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Love Unlimited – IPKKND Style

The thing about romance is that it cuts across all barriers of language, culture, age and time. A well-written romance is as fresh today as it was years or ages ago, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” being a case point. Regardless of what the sceptics may say, romance as a genre can never die- be it novels, movies or just songs. Interestingly a “love story” cannot have anything path breaking or ‘new’ is a limited sense of the word. At the end of the day, it is a boy meets girl cliché. If a particular piece does not click, what fails is the author, the director or the actor for their inability to put life or spark in the portrayal, not romance per se. Yes, times are changing. What with reality in the form of terrorism, gang wars, politics hitting us like never before, romance may not rule the roost anymore. But give us a good piece- a movie, a book or a TV show- and the audience/reader will lap it up.

I find no other explanation except for a romance well conceived and brilliantly executed when I think of the phenomenal success of Hindi show “Iss Pyaar Ko Kyaa Naam Doon”. Even talking about Hindi shows, forget watching them, for me has been infra dig. What with their stylised acting, blaring music (read noise), stereotypical characters, stories and most disconcertingly, the portrayal of the so-called “Indian culture”, I would not watch them even at the proverbial gunpoint. But IPKKND has me hooked and strangely, long after it has gone off air. Yes there still is stylised acting but thankfully only from the supporting cast. The music is at times jarring, and like Hindi shows, forced, but what sticks with you is the haunting “Rabba vey”. If the show works, and I believe it has worked and still does in a big way if the on-line craze is anything to go by, it’s predominantly due to the lead pair- ASR and Khushi, played by Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani. Yes the vision of the writer, director and producer is there no doubt but what gives it life is the sparkling chemistry between the lead pair. Not that I’m any movie critic or expert, but I think plenty will second me when I say that it is a brilliant piece of acting, probably one of the best at least as far as the small screen of Hindi shows goes.

It is generally wise to disassociate the actor from the character he/she  portrays. However at times they become synonymous – Amitabh as Jai of “Sholay”, Shahrukh as Raj of “DDLJ” and here, Barun Sobti as ASR and Sanaya Irani as Khushi. I believe the show had to be taken off air rather abruptly with a forced ending as Barun Sobti was quitting the show and the audience was not willing to accept anyone in his place. Yeah we are a country given to histrionics but even so – rarely has anyone on the small screen generated this kind of mass hysteria.

Having been glued to You-tube since a week, I have managed to catch about 35 episodes of the show, watery eyes notwithstanding, reaching what is probably a milestone in the ASR- Khushi relationship with the latter giving ASR a good piece of her mind and quitting her job. To think of it, I doubt any of us would be able to even stand in real life, let alone like, what one sees of ASR in the initial 35 episodes. His arrogance may remind one of the iconic Darcy but his unwarranted meanness to Khushi is repulsive to say the least. It is to Barun Sobti’s credit that not only Khushi, even the audience eventually fall in love with him. Khushi obviously has to- the script demands so. But as the subtle nuances of ASR’s character are revealed, the audience too cannot help but love him. His guilt on realising the folly of his attitude towards Khushi may be short lived but makes him more human. His realisation that he is thinking more about Khushi than he would like to, is entirely in the Darcy vein and like Darcy, makes him meaner to Khushi.

As for Khushi, the character seems greatly inspired by that of Kajol in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, complete with “halwai ki dukan” background. Yet Sanaya Irani brings a freshness to it. It is rather heartening to see a heroine making and gorging on jalebis when angry. Her attempts to stand upto ASR are endearing as is her joie de vivre. Not the one to be down in the dumps for long, she springs back regardless of everything and everyone, and as she says herself, despite ASR. And it is despite themselves that two unlikely characters fall in love setting the screen on fire as they do so. How this happens, the twists and turns, I’m yet to unravel. Yes there will be bathetic plunges as there will be romantic heights that the two will touch and despite my arrogance at stooping to watch a Hindi show, I cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Discovering ASR

Okay so I fell off the face of the earth for about a week and am back with some startling discoveries. For one thing, it was my birthday last week (the reason I was MIA). I know that’s not exactly a startling revelation – it’s not as if my birthday just sprang up on me from nowhere. It’s the “39th” part that was bit of a shocker mainly because I feel pretty much as I did at my 29th birthday or as I have been feeling all along. If suddenly I’m supposed to be all very mature, sorted and sober, sorry to disappoint but I’m nowhere close. I think I’m going to be one of those crazy old women with red hair and pink shoes and if the past week has been any indication, I am on the right track.

The other revelation, truly a discovery for me is the existence of someone called Barun Sobti who played the role of Arnav Singh Raizada in what it seems has been Star Plus’s biggest hit till date – Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, this is a serial that was aired on Star Plus from June 2011 till November 2012. It met with unprecedented success, consistently maintaining its position as one of the top five daily dramas on Indian general entertainment channels throughout its first year on air. This was primarily due to the lead actor Barun Sobti (who played Arnav Singh Raizada), so much so that when he decided to quit the show, for the first time in the history of Indian television, the show was shut down.

As for me, having said adieu to Star Plus after having to watch “Kyun Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” in 2001 because of an article I wrote for “The Tribune”  ,I was blissfully unaware of any such happenings. Hindi shows, with their never-ending saas-bahu tamashas are beyond me. How I was bulldozed into watching IPKKND is a story for another day. Let me just say that a lot of convincing, of the arm-twisting at gunpoint kind, went into it by what I can safely call the “Sobti Mafia”. Thanks to their in-group rivalry, I was shown the “best scenes” of each ones choice from the show, with no regard to chronology whatsoever, so that I honestly don’t have much of an idea about the story line. What I do know however is that this guy, Barun Sobti, is a hottie in the true sense of the word. The haughty/ hottie young tycoon he plays, Arnav Singh Raizada, seems straight out of a Mills and Boon and, thankfully, he can act. His chemistry with his on screen partner Sanaya Irani (who plays the gorgeous Khushi Kumari Gupta) is sizzling to say the least. If I may say so despite the risk of sounding extreme, it is after ages that a lead pair is able to send your heart racing, be it on the small screen or big screen. With their crackling chemistry that sets the screen on fire, I keep wondering how come the I&B Ministry did not clamp it down, what with it being aired at 8pm on National TV. For many it would seem to violate the “Indian sensibility/ culture” whatever that is supposed to mean. Regardless of all this culture mumbo jumbo, yes the show is quite hot and that too for Indian TV audience of the hindi serial variety. However, I doubt that it is the same audience drooling over ASR that watched Parvatis and Tulsis. Or maybe it is- lusting in secret over his breezy charm while professing allegiance to the oh-so-boring Ram Kapurs! Whatever be the case, I am a convert- or a Sobtian, as the mafia calls themselves and am trying my best to catch the show on line. For those of you who live in la-la land like me and have no clue, please watch it. You don’t know what you are missing, namely ASR. For those of you who have been feasting all along, please tell me where I can watch it best. As far as my mafia informs me, Youtube and Star Player are the only options though for international audience reruns are on. Once I’ve figured out where I can catch ASR Uninterrupted, I will be back with more of ASR!!    

By Tamanna


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