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BHBK - Lessons Learned!
BHBK was announced with interesting promos which as expected whipped up the curiosity of the potential audience. The bahu is the favourite of everyone in the Vaishnav mansion, there is no problem with the hubby Krish either, so why was the bahu's marriage being arranged? The promos were interesting, the cast looked good, and story line intriguing, but then...
In no time, BHBK started to grate on my nerves. It was a shock to me actually because I loved GK who is a fantastic actor and I never thought I would not be able to watch a show in which he is one of the leads. But soon it became impossible to watch; watching BHBK at 8 pm meant I was in a bad mood for the rest of the evening until bedtime and sometimes the bad taste lingered the next day as well. For my own peace of mind, I gave up watching and just read the updates. Gradually it became clear that I had been wise to give up the show because it deteriorated to a level I had hardly expected and finally with KriJni reunion on Oct 18th, I gave up even reading the updates except random ones here and there! That was only because of the forum and my friends/family here ; it was not for the show anymore!
The first annoyance was Rajnibala's character. I liked her when she was first shown, but especially during Chetan's wedding scenes. She looked her part and I liked the simple girl image, a girl who worked for her living, who obviously daydreamed a lot, who fumbled and dropped things, who stared open-mouthed at the TV forgetting what she was doing, who had to be prompted and poked to get going! I loved that bangle dropping scene; I felt that KriJni had potential for good chemistry down the lane. And then what do the CVs do? They bring in that ridiculous factory workers' strike track where Rajnibala was the most annoying "mahaan" type of lead to watch! Most shows have their leads mahaan, but the way the mahaanta is shown matters if the audience should accept it. That was the time I disconnected with Rajni and the KriJni chemistry went out of the window for me! Suddenly Poulomi seemed much better as a partner for Krish, but her role was axed which was a setback!
Rajnibala's habit of poking her nose into each and every person's life at V house was very annoying. Her handling of the Vishal situation was also very irritating. But what was even more irritating was the V family's obsession with Rajni -- to them, it looked like she could do no wrong. They had been going on fine before Krish's marriage, but suddenly they could not do without Rajni! I was not able to empathize with that; the characterization of Rajni did not justify this blind worship!
Next, the low TRPs led to change of storyline with disastrous consequences! The surrogacy track was introduced and dragged for a number of episodes. Aryan was the most irritating child I have ever seen on TV soaps! That child obviously has talent, but it was misused in this show! Finally the truth comes out and Rajnibala floods the V house with her tears. And Yashoda, who nearly had a fit because Poulomi got a cake with eggs in it, decides that Rajni is such an integral part of the family that she should be forgiven and stops her from leaving. I cannot describe the anger I felt in the following episodes with Namita siding with Rajni and all those idiotic scenes where the family tries to reconcile Rajni and Krish. Spoiling Rajni's character in turn led to spoiling of Yashoda's and Namita's characters as well - and those two I had taken a great liking to in the show -but it was not to be!
Krish forgives Rajni and then the CVs could have given us a break from Aryan, but no, they drag it further to the point Krish decides to sacrifice and give up Rajni to Yash! That was the heights of absurdity, that a marriage is being held ransom to a silly kid's tantrums! That is when I lost interest completely and stopped watching; it was just too much to swallow! KriJni got divorce within a day by just signing some papers......then Archana turned up...and the Revenge track started with Aryan disappearing into the blue and Shikha appearing out of the same blue in a wheelchair! So they used a child for their "Revenge"??!! This was supposedly a show with a social message; whatever "messages" were conveyed in BHBK would send the entire Universe into a tizzy if people followed them! Worse was to come...thankfully by then, I was just reading updates and it did not affect me much. I have had experience of getting involved in shows which started out well, but went haywire later and ended prematurely, and I am glad I avoided that kind of heartbreak this time around!
On Oct 18th, the supposed last episode showed Krish and Rajni together again. The show should have ended then on that note, but since it got an extension of 2 months, another equally silly track of "child swapping" was started. They brought in two good actors...but what a waste in this show! I have not followed the story from this point, so will not comment much, but I did read random updates, and I have the gist of what was shown, and it was all very unbelievable, believe me!
So where did the Byah of the Bahu come in all this? If the CVs did not have a strong story line to justify the title, why did they name it that? Did they expect inspiration to strike them once the show was on air? And if they did have a good story line, why did they not wait and develop it as it should have been? Why did they push the panic button so early because of low TRPs and change the story? Any new show takes a bit of time to click with the audience, and should they not have given it enough time? Especially as they selected the time slot of 8 pm with long-running, extremely popular shows going on at that same time slot on other channels? I expected much better management than this from JD M!! I have no idea whether it was the PH that messed up or whether it was too much interference from the channel, or a combination of both, but, as Tanu put it, they certainly succeeded in making Dahi Hamare Dimaag Ka!
All my sympathies are with the cast of the show and, to an extent, the viewers. At least the viewers had the power of the remote, but the actors had no choice but to continue with farce! What they must have felt with the story going haywire, so different from what was promised! Most of the main actors in the show are really good -- the real weak link was the female lead. Nevertheless, I sort of believe Shrenu would have done a better job if they had kept her character as it was shown in the beginning and not changed it so drastically! I apologize to Shrenu fans, but she is very, very limited in her acting capacity --- she was unconvincing as the super Bahu, as Aryan's surrogate mom, as the sister of the wronged Shikha and everything that followed. Her "holier than thou" attitude throughout the show just compounded the mess, though I will blame the director partly for that! Neither could she really turn on the romance with Krish -- KriJni chemistry was zilch after their marriage, which was a huge disappointment!
I am glad that the extension was shortened and BHBK ended today! This means the actors are free to look at other scripts and upcoming auditions -- I hope all of them end up in shows worthy of their mettle. And I wish Shrenu well, but I hope she either improves her acting or decides to change her career. She might do better in smaller roles in a show, but she is definitely not lead material.
Gaurav, wish you all the best for a bright future! You definitely deserve much better and I wish and pray that you get the success you deserve! Waiting for your next show!
Goodbye all! Hope to meet my pals from BHBK forum on other forums on I-F! Thanks to Hina , Tanu, Subbiha and others who made this forum worth visiting and for the funny posts and songs and videos; if not for these, I would have left this forum long ago! Also thanks to Aysha and I-F for that looong interview with Gaurav, it was very entertaining.
Love you, benlog! Bye, until we meet again!
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Thanks a lot for putting forward your views Shobs.. We have all been following Gauravs shows for a while now and isn't this the third time this has happend now?
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