Posted: 06 January 2014 at 9:44am | IP Logged
Leads: Sanaya Irani and Ashish Sharma
Director: Siddharth Sengupta
Producer: Nautanki Telefilms
Okay, how do we begin? Well, if one would ask
us to define Rangrasiya in a sentence, we would
not rack our brains a lot and utter, "It is a Kismi
bar chocolate wrapped in a Dairy Milk wrapper".
Oh, mars the level of profoundness? But that's
the best we can give to the show given its
technical superiority but archaic (like a Dinosaur
Before moving on, we must mention that one of
the benefits for viewers (and critics) reaps from
continued and sustained excellence in the drama
field is that writers, directors and producers,
perhaps feeling pressured to stand out even
among the best, are experimenting more
noticeably with tone, pace, structure and visual
But alas, they fail miserably over and over again
at the conceptual level. Nothing is really fresh
these days on Indian television. Though the
word creativity is overrated, still a certain
amount of sparkle is expected.
Moving on, watch Rangrasiya and you would
fathom immediately that it's come out of the
head of Saurabh Tewari. The man thinks cinema
but does television, which might not work all the
We are sure many have seen the show by now,
and have realized that a chirpy and lively Paro
(Sanaya Irani) is pitted against the angry young
man Rudra (Ashish Sharma).
They will meet, differences will crop up,
situations will lead to them falling in love and
blah blah blah.
While watching the first episode and the quick
jump from the kids' childhood to the present
day affair, did impress us. We thought, thank
God the pace is swift.
But what comes next forced us to pop an
Aspirin or two. Slow motion close up shots of
Sanaya Irani and Ashish Sharma (we know they
are the leads, big deal... itna footage?), and over
the top background score, forced us to reach for
the remote to watch Arnab Goswami shouting
his lungs out. Yes, at times even he is tolerable
given the ludicrous nature of plot progression in
Sanaya beams through the desert ala Aishwarya
Rai or Deepika Padukone from a Bhansali movie.
Ashish's looks and expressions match that of a
desert cactus. Sanaya, as usual comes across
affable initially, then slips into her comfort zone
of being amplified.
Ashish looks good on screen but hey...get a little
more emotive and expressive. There's no harm
in ample usage of your face muscles.
What really impressed us is the show's high
production value (Produced by Nautanki Films-
Saurabh Tewari and Abhinav Shukla) and the
cinematography (Sanjay Memane and Anil
The shots are captivating and lend a lucid
Dialogues written by Raghuveer Shekawat are
good but actors need to work hard on the
What really stands out is the setting, costumes
(Ritu Deora) and the art direction (Sumit Mishra).
Clap for the team in that front!!!
We have a suggestion for the creative team and
director Siddharth Sengupta: cut down on the
close up slow motion shots and yawning build up
before scenes. A girl getting molested and being
saved by the hero is so so clichd. You guys can
do a lot better.
Rangrasiya is a show which is nothing special
but we hope the coming tracks would prove us
wrong. And yes, we loved the title song (Sourav
Kalsi). Power and energy to team Rangrasiya!!!