Posted: 25 September 2011 at 1:02pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by napstermonster
I have been loving this thread, and since my favorite posters have posted time and again, I'd love to jump in one more time, please do bear with me!
One of my favorite soaps (before they ruined it) was Bidaai, and I liked it more for the sisters being portrayed in it than for the actual hum drum dramatic story lines. For those of you in the know, I'm sure you remember the dynamic between the cousins Ragini and Sandhya, where the younger sister marries the older brother and the eldest one marries the younger. Their bond transcends all others, and the story moves mainly through both sisters' need to care for the other.
The reason I bring this up is because of the obvious parallels of the younger sister being the orphaned cousin who shoulders the family's responsibility, and sells herself into an unwanted marriage for her family. In the story, she also makes sure her eldest sister, the less assertive one, who is in love with the brother in law gets her happiness as well, as a bride. Bidaai worked because we see Ragini growing from being just as
hilariously naive as Payal, into a tigress and the one with the actual
supportive, good marriage to draw strength from. She is helped by Sadnya, but ends up being
her rock. There Sandhya is still a main lead but with Ragini's active support and brains at her disposal.
Im sure all serials are derivative, but I'm worried that the Khushi -Payal dynamic is being set up to mimic this older story, and Payal isn't enough of a character to grow beyond her meekness and obsession with clean clothing to truly be a support for Khushi once both sisters enter the Raizada House.
Khushi has enough stacked against her without having to permanently shield Payal from Mami and a hundred upcoming new enemies. Payal's character has been made into such a milk-toast wishy-washy (pun intended) caricature, I don't see the potential for redemption. Its not just her obliviousness with Khushi's emotional mindset, and the points about Khushi having walls around her made earlier is well taken. Its her general refusal to take any responsibility, even for something as basic as making a phone call, or being strong for her Mom and Aunt at a horrible time-I noticed she immediately wanted Khushi when Shyam actually pointed out something she had to be responsible for. This has happened again and again.
Bottom line, I'm actually against Payal's entry as Akash's spouse in her current avatar, and until they really spend a few weeks and some intensive writing proving what she brings to the table, I'm happy with her being sidelined and not being a secondary heroine, Lakshmi style. It says something when you are being out-performed by a goat.
I liked your view point and post too! Bidai is a good example of the strong bond shared by sisters.
The thing about IPK...is that it mainly showcases Arnav and Khushi's story and after that Anjali's. There is lesser scope for Payal's character or story to emerge out of the shadows. All she does now is look pretty and mouth insignificant lines. Even Akash is completely sidelined.
To me it seems that at present the writers are not really bothered about giving Payal's character a new dimension. We can only hope that in the future when both sisters become sister-in-laws as well, Payal will have more to contribute as the elder sibling.