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High on concepts but…

tv Updated: Apr 16, 2011 13:36 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Show: Luteri Dulhan
Station: Imagine
Time: 9.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Krishna Gokani and others

This show from the first frame goes against its promotional pitch. What seemed like a funny spin on con-women in the northern belt of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, turns out to be a rather serious drama with loads of subplots. This is the story of Billo, who belongs to a middle class family, and in true Manmohan Desai style, gets separated one stormy night. She finds herself in the hands of thugs, grows up
and starts marrying rich, old men. She loots them on gunpoint on the first night of the wedding, and runs away with the wealth with her family.

It’s a cool idea for a daily soap, inspired by a news capsule. A couple of stunt and chase sequences at the start set the mood for the forthcoming episodes. However, the first episode was a bit tiresome as it dragged on, rather than get to the point straight.

The actors have been chosen well. The lead actor is decent, though for a role like this one, she needs to be a little more prepared.

The dialogue and situations are not exactly predictable. After a point, the show fails to hold attention. The makers can blame the slow-paced story-telling, many sub-plots and somemelodramatic scenes, that disrupt the pace of the show and can easily be dispensed.

What we like
* The concept

We don’t like
* Slow-paced storytelling

Rating: **1/2

Show: Meri Toh Lag Gayi Naukri
Station: UTV Bindaas
Time: 7 pm, weekdays
Cast: Unknowns and lesser knows

With great displeasure, we have to announce that this is not the show to watch. The channel’s other reality shows look and feel more presentable, and even likeable. It’s understandable, considering that the channel had completely gone off fiction shows for a long while, before returning with this one. The capsules at times even appear primitive (DD’s 1980s days).

The show is about youngsters who have landed their first jobs, after passing out of college. The sets look nothing like an office place. The cast is a mix of lesser-known and completely unknown faces. The director and the scriptwriter seem to fail at any attempt in injecting humour into the show. Unfortunately for them, the ha-ha moments actually fall flat on their faces, momentarily running into extreme ham scenes.

Full marks to the concept because it’s not something that has been dealt with before in recent history. However, the treatment and the end results are disappointing to the hilt.

What we like
* Concept only

We don’t like
* The treatment, poor humour and production quality

Rating: *