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Finally, cool concepts on the tube

tv Updated: May 14, 2010 02:05 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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The two new shows this week have cool concepts and hence are worth tuning in to writes Rachana Dubey.

UTV
Bindaas Dadagiri -3
7 pm, Saturdays

Cast: Three retired army officers and Vishal Dada

You can simply watch this show for the army officers. Their personalities are such that you can’t miss them or mix them up with someone else. Moving on, this time, the show has a cause in place. The idea is to take 14 individuals through commando training so that they can protect themselves, their families, neighbourhood and be of help to combat terrorism at any level.

The content is by far better than the previous seasons of the show. It doesn’t seem frivolous this time and has been intelligently crafted. Most of the contestants rejoice as if they’ve managed to make it to the actual commando force of the country. But the enthusiasm is great. It’s quite a lot of fun to watch the selection process, more so, to see how the officers throw out the unwanted participants.

They put it very straight and that’s something unique here. Vivan Bhatena works well as a host and is cool with the contestants. Vishal Dada needs to learn how to control his temper because it upsets the show unnecessarily. He was just the same in the last season too, and he was far from being impressive. But you can still tune in!

What we like
The concept of training commoners for self defence.
The idea of roping in actual army officials.
No hidden camera or bitching so far.
The army officers are worth a watch.
The repeat telecasts of the show.

What we don’t like
Vishal Dada. He’s too loud and badly behaved.
Some contestants look like they’ve come to the show only to become a menace.
That can make the show look fake.

Rating: **1/2

Imagine
Sarvagun Sampanna
Time: 7 pm, weekdays
Cast: Pooja Bose and others


Thankfully, this show doesn’t claim to be have a ‘realistic’ approach to a story with a dash of entertainment masala. It’s the story of a

lavni

dancer who marries a rich politician’s son without letting her in-laws know that she is a

lavni

dancer. Cool plot. It begins by giving the viewer a raw feeling of the interiors of Maharashtra, since the show is set in Kolhapur. By the day, our protagonist is an

adarshvadi

(principled) daughter who is immensely loved by her parents. Her mother’s only dream is to see her married and that she has a home of her own. By the night, the daughter, Swara, turns into a

lavni

dancer. On the other hand, the politician is the revenue minister of Maharashtra.

A press reporter goes with a mic introducing his family to the aam junta (it reminds you of Tulsi moving around in the house in the opening montage of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi), and looks too wide eyed for her job. The story proceeds quite fast. The transition of the agyakaari girl to a lavni dancer who is the breadwinner of her family happens quickly and leaves you wanting to see what happens next. Worth a watch!

What we like
The adequate usage of Marathi language to give authenticity to the story.
Pooja Bose not only looks good but dances well too.
The casting has been done very carefully; you’d know by the look of the person that he or she is expected to turn negative in the following episodes.
It’s a good concept for a daily and the show moves fast.

What we don’t like
Despite being a festive day in the show, everyone on the hero’s side looks overdressed.
One fears the show will enter the typical saas-bahu territory at some point.
The show’s timing could have been a lot better.

Rating: ***