First Week Review - Bandini
Let's see what the other show from Balaji Telefilms launched last week on NDTV Imagine has to offer...
Published: Friday,Jan 30, 2009 16:17 PM GMT-07:00
Bandini which got launched on the same day as Kitani Mohabbat Hai also comes from the Balaji stables and is aired on NDTV Imagine. The show started last week amidst high expectations from audiences. The star cast boasts of Ronit Roy and giving him company are many new as well as able actors. The show kicks-off as the 'perfect' litmus test for the hit combination of Ronit Roy and Balaji Telefilms.
Concept: The story is based on pre-Independent rural India, but the set seems more or less like today's India. Little confused, right? But this is what it is all about, as Mahiyavanshi is a diamond trader with the whole village captured in his fist. The villagers cannot worship before he visits the temple, he has the right to banish anyone from the village at his own whim and fancy; basically the villagers are sort of bonded laborers of the Great Man. Hope the Human Right commission does not raise questions on the concept!. The show is novice in its approach and Balaji has taken a completely different path, experimenting with an altogether different genre. Unlike her other shows, Ekta has even gone back in times with this show. The language used by the villagers are sometimes hard to decipher and understand, as words such as "Mawri" with the typical Gujrati lingo, might be difficult for people living in other parts of India to grasp. Another questionable factor is the name of the lead protagonist "Dharamraj", and as described by Ronit Roy in a recent interview, "Dharamraj is a crude man and has no mercy on anyone", while we associate Dharamraj to the eldest of Pandavs Yudhistar. Maybe Ekta has yet to come out of the memory of her previous show, "Kahaani Humaarey Mahabharat ki".
Set and Ambiance: Sets and the ambiance are apt and go with the theme and story, whether it be the small hut of Naanu, the entire village, fields, Dhramraj's mansion or factory; everything is very ably crafted and erected. This is what viewers look forward to see and they have got to see different locales and settings at last, as the whole village set up is very authentic and colorful. Even the terrains shown have come out very beautifully with bushes of cactus in and around the village, and this provides a realistic touch for sure!!
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Concept and Author: Nishtha
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