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Good concepts, but…

TV review Ideas get the thumbs up, but not the execution...

tv Updated: May 25, 2010 14:03 IST

You expect yourself to have fun when you see the promos and the hoardings of this show across the city. When you tune in and watch the eight sundaris from showbiz contesting to become a desi girl, you know for sure that they’re all vying to make the most of their time on TV and establish a certain image of theirs in the minds of the discerning viewers. So far, so good. The show takes the women into a far-off village in Punjab. They’re left in the middle of nowhere and are driven to the actual village by bullock carts.

By then, you can already see that there are some who just can’t see eye-to-eye, some who’re trying to be friendly with everyone, and some who’re just indifferent. The girls are made to do household chores that include sweeping the floor, cleaning ashes from a mud-caked stove and milking cows and buffaloes. Some of them are even treated badly.

Oof! You’re at the end of your patience with this reality-drama. There’s full-on on-camera bitching around the place.
Beyond a point, how much of this can you take?


Desi Girl
Time: 9 pm, Friday-Saturday
Cast: Sambhavna Seth, Monica Bedi, Roshni Chopra, Kashmera Shah, Ishita Arun and others

What we like
The idea of taking eight ‘beauties’ to a remote village and making them lead the life of a village belle.
The look and the tasks in the show are damn cool.
All the girls seem too prepared to take on the tasks and bitching from other constestants.

And don’t like
Some girls’ behaviour is extremely predictable: Sambhavna Seth and Kashmera Shah for instance.
There’s too much reality camera talk in each episode. That’s really not fun.
It’s another one of those reality shows recorded in a very controlled environment, in this case it’s a village.

Keshav Pandit
Time:
8.30 pm, Saturday
Cast: Sarvar Ahuja and others

Those who have read any novel of the title Keshav Pandit would have been excited to see the drama translate on screen.
Those who don’t know much about the character from Ved Prakash’s novels might want to tune in to find out what kind of a phenomenon Keshav Pandit really is, because he is one of the most read characters.

Unfortunately, everything of what’s in the book doesn’t translate as beautifully on-screen. The opening episode of the show introduces the viewers to Keshav Pandit and how he became what he is: the desi Robinhood; someone who knows the law without having studied law.

Kudos to the attempt from the channel and the production team, but unfortunately, KP fails to impress.
Not because Sarvar Ahuja who plays Keshav is a poor actor, but because the show is on the lines of a daily soap, which makes it really boring.

If you watch dailies anyway, surely, you don’t want to watch one more on the weekend, right? KP knows the law like the back of his hand. However boring and a drab this may sound, it manages to establish its characters really well. Introduction, background and consistency have been looked after. If only the show didn’t look like a daily soap…

What we like
The fact that someone attempted to recreate the magic of Keshav Pandit on screen. Sarvar Ahuja plays the character convincingly.
The initial episodes of the show have been shot in Benares, the place the character actually belongs from.
The actual stories in the books have explicit language and content, which have been toned down a lot in the translation.

And don’t like
The show is a drag. It moves very slowly.
You constantly feel that you’re in the middle of an hour-long daily soap capsule.
The show actually doesn’t have the charm of Ved Prakash’s books.