The trip to NOSTALGIA in Sony TV's 'Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai' is beautiful with MINOR glitches

You will be travelling to the 90s but..

Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 2:40:53 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The modern era has led to several alterations in one's lifestyle over the years which is no secret to anyone. From playing with friends in the playground to being glued to the cell phones, the idea of having 'fun' has changed drastically and certainly for the worse. While, we keep coming across listicles about the reminiscing the beautiful time of 90s, we never relly have had a visual representation of the same, except for the fact that the visuals are etched in our memories forever.

A 90s kid myself, I was excited and looking forward to Sony TV's latest show, Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai. The show promised a nostalgic trip down the lane and now with a few episodes
down, let's analyse if it lived up the promise.

The Backdrop Is An Instant Dose of Nostalgia

We can talk about the hiccups later, but if there is one thing that I commend the makers and especially the art team of the show for, its got to be the backdrop and setting that the show exhibits. From frame one to frame infinity, there is not a single moment, you fill feel that this is just another farcical attempt to recreate the 90s surroundings.

The streets, the houses and even the school portrayed in the show give you the vibe of being in our childhood and I can only imagine the task it must have been for the art team to accomplish the same, considering the commercialization of all the possible surroundings in modern times. 

There is also a subtle attempt (which may go unnoticed by others) on making the visual treatment believable by shooting with sepia and low-light cinematography. This is a smart move and it makes the presentation smooth and vintage.

The Characters Are As Real As They Can Be

Yes, there was a wave of regression back in the 90s and no one can deny that. We may be extremely vocal and rebellious about being regressive and downtrodden in terms of our beliefs today, but back then, it was a general approach adopted by everyone and not deterred by anyone. The characters of the aunts in the show and their constant berating of the girls in the house was an absolute reality and the same is subtly portrayed. 

In middle-class families, there was always a bunch of thought-imposing people trying to bring a free bird down, but there is also one supporter who is ahead of the time and the norms. In the show, that character is the uncle (chacha) who tries to save the girls some flak by trying to explain that, 'Hey, it's not that big a deal." 

The leads of the show, Randeep Rai aka Sameer and Ashi Singh aka Naina are absolutely fantastic and there is not one moment you will feel that these kids are actually just 'aaj ke bacche' playing the 90s kids. And the task for these kids must have been momentous as they actually do not belong to the early 90s, where all this was a reality. To not know that and being able to exhibit the character is an applaudable effort and they deserve the credit for the same.

However, The Obvious Hammers Are No Good

I understand how important it is for the makers to exhibit and make the viewers believe that they are indeed witnessing the 90s era, but literally blurting out things are the absolute turn-offs we do not want. For instance, the first couple of episodes portray the protagonists in a camera frame with films that released back then. 

Showing them once, understood! 
Showing them twice, Ok, I get it. 
Showing them thrice, too much man!

The hammering visuals about reminding viewers about the 90s make it a disappointing aspect.

The Plot-line And Its Loopholes

The classic problem of the major loopholes in the plot-line continue to make their way in and here it is about the filmy treatment of the budding love story. Just because we are witnessing a love story that began in the 90s doesn't mean it it treated in the same manner as that of the 90s. It is apparently being said that the love story is producer, Shashi-Summet Mittal's own, but I really wonder that the dupatta-tearing and wind blowing phenomenons actually and realistically occurred in their love story.

There Are Some Saviours Too

The above loopholes are somehow covered with the amazing 'ghar ghar ki kahani' story-line which is a relief. Back then, when there was a problem the kids had to hide from their parents, there was no technology to save them but instead one had to think on their toes and come up with an idea or a hack to save themselves. Exhibiting that brilliantly and being realistic in showcasing that you will get caught eventually was completely relatable.

The Music and Background Score Become The Perfect Accompaniment

The beautiful flute tunes are mesmerizing and they make you travel back to that era, as I even wonder if we have flutes being used anymore in creating music. The background score for different situations also acts as a perfect accompaniment to the visuals making the show a visual treat.

The 90s Era Is Here And It Is Nostalgic

While, there are some obvious problems with the overall presentation of the show and the base plot, the visual representation, costumes and cinematography is what makes the show a certain watch. Even if you aren't a fan of quintessential love stories, watch it for the nostalgia of being in your childhood again.

What do you have to say about the same? Leave in your comments below..
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Posted on: 03 January 2018 at 6:45am
Best show on Indian television for a long long time!!!

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Posted on: 16 November 2017 at 10:32pm
Very nice writeup ... being a 90's kid I get a lot of the scenes n restrictions. Randeep Rai and Ashi Singh bring the easy going nature of that time and are ably supported by the cast.

Also commend the set designers...

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Posted on: 29 October 2017 at 1:10pm
I am addicted to this show
Love yeh un dino ki baat hai

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Posted on: 23 September 2017 at 6:57am
it is a breath of fresh air love watching it.amazing realistic performances from all
a very different fresh approach
tired of seeing unrealistic plots and loud parties and un believable incidents and of late too much violent regressive shows. thanks for this hatke show

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Posted on: 17 September 2017 at 1:51am
Loving this show already...the leads are doing great job.

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Posted on: 14 September 2017 at 9:36pm
show is very nice sweet simple naturaland interesting .loving it .khuchh alag dekhe be ko mil Raha hai nahi to siwaye planning plotting murder property ke liye ladne ke elawa kya serial mein dekhne ko miles hai

excellent job by Shashi and sumeet for creating such beautiful show

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Posted on: 13 September 2017 at 4:29pm
Randeep Rai and Ashi Singh doin a great job
Lovin Ye Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai

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Posted on: 10 September 2017 at 9:11pm
LOL@ the nitpicking over movie posters? For real? We have such horrendous plot lines on a general basis in shows these days and you guys are going to be pick on MOVIE POSTERS in a show which has a simple/subtle plotline for once? Great "writing" from IF as always.

On topic: I thought the first 4 epis were quite well put together...the 90s nostalgia was very aptly brought about down to the smallest of things like never wasting even a torn piece of cloth and recycling it in some form or the other.

The dupatta getting torn was hardly much of a cliche considering all other shows have flying dupattas on face storylines...this is still better than that.

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Posted on: 10 September 2017 at 9:51am
90's mein ghanta ladkon k baal aur kapde aise hote the...kaun karta hai es type ki research...
show has opened to dismal ratings 0.2 and it will shut down in 4 months max...

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Posted on: 10 September 2017 at 9:21am
Loving this show very much. Very nostalgic feel to it.

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