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This is a longish post - but then I am frustrated and confused...
I have been meaning to do this for many days a kind of detox or better still my version of Junoon rehab. I think it is important for the reader to know one thing about me I don't watch daily soaps in any language. My usual tendency is to look down on them. No I am not a snob. I enjoy my Golmaal and Housefull kind of humour. There is a front bencher hidden in my middle class intellectual vision of my own self. But I cannot abide daily soaps with their regressive take on the woman's role in the house and society, their seriously demented take on relationships and the crazy portrayal of power being vested in one hand (usually an authoritarian saas or maa or tau) and the guaranteed presence of at least one evil minded relative who could easily give the devil a run for his money as far as hatching heinous plots go.
So what I am trying to say is that I don't watch soaps too predictable, too boring, too damn unintelligent. Then two things happened. I quit my day job with a magazine to pursue my passion of writing full time and while channel surfing I happened to come across a serial based in a North Indian village featuring a beautiful, passionate, intelligent and gutsy woman and a handsome, rough-n-tough, passionate and clever man. And I fell in love. With the story, with the characters (and the brilliant actors portraying them), with the location, situations, atmosphere and the overall badass ballsyness (no such word exists I know but it should) of a serial and the creative forces behind it, that were willing to break the norms set in stone by the Indian television channels, production houses and Ekta Kapoor (as a side note I think it is important to state here that I worship her choices as a film producer I just don't like the damn serials). I had missed the first two months of this fabulously moving, funny and dramatic series but yeah for YouTube I caught up with every single episode out there and fan-girled over every sigh, argument, touch, push, glare and eye-lock between Prithvi and Meera. Mills-n-Boons love stories and chic-lit romance were damp ash compared to this serial and its protagonists.
Goddamn! Junoon Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq was hot! We had a lead pair that made us want to fall in love again. Quite a few women I know were considering moving to the Indian hinterlands and searching for their soul mate in tall, dark, handsome men wearing a dhoti, kurta and cool shades and sporting that moustache and stubble. I could understand where they were coming from. We all like our bad boys with hearts of gold and we luuurve our gorgeous boys with hearts of gold who pretend to be bad. And I am sure men all over the land had a zillion reasons for praying to 'Bhagwan-ji' that a gorgeous gal would point a gun at them.
Oh and did I mention the supporting characters? A villain who once did a jig at a puja that made me want to make Sholay 3 and cast him as Gabbar, a mean, mean, mean aunt who scared me cause she was so real, a pandit-ji that I really liked and trusted, a father who tried to hide his love for his daughter, a datta who loved his man-Friday like a son and a second wife who I would have happily called ma. People you got to remember I don't watch serials cause I hate the idiocy they propagate. So when I say that this one was good it means IT. WAS. GOOD.
So the production house and the channel are sitting on a gold mine. What do they do then? They proceed to systematically destroy the story.
All of these are plot points that are being used in Junoon right now (or according to spoilers, going to be used in the near future!) AAARRRGH! Creativity has left the room people!
Naturally enough this raises the question Do all the writers, directors, producers and channel executives write down their ideas on pieces of papers and drop it into a huge cauldron that is hidden in the heart of Mumbai. Do the channel heads go to this cauldron when they feel that the TRPs are falling and pick up one of the 'common ideas' and add it to their story line? Just wondering or like Bua-ji would say 'just joking.'
I am pissed off. Do you know why I am pissed off? Because the creative forces behind this Junoon are proving to me that I was right to start with I should not have wasted my time on a daily soap. Oh I know this is only a serial. I know that it is not going to change anything in my day-to-day life I still have to figure what is to be made for breakfast and what is to be packed for lunch for the hubby and kid; I still have to meet my writing deadlines and I have to buy groceries, meet friends for a chat, fill gas, pick up the dress I gave for alteration and so on and so forth but you see guys, what Junoon did for me was to keep the romance alive in an otherwise nice but ordinary life. AND. YOU. ARE. KILLING. THE. ROMANCE. FOR. ME!
Guys I am still hanging in here hoping that things can be salvaged. Please don't let me down. Keep Junoon truly alive and passionate.
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