Unlike its Hollywood bandwagon, Television shows in India do not have a second lease of life!! Infamous for being inspired by its Western counterpart, alas ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, ‘Big Boss’ and more, Indian television has always shy away from the season concept for its popular television shows; once a show has a good run it never takes a break and comes back for another season.
In the West, popular shows work on a season format; 24-36 episodes a season and they come back for another run; ‘Simpsons’, ‘Friends’, ‘HIMYM’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ are some of the popular shows that have come back to entertain season after season.
Though we see New Seasons of Reality shows; Daily soaps haven’t been bitten by the bug yet. Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha brought about a change; after a successful First season it was back with its Second Season. A Big Change for Indian Television; Hopes were High
A number of vignettes were also telecasted to create the anticipation; a lot of pre launch promotion was done; the producers as well as the channel hoped to recreate the magic of the first season. The Audiences too were waiting to see the chemistry between the lead pair and the roaring popularity of Kunal Karan Kapoor, big money was riding on this one. However launched on 14th January 2013 replacing Big Boss Season 6, the show had a dismal run and losing the TRP race, the show would be wrapping up on 13th September 2013 being replaced by Big Boss Season 7; life coming a full circle for this one.
So what went wrong?? I decided to do an Autopsy on the show.
Primarily, the show had a weak storyline. ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kahan Season 1’ worked for its fresh story; it was fresh for the Indian Audience to watch. The crux of the story was finding Addu, the youngest child of Megha who went missing and Mohan was held responsible for the same. The show loses its audience in its basic premise; a fresh new story would have done wonders with a talented bunch of actors the creative team had put together, but ‘New Bottle and Old Wine’ theory didn’t work for the producers and the audience rejected the story.
Also, the new cast of the show too were disappointing to say the least, Jayshree Venkatramanan who plays the role of Navika Vyas Tilakdhar aka Nanhi was terrible. The character is strong-powerful and has a very important role as the story progresses, but the actor doesn’t live up to the expectations, she’s flat in her dialogue delivery, straight face and wooden in terms of her expressions, a better casting was required. Why did the producers stick to her I wonder. Also Siddharth Arora who played the character of Beera Tilakdhari floundered in his performance; though his performance wasn’t as bad as Jayshree, yet he faltered especially in emotional scenes. The chemistry of the both the actors didn’t look convincing, a connect with the audience wasn’t felt throughout both these performances. Kanwar Dhillon as Aditya Vyas a.k.a. Addu was a pick of the lot for me from the young actors; though he had little to emote and was mostly serious and straight face, he looked the part and was convincing as Addu. The rest of the cast from the previous season started off from where they left, nothing significant in their part, though its unfair to say as there is very little part for them to play as the creative team never explored their characters, their characters never really shaped up to the audience, it was always the four characters who played centerstage. Anil Rastogi as Purushottam Singh Tilakdhari / Daddaji gave a fine performance, though we have seen him play the same character in ‘Ishaqzadde’, this one just looked like rehash of the film. Reema Sheikh as Rimjhim Bhatnagar a.k.a RJ was sweet and adorable.
The screenplay was poor, a lot of sequences were too stretched, may be the creative team ran out of ideas; a slow screenplay played spoilsport to the suspense and surprise a drama should create for the viewers. Many of the sequences looked out of place, seeming more an attempt to please the actors rather than the viewers.
Kunal Karan Kapoor has really shined as a performer in the past couple of years; having been an admirer of his work since his ‘Remix’ days I expected a lot from him; though he didn’t disappoint but I was disappointed with the writers, if the writers are taking the show 12 years forward, the characters too should evolve more? I didn’t find a change between his character from the First season; his character was flat , with no shades, a performer like him should have been given more grounds to explore, but was kept in a nutshell throughout. Same goes for the leading lady, her character never had any variation, though her performance went flat and boring after a couple of episodes. Also, I wonder what state was the casting director while selecting actors for the respective roles, I couldn’t see an age difference between the mother and the daughter nor Mohan and his step daughter; which spoiled the whole relationship they tried to show; the emotion sequences between Mohan and his daughter were poor as I couldn’t relate them to the roles they were playing.
The whole search for Addu too was disappointing; they really couldn’t build up on that. Reasons can be many, a weak story, no direction, lack of TRP’s leading to multiple tracks; however excuses can’t hide this debacle. Moreover, the Maha episode of the big revelation was all but a big hoax as the build up revealed all to the viewers. The direction too looked out of place, with multiple directors onboard this is one of the premium drawbacks; however I would like to appreciate the background score and the music; it was apt as per the situation and lived up the scene even if the performances didn’t.
No new characters weren’t introduced nor an attempt to add pace to the story; this ship sunk before it even took off. The show took a 2 year leap with new characters introduced and the shifting gears to Mumbai, however it was too late as the channel had pulled the plug on this one. With Big Boss Season 7 coming up; viewers would hope for some entertainment at 9:30; 13TH September onwards.
Created by – Sunshine Productions
Written by – Anand Vardhan, Subrat Sinha, Aseem Arora
Creative director(s) – Seema Sharma, Sudhir Sharma
Original channel – Colors TV
Original run – January 14, 2013 – September 13, 2013
By Ish Chandok