Desh ki Beti Nandini fails to make an impression!

Too preachy, dramatic and filmy at the same time, Sony TV’s latest show Desh ki Beti… Nandini does not make a mark!

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 5:52:26 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Desh ki Beti... Nandini 

Time: Mon - Thur at 9 pm on Sony TV

Producer: Rashmi Sharma

Director: Seema Choudhary

The story so far - 

Based in Delhi, the story revolves around Nandini (Keerti Nagpure) who comes from a middle class background and is working with a decorating company. She is shown to be a fighter against all wrongs and someone who helps anyone in need. Staying with her parents and younger brother and sister, Nandini is much adored by all, even her employer who thinks she is a good performer and thus asks her to manage the decorations at the office of the Progressive Republican Party (PRP), the leader of which is Gayatri devi Raghuvanshi (Sujata Segal), who is waiting for her son Rajveer (Rafi Malik) to come from abroad after his studies and take over the party. 

Gayatridevi has even appointed a political advisor, Abhay (Manoj Chandila) who will guide them into grooming Rajveer and reaching out to people to garner more votes. However, the foreign returned Rajveer is used to a sanitized environment and has other plans in place. He wants to go back abroad to chart a career in music. He has started hating his homeland due to the crowd, pollution, etc., and has a concert planned abroad and has already made plans and booked tickets for the entire family to fly back in a month's time. He has the support of his Dadisa (Suhasini Mulay) while his own mother alongwith Abhay has plans to stop him from going back. 

Nandini on the other hand is shown to be someone who fights for her rights. She gets a glimpse of Gayatridevi while she is working on the decorations at the party office and is duly impressed by her. When Nandini's neighborhood uncle tired of waiting for his pension dues and depressed due to his son's indifferent attitude tries to commit suicide, Nandini and her family are in a hurry to reach the hospital but get delayed due to the cavalcade which is carrying Rajveer from the airport to his home holds up the traffic. During the fracas, Nandini is almost pushed by the police force under the wheels of Rajveer's car but is saved in the nick of time. Abhay handles the situation and allows them to pass. 

At the hospital, when the nurse refuses to treat the patient since it is a suicide case which has to be reported to the police first, Nandini takes it upon herself to approach the dean and get things working. She also donates blood for another patient in the hospital. Nandini's employer comes to her with an urgent assignment wherein she is needed to go to the PRP office and work overnight on the dcor. 

In the meantime, Gayatridevi summons an urgent meeting with Abhay and Suryamaanji (Muni Jha) to come up with a plan to dissuade Rajveer from going abroad. Suryamaan who is a senior party worker is of the opinion that instead of convincing a reluctant Rajveer, they should make Gayatridevi's daughter, Aakansha the leader as she is more into politics and always with her mother. However, Gayatridevi is against this as Aakansha is married and already has her own commitments towards her husband and son. 

We are also introduced to the huge royal Raghuvanshi joint family who stay in a mansion of sorts and as expected are swathed in silks and rubies. Each one of the family members which is highlighted with the entry of each of them. 

What works - 

Nothing much! While Keerti, Sujata Sehgal and Suhasini Mule do manage to make an impression the rest of the cast is strictly OK. The story of an aam ladki being transformed to a budding politician who will ultimately lead the nation does have scope but only if the show is treated strictly like a political drama with a pinch of glitz and nothing else!

What does not work - 

Most of it! The show, the scenes, the acts look highly dramatized and fail to make an impression! Right from the first episode till the fourth episode, Nandini is shown to be a fighter and in an attempt to establish her character, there are too many instances depicted. It seems as if she is the only one left who comes across various difficult situations faced by the common man and it is no one but her responsibility to fight for the right cause. Potholes, Police patrolling, Pension, ignoring old parents, Unemployment, Blood donation, inhuman treatment at the hospital... the list goes on and on. She is seen forever setting the wrong things right!

Keerti Nagpure has a strong Marathi accent and needs to work on her dialogue delivery which at present sounds very preachy and practiced. The sets look garish and give a plastic and unrealistic feel to the show. In one shot, Nandini is shown to be sitting with her father and uncle at the doorstep of her house and the road is so smooth and clean with gaudily dressed extras strolling casually on the street that it looks unreal. Immediately, the next shot follows where her neighbor who is passing by on his scooter falls down due to a pothole laden rough road which seems to have erupted suddenly from nowhere and the entire scene instead of gaining sympathy looks funny! The house where Nandini stays looks pretty big and up to date so why is the family crying about bad times? Nandini herself is always shown to be dressed in rich, dark colored clothes while her mother is sitting amidst an assortment of vegetables, chopping them religiously which is so typical of daily soaps!

Our take -

At the end of the first week, we get a feel that this will be one of those shows which start of as an aam ladki ki khaas kahani show but ultimately turn into kahani ghar ghar ki meaning the typical saas-bahu sagas where we can expect the aam ladki Nandini to get married into the rich, politically influenced royal family where her ambitious mother-in-law will try to make her a mere political puppet but she will rebel and thus make it into yet another dragging saas-bahu saga. 

We were given a glimpse of what to expect from the Monday night episode in which Rajveer gets mobbed by girls and runs off to sit on Nandini's scooter, thus giving the story twist. However, just like other scenes in the show this scene too looked very filmy and typical and we just hope that if the makers want to survive for a longer time, they will change the track from filmy to realistic!

Seema Khot Mattoo

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Posted on: 16 October 2013 at 10:28pm
I like this show! Hoping it will not be another saas bahu saga!

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Posted on: 14 October 2013 at 1:26am
It's too soon to make a judgement on a show just based on 4 episodes. You should at least give it a month or two before saying it fails to make an impression! It may very well do that but you definitely need to wait it out before coming to a conclusion...

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Posted on: 13 October 2013 at 12:09pm
The show is good, keerti needs to improve her pronunciations, her hindi sucks!

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Posted on: 12 October 2013 at 12:35pm
i tell u this stuff

i have watch IPKKND season 2 first espi i was thinking it is boring don't wanted to watch it next espi but i still watch it n i just love it..

and also u all r thinking y i said this in this stuff

becuse we cant do comment for a week n we should waite few month like as 2 month so see how it goes

n i love the first espi n to the next espi

n also i was thinking y thy dont put firday espi.. i wanted what will happen n how she become as a desh ki beti nandini

i agree people whos said this articles is not corrrect

thnks for letting people comment on it so thy can share thy comment

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Posted on: 12 October 2013 at 12:37am
why are you in hurry to make judgement about the show dear SEEMA "KHOT"? Have you any problem with the entire team/PH of DKBN? Definetely you have some problem so that giving such comments. what the standard of Indian daily soap. almost every scence have OTT's ,vilangiri, kitchengiri, saas-bahu giri. I respect Sony Channel's way of represntation. Having different concept. Having a quality and don't believe in cheap melodrama. Its just a beginning of the show, characters are forming in shapes.The show will definetely catch the audiance and be in strong track. Keerti doing a fabulous performance as a aam ladki and hope will suit as a politician also. I like Rashmi sharma's concept to make a serial on political background. Nandini is a aam ladki and how she will manage herself in politics would be worthwatching.

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Posted on: 12 October 2013 at 12:35am
I will appreciate reshmi sharma for selecting the political background story,and what is happening in the India. at present ...scenario.
I like the concept of the story where woman can play very important role not only as housewives but also in public or political field.only there is something missing in the serial as I have watched four episodes till now.
what is lacking in the story i can able to make out after watching few more episodes
Any way Hats off to rashmi Sharma for selecting political background story for the serial.

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 11:20pm
Freaking awesome! I dnt damn care abt show i jst want to watch Keerti so m darn least bothered what they show :P

And few people's favs r not coming so they r disregarding ours ROFL

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 10:56pm
Well only thing I can say...its reshmi sharma show and her all show is about sas bahhhu crap,this is the first show she trying to do something different. I m not sure she really can manage it or not. No disrespect but that women can't make this kind of show, I don't think she really have that talent. Only thing she can make sas bahu crap like she did earlier sns,ssk,mkkpb,rkab etc.i think keerti doing good job. Lets see if reshmi sharma really can give us something different show.

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 10:43pm
oh great!!!! the show is hardly week old nd there comes the news of failing impression which i dont agree at all!!!!
give some tym as the story is jus starting to evolve around the characters and regarding accent keerti is a fab. actress and i am sure as tym goes on she will def. come out of the accent issue tooo...

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 9:49pm
I just saw some random clips and what i feel is this show is to relate to our lives. It has got the near similarity to what we citizens feel with the government...and gayatri devi portrayal is just perfect and her family too...the dynasty family ...we can relate that also in our country we see and read about the many political first families and such people with power and glamour ... also nandini ...i felt its the very me...even we also get frustrated and go mad at the endless obstacles that we face in our lives what i feel is this show is something with substance ...moreover sony tv always gave some innovative ideas all the time and also they dont drag the show for centuries ...they all are simple sweet and short and realistic ...not like the other channels where we get to see over rated circus shows running for centuries with no stories and no logic ..just some cruel vamps who rule and get away from all clutches and the lead actor keeps on crying till the end
this show is fresh and with elections comming on 2014 .its just perfect

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