Posted: 15 May 2011 at 8:06pm | IP Logged
We've all laughed like hell over the last scene hug and I hadn't expected to have anything else to say about the epi but I finally got to watching the whole epi at last and I just need to get some thoughts out of my head...here goes nothing :P (two days late :P)
1) Further insight into Renu's situation...Renu herself verbalizing to her mother that sometimes she feels as if she's the only person who never gets to do what SHE wants in life while everyone else goes about their marzi...her tears as she said this really made me feel bad for her...and the very next moment she snaps at her mother when she asks her to tell her what's bothering her but she replies abruptly that she doesn't want to discuss anything...For some reason, I find these subtle touches they are showing to Renu's character quite fascinating...I find her to be so human...with all sorts of traits, flaws...she's abrasive and rude sometimes but so vulnerable in other moments...I'm intrigued to see how her storyline with Gautam moves further.
2) Coming to our hero-heroine now
...Liked their first convo..."chhudwa di na meri bus?" lol...pretty typical AN convo in that initial scene much to my surprise...I thought it was a well written bit too...Navya wasn't taking AS long pauses to get her words out also...lol...Anant wasn't acting like a hyper weirdo...which was good to see...I thought it was a cute convo...more in keeping with their usual simpler/innocent convos...Anant insisting that everything happened cuz of HER only
...a little drop in the scene here with the unnecessary extended staring session with Navya giving those shifty eyed/eyes lowered expressions of hers *sigh*
...I LOL'd when Navya was like, "ab toh ghar hi waapis jaana hai"...reminded me of her mom earlier in the epi telling Renu what a DUMBO Navya is
3) The taxi scene: The comfort level was back for a bit with Anant largely being matter of fact too until Navya disclosed that she'd actually sat down in the bus and THEN got off
...I thought this was a well written bit too...the way Navya haltingly tells him the lie she made up to get off the bus and the way he laughs at her and tells her she isn't as innocent as she looks and she gets all defensive
...I thought the transition in this scene to Anant growing thoughtful and then asking her again "why?" and then insisting on that answer wasn't unnatural either...credible flow to that scene...Soumya's acting wasn't that bad here either...not AS long pauses I'd say...
And now coming to the last bit which I guess has been endlessly dissected/debated over the course of the past 2 days...lol...here's what I'm thinking now having watched the entire epi in one stretch...the last scene was actually well WRITTEN I'd say...I can understand the intention of the scene...why Anant insists on wanting some answers from her somewhere along that hoping to find answers to his own questions about what has changed for him...cuz like he tells her in the beginning of the epi..."it's all cuz of HER"...that's all he seemed to fully comprehend by that point in a sense and so to get some answers FROM her would maybe give him some answers to the changes in him as well...that was the intention I think. And that I wouldn't call rushed in hindsight...it fit in with the theme of exploring their feelings...verbalizing them in that same somewhat confused manner since they don't fully recognize them. Barring Soumya's horribly robotic delivery of Navya's dialogues in this scene, Navya's actual dialogues weren't bad...they honestly fit in with her character... I didn't find it out of character. Yes she is a conservative girl from a conservative family but what all she did in that moment was give a halting, shy, awkward description of her confused feelings...
The real downside of this scene was the hug...now that's where the whole "impulse" argument is being pushed...ok so I get that Navya's (sort of ) confession was like a huge moment for Anant with some sort of light bulb going off in his head regarding his own feelings for her maybe...maybe it all became crystal clear for him in that moment but the way they SHOWED it with that hilarious hug with him running backwards to hug her just did not come out well.
Uske baad bhi they tried I guess to "show" that Navya was first taken aback, then "scared" and then kinda gave in...but Soumya's acting failed to bring any of this out...she ended up looking more constipated than anything...the scared expressions are being sooo overdone on her part that it's killing most scenes...and had her dialogue delivery been better in this scene, it could have turned out far better...oh and the final thing to kill this scene...the HORRIBLE choice of song.
Overall, in hindsight I'd say that this was a well WRITTEN epi...but failed on execution in some bits...especially the ending hug.