Joined: 14 April 2011
Highlights of the Episode
1. The swayamvar scene
2.The interaction between brothers Ram and Lakshman
3.The encounter with eavesdropping Urmila and the Guilt
4.The alertness and the checking of the palace
5.The Wow Moment of a tiny Eyelock with Urmila
6. Finally the shooting of the bow in the precap as shown in the promo.
The Swayamvar-A devoted and proud bother'
Though the scene belonged absolutely to Gagan as Ram and Parshuram which IMO was executed brilliantly by both the actors ,whatever slight glimpses and zooms as well as expressions we got of Lakshman were absolutely praiseworthy .Right from the moment when he has that '"Look I told you.." expression when Parshuram addressed Rama and then finally the faith and trust in his brothers' abilities while he shot the arrow to the little smile and smirk both the brothers share while looking at each other. Every tiny gesture was wonderfully done. It showed how much respect and reverence Lakshman had for his brother that he neither interrupted nor spoke out of his turn in front of Rama.Loved it thoroughly. Also that tiny stare between Urmila and LAKSHMAN WERE NICELY DONE TOO.
2. Interaction between Rama and Lakshman-The dilemma and determination
There are certain moments in our lives when we are unable to decide for ourselves and in haste are not able to see beyond our own dimensions and end up taking decisions which might not have an equally pleasing effect on one and all. That is the time when our peer snad specially our siblings with whom we share an inseparable bond play an important role ,making us see things in a new light and perspective. Loved the interaction between the brothers. The delimma and determination of Lakshman as if complaining that ' "how can u fix the marriage when you know that I have promised myself in your service ".Ecah and every expression conveyed the utmost love and reverence and clearly showed how Lakshman shared a UNIQUE bond with his brother ,so much so that he doesn't even want any o ne else to encroach the space he has kept for his elder brother 'The eyes glimmering with a bit of Delimma when Ram actually tries to make him understand the importance of marriage and the wishes of his parents and his simultaneous silent acceptance of the fact to re-consider his decision aws WONDERFULLY portatrayed by Neil..The HIGH point was the the answer to the question of Ram whether he trusts him or not..The tiny droplets of tears moistening Lakshan's eyes and the answer '"Ye aap kaisi baat kar rahe hain bhaiyya'", was so HEART 'WRENCHING. The varied range of expressions which stated the warmth and level of their mutual affection was so brilliantly executed by both Ram and Lakshman .Ram as the elder brother who makes him understand the meaning of a complete life and Lakshman ,the seeking brother who tries to understand his perspective.In short the SCENE was just EPIC. It stole my heart. It is said that for the attainment of Moksha-"ETERNAL SALVATION OR FREEDOM FROM THE CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH",one has to go through the four steps of CHATURVIDHA PURUSHARTHA SIDDHI ' ie Dharama,Artha ,Kama,Moksha'
Also the in those days life was deivided into 4 ashrams ,
Brahmacharya-For education at gurukul.The focus is on healthy, positive training and discipline, learning about spiritual, community, and family life.
Grahstha-For marriage and children
Vanaprashtha-to explore the world and enrich life. This is a time for shifting focus more towards more inner spiritual practices of meditation, contemplation, and prayer
Sanyas-To renounce wordly life and devote yourself to the Almighty
So marriage is essentially a part of for the attainment of moksha finally and Ram made a perfect explanation for Lakshman to reconsider his decision .Needless to say Neil works wonders with his eyes while all the time trying to understand the view point of his brother.The scene had a certain warmth to it .The utmost level of bonding between the siblings. KUDOS.
3.The encounter wih Urmila-The Realisation and guilt!!
I literally was glued to my seat all the while watching the episode but this scene made me so excited.Both the actors 'Neil and the actress playing Urmila just NAILED it PERFECTLY!!The glancing eyes of Lakshman travelling from Urmila to Priyamvada and then turning around towards the room and then the sudden realisation about the hurt of Urmila was so beautifully done..It took a moment to sink in the multiple emotions. While Urmila's slight accusing look changed to hurt and resignation with the lowering of her eyelids and her tears ,Lakshman's realization turned simultaneously into his guilt.The expression and nuances on Neil's face were so beautiful that the tears of Urmila which might have reached his heart radiated on his face too in the form of guilt. Actually the scene had so many undertones too .One can imagine the level of hurt Urmila must have faced at that time.Right from the beginning we can sense her admiration for Lakshman and ten her feeling reach an ultimate HIGH with her marriage being fixed to the handsome prince ,HER HEART MUST HAVE WEAVED SO MANY DREAMS AROUND HIM.I am talking about those days when for woman ,her marriage being fixed meant that her entire life was devoted to her husband.It is not difficult to imagine her plight GIVEN TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES. It was as if she was flying high up in the vast expanse of the free sky only to be suddenly struck by an arrow clipping off her wings making her fall on the ground .The feeling of sinking was so evident through her silent tears.Equally emphatic was Lakshman.We have not only seen him as a devoted brother but as a gentleman ,who revers nad respects women. Remember how he bows down to Sita at their first pushpa vatika meeting.The expression of trying to say something to Urmila did actually convey how much he would have understood her plight and predicament. To summarize,I ACTUALLY FALL SHORT OF ADJECTIVES when I try to describe the scene.It was beautiful EYOND WORDS!!
4. The alertness and the checking of the palace 'The valiant and focussed prince!!
We all love this avatar of Lakshman,where he walks tall,the body language taught and eyes completely alert and focussed as if trying to gauze the severity and complexity as well as the mystery of the occasion .PERFECT EXPRESSIONS,PERFECT BODY LANGUAGE and above all EYES that are curious and alert.'Every tiny detail just AWEOME!!Also a very interesting facet was that when aLakshman saw those soldiers,there wasn't even a hint of shock on his face,but instead his grip tightened on his bow.Suggested how sure and confident he is about his capabilities. That's what makes him Lakshman .FEARLESS AND VALIANT!!
5.The Wow Moment of a tiny Eyelock with Urmila 'Duty comes first
This has to be by far my most favourate scene in the whole EPISODE.No not that because I love Lakshman and Urmila but because of the sheer fact that both the actors completely REDEFINED chemistry and KUDOS to the director for etching out such a DIFFERENT and Special scene.The miniscule moment of surprise ,awkwardness and finally the sudden realization of duty was so graphically expressed by Lakshaman's eyes that I wanted to give a standing ovation..It was so damn good. Equally BRILLIANT were Urmila's expressions ,the sudden encounter leading to a brief eyelock and then a sudden realiZation by her first by lowering her eyelids and simultaneously by Lakshman, added the much needed IMPACT to the already beautiful scene'The "suniye to'" and then "is samay nahi "was so cute'Kind of hinted to the future and the nature of their relationship.For Lakshman his DUTY TOWARDS HIS BROTHER will always take a priority irrespective of any distractions. BRILLIANT SCENE (Honestly I actually watched it several times ,I ma still not over that scene yet)
PROMO scene was brilliant too. But I will reserve my thoughts for complete summary after watching the next episode'.
So that's all from me on Lakshman bytes..Now start CHIPPING IN!!
Joined: 14 April 2011
Well to start off ,I must say the episode has some wonderful moments and some really interesting developments apart from the Lakshaman bytes .
The swayamvar Scene
A brilliant continuation from the last weeks HIGH of Parshuram being angered by Lakshman ,the story moves forward and we see an EQUALLY POISED ,CALM AND EVER CHARMING Rama soothing temper of Parshuram. With folded hands and a beautiful serene smile on his face,Gagan carries off the role of Ram with the lithe grace of a fawn. DELIGHTFUL AND DAZZLING with the glimpses of an EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL Neha as Sita,the scene has some wonderful moments with the sharing of the furtive glances between Ram and Sita..ETHEREAL AND WONDERFUL!!It's my personal opinion(I hope m entitled to keep one) ,but To me Neha is PERFECT for Sita .She has those cherubic BRILLIANT eyes that speak volumes. Not forgetting to mention here ,that Gagan suits her equally. The CALM demeanour always illuminates his angelic face. The arti scene was done so beautifully. Totally loved it!!
Sisters have Fun
A welcome change from clich Mythological dramatic scenes, the scene at the terrace with the pigeons and teasing each other induces a tug in your heart. Must say very BRIGHT AND HEART –WARMING. Also we see that Urmila's fascination for Lakshman is not hidden from others too.
Their mother coming up with the news of their marriage and their subsequent happiness was LOVELY. Added a LOT OF SPUNK and humour. It was GOOD .
Priyamvada Teases Urmila….
The scene looks absolutely delightful and gorgeous. Both the actresses are so natural. The shy and demure Urmila with dreams in her eyes for a beautiful future is a TREAT to watch. I feel the rushing to see Lakshman was delightfully cute…Nothing offensive in it..Though restrained by her Maryada ,yet the push from Priyamvad convinces her to meet Lakshman.The scene had similar vibes when the sisters of Sita and Priyamvada coax Sita to go and watch Ram .So What's EXACTLY WRONG in having a sneak peek into the room of the man whom you are going to spend your life with. Even if this happened ages ago where such an act was considered impossible, but who knows. After all people have desires and it would certainly had been fun to sneak like this,. So IMO the scene was INTERESTING and INNOVATIVE.I have always maintained that What's the fun watching restrained stories with repetitions. With an EPIC like Ramayana with almost 300+ versions ,a little creativity and IMAGINATION just awesomely adds the much needed SPICE to an already enriching EXPERIENCE. So I give it to the PH for coming up with lovely new scenes. CHANGE IS THE SPICE OF LIFE.NO matter how much time it takes to accept the change but it's always REFRESHING!!
Sisters TALK-Urmila and Sita
This was the most AWWW Scene MUCH like the Ram Lakshman one. Needless to say Neha played the perfect elder sibling not only consoling Urmila but also reinforcing her TRUST in Ma Gauri….Brilliant acting by both of them. The scene had some INTERESTING AND STRONG PARALLELS from the Ram Lakshman scene. Both the elder siblings standing as a pillar of support to the younger ones who are both caught in the turmoil of their dilemma's. Both the younger ones know what they want from LIFE yet end up being disheartened coz both their desires are different .What an INTERESTING star CROSSED tale of love .INTERESTING !!
Sita and Ram meet –Pushpavatika..
While Neha looks like a demure beauty admiring the moon, Gagan comes across as an equally ENTHRALLING prince with captivating charms…The scene was beautifully done!! Loved it the core..
THE BG SCORE
The BG score with siyawar Ram is so beautiful...LUbbing it absolutely!!
THE FANTASTIC DOP AND SETS.
Finally I HAD TO ADMIT THIS.!!I was completely blown away by the GORGEOUS SETTING of the Priyamvada Urmila scene. The reflection of the characters on the floor, the intricate Gold carvings on the wall. JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS. The whole palace looks wonderful and the lighting appears BRILLIANT too. The vatic scene in the RICH BACKDROP of the night sky is PLAIN GORGEOUS….CLAPS AND CLAPS SOME MORE!!
Perhaps my only complaint is the dresses of the females. VERY AVERAGE L The jewellery is fab but the dresses look like the curtains hanging in the palace. I so wished they had used some BRIGHTER colours …Everything else just looks PERFECT
To summarize the episode I would say I am super happy with it.We all know the story of Ramayana .Don't we?So what I am looking forward in this version is FRESH different Tales and also I am keen to see the CHARACTERS and their various emotions. The little nuances of the character is what can hold a viewer's interest rather than REPETITION of scenes and mere aping of storyline. Till now this version has caught my interest because of these points. The journey of the characters makes it MORE INTERESTING. So I am ready to explore new avenues with the PH. Comparisons with the past versions is INEVITABLE but necessarily IMPORTANT.I am watching this show as a whole new experience .The characters are GROWING day by day and I am growing fond of the ENSEMBLE CAST !!HATS OFF!!
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