I used to love watching Indian movies. That was before I got into Asian dramas. Indian movies are full of color, music, and characters trying hard to live in a modern world. I don’t like how Indian movie makers have started to make their movies more Americanized (which usually consists of mostly bare women and lots of kissing), and I have cut down on my movie watching. But when I do come across something interesting, I will discuss it here.
I got into Indian dramas because of a Colombian soap called Yo Soy Betty, La Fea. When I heard that SET would be making an Indianized version of this soap, I quickly made plans to watch it. Not only did I fall in love with Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (for a while), I also got into other soaps like Kutumb and Kkusum. And then, there was a long gap. Recently, I got into Bidaai, due to Apoorva Agnihotri’s publicized entrance, and started watching other soaps again.
While I haven’t watched many Indian soaps, I have begun to see a pattern that I do not like. Most shows start on a high note, but gradually devolve into irrational story lines and unlikable characters, and quantity always seems to take precedence over quality. Sometimes an actor may decide to leave the show midway, leaving the viewers hanging or trying to adjust to a new face in the same character. But worse than that is how much the creative powers on the shows ignore public sentiment and twist the characters we have come to love and respect into sad caricatures of what they used to be. When the creators see low ratings and decide to kill the main couple and focus on the next generation (the children who surprisingly have the same face as their parents!) or separate the main couple by having one or both marry others it raises a furor in the viewers, but no one writing actually cares. Things like divorce and death are stripped of their importance and the impact minimized. Rather than the creative team realizing that it might be the right time to end a show, we see the death of the magical couple we have loved for hundreds of episodes. And that pretty much poisons everything that has gone on before. It’s depressing, and I have to wonder where that arrogance comes from . . . where that total disregard of their own creations comes from.
But there’s still something about some soaps that induces me to continue watching a special few until the end.
I have listed all of the dramas that I have seen and given them a rating. I have also provided the links to the Indian Movies and dramas that I have discussed and/or watched:
- Bidaai – 5/10
- Don 2: The Chase Begins Again – 1/10
- Ek Mutthi Aasmaan – 5/10 (Episodes 1 – 240)
- Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, Part I – 8.5/10
- Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, Part II – 5.5/10
- Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, Part III – 6/10
- Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin – 6/10
- Kaisa Yeh Pyar Hai – 4/10
- Kajol and Shahrukh Khan – 9/10
- Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil, Part I – 5/10
- Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil, Part II
- Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil, Part III
- Kkusum – 2/10
- Kutumb (Season 1) – 7/10
- Kutumb (Season 2) – 5/10
- Laagi Tujhse Lagan – 3/10
- My Name is Khan (Review) – 7.5/10
- My Name is Khan (Trailer)
- Qubool Hai (Season 2) – 7/10
- Qubool Hai (Season 3) – 2/10
- Reporters – 6/10