I know I'm not the only one who thinks May-June was BV at it's most golden and AnShlicious. I disagree with some people that AnSh have lost their charm, I love them now just as much as I loved them back then, and they make me as giddy now as they did then. But I do think the May-June episodes themselves were just better, and I wanted to list what it was about them that was special, and from that conclude what the CV's need to change now. Contributions and ideas are most welcome, I will edit the list accordingly.
1. Better Structured Storyline
There was a distinct pattern to the storyline until the birthday episode. First they met, then there were sparks and nok-jhok. The main structure was Shiv's assumptions falling away as he learned more about Anandi.
First he found out that she was married and that her husband had left her, and then interactions changed. Then he found out that the Singhs are her in-laws, interactions changed. Then he found out she was a Balika Vadhu, and at that point he had basically fallen in love. Each episode advanced the structure.
Now, there are entire episodes where there is no structure, no advancement, just random moments, which are sweet, but they would be sweeter if they came in between key forward movement.
How they can better structure their storyline now:
There are so many points they could structure it around!
- We still don't know about Shiv's childhood, and why when he came there first, he said 'muskurahat ki bachat karni chahiye.' What his time in London was like, what his relationship with Meenu's husband was like, etc.
Based on comments on this post: I'm not asking for flashbacks or more screen time than Anandi or Jagdish. I'm asking for reveals through conversation, especially with Anandi. Anandi knows a lot about Shiv and he knows even more about her, so it should be a little bit evened out with her knowing a bit more about him. That's all. One point of structure resolved, and they can move on to the next.
- We really don't know all that much about the Shekhars past, or more details on their relationships with each other. We know that Alok and Sanchi aren't close, but that's about it. Everything else is generic. They can un-generify it and reveal and fill out their personalities.
- Anandi winning over Sanchi
- Shiv and Anandi working for the betterment of Jaitsar.
- There is a lot more romance they can write after the SR, SR is just the beginning. So much romance to be had around raising a kid, for example. Even without a kid, so many moments to be had - just look at the OS's!
2. Better format of episodes
- There was almost always 50-50 division between Anandi and Shiv, together or apart, on the one hand, and Jaggubhai and Gauri on the other.
- Whatever problem was raised was usually resolved by the end of the episode, or in two, max three episodes, and the precaps gave a taste of whatever issue would happen in the next one. (E.g. villagers protesting in precap, by end of episode, Anandi's dealt with them, Anandi heading to stop child marriage in precap, within 2-3 episodes, Shiv's dealt with it). Each issue brought AnSh closer.
How they can format the episodes better now:
- 50-50 division, for one thing! AnSh should get at least 50% of the episode always, together or as individuals.
- Don't. Drag. An. Issue. For. More. Than. 3. Episodes. 3 is a magic number, CV's should pay attention to it.
3. Balance between AnSh and Anandi and Shiv as individuals.
The episodes were just as much about Anandi as Sarpanch and teacher and Shiv as collector. Even in real life, in relationships there needs to be a balance between personal flourishing and relationship growth.
How to balance:
Put at least some attention on their individual careers. Anandi got an award for her work, let's see more of her work. Shiv was AWESOME with Heth Singh. There is so much masala in bureaucratic politics, let us see some of that too. Ashi was part of his individual story, don't necessarily need to bring Ashi back, but more of his friends. It's impossible for a guy like Shiv not to have friends. His job as collector in helping Jaggubhai doesn't really count. Everything should also be realistic and well-researched.
That's all I have for now, but please do post if you think of more!
Above all, CV's should accept that at some point, the show will HAVE to end, so instead of dragging meaninglessly, they should work on making each episode fuller, more meaningful, with more story. That way it will be a better show, there will be more TRP's, and when everything that is to be told in the story is finished, they can end on a high note instead of disagracefully like KSBKBT. The amount of things they can show while still having more meaningful episodes is enormous - it will take at least 1.5 to 2 years to tell and conclude AnSh's and everyone else's full story.