I haven't posted in this blog forever! I noticed my last past was about the fall of the mighty saas and the advent of new-age, sensible, sensitive shows via the new channel- Colors. Silly young me! Now let's look at some of the 'color'ful shows now running and leaping on air!1. BalikaVadhu- Okay, I admit. They are still somewhat on track, in spite of the leap. Dealing with rural practises detrimental to women, the fallouts of child marriage and last week the child-widow Anandi had gifted bangles to ages back (when she herself was a nayi bahoo in her sasural) got remarried. Nice to see there are still shows that don't forget old characters while they getting new ones. And now Anandi and Jagya are finally getting divorced, and we will probably have a new male lead opposite Anandi. But the question is- will this last? Can this show really be radical enough to show Anandi and Jagya permanently separated? They certainly weren't radical enough to allow Gehna to have an abortion in spite of life risk (I intend to write a post on the issue of childbirth in Indian televsion someday. Stay posted.) But anyway, could they please stop posing those little nuggets of wisdom at the end of each episode? I think the viewers might know they aren't watching Aesop's Fables.
2.Sasural Simar Ka- Umm, what exactly is this show about? The promos were about a strict father who didn't allow his daughters to watch tv and a young girl with a passion for dance in a traditional society. What is it about now, exactly? Scheming jethanis, kitchen politics, spousal betrayal... tell me one thing this show offers that is new? So what is the point they are trying to sell? That an ideal Indian woman forgets her dreams on getting married? That she goes hungry with a smile on her lips when her in-laws are practically torturing her with work overload? And when her younger sister (who is also her elder sister-in-law *someone please save me*) tries to protest, she is chided by her Sita-maiya didi a.k.a devrani for her childish behaviour!!!
Coming to the younger sister then- she is none other than Avika Gor- our original Balika Badhu. Oh see, she had originally married her jijaji instead of her sister who was busy reaching her mandap from her dance show and so not to ruin her life further, jijaji's elder bro has married her now. Obviously now she can cook as well as her sister and wear nice sarees, there is no need to finish her schooling. I think the entire point of the whole "dance-is-my-passion" plot was to condone child marriage. And this piece of regressive crap airs right before Balika Badhu too, what an irony!!!
3.Uttaran- They've just taken their 2nd leap now. I would say a few things about this show- but someone on india-forums have already done it, so here's a question-answer session:
Since leap I am looking for answers of the following questions. Hope you all will help me find them.
##### Join the rest of us befuddled viewers! Your basic problem is you didn't mortgage your brain to the local money lender
Q1. When Ichcha killed Avinash, there was a party going on, hence like Jessica Lal's case, there were many witnesses who would have seen what happened. How come no one came forward to state what actually happened?
##### Do you know HOW long it took? How many came forward in THAT case? Jessica had a devoted sister to follow up the case.Ichha has only infants posing as CVs to follow up HER case!!
How come no one ever told Bundela's why Ichcha went behind bars and who was responsible for the tragic incident with Veer?
##### Mai & Daddaji KNOW Ichha was responsible-the rest have no brain, voice or opinion!
Q2. Bundela's are big shot of the city. Hence if their bahu kills someone it should become a high-profile murder case. How come media was not interested to dig in this story? (totally ignoring the mahasangam episode with Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha as they did not have the 18 yrs leap and did not publish Ichcha's story yet).
##### MEDIA??? They were busy covering the Tetra scam & the fun President Patil is having designing her retirement home!
Q3. Mai tells Veer Ichcha left him to elope with someone else. Why did Ummed or Daddaji or any servant of the house did not tell Veer what happened? Atleast his friends, whose party he went to enjoy before the fateful incident, didnot utter anything neither the people at his office?
### Veer thinks his mother is the incarnation of the Goddess of Truth! The rest are busy guarding their family jewels from a shut-up kick by MightyMadMai. Veer does not talk to his staff-he is a BUNDELA for gwadssake! The friend in Veer's life come &go-so they WENT!
Q4. Veer seems to be so engrossed in Ichcha's cute little notes, even after 18 years, then why did he not want to find out about her background, her family, etc?
#####WHY should HE always be the one to make the effort? Ammu had the ammunition & Jogi the information -ASK them why they sat twiddling their collective thumbs,do NOT ask a BUNDLEWALA!!
Q5. Rathod left town, but he is still alive. How come Thakur's don't have the contact number of their only son-in-law or his daija?
##### SIL disappeared without a trace-we should have followed suit!! Thakur is drowning his sorrows by losing EVERY penny & Thakurain don't give a damn!
Why is he not informed of Mukta's presence? Daija left house keys with Nani before leaving town, that means they didnot severe all their ties with the city before leaving. Then even after 18 yrs why Mukta is without her father?
##### You give the keys to NANI,you ARE severing relations! Who would chose to keep in touch with this brainless,evil,demented lot? He was too classy and VERY cowardly? He got an offer he COULDN'T refuse from another channel?
Q6. Mukta was told of her mother and her friend called Ichcha How come she never saw their snaps? Not sure if she ever saw her father's pics but why she doesn't question about her father's whereabouts?
#### Unquestioning obedience?
Q7. Same question for Meethi. Why has she not seen her mother's pics? Why doesn't she want to know about her father? Did Damini change Meethi's last name?
#### Mitti is an ace Air head-She thinks the stork flew her in or Kingfisher?
How come she doesn't question about Bundela's?
#####Mitti has limited vocabulary.Sowvie,Mekko lori sunao na peej & Anni are the only words she has learnt so far?!
Are these girls not bothered about their birth identities?
##### Arrey!! They are weighed down by far weightier matters.Mukta with being NO.1 &Mitti with how to outrage the sensibilities of hapless viewers!
Q8. Was Jogi also unaware of Ichcha's arrest and Meethi's birth? Why did he not try to fight for her? Why doesn't he want to meet Damini, Ichcha and others? Why did Ummed not try to contact Jogi? Atleast he seemed to be the only sane person in the Bundela mad-house.
#### Asked & answered above
Q9. For past 18 years someone is deposing huge amounts in Jogi's account of which both Jogi and Divya are unaware. How is this possible? Don't they receive bank statements or check their passbooks? Considering Jogi withdrew himself from all worldly matters, but Divya was educated (Remember! she used to read magazines throughout her day when they were rich). How come she never checks their bank accounts? Jogi too was big shot of the city and a valuable customer to the bank, why nobody from bank ever told them of this source of money?
##### Pushkar is the trusted (SNORT!!) middleman between the bank & the Thakurs. The bank is not obliged to tell people unless they ask!
Q10. Most important questions, yeh CVs humein kounse level ka bewakoof samajhte hain jo itne loose ends rahne ke baad we will still be interested in watching the show?
#### Obviously you ARE watching & I am too so the CVs know SOMETHING we don't! Clueless Club sounds about right!! I hope I managed to answer SOME of your questions? Join the club of the dolts who swarm to watch this "intense" albeit IDIOTIC show!
The questions are from aninditag & the answers from znursingh both of them india-forum members. You can see the original post here. You might notice the title of this blog-post is inspired by that of the quoted thread.
And oh, there's a new television channel called Life Ok which is really a revamped Star One. More about it later. See you soon and till then happy viewing and stay sane!