So I normally don't make episode discussion posts because I'm not the most gifted at articulating myself, but goddamn today's episode was all kinds of amazing, I kind of just had to address some of the points on my mind.
1. I loved way he handled her in the car, she was so tense, and I'm sure somewhere he was too, but he kept the atmosphere balanced, because if he started freaking out she'd have no one to lean on . I think that's where Shravan's calm & composed demeanor comes from, his whole life (his friendship with Sumo, his turbulent household growing up) he's been one to observe, to take it all in, but never let it show. Because (as he learnt from that public humiliation) it never got him anywhere. Though I do like that they hinted at him occasionally sharing his woes with younger Suman, but like I said, we all know how that turned out in the end. But basically I like the way he carried himself, and Sumo, in this episode. 2. I love how I can't completely want to bitch-slap mami or the Tiwari family, because they aren't evil plotting vamps who are trying to poison Nana-ji or some shit, while I personally don't agree with what they're doing, I can't deny that they do have a point. And I love that the writers gave Mami that monologue, to show that she's not just your typical antagonist, she too has a character. Albeit selfish, and wanting to only look out for her own kids, a character nonetheless--one that is realistic. It kind of leaves viewers in an emotionally confused state. And I LOVE how it's not practicality vs idealism (Mami's views vs. Suman's) it's practicality vs emotional attachment, thus still maintaining realism throughout this whole situation. Like damn these writers though, . Just when I think I can't respect them any more than I already do.
3. The obvious, but the obvious for a very valid reason. The ShraMan scene at the end. Literally, how does this show turn a doesn't-cry-for-Kal-Ho-Na-Ho Kriti into a weeping sack of emotions WITH ALMOST EVERY SCENE OF THEIRS. I'll tell you how, because none of their scenes are ever faltu. How they manage to wire up each scene with so much emotion & meaning, I'll never know. Like just them both being together in a scene is enough for me to feel their connect. The way Shravan was watching Suman in the scene with Mami, the scene with Nanu, and then finally at the end, the way she looked like she had the life sucked out of her...and the way he couldn't take it. He couldn't watch his "Sumo!" like that, aur akhir nikal hi gaya mooh se, "Sumo! Tumhe mujhe pe bharosa hai na?"
"Main tumhe haar ne nahi dunga."
Every character has their own reasons, everyone is justified in their own rights. And the confused puddle emotions that you as a viewer turn into, is just the result of really good writing & such earnest performances.
Performers of the episode for me today were: Namik, Nikita, and Geeta Tyagi (Maami ji).
->Namik, because like I've said before, Shravan is not an easy character to get across, he is not completely "angelic" nor is he "menacingly evil." He is human, and like the rest of us he has multiple facets to his personality, all of which compliment each other. A character who at the end of the day is just trying to do the right thing amidst the ongoing battle between his brain & his heart. And Namik brings out that "uljhan" of Shravan's so beautifully on screen, I swear Shravan would not be the character love so much today without Namik's skillful depiction of him. And I'm not just saying this because I'm his fan, I've genuinely felt this from day 1, when I first started watching the show & watched the way he shut his i-Pad in frustration, conflicted between his hurt yet his still-very-much-there feelings for Sumo.
And today, the way he way he depicted Shravan's frustration over seeing Suman so hurt, giving up on his "Suman" facade, the helplessness with which he tried to snap her out of it finally giving in and calling her "Sumo"--he deserved a special mention.
->Nikita, because as she has consistently proved, she has such a wide range and manages to portray the each facet so convincingly! Today, Suman needed to look like she had the life sucked out of her, like she was broken & defeated, and boy did she deliver! There was not a single false note, not a single moment where I felt like she was "acting."
-Geeta ji, man the casting for Maami (and all the individual supporting cast to be honest) was so spot on! She plays the grudgy, always felt wronged, selfish & greedy but not downright evil maami ji to the freakin T. Without any OTT loud dramatic acting, she portrays Manju with such honesty, that we love to hate her!
In fact all of the central antagonists in this show really are just so well etched and realistic, it just adds to the experience. None of them trying to plot/murder/poison/destroy the lives of the central protagonists (nor are trying to turn them into an ichadaari-[insert literally any animal here at this point here]) as Indian TV is so infamously known for. They are all just selfish & are looking out for themselves--and we all are a bit selfish to a degree and these guys (Maami, Kamini Chachi) are more than others, which separates them from the normalcy we find in the rest of the characters, thus deeming them to be our antagonists.
I guess I just want to end this with a GIANT thank you to everyone involved with the sheer brilliance Ek Duje Ke Vaaste.
Yes I'm going to make this analogy, no need to be embarassed--DDLJ is a classic on celluloid, but not because it was pathbreaking in the concept, it took a relatively simple concept and just executed it in a way that floored everyone (Foreign-return guy is not a sleaze? NRI girls can be #sanskaari? Wait what--they AREN'T running away?), and it's a classic because of how viewers were able to relate to the basic emotions that the movie was depicting (the father-daughter bond, the immigrant & identity conflict, falling in love and accepting that a significant portion of that person's heart also belongs to their family, etc.).
In a very similar way, the concept of EDKV is not something we've never seen before. But the honesty with which it chooses to tell this story, the very human emotions it highlights, the realism in its characters, and its genuine & believable love-story all set it apart from others, leaving us all floored. With each episode, we're all convinced that it cannot possibly get better than this...and then we watch the next episode & we're left stunned all over again. Shravan's heartbreak yet his inability to just completely shut out Suman from his life, his mom (that we're yet to learn more about), Suman, her parents & the side of her we saw at her old house, their friendship, our badass yet adorable Nana-ji, our favorites Pushkar & Daboo, the harmless Vandy Bhabhi, the Tiwaris & the Malhotras in general...everything about this show has left a huge mark on all of us.
So I guess all I'm trying to say here is THANK YOU Team Ek Duje Ke Vaaste, for giving us this beautiful show and for having the courage to be different. Among the crowd of many that have come, and many that have yet to come, EDKV has stood out.
Thank you for finally giving us an Indian TV show, that is worth our time, emotional investment, and attachment.
Edited by .SankaDevi. - 15 April 2016 at 5:00pm