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jprasad IF-Rockerz

Joined: 27 October 2004
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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 12:35pm | IP Logged
Thank God we have IF as a sounding board!  Great discussion.  I don't have anything to important to add so I will add some other stuff...Kkusum, Asitva and PKG should end now.  As for my most favoritestestest show, JJKN...that should end too after Armaan and Jassi get married.

I don't get StarPlus so I don't if that channel has better programming, but does anyone know how you get it in the states?  According to TRPs that channel dominates.  You would think that StarPlus has such a huge following, that it would be more widely available in North America.  Anyone know why? 

BTW - Welcome!

jazmine IF-Dazzler

Joined: 09 December 2004
Posts: 2595

Posted: 13 May 2005 at 1:14pm | IP Logged
I agree also With others! For Instance, Theres Ekta who starts of her Shows real good but she stretches it too much and it becomes like her other serials" You see Kkusum has been running for more than 3 years and KTH is nearly becoming like Kkusum! In all serials , whatever Production house it is, They always have to have Middle Class Status people good and High Status Bad, its like being Stereotype. Thats why we watch it but sometimes people get tired of the same old story repeating over and over again! Ekta brings out many people from the Dead after she kills them! And the characters have several Face Surgeries!

I too much agree to Sree on
"In Kyunki, we have witnessed so many instances like this where the whole family is buried in sorrow. To speak of some recent ones, Mansook's death , Vishal's death, followed by Ansh's death etc...... I don't tell that actors here, fall short of emotions. They are indeed, good actors. No second thoughts about this. But i somehow, feel that even when such depressing moments come, we see that all ladies of the house mourn for just one day and then start exhibiting their beauty with so much of make-up, jewels, gorgeous saress and what not!!!!. This does not provide reality to the happenings. Sometimes we tend to ponder that this bout of sorrow followed by so much of regular activity is not that natural and we cannot digest it.

After Ansh's death, we saw Savitha and others brood over this for so many days. But the costumes they wore, especially Gayathri's sarees and make-up, never ever suggested that they were still mourning for a dead person who was so young in age. Come on, this is really hard to believe!!!

Damini and Ganga are crying over everything just bcos Tulsi is in jail, we have to expect them to be sobre.... No, they are as always, draped in beautiful sarees, have make-up to the core.......etc.

After Gautam leaves Shantiniketan, Savitha is waiting for him on Karan-Tanya's wedding day. She is sad that Gautam is not coming. The very next scene, is where Savitha dances her heart out in the party to some modern day music. Can anyone believe this?

When the writer feels the story is not proceeding well, they decide to take a leap.

Kyunki has already seen such leaps before. But the characters , after every leap, do not show any drastic difference in their age or the way they dress. SAvitha looks the same after so many leaps. Gayathri looks like a teenager even now. Mihir looks handsome as ever. The only person who looks her age is Baa. Now , Kyunki is all set for another leap......I just wonder what Ekta is upto....Maybe, even after this leap, Savitha will not have even a single grey hair, Gayathri will look all the more beautiful with all sorts of make-up and will look more younger.......I cannot believe this, as it is far , far  , far away from the original. This does not bring us so very close to reality.......Ekta needs more of originality in her serials. This is my thought....."

I believe that These Dramas do entertain us but also they waste our time, energy and Money also!Coz you get high TV bills if you keep on watching all day it wastes our eye sight, energy , health and Money!! I'm sure that many people are Kanjoos abt Money at home, but they don't realise that they are wasting money when they don't want to!

peaches Goldie

Joined: 24 March 2005
Posts: 1021

Posted: 13 May 2005 at 1:48pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by jprasad

Thank God we have IF as a sounding board!  Great discussion.  I don't have anything to important to add so I will add some other stuff...Kkusum, Asitva and PKG should end now.  As for my most favoritestestest show, JJKN...that should end too after Armaan and Jassi get married.

I don't get StarPlus so I don't if that channel has better programming, but does anyone know how you get it in the states?  According to TRPs that channel dominates.  You would think that StarPlus has such a huge following, that it would be more widely available in North America.  Anyone know why? 

BTW - Welcome!

Hi JP,

This is what I know.  The Dish Network has TVasia, B4U, Zee Gold, Zee Cinema and Sony.

Direct TV which is the other satellite provider offers Star TV; if I'm not mistaken they're the only provider with exclusive rights to this channel.  I've already looked into this.  I can't afford to have two satellite dishes.   This sucks cause they're not all offer together on one satellite dish.

Not just because of the money, but because of the addiction that develops towards these soaps. 


sukh IF-Rockerz

Joined: 19 November 2004
Posts: 5154

Posted: 13 May 2005 at 2:21pm | IP Logged

i agree with u peaches,

 it is expensive.

 i have only sony & zee.

besides that all of us don,t really have that much time to watch all the stuff.

 cause all of goes to scool/work or so.Embarrassed.i,m happy with sony & zee tv.Embarrassed

PixieDust91 Goldie

Joined: 08 February 2005
Posts: 1767

Posted: 13 May 2005 at 4:58pm | IP Logged

I think views of indian serials depend on where you live. In India, i'm not really sure, but most likely you will watch Ekta's soaps and maybe some others.

Here in the US, it totally depends on what channels you have and how much time you get to watch soaps and if you are really interested in them. It also depends on what you are. If you are working full time, you won't have time. I'm a student and I have all PreAP classes so I don't have much time for TV. Here, the only channels they have are Sony, Zee, and TV Asia (That i know of, not really sure about StarPlus).

KKusum is just getting very bad now. The title is 'KKusum" and now it is centered around Kumud. I think there was no reason to leap. It just made the story alot more complicated. Sometimes people acted like certain events didn't happen at all. What happened to Siddarth? Wasn't Kkusum REALLY in love with him? She was mourning for days when he died! Then suddenly she re-marries Abhay and becomes all happy. Its like she forgot about getting a divorce from him because of Esha. wtf?

I loved Astitva. It was the best serial, it had a good story and everything. Now the producers are just taking advantage of the serial being good before. Now it is really bad. The story was great when it was about Abhi and Simran. It just started to get bad when Aastha got kidnapped. Simran and Abhi just came back to India without her. What kind of parents are going to leave their child in Europe? Then SUDDENLY Shaguna remembers that she knows what the lady looked like. The thing that really got on my nerves was when Simran is checking the house for Aastha they play music in the background. Its not just any music! It's MOZART!!! He's one of my all time fav. musicians. They take Mozarts Symphony and play it in the background! I don't think they are allowed to to that, they have to have some sort of disclaimer for the music. That is so unproffesional!

Now they area going to drag the story on because of Aastha. Then they'll find the real Aastha or somthing and its going to go on forever!

The best serial I saw was Kuch Jhuki Palkein. It was probably the shortest serial Ekta ever made. It didn't go on forever. It had basicly one main problem with Vansh and his mother. The only part I didn't like was when Mamta dies.

I stopped watching Piya Ka Ghar, Its the stupidest thing ever! I hope the makers are reading this so maybe they will have some sense and stop torturing us! Rimjhim is proven innocent EVERY TIME!!! And yet, Irawati calls her "Aye Ladki!" What bad thing is going to happen if she says "Rimjhim". Everyone in the family knows she is telling the truth and they still don't believe her when she says someone is evil. Then they all say "O We are so sorry" The story is about Rimjhim and her getting acceptance from her family so she can live happily ever after. When she finally gets that, they will have some sort of new problem coming up.

Ye Meri Life Hai was great too. I liked it because it was about a girl following her dreams. Now after she got married, it seemed to change. It kind of turned into a saas-bahu drama because of Poornima.

Kaisa Ye Pyaar Hai is great right now because its the beginning, I'm sure Ekta will screw it up somehow!

KiRaN_K Goldie

Joined: 03 March 2005
Posts: 1356

Posted: 13 May 2005 at 7:19pm | IP Logged
maybe its our fault..that we actually take the time to watch it and we let the directors make these idiotic stories...and we still watch it..Ekta for example has made soo many serials that have started but then either they got dumb or they got offair like kutumb 2, KSBKBT, kkusum, kehna hai kuch mujhko...but so many people still watch her shows and it sort of encourges her to work her brain a little more to make more idiotic shows so we can watch them and she can get money for fooling us..
queen-bee Goldie

Joined: 07 March 2005
Posts: 2442

Posted: 14 May 2005 at 1:36am | IP Logged

Well the other day I wrote in TD gr abt the sad state of affairs of Indian soaps here it goes.......................

TD can be understood by observing the behavior of a canine suspended over a large vertical drop. Its feet will begin to fall first, causing its legs to stretch. As the wave reaches its torso, that part will begin to fall, causing the neck to strech. As the head begins to fall, tension is released and the
canine will resume its regular proportions until such time as it
strikes the ground. Wink  (this is the story of each and every serial!)

Fantasy wow! people r brought back from the grave-yard! Dramatization and analogy what should I say abt that.....prima donna always crying , my 4 year old says why is aunty crying? Guys, r distinctly uncmfortable in soppy-weepy scenes but have to do their job! All the moms r generally clad in swarowski spinkled saries, and dotes devotedly on sons, who can do no wrong!

Ever so greatful for the wonderful message they give us....................

1) Sorrow alone is the creator of all great things! Sorrow,sorrow and more sorrow!!

2) The haunting fear that someone somewhere may be happy just kills the other person.Puritanism !!

3) For every vengence there is a equal and opposite revengence!!

Earlier we had sweet, uplifting and predictable storyline, I think that was much better. This twisting and turning just spoils the essence of the drama.

I come back home watch a couple of soaps and then go to mall to cool off!!Now, Veni,vedi,visa!! I came,I saw,I did a little shopping!

I don't like to watch much TV these days but love to talk abt it with u guys!Episode dekhane ka nahi, per episode ki bare mai, IF mai ikhene ka jayda maza aata hai!!

Mink, who is trying to figure out the difference b/w 'non cynical' and 'cynical'!!

bluelotus Goldie

Joined: 09 March 2005
Posts: 1865

Posted: 14 May 2005 at 1:45am | IP Logged

Guys...this is a nice topic but I don't have enough inputs to write here.

I do watch only one serial, JJKN (now two including(KYPH) and I definitely don't like the way JJKN is shaping now. It is a very sad state of affairs in Indian TV serials where people do every thing for money and money only. We will get good serials only when somebody does it for the pure love of Art and I don't see any chance of it in the near future.

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