My last review was on Colors Flagship show ‘Balika Vadhu’, this time I am up with my review on the No.1 show on Indian Television ‘ Diya aur Baati Hum’ . Broadcasted on Star Plus channel since 29 August 2011; it has managed to garner a huge fan base for itself over a very short time span, receiving TRPs over 4.5.
‘Diya aur Baati Hum’ is a flash from the past, a rehash of the Indian Diaspora shown in the 70’s era of Bollywood, a typical Indian small town premise, a self imposing’ Man of the house’ mother in law, a sweet but hunchback father in law, a good for nothing brother in law, a shrewd and calculative sister in law. The central characters Sooraj and Sandhya are sterling, the perfect hero and the perfect heroine who has to fight off the perverse, jousting the unjust and aiding the needy.
Diya Aur Baati Hum follows the Sooraj and Sandhya’s heartwarming saga of love, encouragement and understanding. Sooraj helps Sandhya complete her education and fulfil her dream of becoming an IPS Officer. In this journey Sooraj and Sandhya face many a roadblocks, the serial follows suit to the same.
The basic premise fails to connect with me as an audience; in today’s times where the character sketch of any common man has blurred lines and grey shades – its unappealing to find characters that are too good to be true. I understand that its reel not real, however stories and characters we watch on Television reflect the current social behaviour for better or worse . Story lines that are representative of an India more in the past such as this one do not appeal to most.
All the characters whether central or supporting are too cliché; none of the characters are relatable in a real life. Deepika Singh as Sandhya plays the central lead in the show, the basic story riding on her shoulders. She seems too naive and inexperienced to play the part. Though sincerity and effort can be seen in her performance, but as we have seen in other serials over the years, a strong performance by the leading lady is very important and she fails to deliver. Anas Rashid as Sooraj Rathi churns out a very heartfelt performance, there are actors who are good in certain situations, whether romance, or drama. Anas pulls off all with utmost ease. The chemistry between the leading characters is superb, which is one of the highlights of the show.
Neelu Vaghela as Santosh Rathi is the star of the show, she plays foil to the leading lady and dishes out a fine performance. A veteran in Rajasthani cinema, she plays a very flat character. Ashok Lokhande as Arun Rathi is also a veteran actor playing supporting characters over the years in shows like ‘Son Pari’ ‘Saans’ and ‘Just Mohabat’ – he proves his mettle once again. The other characters play their part well, though there is nothing much to contribute for them with respect to adding drama or gravitas to the storyline. A Special pat on the back for Kanika Maheshwari whose character is Meenakshi Vikram Rathi. She potrays an annoying over the top woman which isn’t an easy role to play convincingly but she makes it feel a piece of cake with her performance. I hope she gets more screen time in the upcoming episodes. Although I have no empathy for the shaded characters in this serial, I won’t take away any credit from the makers who have sketched out each character to perfection.
The storyline drags at times; a track/episode is sometimes too stretched. The direction is good, Sumeet H Mittal and Rohit Raj Goyal do a fine job in taking the story forward even with a shoddy premise and a shallow script. Some of the tracks in the show are pretty predictable, the interplay of suspense and surprise could have helped the cause but in vain. The physical setting and the characters get good support from the dialogues, creating an impact. Though I would have been glad if the screenplay could have been better, a lot of scenes are not required and hinder the pace of the show. The background music and general sound and visual effects fail to impress but the title track composed by Shubha Mudgal and Kailash Kher is soothing to the ears.
Created by – Shashi Sumeet Productions
Written by – Shashi Mittal, Seema Mantri, Raghuvir Shekhawat
Directed by – Sumeet H Mittal, Rohit Raj Goyal