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Story remains the king

tv Updated: Jan 28, 2011 13:39 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Show: Mukti Bandhan
Station: Colors
Time: 9.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Shiv Subramaniam among others

Harikishan Mehta’s Mukti Bandhan, to this day, is extremely popular with voracious Gujarati literature readers. The book is the inspiration for this show. Hence, there was a lot of curiosity about how the story would transform into a daily soap. Expectations were sky-high, and one could draw instant comparisons with Mani Ratnam’s Guru from the promos.

Eventually, it turned out to be a typical family drama set in a rich Gujarati family. The central character IM Virani, played by Shiv Subramaniam, as feared, doesn’t establish an instant connect. He acts well, but has a strong South Indian accent. Given that his character hails from a remote Gujarati village, he doesn’t have the Gujarati twang required for the role.

On many occasions, one finds the romantic interludes between Virani’s aged mum and dad pretty annoying because it takes away from the actual flow of the story, which is the drama between a young businesswoman and a reigning tycoon.

The set is extravagant and beautifully created. Once in a while, almost in every episode, you’ll be reminded of Guru and Abhishek Bachchan. The theme music is the nicest bit about the show.

What we like
The storyline and the theme music

What we don’t like
Hamming between the actors that kills audience interest.

Rating- **

Show: Phulwa
Station: Colors
Time: 9 pm, weekdays
Cast: Baby Jannat and others

Phulwa can easily be termed as one of producer Siddharth Tewary’s finest works. The concept and treatment is perfect. Once you start watching, you will find more than one reason to return to see more. Apart from a story that draws roughly from slain dacoit-politician Phoolan Devi’s life, the show has been shot at some excellent locations in Chambal, a place seldom visited for shoots. The theme song is catchy, but performances by the kiddie brigade lead by baby Jannat are just amazing.

Jannat deserves a special mention for her expressions, and screen presence. When she’s in the frame, you won’t want to look at anyone else. She essays her part with great confidence and is more under control than most actors.

The writers seem to know their job. Though people dislike kitchen politics, the way it has been woven into this story actually arouses interest. The dialogue and scenes have been written keeping an average housewife in mind. However, having seen so much venom in daily soaps, one didn’t really expect the same in this one. We’re sure there are other ways of introducing villains.

What we like
Theme music and Jannat.

What we don’t like
Same old kitchen politics.

Rating- ***