Colors' newly launched show, Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha - Chandrakanta helmed by Ekta Kapoor aired it's first two episodes past weekend and as much as it had us hoping to be good, it did disappoint but also had us amazed.
Here, we analyze all the good and the bad about the show.
Story so far:
Vijaygadh, the land of magic, Ayyars and Ayyarahs (males and females with magical powers) was ruled by the most powerful Ayyarah, the queen of Vijaygadh -Rani Ratnaprabha (Shilpa Saklani Aghnihotri). She was blessed by Lord Vishnu with Thilismi Kanjar. And, then comes the time to handover the kanjar to someone who deserves it, for which, a competition is held.
Rani Ratnaprabha decides to lead a normal human life and give away all her powers back to the kanjar, thereby praying to Lord Vishnu to return the kanjar back to her daughter after 21 years, when she becomes capable of achieving it.
Just when Maha Ayyarah Vishaka comes in for the competition, the skies darken and the entire ambiance turns gloomy, thereby marking the entry of Iravati rani (Urvashi Dholakia) with her son Veer and her husband Raja Surendra Singh. She then takes part in the competition and defeats Vishaka post which she claims the kanjar. Not trusting evil Iravati, Rani refuses to give away the kanjar to her. Iravati also asks Rani for her daughter's hand for Veer (Vishal Aaditya Singh) which she refuses upright.
Iravati then asks her Aaina (magical mirror) to show her her death, whereby it shows her Chandrakanta's face, however, Iravati fails to see it and assumes that it will be Rani Ratna Prabha who will kill her.
After knowing this, she, along with her soldiers enter the Rani's room in an attempt to kill her, however, she fails as the two manage to escape into the jungle. But, they fail to escape, leading to Raja's death. Rani then escapes the jungle with her daughter and flows her daughter away at the sea with a dolphin named Rhimjhim.
Then, on seeing a temple she successfully hides the kanjar, and dies. Iravati decides to destroy all kingdoms and kill all daughters so that no one ever kills her.
In a far off land, a couple belonging to the fishermen tribe are worried as they have never had fruitful results in being blessed with a child. And, just then, we see Chandrakanta float away in the basket and come to them.
Meanwhile, the two are shown as grown ups. While Veer grows up to become a momma's boy, doing everything she asks for unaware of her evil intentions, Chandrakanta (Madhurima Tuli) grows up to be a pretty girl, and, the daasi (maidservant) to the two daughters of Suryagadh's king.
Suryaghadh was far from Vijayghadh and it had abled Ayyars, hence it remained unforfeited by Iravati. Iravati sends Veer to Suryaghadh in an attempt to get the princess daughters Satakshi and Sonakshi kidnapped by becoming their bodyguards. Chandrakanta is asked to take care of the princesses while they get a bodyguard. However, Veer enters their room and, that's when Chandrakanta and Veer have an encounter.
The show deserves all the applause for the amazingly done sets, courtesy, art director Chandravadan. The grandeur of the sets has been maintained just about right. It definitely does help you get over all the shabbily done VFX.
If even the sets don't seem to be appealing enough, the little onscreen time we've seen Madhurima and Vishal share together seems to be really promising. We really do think that the duo will sure be able to manage the show's run on their shoulders if that's the kind of chemistry they have to offer.
The list for this one is quite a long one. For starters, yet another classic case of pathetically done VFX. (Indian TV needs a bow for being able to watch this) We are hoping that the show does not become another Naagin.
Vishal Aaditya Singh as Veer has done a commendable job. His body, his firmness and his hold over the acting prowess is definitely something to vouch for. He, again, definitely is a promising actor in the show.
Shilpa as Rani Ratraprabha though has a short role in the show, she has done complete justice to it. This is something different she has tried, and we think she's faired well at it.
Coming to the bottom line, despite some really horrible attempts at showing a magical world, there are bits and pieces of the show which succeed at wowing the viewers. Not having too many hopes from the show, we still are thinking that as the weeks pass by, we'll get to see a better version of it.