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It’s drama v/s comedy

Kismat will give you a much-needed break from kitchen politics that runs on every channel in almost every time slot.

tv Updated: Feb 26, 2011 13:33 IST
Rachana Dubey

Show: Kismat
Time: 10.30 pm, Weekdays
Station: Sony Entertainment
Cast: Rahul Bagga and
Viraf Patel

This show will give you a much-needed break from kitchen politics that runs on every channel in almost every time slot. Armed with a fabulous script and focussed direction, Kismat can easily be called one of the best daily shows currently. The story is loosely based on Sir Jeffery Archer’s 1979 novel, Kane And Abel, which was about two men born in completely different financial and social conditions, with just their birth date and the zeal to succeed being the common factors. Thankfully, there are elements of originality in the show as the writers have introduced Indianised emotions and characters including a cunning granny, a naïve mother and a sister who has been sold off to a brothel.

Kismat revolves around two characters, Aditya Merchant (Rahul Bagga) and Kabir Khan (Viraf Patel). The first is an heir to one of the richest industrialist families who has been taught that winning is all that matters. The latter is born to a Muslim couple but is raised by a Hindu family. He faces adversities early in life that moulds him into an aggressive go-getter. His sole agenda is to become rich and powerful. Their paths are destined to cross and change their lives forever.Despite similarities with the novel, Kismat makes an impact because it’s difficult to predict what will happen next. The production quality is superb and the casting has been done very well. No actor hams. The show is set in the 1950s and moves to the ‘70s and ‘80s and eventually to the ‘90s. The make-up and hairdos are understated and locations have been used well.


What we like
The unpredictability, high production quality, focused direction and some lovely performances

We don’t like
The borrowed concept

Rating ****

Show: Khotey Sikkey
Time: 11 pm, Friday-Saturday
Station: Sony Entertainment
Cast: Vikas Kumar and a bunch of newcomers

This is another exceptionally cool show on TV currently. It may not find too many takers, but whoever watches it, will miss it when it goes off air. The show has a tight storyline that revolves around an honest hardworking cop Damodar Deshmukh (Vikas Kumar) who has a gang of five criminals who despite belonging to socially affluent families commit crimes for money and also for fun’s sake.

The story moves extremely fast. Right in the first episode, a masked man is shown robbing Rs 8000 from a bank. While escaping, he leaves a jacket behind, which costs far more than the amount he has robbed. Eventually, a cop gets hold of five crooks who help him solve complicated cases in extraordinary ways. The sets have a real look. The stories are crisp and the direction is, once again, focussed. The dialogue is interesting too and actors have performed well.

What we like
The concept of the show and the treatment

We don’t like
The time slot

Rating ***