Life OK's Prem Ya Paheli? - Chandrakanta upped the expectations riding on it when they roped in actress Kritika Kamra for the titular role. The show was already in the news since its inception because Colors channel is developing a similar concept.
Colors is developing the concept along with Balaji Telefilms and Life OK with Nikhil Sinha's Triangle Productions. Both the channels launched their respective first teasers around the same time. And while Balaji is yet to lock down their leads, Life OK has already launched their first promo starring Kritika and this is how it has fared.
The promo starts with a very seductive entry of Princess Chandrakanta(Kritika Kamra). The voiceover mentions as to how is her beauty renowned and legendary. We then get a glimpse of how two princes who feel that they have a right to OBTAIN' Princess Chandrakanta (Very Male Chauvinistic).
In the midst of all this, Princess Chandrakanta gets advised by Sudesh Berry's character that it's only Virendra who can save her from this evil world and offers her a way to a door. But then the voice over suggests that maybe or maybe not, this is a trap.
What's Not Good:
Pretty much everything.
None of the supporting actors is 'acting' well in the promo. Either they are underplaying their respective character or are over playing it.
The voice over is not as strong as it should have been. Any voice over should have a strong voice that narrates the story and captivates the audience, but this...
And again, the VFX could have been way better but the saving grace here is the fact that the VFX were way better than the likes of 'Naagin' franchise as it appears.
Also, the music and background score of the show is as cliche as it gets.
Even though there were no dialogues, Kritika Kamra's presence alone was the savior in the promo.
Amidst all this, the grandeur of the show is also evident, as the scale seems opulent. Though this is a good point for the show, we have witnessed that this factor doesn't always 'work' for the show.
Also, after all of the above, the makers managed to keep the mystery factor alive towards the end of the promo.
The first promo has turned out to be a great disappointment for people who had great expectations from it. If you ask us, the first promo has taught us not to keep extremely high expectations from the second promo. But, we are keeping our fingers crossed for the next one.
Ratings: ** (2.5 stars)
Check out the promo here: