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Posted: 10 April 2013 at 2:38am | IP Logged
There is a problem with labelling shows as "saas-bahu-saga", "love-hate-saga" and so on. I think the genres that exist are:
1. Romance
2. Drama
3. Social
4. Sitcom
5. Thriller
6. Mystery

I don't think shows are just one thing, they tend to be a lot of these things (especially the Top 4), but will overwhelmingly have one flavour. I know one shouldn't compare, but to me SWC is 1, 2 and 3 but with a tilt towards 2. Madhubala is 1 & 2 with a tilt towards 1. To me Chhanchhan is 1, 2, 3 and 4 at this point. I can't yet be sure which direction it will tilt towards. I know for sure it won't be 1 LOL, but it could be be drama, social or sitcom. And frankly I won't be bothered too much as long as I feel entertained. Week 1 I watched it for Sanaya. But I can't watch a daily soap for just one actor. I mean, the only thing that I can watch for just one actor would be a Rajinikanth movie. I can ignore story, logic, all other characters LOL But thankfully Rajinikanth doesn't do daily soaps. And unless I feel invested at least in some of the other characters as well, I can't watch the show. It has very little to do with genre. Lots of romances are frightfully boring and some family dramas are sharply written with at least a few beloved characters. What if tomorrow Sanaya takes some time off for JDJ or some other reason, can the show keep me interested? I am still looking for that. I feel that before Chhanchhan 'fixes' Uma Ben, the writers need to fix Uma Ben and I daresay Chhanchhan too. Make them different, but don't give all the goodness to one and all that is evil to the other. Sanaya is a good actor, Supriya Pathak is thoroughly underrated brilliant actor -- give both characters more nuance and we are good to go. Also, any good story needs to show more than tell. I think that is required for this show. Let them not spell out everything. It is interesting that in the case of Uma Ben they get the show don't tell aspect well, but somehow don't do the same with Manav and Chhanchhan LOL Which is why everyone goes on about how good Chhanchhan is. I think the overzealousness can be tiresome LOL I also hope that the story is not so much about how Chhanchhan neutralises Uma Ben, but is more about how she helps Uma Ben see better and meet her halfway. All characters need to grow up, to me that is how even a "saas-bahu-saga" can be made fun.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 at 3:23am | IP Logged
Originally posted by TabassumR

There is a problem with labelling shows as "saas-bahu-saga", "love-hate-saga" and so on. I think the genres that exist are:
1. Romance
2. Drama
3. Social
4. Sitcom
5. Thriller
6. Mystery

I don't think shows are just one thing, they tend to be a lot of these things (especially the Top 4), but will overwhelmingly have one flavour. I know one shouldn't compare, but to me SWC is 1, 2 and 3 but with a tilt towards 2. Madhubala is 1 & 2 with a tilt towards 1. To me Chhanchhan is 1, 2, 3 and 4 at this point. I can't yet be sure which direction it will tilt towards. I know for sure it won't be 1 LOL, but it could be be drama, social or sitcom. And frankly I won't be bothered too much as long as I feel entertained. Week 1 I watched it for Sanaya. But I can't watch a daily soap for just one actor. I mean, the only thing that I can watch for just one actor would be a Rajinikanth movie. I can ignore story, logic, all other characters LOL But thankfully Rajinikanth doesn't do daily soaps. And unless I feel invested at least in some of the other characters as well, I can't watch the show. It has very little to do with genre. Lots of romances are frightfully boring and some family dramas are sharply written with at least a few beloved characters. What if tomorrow Sanaya takes some time off for JDJ or some other reason, can the show keep me interested? I am still looking for that. I feel that before Chhanchhan 'fixes' Uma Ben, the writers need to fix Uma Ben and I daresay Chhanchhan too. Make them different, but don't give all the goodness to one and all that is evil to the other. Sanaya is a good actor, Supriya Pathak is thoroughly underrated brilliant actor -- give both characters more nuance and we are good to go. Also, any good story needs to show more than tell. I think that is required for this show. Let them not spell out everything. It is interesting that in the case of Uma Ben they get the show don't tell aspect well, but somehow don't do the same with Manav and Chhanchhan LOL Which is why everyone goes on about how good Chhanchhan is. I think the overzealousness can be tiresome LOL I also hope that the story is not so much about how Chhanchhan neutralises Uma Ben, but is more about how she helps Uma Ben see better and meet her halfway. All characters need to grow up, to me that is how even a "saas-bahu-saga" can be made fun.
Ladki -- bang on as usual! Rajni and daily soaps -- ROFL... and all Rajni movies are not watchable --- am a Tamilian so don't hit me!

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Posted: 10 April 2013 at 3:35am | IP Logged
Very insightful post! I have seen only 1 episode of Chanchan so far, but do intend to watch the rest because of Sanaya! But your post has highlighted some very interesting points! It is not only poor or uneducated people that have narrow thinking!


As for bribery and currption, that is definitely the playground of the rich and the powerful! There is no two ways about that!

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govt. needed to set rules whereby poverty needed to be eradicated, giving social security benefits to the people with the taxes which they pay to the govt. .. dependency is the problem in the culture hence people are demanding things out of their parents thinking about their secure future.. dowry is integrated to country's culture, where equality for men and woman are not par, though not in all parts of the country..

these are cultural issues, and bold steps needed to be taken to remove it.. like sathi was removed in the 18th century with so much revolt within the communities..

but what we see is politically elected people's vested interests, hence country cannot progress.. 

not sure whether TV shows can make too much impact on these issues.. every parents / children needed to make an effort to change this system.. not only son can take care of their parents, their daughters can too needed to be implemented in everyone's mind 


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Posted: 10 April 2013 at 3:54am | IP Logged
Originally posted by TabassumR

There is a problem with labelling shows as "saas-bahu-saga", "love-hate-saga" and so on. I think the genres that exist are:
1. Romance
2. Drama
3. Social
4. Sitcom
5. Thriller
6. Mystery

I don't think shows are just one thing, they tend to be a lot of these things (especially the Top 4), but will overwhelmingly have one flavour. I know one shouldn't compare, but to me SWC is 1, 2 and 3 but with a tilt towards 2. Madhubala is 1 & 2 with a tilt towards 1. To me Chhanchhan is 1, 2, 3 and 4 at this point. I can't yet be sure which direction it will tilt towards. I know for sure it won't be 1 LOL, but it could be be drama, social or sitcom. And frankly I won't be bothered too much as long as I feel entertained. Week 1 I watched it for Sanaya. But I can't watch a daily soap for just one actor. I mean, the only thing that I can watch for just one actor would be a Rajinikanth movie. I can ignore story, logic, all other characters LOL But thankfully Rajinikanth doesn't do daily soaps. And unless I feel invested at least in some of the other characters as well, I can't watch the show. It has very little to do with genre. Lots of romances are frightfully boring and some family dramas are sharply written with at least a few beloved characters. What if tomorrow Sanaya takes some time off for JDJ or some other reason, can the show keep me interested? I am still looking for that. I feel that before Chhanchhan 'fixes' Uma Ben, the writers need to fix Uma Ben and I daresay Chhanchhan too. Make them different, but don't give all the goodness to one and all that is evil to the other. Sanaya is a good actor, Supriya Pathak is thoroughly underrated brilliant actor -- give both characters more nuance and we are good to go. Also, any good story needs to show more than tell. I think that is required for this show. Let them not spell out everything. It is interesting that in the case of Uma Ben they get the show don't tell aspect well, but somehow don't do the same with Manav and Chhanchhan LOL Which is why everyone goes on about how good Chhanchhan is. I think the overzealousness can be tiresome LOL I also hope that the story is not so much about how Chhanchhan neutralises Uma Ben, but is more about how she helps Uma Ben see better and meet her halfway. All characters need to grow up, to me that is how even a "saas-bahu-saga" can be made fun.


I like your classification of shows ... pretty accurate Big smile 
Since Ash has warned me, I won't comment about Rajnikanth as I am not a Tamilian ... I will get jootas for sure LOL 

Yes, I am also enjoying the slow detailing of Uma Ben's character ... I think the initial melodrama put people off and feel that she is completely black ... but now more layers are being added, so she is the most interesting character on the show as of now. The unraveling of the relationships in that family is going to be interesting.

I like both Sanaya and Supriya ... if a show is mediocre and has good acting, I can watch it, if a show has a good story but mediocre acting, I find it more difficult to watch ... so for Chhanchhan, I am already good to go Big smile

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Posted: 10 April 2013 at 3:58am | IP Logged
Originally posted by MrDarcyfan

Very insightful post! I have seen only 1 episode of Chanchan so far, but do intend to watch the rest because of Sanaya! But your post has highlighted some very interesting points! It is not only poor or uneducated people that have narrow thinking!


As for bribery and currption, that is definitely the playground of the rich and the powerful! There is no two ways about that!


Thanks! @ bold ... yes, and that's the sad part ... we keep saying that education is needed for social reform, but literate does not always mean educated unfortunately.

Bribery and corruption ... at each and every level ... traffic cop, government clerk, right up to the highest level ... Ouch

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