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Yawn two three

With inviting promos, and unique concept, the new soaps this week work brilliantly as sleeping pills, writes Rachana Dubey.

tv Updated: Feb 17, 2010 19:14 IST

Aise Karo Na Vida
Time: 2 pm, Monday to Friday
Cast: Aastha Chaudhary, Jaya Bhattacharya and others

Even the promos of this show were not inviting enough. And when you tune in, you’re just as disappointed as you had thought you would be. Or maybe more. Even bored housewives have better taste for soaps.

This one reminds you of Rani Mukherji’s debut movie, Raja Ki Aayegi Barat. The girl is raped and then married off to the culprit (that was easy). In the movie, the heroine asks for it. In the soap, she is probably just given that option. The opening of the show can put you off to sleep for hours.

The sunrise, a bhola-bhaala village dominated by a royal family, an innocent girl who doesn’t understand the way a man lustily glances at her, a chota sukhi parivar – all these ingredients were perfect for soaps a decade ago – not today. Now, they only ensure you have a great time sleeping through the noon.

What we like
Aastha Chaudhary is quite composed. She does a good job of the character.
It’s good to see Jaya Bhattacharya back.

And we don’t like
The concept is really boring for its time slot. All expectations from a channel that has had breakthrough shows failed.
The village set looks like something you’ve seen in another soap.
It’s super predictable from episode No 1.

Behnein
Time: 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday
Cast: Sudeep Sahir, Shruti Ulfat, Darshan Jariwala and four girls

One more show, one more household, one more marriage. God knows, but producers seem to be obsessed with weddings.

Most shows either begin with one or lead into a high-end sequence where heavy jewellery and jari saris are on display. This show is nothing different except that here the girl’s parents expire before she ties the knot.

There’s a property issue and the girls have to stand by each other against their villainous foi (paternal aunt). Seen this, heard this? You sure have.

And if you’ve been watching soaps, and worse, if you’re addicted to them, you’ll know what’s coming next. The soap is loaded with drama. Bottles of glycerin have been used to get the emotions in place.

A few episodes into the show, you might scream, “Iss serial se mujhe bachao!”

What we like
New faces in the lead roles. For once, they look fresh, but still, they need serious acting classes, ASAP.
Sudeep Sahir is the most composed actor of the lot. He’s just right.
Shruti Ulfat and Darshan Jariwala are fine but they exit the show too soon.

And we don’t like
Ketaki Dave’s return as a villainous aunt. She wasn’t any different earlier, except here, she sports gray strands with the gray character.
The houses seem too lavish to be true.; remind you of Ekta Kapoor’s saas-bahu shows.
Everything is so saccharine sweet that after a few episodes, you might feel diabetic.
Most of the entry sequences for the girls have been taken from Bollywood movies.

Ganga
Time: 1.30 pm, Monday to Friday
Cast: Jayshree Soni, Sejal Shah and others

Not again. A girl is considered apavitra because she has some marks on her right wrist.

She touches the prasadam in the temple and faces wrath, equivalent to having murdered a priest. Also in soaps like these, everyone gets an opportunity to ham to their heart’s content.

The girl’s step mother for instance: she gives 1500 expressions a minute and delivers lines as if she’ll never get another chance to act; so bad that you’ll pray the Lalita Pawars of the world didn’t see it.

You’ll empathise with Pawar because she was powerful as a nasty old lady. Our woman is far from nasty. She is just over-acting personified. That’s it. You don’t want to watch the show any further.

What we like
Jayshree Soni’s acting was fine, but could use some fine-tuning.
The concept of reincarnation could work. It has not been done on TV for a long time.

And we don’t like
Everyone other than the lead actress hams.
The show is a drag. You can’t go on watching it without yawning.