The first episode was surprisingly good even though I didn't have high expectations...this concept has been previously tried on a Star One show and butchered quite pathetically.
What stood out in this show though:
1) Unusual and touching narrative style...the idea of using Harshdeep as a musical narrator in a sense was really good...especially the opening sequence was really emotional...the actress playing Rano is fantastic and she conveyed that pain, that anguish of a woman forever waiting superbly
2) Saiyaan...this is a MAJOR plus point for the show...they've come up with an AMAZINGLY touching song...probably one of the best I've heard in many years now.
3) The depiction of Punjab...the rival show in the 10:30 slot also does a good job of this but I feel the scope was better depicted in this show...especially the way the bike ride of Bani and her cousin was shot through the fields.
4) The storyline...any Punjabi especially will identify a lot with the situation...cuz it is a very sad but true situation in Punjab...people willing to do ANYTHING to leave their existence and go abroad...
5) The actors...especially the lady cast as Bani's mom...bang on...the thoughts that she conveyed probably ring true of a lot of ppl...ppl who hate toiling away in their villages as they see NRIs earning money in vast amounts and coming back to their villages to build huge houses...the lure of going abroad and presuming that everything is gold and diamonds just waiting for you to scoop it up...on the other end, the contrast of the brother in law who couldn't make it in Canada...and came back...I found that fascinating...another perspective that Bani's mom is unwilling to see for now.
I liked that there is a balance of characters in both families...Bani's mother is bitter but not evil...her husband seems like a nice and reasonable guy...the chacha-chachi seem nice too...the other cousins do seem to have grown up bitter about the fighting in the family while Bani and Rajjo seem to be the only ones that get along.
6) The dialogue by the Beeji that leaving Lahore for Amritsar during partition was easier for her than watching her own children dividing up her home like this...very touching.
7) The overall direction...they did quite a good job of it...especially the opening sequence of Rano on the station transition to Harshdeep's narration, to Bani-Rajjo at the Golden Temple...superbly done
Overall they've laid a good basis for the storyline...I surprisingly liked the show...hoping it continues hereon...a promising start