Posted: 12 November 2012 at 3:22pm | IP Logged
Analysis of Today's Episode
about a week of slow movement, today's episode was promising in the
sense that it moved the story forward somewhat. Many people in the forum have
observed that there appears to be a big jinx in the Scindhia family for
public celebrations, and today's Karva Chauth festival did not
disappoint in the sense that the celebrations quickly portended the
ominous plot lurking in the background.
In addition to this
jinx, another thing deserving mention is the pattern of Arati's
disappearance, with which today's episode ended, which in itself
represents a beautiful loop closure. The last time Arati pulled a
Houdini in the middle of Yash's party, was because she was unsure of
Yash's acceptance of her and the baby. Today, it is just the opposite.
Arati is so secure in Yash's acceptance and understanding of her that
she could afford to leave without even feeling the need to inform him or
others. This is where the creatives excel. The constant narrative of
repetitions of subtle actions, such as a pallu getting stuck in a watch,
are far from reenactment of the past --in fact, they are meant to show
dynamic movement, and the way in which simple actions in the day-to-day
carry great significance. The actions themselves may not change, but in
each instance we see how the actors have emerged from before, both in
relation to themselves and one another. Further, we also see how the
meaning ascribed to the same action is never the same. The repetitive
actions remain an important marker --like coloured skeins-- with which
the complex tapestry of the plot and the characters are interwoven.
thing that is worth dwelling upon in today's episode is the heightened
level of denial in which the main characters appear to be steeped. As I
mentioned before, the people in PVland seem to be living in their own
cocoon of a world, where they have insulated themselves from anything
disturbing or unpleasant. The greater this denial, the harder it will be
for them to come out of it, further complicating the plot. This is also evident in Gaya3's
behavior towards Pari, and also those of others, where the gravity of
her situation is being minimized by others.
If we were to make a
list of people in denial, the Dubeys, no surprise, feature prominently.
Today's episode further reiterates the fact that the Dubeys --all three
of them-- are in la-la-land, or have officially taken leave of their
senses. Unless one is in severe denial of the facts, how can one leave a
mortally sick man, whose days are numbered, to care for a small child?
Again we have the overriding cocoon of Prashant's altruism, brushed with
the undercurrent theme of selfishness. Overtly, he wishes for his
parents to go to the temple together, but the subterranean motive is to
spend quality time with Ansh.
Arati in her naivete is also in
her own cocoon. Granted, by a long shot, that her resolve to reveal
everything about her past to Yash has been repeatedly thwarted by
household emergencies, which has led a rising sense of discomfort, guilt
and fear within her. Still, her new-found security in Yash's acceptance
and open admiration of her has ironically lulled her into a sense of
complacency. In this sense, I find the act of Yash rhythmically patting
her to sleep, in the last episode, very metaphoric. His unspoken love
and obvious concern for her has made her subconsciously postpone her
revelation, a risk she cannot really afford to take. Arati's denial was
also enacted in an earlier episode, with the family game at the park
where a blindfolded Arati was shown to be dangerously teetering towards a
see-saw and was rescued by Yash. Arati is blinded to the see-sawing
effect of the past over the present. Will Yash rescue her this time, or
will he feel so hurt and misunderstood that he himself will need to be
rescued? Only time will tell.
Finally, we also got clues to
Yash's cocoon in today's episode. Yash has always been an all-or-nothing
type of person. He is obsessive by nature --totally immersed in
whatever captures his interest. After coming out of the long years of
the Arpita mourning, the presence of Arati has now become Yash's
present. At first Yash was obsessed with the baby's health, but that
obsession, gradually, is being transferred to the carrier of the baby
herself. The problem with this, of course, is that the circumstances
under which this transference is happening are far more layered and
complex than Yash will allow.
Today, Yash's stalking of Arati
with the camcorder viewfinder is a brilliant allegory of his narrow
vision, where Arati is concerned. He is seeing only what he wishes to
see, and what is available to be seen and documented on the surface
--namely Arati's breathtaking beauty, her love of his family, her wisdom
and kindness, her maturity. Many members of this forum have commented
upon how Arati places Yash on a pedestal, which has contributed to her
hesitancy in revealing the truth about Prashant. Yash also has started
to idealize Arati, and has placed her on a similar pedestal. No doubt,
idealization is a normal stage in realization of one's love for another,
but in Yash's case, because of his nature, it can grow to dangerous
proportions, when he is forced to deal with the entire situation.
key to Yash's breaking out of his cocoon and to grow as a person is to
come to terms with the fact that no one is black and white. The many
shades of grey have to be teased out and embraced. Acceptance of Arati
is acceptance of her baggage also. Acceptance does not mean passivity or
agreement with another's behavior. It means being able to see the whole
truth of another objectively before responding to situations that
affect one negatively.