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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 10:47pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by sashashyam

Folks,

I hope you like this title for yesterday's episode, for it fits both Leena Samant and Mary Fernandes to a T. For both these women, their ugly past catches up with them. As Chotu says, Leena pays for her sins, and her being a loving and protective mother changes nothing in this. So does Mary, and so justice is done, after a fashion. This is what the ancient Greeks called nemesis (in their pantheon, Nemesis was the goddess of retribution).

glad to see ur post aunty..Tongue n i like the title...it suits to situation perfectly..ClapThumbs Up

In this gloomy tale, there is hardly any good to be found (outside the ETF). Both the murder victims were themselves criminals in their earlier days, nor is there any trace of repentance in either. Leena lives happily off the proceeds of a bank robbery,  and Mary on her earnings from the foul drug trade (which is, in effect,  mass murder), using them for her beauty salon. Their common boyfriend, Bruce Braganza, is a hardened and  unrepentant gang leader, killer and supari-giver. To cap it all, the murder culprit turns out to be a serving police officer moonlighting (doing another job apart from his regular one) as a contract killer!

i didn't pity those two women, i would have had a little respect for them if they had earned a living by themselves n fed their children with their hard-earned money instead of raising them up on that bank-robbery money...OuchThumbs Down

It is really more like  a Raymond Chandler or James Hadley Chase novel than the usual TV crime story. The sole representative of innocence, the young Chitra aka Mona, is saddled with a genetic inheritance of the worst kind, as her parents are a thug-cum-murderer and a gangster's moll-cum-thief. It cannot get much blacker than this, would you not agree? This is not a criticism, but rather a compliment to the writers, who are obviously not afraid to probe the dark corners of  human nature. 

she was the only one who actually suffered in all thischaos...Ouch poor soul...Ouch the writers sure brought out some dark realities..DeadClap

I also see that many of you feel that the episode felt incomplete and that, as in the case of the pseudo-Naxalite kidnapping case, the ending seemed rushed and too pat. Part of this is true, but I feel that there is much to be found here that is important for the series as a whole, in terms of character development and the relationships within the ETF. So I would request you to join me as we analyse these aspects.

To begin with, Arjun's unique powers of observation and deduction are on full display here. It is  thanks to him that all the key elements in this case come to light: the cash hoard in Leena's spare water tank, the vital importance of the stick it note with the number 1001.90/ on it, and its real meaning, the link between Mary and Leena, and the location of Bruce's new target in Mumbai. That he happens to smear his finger with butter, has to wash his hand, and the dry water tap in the washbasin then leads him to the cash, is one of those lucky chances that Providence provides for the best detectives! Now for the rest.

that's what arjun is all about...his out-of-the-box thinking n cracking cases when everyone else see dead ends...ClapClap

Arjun clearly dominant: While Rathore had seemed to be coming into his own in the last Checkmate  episode,  playing a crucial if not the decisive role in solving the case, here Arjun dominates visibly at every juncture, so much so that it seems at times as if he is heading the ETF! Rathore is practically overruled by Arjun repeatedly. When he says that the money found in the flat could not be traced as Shikha was making all her payments in cash, Arjun immediately states the opposite, and instructs Shree to trace the source of the Rs.2.6 crores. Shree duly does this, linking the money to an old unsolved bank robbery. Next, Arjun practically instructs Rathore to have the source of the rare drugs traced, and then himself orders Chotu to get this done  thru his informers. When Rathore sees no link between the two murders,  other than that the loot found in Shikha's flat had come from a bank robbery in which Mary was involved (he forgets the identical drugs used in both cases), Arjun immediately contradicts him, by patching  together the 2 halves of the photo of Mary, Leena and the baby, with his trademark Samjhe ys samjhaun? (an impertinent habit that the writers would do well to drop, especially when it is directed at the ETF chief).  

it's a one-man's show...from the name of the show itself...
har yug mein aega ek ARJUN!!! so can't blame anyone except the CVs for this...Confused

While Rathore decides to split the ETF into 2 teams to work separately on the 2 murders (his saying Is that clear?  is unsual, and seems to be an attempt to reassert his authority), the fact is that Arjun uses both Shree and Chotu continuously thereafter. Who is then left to work with Rathore? No one, and he is seen doing next to nothing in the rest of the case. All the crucial interactions with SSI Damle. For example, are  done solo  by Arjun.

i cracked up during that scene...ROFL one part of the team was ARJUN n the other part shree-rathore-chotu...LOL (missed riya so much in this one)Ouch

When Rathore, ever the conventional police officer and man of action,  wants to raid Bruce's habitual addas  to try to nab him, Arjun insists on going to the BKB complex housing the new diamond trading offices, which he sees as the only likely target. Though this seems to an inspired guess, not a deduction based on facts, he proves to be correct. However,  repeated instances like this one make Rathore look ineffective, and undercut his authority over the team.

There is a brief moment of like-mindedness when Rathore approves of Arjun's idea of tracking down drug overdose cases with the same cocktail of drugs used on Mona, but that is about it.

This is not  to suggest that Arjun is trying actively to sideline Rathore, and he is the main lead, after all. Still, if the show is not to become completely one-sided and Rathore is not to look largely irrelevant, which will hurt the show, the writers need to do a balancing act soon. The ETF is a team, and it should be shown functioning as a team, not as a one man show. Rathore and Arjun need to be shown as moving, even if slowly, towards a mutually tolerant and co-operative relationship.Rathore stood up for Arjun and saved him from being suspended for having attacked Pathan; now Arjun should reciprocate.

well i prefer to stay mum on this one, don't want to hurt anyone...Embarrassed

Chotu's back story: This comes out of the blue, and is as surprising as it is moving. It produces a rare moment of concern and warmth from Arjun ' he puts his hand comfortingly on  Chotu's shoulder ' and Chotu feels reassured enough to respond likewise. Later Arjun also asks Chotu to be the first to break the news of her mother's death to Mona. The main purpose of this back story seems to be to bring home to Arjun that there are others in the ETF who too have suffered personal trauma, if not as great as his with Roshni, then at least approaching it in gravity. This should indirectly help him cope better with  his own loss and suffering. I am also sure, going by Shaleen's recent remarks about Arjun, that every character here has  a back story (barring Riya, unfortunately), that Rathore has one too, which might be as bad in its own way as Arjun's. The difference is that Rathore is far more stoic than Arjun and never betrays his feelings, focusing on being a conscientious and  responsible ETF chief.

chotu's past was quite touching...and they also gave a good message with it as well...Clap n yes i want to know rathore n shree's past now...Tongue as for riya (hate u CVs)AngryAngry

Moral ambivalence: This is a story of varying shades of black, with very little white. So the villainy is a matter of degree. Arjun is of course totally justified in raging at SSI Damle for being a blot on the reputation of a police force which has any number of honest and efficient officers.  What Damle does, out of sheer greed, is totally criminal, and is that much worse because he is  police officer, duty bound to uphold the law, not to break it so badly. He deserves the harshest possible punishment.

But look  at the other side. Mary Fernandes was a longstanding and large scale drug peddler, and in a country where the penalty for this kind of crime is capital punishment, as in Malaysia, she would have been executed without question. Leena has been with Bruce in all his criminal activities, very likely including murder, and if she had been caught, she would have gone to jail for life. Instead, she leads a quiet life for over 20 years before the long shadows of her old sins catch up with her, and she is forced to commit suicide. Should one feel sorry for her just because she ends up like this, and for Mary just because she is forced to swallow a deathly dose of the same drugs that she sold, which ruined so many lives in the old days? I think not.

There was also another instance of moral ambivalence, this time concerning the ETF. A police officer can kill in the line of duty, but only when there is no other option. In India, they are far stricter about the unnecessary use of force than, say, in the New York Police, who can shoot as soon as their target resists arrest (as in the infamous Diallo case, where an unarmed Somalian was shot 41 times by several NYPD officers). But here, the ETF indulges in a spectacular, no holds barred shoot out  straightaway,  as soon as Bruce produces his gun. (However, those slowmo  aerial acrobatics by Rathore, looking his best in sheer black, were  a visual and aesthetic delight!)  Then Chotu, having shot one of the thugs in the chest, then puts his gun into his mouth and finishes him off. Though the victim was clearly a thug, it was a shocking act, and if there had been any witnesses to it, Chotu would have been arrested on a murder charge. He has never before been shown to be so violent, and probably the idea that it was this gang that was responsible for Leena being murdered, and Mona almost killed as well, must have preyed on his mind. But it would have been  much better to have avoided that shot.

damely disgusted me bigtime...AngryAngry he should be given the harshest punishment possible (as u said)Approve the two ladies, they did sow what they reap...Stern Smile

Question marks and mistakes:  How did Damle locate and steal Rs.2 crores from the cash hoard in the water tank? Did he discover it by chance, and if so, why did  he not take the whole of it?

If Mary worked with Leena in stealing the Rs.6 crores and then helped her to disappear, surely she would have taken a share of the loot? Why was Leena able to keep the whole? And what did she spend R.1.4 crores on, seeing that she had not bought her flat but only rented it?

How did the security guards not see Damle come into the building that night? They  tell the ETF that no one came.

Why was that photo of the three ' Leena, her baby and Mary ' cut into two parts, and why did Leena and Mary each keep the part showing herself,  and not the other, as would have been logical if it was  a memento?

The couple of  mistakes were minor: Rathore, after examining Shikha's documents, notes that her passport and PAN card (used for income tax purposes) were obtained in November-December 2011, whereas the date on the passport is clearly seen to be September 10, 2011. More seriously, Arjun states that Mona is Chitra,  since both had the same year of birth, 1996, which is ridiculous. The fact os that both had the same date of birth, Febrary 2, 1996, which is the clinching factor.

there were some gliches in the plot n even i was confused with that pic thing..LOL but aunty, i don;t watch the show with the same enthusiasm now...Ouch so...i didn't probe deep into all these matters..Embarrassed

Sole glimpse of hope: At the end, there is a slight silver lining among all this darkness, as Mona finds a safe refuge with her dadi, Bruce's mother Jenny Braganza. It should make Chotu feel a bit better, though what he should really pray for is in spite of her having such parents, and a father in jail for the rest of his life to boot, Mona still manages to live a normal, simple life.

 hope that she does lead a normal life after knowing all this...ConfusedEmbarrassed

Shyamala B.Cowsik

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 11:21pm | IP Logged
Dear Samiya,

Thanks for having had the patience to go thru my detailed analysis so carefully and to offer such well-considered comments. I see from your points @ red that you agree with me on everything of importance.

Yes, dealing in drugs is much worse even than murder, especially unpremeditated murder, for here the criminal deliberately destroys so many mostly young lives, body and soul, in the most callous manner possible. Capital punishment is too good for them. Mary got off very lightly,

Yes again, this is the most unremittingly dark story in Arjun so far, with not a single character being even slightly clean or likeable. Poor little Mona, what awful parents she is saddled with!

As I have stressed in the post, there is now a  clear need to build up Rathore; he cannot  be reduced like this to an ineffective dummy.

I am glad you wrote in with your comments. Best regards.

Shyamala B.Cowsik



Originally posted by samiya.059

'One leak will sink a ship and one sin will destroy a sinner'
This line truely reflects what happened with leena n mary.Their own sins became the reason for their destruction.Leena & mary helped bruce in illegal activities and that sin of theirs became the reason for their death.Mary n leena were drug dealears and destroyed the lives of so many people without know what this drug will do to them in future.they were not repentent on their deeds but lived a silent life coz of fear.They both were criminals of higher order.I Would have some sympathy for them had they just been roberers n not drug smuglers bt we know what menance this drug creates in society.

Now coming on the case like u said there was no innocent party in the case both the sides were criminals n this is the first kind of story which depicts the true nature of humans till now in arjun.
Arjun was at his best detective skills from his assumption of that no to be related to murder to guessing the target of bruce.He showed it why he is called the super cop.

What i disliked is that rathore's character is shaping to show us how intelligent arjun is they r deglorifying rathore's skills.It is not necessary to show rathore dumb to glorify arjun's skill .they can show us without that.i really felt rathore was a mute spectator of the case's proceedings
Now coming on chotu's story i really felt bad for him bt as u said his story will make arjun realize he is not the sole person with sorrows there are more others n life doesnt stop with dead person it has to move on.

And coming to ur analysis it as always a treat to read.A Beautiful written piece.for this epi i have only to say

'sin is a viper that does always kill where it is not killed'

thanks n regards
samiya

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 11:34pm | IP Logged
My dear Purva,

Your quotation is spot on; that is just it, as you sow, so shall you reap. Only sometimes it takes a lot of time for Nemesis to catch up with you, but catch up she does in the end.

All in all, Mary got off very lightly, for her crimes as a drug dealer were of the worst kind. Drug dealers deliberately destroy so many lives, mostly young ones, body and soul. Capital punishment is too good for them. Leena at least suffered agonies on account of her daughter before she herself committed suicide. I was glad that poor little Mona ended up in a safe place in the end, and I hope she gets to lead a normal life.

As for the money, as you would have seen from my post, the split up is a mystery.

If Mary worked with Leena in stealing the Rs.6 crores and then helped her to disappear, surely she would have taken a share of the loot? Why was Leena able to keep the whole? And what did she spend R.1.4 crores on, seeing that she had not bought her flat but only rented it?

Then again, if Damle stole the missing Rs.2 crores,as Arjun says, how did he locate the cash hoard in the water tank? Did he discover it by chance, and if so, why did  he not take the whole of it?

Yes, the 1001.90 had a curious solution; there was not enough of the message for a code, since it was obviously  meant for the police, but the final answer was a surprise.

I am glad you liked the post, my dear. Take care.

Affectionately,

Shyamala Aunty

Originally posted by tani23

Very well written ...

Dere is a quote in hindi  which is sumthing like :"Jo Boya hain ...waise he payoge"

Which means : One has to pay for dere deeds sumwhere sumhow in life

Same was d case here...
The 2 ladies had done a lot of wrong deeds in their lives...they were a part of sum gang...involved in sum or other cases ...n den dey betrayed dere boss after realizing wat dey did was wrong n dey didnt want d child (Mona) should suffer because of them.

But still even after escaping for years ...d past came bak to haunt dere present n d young girls future...

I m sorry for d poor girl ..because she has to pay for her parent's deeds ...
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Second point : i didnt understood how d money was distributed : 6 crores was d money wid 4 crore wid Leena ...n 2 crore Damle stole ...Does dat mean : mary didnt took her share ...

i also didnt understood d point 
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thirdly,

Rathore was sidelined in the episode ...i like his detectives skills ..he played  a important role in Episode 25...

but dis episode ..he was not much to do ...
Arjun was d one who used Shree n chotu to find more n more about d case 

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i think dat if arjun has not noticed Damle's ID card ...dey would have definitely not come to know about his corrupt motives ...
1001.90/- : i expected the number to b more fruitful ... i was thinking to crack d code behind d number ..

n wat it came out to b a inspector's ID number ...


Love n regards 
Purva


Edited by sashashyam - 11 November 2012 at 11:34pm

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A very detailed analysis done with no bias at all...Good read!
Agree to all the points...
To tell you the truth, I felt bad only for Mona who lost her mother for no fault of hers...
Again, the message about suicide from Chotu was so true..."A person who commits suicide not only takes away his/her life but also the life of the entire family...It just ruins the whole family leaving a permanent scar for their entire lifetime...

Coming back to the episode, I was also not so satisfied with what unfolded in that time frame...I felt that a lot of story and complexities were suppressed and made to fit into the 45 mins time slot...Many things were left unanswered like the points about the money... 

Again, a man who left everything and settled abroad, keeping track of 2 women and coming back after so long for revenge didnt gel well...Yeah, i accept human mind is complicated and he was hell bent on taking revenge...but somehow, hard to digest...the reason about looting diamonds appeared silly too...

Climax scene wasnt properly done up...it wasnt convincing enough...
overall, the story line didnt have the gripping edge of the seat thriller effect 

About Rathod being sidelined...i had felt it from the beginning...Arjun being projected as the only brilliant, out of the box thinking super cop...perhaps thats what the CVs aim too...
I had felt that this was changing a bit in the last 2 weeks but it again lifted its head this week and Arjun was clearly dominating Rathod...well i wont complain on that till i get to see an excellent episode...but yeah, in the long run, Rathod and Arjun should share a more cordial relationship and if there is a past friendship, it should get revived too...i mean, it would enhance the team morale and also the chemistry will work wonders on the overall story! 

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 12:27am | IP Logged
Dear Tina,

I am glad you liked this post, and also that you agree with me on all the points you have flagged.

As for the scene of Chotu shooting that thug in the mouth, it was totally wrong to show it that way,  and after thinking it over, I have edited my post to make the para on it stronger. Do take  a look at that part and see if you agree with me.

I am with you when you say that the shots are too gruesome, as in the Stolen Ganesha forehead shot which was shown so many times in flashbacks, and in the Swimming Pool one, where Riya shoots that thug. It was awful to watch, and this is an 8 pm show, an hour at which there are kids around. I plan to write on Forum 32 about this.

Shyamala Aunty

Originally posted by haruhi26

well long and nicely written post
N as usual you put out some strong points
yep feeling sorry for Leena and Mary, will be a bit too much, cause they themselves had probably killed or lead to many people's death when they were young
And as they say, "one Reaps only what it sows!"
and our past never ever leaves us,one day or the other it will come back
N i also felt, despite loving Arjun a lot, Rathore's role is being underestimated, comeon he's the Chief, he should act like one, but nowadays it's only Arjun leading everyone, somehow even i dont like it that much.
N well despite such families, lets hope that Mona/Chitra manages to gather her life and be something good unlike her parents, and manges to deal with the pain also!
N finally i also felt that sometimes the ETF people shoot a bit too much at people, without first trying to only hurt them or immobilize them.
I mean they could easily shoot in the hands, feet and throw the criminals' guns away, but nope they also shoot in the heart, in the head and now in the mouth!
I think they are putting too much violent acts by the ETF. 

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 12:37am | IP Logged
My dear Vidya,

I am glad you liked not just the content but the tone of the post as well. I know that my kind of stuff is not for everybody, and so I appreciate discerning readers all the more.

I agree totally with you wrt
@red. It seemed slapdash.

Lastly, I did not at all like that scene of Chotu deliberately shooting that thug in the mouth, and on second thoughts, I have edited my post to make that para stronger. It should never have been shown that way.
 Do take  a look at that part and see if you agree with me.

As it is, much of the shooting shown in Arjun is unnecessarily and excessively gruesome,especially for an 8 pm show with children around at home watching it. Remember the Stolen Ganesha, with that forehead shot which was shown so many times in flashbacks, and the Swimming Pool one, where Riya shoots that thug. Both were awful to watch. I plan to write on Forum 32 about this.

Wish you a wonderful Deepavali tomorrow.

Shyamala B.Cowsik

Originally posted by vidya.anand

A very detailed analysis done with no bias at all...Good read!
Agree to all the points...
To tell you the truth, I felt bad only for Mona who lost her mother for no fault of hers...
Again, the message about suicide from Chotu was so true..."A person who commits suicide not only takes away his/her life but also the life of the entire family...It just ruins the whole family leaving a permanent scar for their entire lifetime...

Coming back to the episode, I was also not so satisfied with what unfolded in that time frame...I felt that a lot of story and complexities were suppressed and made to fit into the 45 mins time slot...Many things were left unanswered like the points about the money... 

Again, a man who left everything and settled abroad, keeping track of 2 women and coming back after so long for revenge didnt gel well...Yeah, i accept human mind is complicated and he was hell bent on taking revenge...but somehow, hard to digest...the reason about looting diamonds appeared silly too...

Climax scene wasnt properly done up...it wasnt convincing enough...
overall, the story line didnt have the gripping edge of the seat thriller effect 

About Rathod being sidelined...i had felt it from the beginning...Arjun being projected as the only brilliant, out of the box thinking super cop...perhaps thats what the CVs aim too...
I had felt that this was changing a bit in the last 2 weeks but it again lifted its head this week and Arjun was clearly dominating Rathod...well i wont complain on that till i get to see an excellent episode...but yeah, in the long run, Rathod and Arjun should share a more cordial relationship and if there is a past friendship, it should get revived too...i mean, it would enhance the team morale and also the chemistry will work wonders on the overall story! 

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 12:39am | IP Logged
@shamyala aunty..LOL i just realized...i did a blunder in my reply...LOL
as u sow so shall u reap...this is the exact saying n i just wrote the complete opposite...sorry for the blooper..Embarrassed

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 12:46am | IP Logged
forgot to add this, but i really liked this part, though i dont have any pity for leena and Mary
But when she was mixing the drug to give to her daughter, she purposedly mixed it in a such a way that she could save her daughter
i loved that part at least in herCry

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