Posted: 10 January 2012 at 9:55am | IP Logged
SORRY to all those who were waiting for the episode on the analysis thread! I got held up somewhere unexpectedly. It's up now along with my take...
So I guess this was the first ever Maaneet episode. And boy was it wonderful, amazing, and simply buckets-of-drool worthy!
I have to say, I found it absolutely hilarious that while Geet was begging for help from Maan, the gundas also stopped and waited for his verdict. It made me think they were also waiting to see what he would do as they didn't want to unnecessarily confront this "beast" of a man, as Jyo calls him. As soon as Geet and they realise that no help is coming from Maan, they both start running, simultaneously as he nonchalantly looks on. I absolutely loved the expression on his face, of mild irritation. And of course the taveez is naturally attracted to its eventual home on his lean, taut chest. I'm sorry, is this going off topic?
Anyhow so Geet continues to run, until her dupatta gets caught on something. This was an interesting moment as we know how important Geet's dupatta is to her in the context of her family. Losing her dupatta is no less than a heinous crime, from what we saw in the first and second episode and to her, when she is in a vulnerable state, being chased by the goons, she is even more reluctant to go without it. Her refusal to leave it behind and continue running causes her to fall into the lake and causes the dupatta itself to land neatly on the head of this so far unidentified hottie, whose default expression seems to be that of mild irritation. The indifferent Apollo finally deigns to help a drowning girl when she can no longer help herself and thus the best scene ever, no I mean EVER, came into being.
I have sort of always wondered why Geet kept screaming bachao after she had been taken out of the water by two muscular arms. I guess its because it could actually be one of the gundas who caught her, she doesn't know she has been saved as they are still in pretty deep water, or she is in a somewhat semi-conscious state due to the low temperature of the water and her shock at falling in that she just keeps repeating the same word. I think Maan's "chup" (aside from making me go weak at the knees) sort of reoriented her and she realised where she was. I absolutely LOVE the way he drops her when they get back to shore, it's not a heartless drop from a high level or anything, just a gentle plop onto the ground. And the way he throws her her dupatta sort of shows that he wants to get rid of her and any traces of her. Sorry, Maan, not happening!
Wow, I guess this was the first glimpse of Geet's persistence and her never say die attitude. The girl just would not take no for an answer, and why should she when she had everything to lose in this situation? When Maan refused to take her home and she just hi-jacked his jeep, it was hilarious and completely badass! I think at that moment, Maan had the faintest trace of respect for her and also he realised that he wasn't getting rid of this creature unless he bodily dropped her off where she wanted to go. Checkmate, Geet.
I loved the irony that while all this was happening with Geet, Darjee was saying she had no brains! And again the irony struck me when I realised that once again Geet was being blamed for an unfortunate series of events that was beyond her control. Have any of the times she has been punished involved her doing anything wrong? Not really! I guess in retrospect this is foreshadowing of her being blamed for the biggest crime done against her by Dev. Also, the interlude about the bus with Brij, puts Geet's current situation into perspective, that is how much she is putting herself out there compared to what is expected of her. It is interesting how she is being completely scandalous from her family's perspective, but at the same time, completely meek in Maan's.
I absolutely loved the juxtaposition of Maan and Geet on the one hand and the men who control her life on the other. This scene sort of shows how Maan is different from all of these men who Geet has been exposed to in her life. When they abandon her, he helps her, though reluctantly, his rash driving makes her almost fall out of the jeep but he catches her. He expects her to be an individual and not some faceless member of a large family and as the latter she causes great friction with his personality, ultimately resulting in her ousting from the jeep. More than anything else, I think in the jeep ride with Geet, Maan is annoyed by her cowed attitude and her whining about her family. Somehow the fear and concern for her family irks him, perhaps because family is such a sensitive topic for him, which he doesn't really like to think about, and why he spends days on end in the forest, alone. In a way he sort of preaches what he has learnt to her and his selfish, loner attitude rubs off on her just a little. Later on, her selfless family-oriented attitude rubs off on him but for now the first influence is Maan's on Geet and his little sermon about self-sufficiency sets her on the tumultuous journey we all know she faces.
Finally, we get to see another glimpse of Darjee's unending devotion to hierarchies and the social system they live under. Geet now "belongs" to Dev so Dev's judgment on her behaviour overrides Darjee and Brij's. While Geet is embroiled within this system, her only saviour from oppression is marriage. However, Maan's ideology brings an entirely new force into her life, one that will help her yank herself out of this vicious cycle of male dependence.
That sneaky taveez!