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As you soap, so shall you reap!

This bunch of daily soaps is a mixed bag, writes Rachana Dubey.

tv Updated: Jun 10, 2010 13:14 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai
Time: 7.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Aarti Singh, Neena Kulkarni, Romit Raj and others

It’s a family drama. Not loud and not cliché as yet. This one, about a Maharashtrian family that resides near Shivaji Park, deals with simple day to day issues. The mother-in-law, played by Neena Kulkarni, believes in the optimum use of household resources and dotes on her bahurani (daughter-in-law). The daughter-in-law and the central character, Mugdha, is played by Aarti Singh.

The saas-bahu pair is effective, especially Singh, who looks simple and plays the character without any melodrama. Extra points for the concept, which is simple and has something for everyone to relate to.

Of course, the show is tempered with drama, but it’s not over the top, which really saves the day for the viewer and the team working on the show. A refreshing change from what’s running in the current slot. It’s light and wholesome.

What we like
Aarti Singh, a fresh leading face, handles her character like a seasoned actor.
Neena Kulkarni plays the mother-in-law well.
Thankfully, the show doesn’t give you melodrama under the pretext of a social cause.

What we don’t like
It’s the third or fourth show with a Maharashtrian background, which steals a little from the show.
For some, Neena Kulkarni’s behaviour in the show can be a little indigestible given the family’s current residential address: Shivaji Park, Dadar.

Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah
Time: 8 pm, weekdays
Cast: Pramod Moutho, Archana Taide, Varun Badola

This one comes from a stable that currently runs one of the most watched dailies on TV. Naturally, expectations were high. It appeals in a lot of places, but disappoints too. The show is about a girl, who stands up to protect her mentally-challenged father from the atrocities of the world.

The setting, a small village near the coal mines of UP-Bihar, instantly appeals. Thankfully, it’s not one of those umpteen shows shot in Wai, a popular shooting location in Maharashtra.

The casting is impressive. The faces fit the bill in most cases. Archana Taide, Varun Badola and Pramod Moutho look perfect for their roles. Badola impresses as Kaaliprasad. He gets the accent right. Moutho as the father, works really well.

Of course there are undercurrents of melodrama with the other family members. Then there is the use of heavy Banarsi saris and jewellery, which is jarring. This one’s not the kind that becomes your favourite soap from episode one, but promises to deliver.

What we like
Varun Badola, Pramod Moutho and Archana Taide are first rate.
The setting appeals.
The story isn’t the usual family drama routine.

What we don’t like
The melodrama is unsettling and can put off many viewers.
The show could have been placed in a better time slot.

Baat Hamari Pakki Hai
Time: 8.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Mona Ambegaokar, Himani Shivpuri and others

Not again! One more show about finding a girl her perfect match. Arranged marriages are, unarguably, fodder for anyone looking to create drama on screen, but it can’t be fodder for every second show. Here, the girl’s maternal aunt is looking for a perfect groom for her niece, who is just too perfect and sugar-sweet to be true. If you’re into heavy saris and loud drama, this show is your best bet. Everyone overacts and it can start bugging you in 15 minutes.

The leading lady looks nice, but needs to hone her acting skills. The rest, who are supposedly seasoned actors, don’t do a great job either. If you have nothing to do, tune into this show. The story is set in UP. In one of the episodes, the girl is made to take her clothes off for the mother-in-law to check whether she has any marks on her body or not. Such things may be true, but we’ve seen enough shaadi (wedding) dramas and this one is no different.

What we like

Nothing in particular!

What we don’t like
One more drama on arranged marriages.
It endorses heavy saris and melodrama.
Everyone overacts.
Nothing new.

First Published: Jun 10, 2010 12:30 IST