Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2’s first episode showed the same old story, only more garish.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2’s first episode showed the same old story, only more garish.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 episode 1 review: There was no room for it but things have become worse

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 returns to our TV screens -- louder, more garish and having lost any modern edge its first iteration had.
By Soumya Srivastava, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 01:16 PM IST

It baffles me no end how an entire country’s population has been judged unintelligent enough to only be able to digest content like this. Do Ekta Kapoor, Balaji Telefilms and the likes really believe that the cable television-watching audience doesn’t deserve good editing and non-bigoted humour? Seventeen years later, the cameras may have started shooting in HD but there is still nothing high quality about the Kasautii Zindagii Kay reboot.

At a time and age when our social media feeds are soaked in nostalgia, the makers had the perfect idea to bring back a popular old soap opera that the world had already had enough of. Kasautii Zindagii Kay ran for seven years and finally ended when many characters on the show were on their fourth or fifth marriages.

 

In the 10 years that it stayed away from telly, things did not get better. The audiences were met with a brand new wave of naagins and rakshasas that are now in their proud third seasons. So maybe it was a step in the right direction to bring humans back on television, of course I am still not sure about Komolika’s origins.

Once again, Star Plus and Balaji are ready to hit us on the head with the early 2000s nostalgia, the tragedy of unrequited love and the romance of red dupattas artificially blowing in the wind.

A lazy production, the makers have undoubtedly given more time and attention to the marketing of the show rather than what we ultimately see on the television. However, there are a handful of rather superficial things that have changed for the better.

Cezzanne Khan and Shweta Tiwari in Kasautii Zindagi Kay.
Cezzanne Khan and Shweta Tiwari in Kasautii Zindagi Kay.

The video is glossier, the make-up is dewier and finally, it does feature a few shots of the actual city they claim to be set in, Kolkata. Of course, the sets are still garish and appear fake but at least they have a stock pile of aerial shots to establish the setting this time.

That’s where the list of good things ends. It’s a mud walk from now on.

The initial 10 minutes of the show are copied to the bone from the first episode of the original. Parth Samthaan (the new Anurag), participates in the opening aarti shirtless, perhaps to show off how he has better abs than Cezanne Khan. Erica Fernandez (the new Prerna) still manages to wake up, bathe, get dressed and put on a full face of make-up all in less than a minute. All patras on this show are kalpanic indeed.

Their character introductions, the first few dialogues, the rest of the characters, their names, their intensions and the tensions between them are absolutely the same. There is classist mother who has gotten younger and much worse in her choice of outfits and tacky jewellery.

There is the goofy dad who definitely hates his wife but plays it as a big joke. The sister is still evil and the servants are still suffering.

The changes are only at the surface in the actors’ louder sarees with fatter border, shinier gold, thicker eyeliners and bigger bindis. Why has the 17 years of time difference led to such a drastic regression in fashion choices? To be honest, the original looks like a fresher, more modern version of the two.

Coming back to more internal changes, there are none. Anurag is still the good boy who isn’t interested in women or partying while Prerna is still all about wearing suits to college and forcing it in everyone’s faces what a dreamy Disney princess she is. In the first episode at least, the two characters seem like the exact replicas of the originals.

A few scenes, like when she asks Anurag if he is thedha or seedha (if he is gay) force her to be excessively bubbly in a bid to make her look cuter but she ends up irritating you with all her shrieking and visibly fake nervousness. Shweta Tiwari, the original Prerna, was more subdued and didn’t try this hard. Considering the fan following she amassed with the show, she did pretty well for herself.

The reluctance of television directors to use a more realistic way – they are still dubbing scenes in a studio -- is also distracting. A mother and her daughter are talking in the back of a lorry but you cannot hear any traffic noises at all. The supporting actors get a boom mic on the location and the result is much better and more realistic. The scene between Prerna’s parents at their home is an example – it felt like they are in an actual home with people surrounding them and not in an artificial studio somewhere in Mumbai, recording an entire episode over tea and biscuits.

The background score is excessive. It plays without reason and way too often. Whether the scene demands it or not, a joyful, somber or a comical tone is always there to force your brain into thinking that this is how you are supposed to feel right now.

I had a similar complaint with the initial few episodes of The Test Case, another Balaji production but a web series made exclusively for Alt Balaji. The background score in it was also too distracting at first but toned down halfway through the series. I was so impressed by the show, the subtlety of it, the clear intentions and the story they had to tell. Why is it then that this subtlety and clarity is exclusive only to Ekta Kapoor’s web series and movies? Why has it never transcended on to daily soaps? Why not even a little? Surely you don’t think that the women watching TV at home don’t deserve it.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Vikas and Rubina during a fight.(Colors)
Vikas and Rubina during a fight.(Colors)

Bigg Boss 14 day 113: Vikas fights with Arshi, Rubina and Nikki

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:52 PM IST
Bigg Boss 14 day 113: Vikas was seen locking horns with one and all. Meanwhile, Rubina claimed Devoleena did not appreciate Vikas kissing her.
Close
Hiten Tejwani was refusing other projects, because shooting a daily meant no time to spare.
Hiten Tejwani was refusing other projects, because shooting a daily meant no time to spare.

Hiten Tejwani on TV show ending abruptly: My reputation won’t be harmed

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:26 PM IST
Television is unpredictable and every actor who works on the medium knows that but this month, Hiten Tejwani had a bitter realisation
Close
Ekta Kapoor with her son Ravie.
Ekta Kapoor with her son Ravie.

Ekta Kapoor wishes son Ravie a happy birthday with sweet Instagram post

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:28 PM IST
Ekta Kapoor penned a sweet note for her son, Ravie, on his second birthday. She welcomed him via surrogacy in 2019.
Close
Vikas Gupta does not share a very good relationship with his mother.
Vikas Gupta does not share a very good relationship with his mother.

Bigg Boss 14: Vikas Gupta’s mother makes vote appeal despite strained relations

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:20 PM IST
Despite having a strained relationship with Vikas Gupta, his mother Sharda put up an Instagram post urging fans to vote for him in Bigg Boss 14.
Close
Shehnaaz Gill with Sidharth Shukla on her birthday.
Shehnaaz Gill with Sidharth Shukla on her birthday.

Shehnaaz Gill celebrates birthday with Sidharth, he throws her in pool

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:56 AM IST
Shehnaaz Gill celebrated her 28th birthday at midnight with rumoured boyfriend Sidharth Shukla and her family. Check out their videos.
Close
Arshi Khan claimed she never exposed Vikas Gupta's personal matter on the show, but he did it himself.(Colors)
Arshi Khan claimed she never exposed Vikas Gupta's personal matter on the show, but he did it himself.(Colors)

Bigg Boss 14: Vikas alleges Arshi blackmailed him, this video backs his claims

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:47 AM IST
Bigg Boss 14: Even as Arshi Khan refuted Vikas Gupta's claims that she blackmails him, a video surfaced online showcasing Arshi threatening Vikas with the 'recordings' that she has.
Close
Vikas Gupta has been aggressive on Bigg Boss 14 for past few days.(Colors)
Vikas Gupta has been aggressive on Bigg Boss 14 for past few days.(Colors)

Bigg Boss 14 promo: Vikas Gupta fights with Nikki Tamboli

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:23 AM IST
Bigg Boss 14: When Nikki Tamboli told Vikas Gupta that he kissing people, he asked Devoleena Bhattacharjee to give him a peck on the cheek.
Close
Vikas Gupta took names as he complained about being tortured by his own family and loved ones.(Colors)
Vikas Gupta took names as he complained about being tortured by his own family and loved ones.(Colors)

Bigg Boss 14: Kamya slams Vikas Gupta for taking names

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:38 AM IST
Bigg Boss 14: Kamya Panjabi criticises Vikas Gupta for naming people who are not on the show. Rashami Desai, on the other hand, cheered him on.
Close
Shehnaaz Gill once had a full duet with a crow on Bigg Boss.
Shehnaaz Gill once had a full duet with a crow on Bigg Boss.

On Shehnaaz's birthday, her most hilarious moments from Bigg Boss house

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:29 AM IST
Shehnaaz Gill is easily one of the most hilarious contestants that the Bigg Boss house has ever hosted. On her birthday, we are bringing back some of her funniest moments on the show.
Close
Vikas Gupta was crying as he talked about his own personal problems.(Colors)
Vikas Gupta was crying as he talked about his own personal problems.(Colors)

Bigg Boss 14 day 112: Vikas Gupta reveals he had debts of 1.8 crore

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 12:06 AM IST
Bigg Boss 14 written update day 112: Vikas Gupta claims his own people have ditched him and never respected him.
Close
Eijaz Khan in Bigg Boss 14.
Eijaz Khan in Bigg Boss 14.

Eijaz Khan says being broke wasn't the only reason he did Bigg Boss

UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 06:37 PM IST
  • Eijaz Khan has said that going through financial difficulties wasn't the only reason that he did Bigg Boss 14; he also wanted to resurrect his career.
Close
Sonali Phogat expressed her feelings for Aly Goni on Bigg Boss 14.
Sonali Phogat expressed her feelings for Aly Goni on Bigg Boss 14.

Sonali Phogat lashes out at trolls saying she should see Aly Goni as her ‘son’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 04:39 PM IST
Sonali Phogat hit out at trolls picking on her for expressing feelings for the much younger Aly Goni. She cited the examples of Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas and Sushmita Sen-Rohman Shawl.
Close
Arshi Khan on Bigg Boss 14.
Arshi Khan on Bigg Boss 14.

Arshi Khan says she doesn't 'want to be an entertainer of Rakhi's standard'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:40 PM IST
  • Arshi Khan said that there are different kinds of entertainers in the world, and she doesn't want to be the sort of entertainer that her Bigg Boss 14 co-contestant Rakhi Sawant is.
Close
Sonali Phogat with Aly Goni on Bigg Boss 14.
Sonali Phogat with Aly Goni on Bigg Boss 14.

Sonali Phogat says her daughter ‘had no problems’ with her feelings for Aly Goni

UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:58 PM IST
Sonali Phogat opened up about developing feelings for Aly Goni on Bigg Boss 14. She said that her family was not upset about her confession on national television.
Close
Nehha steps into the shoes of Samuya Tandon for the role of Anita Bhabhi in Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain. (Instagram)
Nehha steps into the shoes of Samuya Tandon for the role of Anita Bhabhi in Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain. (Instagram)

Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain: Watch first promo of Nehha Pendse as Anita Bhabhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:35 PM IST
Actor Nehha Pendse, who replaces Saumya Tandon in Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain, can be seen in the latest promo for the popular family comedy show.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP