Rang Badalti Oodhni
Time: 10 pm, weekdays
Cast: Karan Tacker, Priyanka Chibber, Yashree Masurkar and Pankaj Dheer
You don’t know why you’re being subjected to this but then, you’re watching it because you’re hopeful that it may be good. You’ll only be disappointed. The leading lady’s introduction sequence looks ‘inspired’ from the song Manmohini from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). The girl runs fast enough to be the next marathon-specialist of the country! She chuckles and plays marbles with village boys two days before her wedding. She’s the only one who is lavishly and stylishly dressed in a rather backward village, where camel-racing makes for the most exciting means of entertainment. She talks to her fiancé’s camel as if it were her best friend. She even invites it for a film. The rest of the cast can’t hold the show together either. Zzzzzzzzz… It’s a snore!
What we like
A few portions are shot in Gujarat’s white sand, which looks amazing on screen. It’s a location that hasn’t been explored on Indian TV shows yet.The dialect is the kind that you’d hear on the Rajasthan-Gujarat border; adds some authenticity to a rather dry soap.
And don’t like
The leading lady can’t act for peanuts. The set, used to portray a border village, is one in Malad that’s used for every show that has Rajasthan as a backdrop. The protagonist fails in her attempt to be this ‘bholi-bhaali’ (innocent) village belle.
Time: 9.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Gurmeet Choudhary, Drashti Dhami, Abhinav Shukla
She’s from a conservative Punjabi family. She’s in a college where she wears a uniform. She possibly is just about 18, in class 12, and is ready to be married to a ‘Caneda-return munda (boy)!’ Wonder why everyone is getting married on soaps? After a point, you’ll be suffering with marriage overdose for sure.
Her mother is sweet, ‘taiji’ (paternal aunt) is stern and ‘daarji’ (paternal uncle) is someone everyone in Punjab is afraid of. Strangely, while travelling in an open jeep, ‘daarji’ waves to a pedestrian and the pedestrian looks like he doesn’t know what hit him! We do! Geet is ‘girl’ of the family, she’s the ‘pagdi’ (turban) and god knows what all! She can drive a scooter but she cannot be moving around without a dupatta. Gosh! You’re already fed up!
What we like
The leading lady looks pretty, acts well too.She doesn’t seem anything like her previous character in Dill Mill Gaye.
And don’t like
It’s the same artistes who play Punjabis in other shows. We’ve had an overdose of Punjabi — in films and even in TV shows. Get over it people! The theme reminds us of a show called Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye, which was also about a girl who marries an NRI and feels ditched afterwards.