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.
Story: Bandini is the story of a girl who hails from a small , a village which belongs to a diamond trader Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi and all the villagers are his employees. It is a restorative story of a young girl who is forced into a marriage of convenience with an elderly man twice her age. Set in the backdrop of rural , this narrative vividly traces the journey of Santu and her tryst with destiny. The show looks inspired from many Hindi novelists and their short stories on rural , and their struggle with the people who rule the village with their power and money.You can relate very well with the problem which used to exist or maybe still exists in our villages; unfortunately with the differences seen in caste, culture, high and lower class.
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".
aka Ronit Roy
is looking royal, graceful and is living the character to the 'T'. There could have been no better choice than him to play this character on television at the moment. So casting is fabulous and flawless. As far as Santu (Aasiya Kazi)
is concerned she is also doing her bit quite nicely and her style of speaking suits the role. So as the other cast especially Naanu, Moongi
deserve a round of applause. They remind you of characters straight from many novels of Premchand and other writers of that era. The scene when Nanu has to sell off his "mawri" or cow to pay the debt of Dharamraj, rings bells in your ears of Godaan, a novel by Premchand. This was one touching and heart wrenching scene in the show, and surely the best scene of the first week. The best part of this show is that you are getting to see actors who are new to Balaji Klan and thus bringing freshness to the whole show.
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!!
On the whole, Bandini is finally a Hatke
product from Balaji with new set of actors, different approach and new settings. The show surely holds promise and will make it to the heart of audiences, especially those who are hooked to village drama and think it is the best entertainer and TRP puller on television right now. Here is the reason for them to rejoice as this show is comparable to all such shows which are based on such themes, if not better. A show which is inspired, but tells a story of its own, this is what Bandini is all about!!
: Lets see how many soaps of Telly Buzz this show gets...
Plot /Story Acting Sets
1 Soap Stinky one ,1-12/soaps -somewhere in between, 2 Soaps Slippery with no fragrance ,2,1/2 :with little fragrance,3 Soaps sandal wood with rose petals , 4 Soaps must use/watch
Concept and Author: Nishtha
Banner and Picture : Shagun
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