I'll be honest. I was previously an active follower of Sriti in Rakt Sambandh and b4 that, in Jyoti. When I first read about the theme of this show, I sighed, since it would be somewhat of a rerun, again of Sriti's character being tortured by her first husband and then rescued by her second.
After watching a couple of episodes, it was clear that it was too gratuitous for my tastes, so I stopped watching. I was really disappointed that I couldn't enjoy watching Sriti like I enjoyed Sudha or Vrinda previously. Unlike others, I had never heard either of KVB nor HC b4, and honestly, neither of them impressed me in the way that Alok Narula or Naman Shaw previously did, but that's just me.
When Jhanvi finally escaped from Viraj, I started watching w/ hope. Initially, I liked Raghav and hoped that Jhanvi would soon open up to him and slowly recover and tell him everything. However, I just didn't like the way Jhanvi's character evolved. Initially, she was too intrusive in Raghav's family affairs, which frankly was none of her business, and that's when my enthusiasm for both Jhanvi and the show started to decline. Also, I liked the initial Raghav - the rugged mechanic as well as Sundar, but once Raghav started listening to Jhanvi, I just lost interest in him either - while I don't like guys being abusive like Viraj, I don't like guys w/o minds of their own either, and Raghav let himself get tied up too much by Jhanvi and her stupid kasams. He was great when he acted on his own initiative, but insufferable to watch when he acted as per her wishes.
The other thing that killed it for me was them dragging the stalking chapter of Viraj. In this part, by delaying her disclosure to Raghav about her past and thereby subjecting the entire family to risk by Viraj, Also, like I said elsewhere, the PH was too caught up in the personal TRPs of the actors, instead of trying to make a compelling story that attracted its own TRPs in its own right. For instance, the only reason to have Viraj in the story once Jhanvi escaped was KVB's own popularity; in real life, which this serial must have been trying to emulate if it was trying to send a broader social message, abusive husbands don't usually get to bribe everyone in the police and have unbelievable supernatural powers the way Viraj did. Similarly, if the Viraj chapter was not complete, the Raghav chapter should have been delayed. Also, Jhanvi could have been helped just as effectively by Sanjay, as he proved during his return in the Ananya stretch. The show was simply wrecked by showing Viraj as omnipotent and omniscient as he was, w/ only Raghav capable of stopping him.
The show was badly planned - aside from not knowing when to move on, it had no idea of what it wanted to do next. For instance, Raghav & Jhanvi painstakingly gathering evidence about Viraj's collusion w/ Shekhawat, only to have that video lost in the cab. What sort of a retard put together that plan? And finally, when Viraj did get incarcerated, the PH had no idea about how to do w/o him, which reflects poorly on their storytelling abilities. The story only improved after Jhanvi's death, but not before they subjected viewers to really morbid scenes of Viraj abducting and romancing Jhanvi's corpse.
However, by the time that a new PH came along and introduced viewers to a fresh cast and storyline of Ananya and her cohorts, the damage had already been done. The connection b/w Ananya and Jhanvi simply due to the heart donation defied belief, but since there was nothing much to salvage, they kept showing Viraj as a god as long as the serial looked like it would run, but made Ananya alone the person capable of handling him. But the moment the decision was made to shut down the show, Raj, who was previously a weakling in front of Viraj, suddenly became his equal - knocking him unconscious and helping Ananya disappear w/ Jhanvi's body. Otherwise, showing Viraj continue his stunts, such as sabotaging Ananya's show, and even on Friday, getting his video to Ananya's boss and having it transmitted, made it look like the serial needed Viraj's endorsement to condemn domestic violence.
Oh, two more things I forgot to add, which is why I'm editing this, although I've mentioned it often during the serial. One was changing Jhanvi's name permanently to Sia, when she had a sister by that very name, and pretending that it made her stronger, when in fact, Sia would cower before Viraj just as much. The other was the Rama-Sita theme applied to Raghav-'Sia' - while I supported Jhanvi's right to marry Raghav once she divorced Viraj, I found the comparison odious, to say in the least.
To twist the byline of the serial when it aired, may no viewers ever be subjected to a serial like this one.
Having said that, I wish Harshad, Sriti, Mala, Vinay, Karanveer and every one else who was in this serial all success in their future shows or movies.
Edited by .Vrish. - 20 January 2013 at 1:49pm