The different shades and flavours of a television show is what makes it an eye-grabber. However, the Indian television scenario is rather divergent to this approach as monotony and obscurantism is where shows prevail.
While this has been recurring, Sony TV's 'Beyhadh' has managed to showcase several aspects in recent times thus treating the masses with celluloid viewing, they aren't used to.'
From passionate love to deceit and betrayal to schemes, the show has been aesthetically producing digestible sequences for the viewers, time and again. If the above aspects weren't already enough, the show has now been presenting a genre that has barely been touched otherwise and i.e. dark comedy (gallows humour).
The character of Maya (Jennifer Winget) exercised the idea of being 'funny' in the most unpleasant, painful, and serious circumstances.
Maya's playtime with Vandana
A character can be either loved or hated, right? Well. That is not the case with Maya. While you can loathe her for her cruelty and vindications; you cannot deny the poise and shrewdness Maya operates with. This past week saw Maya's NEW side and it was her 'playtime' with Vandana. A helpless Vandana is skeptical about every step she takes inside Maya's house and Maya makes sure that she continues to be alert and scared.
From doing some absolutely brilliant scare tactics to having a wry smile on her face, Maya makes sure that Vandana is not only petrified but also perplexed, which is completely oblivious to Arjun (Kushal Tandon).
Maya's malevolent laughter can scare the hell out of you
When gallows humour was first presented on celluloid viewing, it took some time for the viewers to get accustomed to. Watching a person laugh as if the funniest joke in the world is being cracked to while watching the opposite party getting scared are two of the most paradoxical occurrences that co-exist with each other in a particular situation in dark comedy. When Maya made sure that her point is understood by Vandana clearly, she did the same by making Vandana the victim of her wrath while she has some 'fun' for herself. Not to forget how Maya behaved childlike and 'Oops, My bad' in front of Arjun when she plotted for the destruction of Vandana's cell-phone.
When playing games wasn't funny anymore
One of the highlight sequences from the show was when Maya asks Vandana to not move from her position till she comes back. However, Vandana decides to go to Maya's room to search for clues pertaining Maya's plot of trapping Ayan (Sumit Bharadwaj).
Soon, Maya arrives and witnesses Vandana's absence and is on the search to find her. The way Maya's shift of emotions and expressions is portrayed in the scene is pleasantly gobsmacking. From playing her games in searching Vandana, things escalate from rather funny to scary really soon.
These are some of the few sequences that put 'Beyhadh' into a league not many Indian TV shows belong to. An introduction to black humour along with some impeccable acting prowess is a welcome change and we hope, Indian TV viewers accept it with open arms.