Posted: 11 May 2011 at 8:04am | IP Logged
Originally posted by JZephyrAite 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. That sums it up perfectly, JZ
** 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. LOL I was wondering if I should point that out when I was already complaining about quite a bit in this epi but I couldn't agree with you more...I think Shaheer overdid that initial bit...the expressions weren't as up to the mark...given how good he was in the previous epi...this one felt kinda off
** 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. I agree...and honestly if they really think that the hug is the only highpoint they have and nothing else matters, that mindset is lame...every scene is a build up and should be done justice to...not just draggg things along to get through the week and then show one dhang ka epi 3 days later...this formula will affect the show in a negative manner eventually.
** 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. Exactly...there was potential for a very sweet and natural scene b/w the friends here but I found it to be kinda stiff and awkward like LadyM said as well.
** 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 :| Waise I liked that scene b/w Appy-Navya cuz I thought Soumya's acting there was good as well...but yeah I guess in a sense it's a cliched track to go for the money crisis excuse...
** 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. LOL so you are the #1 fan of Center shock Baba?? Niceee
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. I agree with this bit...jokes about his bulging eyeballs aside, I too noticed that the way he handled Anant there showed his shrewd understanding that this was a different case...the way he kept asking him to give him a valid reason...to show that he is open to understanding IF provided a good reason...but Anant was busy stuttering through most of that bit
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 - I think this is the start of that realization dawning on him...that Anant is changing...he will try to block this change in some manipulative manner in the coming epis again I'm sure.
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. You know the CONCEPT of it was nice, JZ...but they DRAGGED it tooo much...if Anant was indeed driven by the cause known as Navya...by that momentum, then the impact could have been shown SO much better...the fact that the took 9897898789 billion years to get to the point honestly was a let down to me. But yes, other than that I did like Shaheer's acting in this scene the most in this epi...the Dadaji was interesting as well
** 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.
Yesterday's scene should have been more touching than it unfortunately was made to be. The parents by themselves were definitely better! Agree again...this scene also had potential to be very touching...but the dragfest and the execution of it was a let down so I didn't really feel the scene
** 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. That's what I'd hoped...but apparently Anant truly is ADD on such subjects...no time for a slight second of solemn conversation...would have helped especially seeing HOW upset he was about the issue previously and how they never even showed us how Navya introspected and changed her mind on this.