Aite my take - late, and short today (maybe) cause like you I felt this episode was rather... well, shoddy!
Good thing: There were tons of scenes with a lot of potential to be done well and leave an impact.
Bad thing: None really accomplished, sigh.
** I think Anant's angry looks were more overdone for me in this episode, as opposed to Navya's fluster/dilemma. When he tore the form, it was good one second, then he gave that expression while saying ab aya yakin and I was rolling eyes. Didn't match up his usual level, for me.
** The slow motion is SO back - and do I hate it, or do I?! Navya, in approaching her friends, Navya in approaching her parents, Anant in speaking his mind. I get they've created this intrigue with the entire hug sequence trailer, and they're trying to cash in on that - but over playing cards of intrigue always back fires. The fizz just goes out - until no one really cares what happens, when it finally does. The CVs should really know, going by how many shows they have to set them an example of the same.
** Scene between friends - one which should have really taken the cake, and really did not. Just that bit when Navya says she'll go enjoy alone at Panch, and Ritz, Ranbir, Anant raise heads - yes, was good - but that's that. The reactions were mellow. Almost like they know, the audience knew, that this was going to happen - so why make a big deal? But thing is, cliche is only so long cliche as long as the actor makes it look so.
** Disappointed with Appy's money crisis track. I realized the second they made her say that, that the were going to bring in the fiscal angle ton Navya's side - that, and when mom was denying Harsh his training. I would have liked it to remain completely Navya's thing - the fiscal issue, and let Appy have a unique problem of her own - say like the one I said yesterday? Maybe I'm biased cause i thought that out, but really, what's the point bringing the same issue forth in every character?! Like I said, disappointing to me. With this angle, thy make Appy the redundant sidekick again. The pitiable kind too :|
** Anant's family at dinner scene was so frustrating! I swear! The way the camera kept going in circles to every face, and the way every face showed only and iota of variation in repetitive expressions over and over, and over - argh! Everyone in that scene was bad. Oh, everyone, except Big brother (just a little not) and Baba aka dadaji. Somehow, I really like the actor/character of Dadaji.
which takes me to...
** Dadaji Anant showdown. That was about the only part of the episode I loved. Not because everyone was bound to be cheering for Anant to go give it straight back to the man. Nope. This was on account of the oldie. I loved that subtle stricken expression he masked with impassivity. It had every making of this is what I've cultivated with education. this rebellion shall have no putting down... It was his very shrewd and complete understanding of how Anant was going to be very different, and very difficult to manipulate and handle, because he was neither his father, nor his uncle, not his brother. The impending has dawned upon Dadaji in a big way - he may not see the exact proceeds of the future, but he can see it wont be simple with Anant, and it will definitely not be about bow your head and listen, forgetting reason. I loved that play of emotion - and i like how Anant, even with his very well crafted answer has no diplomacy whatsoever about it, so far. He's still being the newfound himself. Driven by the cause 'Navya' to make happen what he would never have attempted, much less willed, otherwise! He's blindly driven by her momentum, and in the inertia of it shall accomplish impossible feats! Oh the look of Dadaji comprehending this go-for-it Anant facade was fantastic! Excellent stuff from both actors in that one scene. What a pity it still couldn't salvage grace for the remainder sad stuff - need I add the precap looks just as blah aka more dragfest-y!
** Navya's scene hugging her parents - another one with potential, and another let down. This should have been a revelation to the viewers, of how despite common principles and all, Navy's home is much more home than Anant's. Forget the intentionally evil members of Vajpayee home - the general air in that house is suffocating. Occasionally it actually justifies Nimisha's willingness to get married and out of the rut, lol! But without digressing, Navya is a standard middle class girl from a very credible middle class set up. Yesterday's scene should have been more touching than it unfortunately was made to be. The parents by themselves were definitely better!
** Anything I missed?! Oh yeh! Anant bouncing back. Oh geez! That was a little too fast, ha ha! Too fast to even be put down to him being such a boy. He could have definitely managed like a minute's solemn conversation before bursting with his over enthusiasm again. ANd Navya smiling when he was complimenting would have really really helped - agree with you totally there - I was thinking exactly the same watching it.
But Navya's distant watch of his glee and more introspection was, despite innate repetition, okay for me. She's got her facts, she's had them a few times now, but the way she connects all the dots, in every occasion ... I like. It wasn't just her acceptance of Anant being the reason, or everything else meaning nothing, but most importantly, her resolved will to try and do what she had shunned off with the last time's revelation of 'Anant ki Navya'. It's obvious, that the reason she didn't want to ask her dad was not just his no then, but her acknowledgement of beginning to change and the discomfort it evoked. Today, the same discomfort was her exact and opposite motivation. She wanted to, and was willing to face the 'no' and the consequent displeasure of her family that she should even ask, because she wants it so bad - she agrees its like never before, but she doesn't let that become the precise reason to back down, but quite the contrary. So, yeh, I liked her introspection again. I ike Navya's mind talks in general - alot more than loud talks, cause the former seems to be the only time she gets candid!
Phew - this was supposed to be brief today, I shouldn't even try I reckon
So long, until the next...
quickie - HOW could I forget minesweeper. That was hilarious. Positively! My mind yelled out Geek like never before! I've not know girls, boys yes, who resort to computer games to be distracted. That was the single most ROFL moment on the show - till now - in its only silly trivial way!
Edited by JZephyr - 11 May 2011 at 3:58am