

http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3024902&PID=58664274&#58664274

I know I ascribe too much importance to myself with this, and I am quite certain that the CVs had this track thought out well in advance, but hey! Let me feel good and all smug about it for a moment, all right!

Way to go CVs! One thumb up! (Two thumbs up when we get a romantic interest for Svaamini Booa! I would be ecstatic if they actually fixed up Dadaji and BG, too! (not together – they would not suit.) Loneliness is a bitter companion.)

As reluctant as he is, Viraat is still ready to leave first.

Note 3: Somewhat broader cut through the legs trousers for Kushaal, please. Narrow/slim legs make him look match-stick legged, especially when contrasted with his wider upper torso. Not a good look.

At Jeevika's crying his first thought is always Maanvi. Viraat is genuinely bemused at her sudden support for his love. Kushaal was all right, and good when Jeevika hugs him, the slightly confused expression still on his face and carrying through into the scene with the family. I liked how his eyes trained themselves unerringly on Maanvi as Jeevika builds her case in his support. He is not ashamed of his feelings and, in fact, is proudly hanging it out there for the world to see.

So much does he want to stay that he does not even demur as Jeevika leaves with Dubboo as escort. In fact, as Jeevika and Maanvi hug, Kishaal delivered three very nice expressions revealing his thoughts: a probing glance to gauge Maanvi's mood at  this turn of events; a kind of silently smug elation as the knowledge sinks in that he is staying; and finally, slightly uncertain (eyes cast downward) then bold as he meets her gaze with the steadfast glint back in them. 7 days? Maanvi does not stand a chance!Big smile

Rebukes over the phone are probably something to which Viraat is accustomed, as is he to the utter disdain and lack of support from his family. While quietly standing his ground, the hurt is still there, though, deep inside somewhere.

If he deals with Maanvi very seriously, she might not relent, so battering at her walls with seemingly easy and lighthearted words, yet subtly pulling down every brick in that wall; Viraat strategically chooses his words with care. His declaration and intentions are out in the open so he does not hesitate to utilize in pummeling down her defense.

His confidence might lend itself to arrogance except for the fact that he implicitly believes in his love and its power to defeat her illness, and that shines like beacon in his eyes, lulling her into giving up and pulling out her palisades and letting herself be loved and love in return.

At her repeated litany to forget and leave her, he simply has a fondly lenient look; as if such words do not even register to him. He just reminds her that they are together, and that is all.

Very nice dialogues by the CVs, and Kushaal did quite well.

Viraat weaves his words with care because they are deeply meant and they pack quite a punch.

 

20th July 2012

Sensing that BG is upset with him, instead of shying away from the topic, Viraat broaches the subject boldly and tries to convince her that he means well. His tone is appropriately diffident and at the same time trying to instill confidence though he is not succeeding in the latter.

Even though one gets that another person might be misunderstanding the situation or their earnestness, it hurts to be rejected so, and Kushaal did it rather well. 

His interaction with Maanvi was kind of sweet. Kushaal was alternately joshing and worried and yet the seriousness of their conversation situation was apparent; discernment shone from his face as he gauges Maanvi's temperament accurately.       
Hence, he is utterly unrepentant as he meets BG's accusing gaze.

His gentle explanation also reveal his depth of understanding of Maanvi's needs, wants, desires, likes, dislikes, and disposition. This, more than any other avowals, seems to thaw BG a little.

The tide turns with BG supporting him in her care and Viraat grabs the opportunity to tease her a bit silently. This was such a sweet moment, and so well written by the CVs. These are the small moments rather than drawn out 'romantic' scenes that touch viewers' hearts.
I could only go, 'Aww….'. Kushaal executed the scene with a calm confidence laced with mischief that was just right.

One of my favorite charactes, - Pinky Chaachi - makes a re-entry!Big smile

Somewhat disappointing acting in the interaction with Pinky Chaachi –  Kushaal was phony and unconvincing.

Left alone, there was a lot exchanged in a single, almost shy look with Maanvi – mischief, commiseration at Chaachi not knowing, worry, need, and the ever-present love. Nice work, Kushaal.

Not one to be patient when the tides are in his favor, Viraat pushes her to reveal her true feelings for him – Kushaal did well; at once, teasing, cajoling, hoping, and then sulking; ending with irritation.
The dialogues of irritation – badly delivered and even more badly acted; again felt totally fake and completely hammed.

What was that stomp out of the room? Which Sergeant yelled, 'Backward, march!'


21st July 2012 – Mahaepisode

Interaction with Maanvi at the beginning was good. Kushaal was able to start off teasing and smoothly change to serious quite well. Monologue with her 'parents' was also good, but could have been better. He ought to have made that transition to serious and sincere here, as well. He seemed a little affected throughout, and if I were the parents, I would want him to be more earnest and genuine in the depth of his feelings.

 Note 4: Bug bite over his left eye? It seemed swollen under his old stiches/scar, plus his eye seemed red.
(Aha! They inserted it into the scene with the kids!)

Good with the 'Morning walk'. Kushaal is minding his 'w' pronunciations!Big smile

A bit of overacting with Dubboo – one can depict, 'Oops! I am trying to hide something, but I think I got caught!' look without the need for the typical Indian farcical acting. Subtlety is the key and that would have made a far greater impact. Audience are not idiots; we can understand – a quickly indrawn breath, body held stilled but eyes dart furiously to Dubboo/children/Budee BG, grim and scolding glare with no hamming, etc. – quite well as what it is meant to convey.

Note 4: As far as I am aware, Orthopedics deals with bones. Orthotics are to do with our feet – how they are shaped and what kind of arch-support is necessary for them to feel comfortable while walking, etc.
CVs ought to do more research; however, actors themselves also ought to check up, because they are the ones whom the audience will remember.

Viraat's interaction with Budee BG was good.

Playing a game with the family, Viraat is always focused on Maanvi and instantly at her side when she is unwell. Kushaal was suitably 'hovering' and vigilant on her behalf. Even outside the house, he's caring, but at Maanvi's 'explosion', I liked Kushaal's almost grim expression – he understands why she is so upset and still stands his ground. He is not about to be let off the hook so easily; he is moved at her tears (very nice, Kushaal), but unable to give up the right of his cause.

At her entreaties to leave her, the restrained performance Kushaal gave was really good. It was just the right mix of pain for her, pain for himself, understanding, and yet, a deeply unshakeable faith in the power of his love. It may not keep her alive – though he thinks it can – but it can definitely move mountains, and this is just Maanvi. Big smile

 


I appreciate all comments.

Jayne

P.S. I shall be unable to post reviews for the next couple of weeks. I do apologize to those who read, comment ,and enjoy the reviews, but I am traveling it this time period.  

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ohhh will miss u and ur reviews.,...

this one was awesome...

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His dialogue delivery thereafter needed a little work, I felt. It was good, but could have been better, if he had delivered them with eyes either fixed on Maanvi with the fervor of his love, or on BG with the fervor of his conviction. There was also too much body movement. Did not like the clasp of hands in plea – instead slight bowing of his head might have been better; did like the look of challenge as well as determination in his eyes as he glanced at Maanvi.
--Yes, I too felt he needs to fix the gaze and talk without taking suppport of body movement or eye movement, at times his looks just linger off here and there while talking, and the hand clasp and body swing is disturbing !!!

Way to go CVs! One thumb up! (Two thumbs up when we get a romantic interest for Svaamini Booa! I would be ecstatic if they actually fixed up Dadaji and BG, too! (not together – they would not suit.) Loneliness is a bitter companion.)
--Totally agree, this would add on to the uniqueness, where its clarified that one needs company irrespective of their age and has the right to chooes a companion at any point rather than sulking in loneliness. 

Note 4: As far as I am aware, Orthopedics deals with bones. Orthotics are to do with our feet – how they are shaped and what kind of arch-support is necessary for them to feel comfortable while walking, etc.
CVs ought to do more research; however, actors themselves also ought to check up, because they are the ones whom the audience will remember.
--I think the CVs ought to be careful. Its really too much to expect the actors to double check, I guess they are already working too hard, 12 hours a day, to come up with the daily episodes !!!

I am going to miss your reviews in the next 2 weeks. And it would be great if you can also come up with a weekly review of episodes, if time permits !!!

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Awesome review as always  I felt Kushal faltered quite a bit this week but when he did deliver, he was very good.

I must admit I saw all the episodes in a rush since I just got back from vacation, so did not notice all the nuances but your review always paint a more vivid picture, so I will go back and watch them all again.

Will miss your reviews :( 

Have a safe and fun trip!


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Great review once again!! And I agree with u about kushal this week!! He wasn't at his best.. I was really put off with the whole fake fight he had with manvi, especially when he started walking backwards.. I honestly thought the whole thing was lame and kushal didn't help it either... Hope to see u back soon.

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superb jayne...as usual beautifully written and full justice. Will miss ur review...takecare..

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Jayne, any way you can do this daily...and not weekly. I love reading this...but the time you post the weekly the early week episodes are already old.

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Thanks it was wonderful n I agree with u
Sry to hear that u won't update hope u have good trip
Will miss ur review

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