Saturday, February 2, 2008

A SOAPY Affair!!

I absolutely have never managed to understand whats the deal with these soaps,i mean come on, barring aside the 200 years old grandmas and the 10kg makeup on a 40kg body and the ridiculously blunt thrashing of instruments that they call music,a wisp of a storyline, completely satanic vamps and so-well-behaved (read idiot and with zero self respect) bahus and extremely spoilt children, these so called family dramas rope in such a strong viewing that I am literally starting to think whether theres some big picture over there that i am honestly not able to grasp.

Actually on a TV show I saw Ekta Kapoor giving such mouth-shutting and prompt replies that I admit I was quite impressed, she is not so stupid after all then. She says its for
people to get away from their daily hassles ,fine so you tell them a story which has so many
glitches and hitches that they'll end up thinking,'at least my life is definitely better than
this',kewl accepted,people do end up feeling better if they see someone else who is in much
more trouble than they are,Ekta-1,Me-0.

Then she goes on saying that things are dumbed down and storyline is made mildly predictable because people after their day of hard work wouldn't want to strain their brains much and expect a straightforward recreation,Ok.Then show them Tom,Jerry na,will work better,and whos to guarantee that the deadly characters in her soaps won't give more headache? And a touch of mystery or thrill doesn't necessarily tire one down on the contrary it might revitalise the mind.Deadpan plots might just end up making us feel more droopy sucking out all the will to do anything after one episode....OOhhhHHkkkk so thats the trick you will lose the will to get up,to change channels and the next serial begins in a second, wow hats off,I really hadn't seen this coming,Ekta-2,Me-0.

Finally,she says it bridges generation gap,WHAT?? Aunties and gradmas see young people romancing and the concept of girlfriend,boyfriend is made clearer to them like how they behave and talk to each other and all making the aunties more liberal minded,Holy cow,now I am completely out cold.Shahrukh Khan has been trying to do the same thing for 20 years and only thing he has managed to do is to make girls think that boyfriends have to behave like he does in his films.Should a love story MUST have some family opposition and the girl or boy being spoilt at first ,usually the boy ,with him suddenly becoming an angelic person after marriage because of the 'tyaag of bahu'.At least the bits and pieces that I have seen the supposedly young people portrayed there DO NOT behave the way a sane young person would behave.Ok I am taking this one to save me the shame..Ekta-2 Me-1.

Of course,things are changing and they will hopefully and there have been a few good exceptions at least marathi ones that I have come across but right now lets just hope the
American Writers Association Strike ends soon and we can get back on the usual dosage of the
Prison Break,Lost and many... :-P

But I can't help thinking,I just can't that Ekta Kapoor might end up criticising these
shows better than I have managed hers..:-P


Vedang said...

you're damn right she'd win...
all she has to say is: "Smooching!!! Sex scenes! is this what we ant our young to see??? we don't even show such promiscuous behavior in our adult movies!!"
ekta-1000 you-0 :D

@$%deja vu$% said...

lolz.. nice one..

I can imagine how PB or heroes would have been if written by ekta kapoor...

the prison cell would be a 5-star hotel.. prisoners would keep dying and coming back every other day... Bellick would constantly be shown thinking, "main is scofield ko barbad kar dunga".... it'll require 500 episodes for scofield to rope in all the people and another 2000 for him to escape... scofield will have a look-alike whos a bad guy ...

Anjali said...

Wow!! This was a surprise!!
I never would have thought that u have managed to watch atleast one episode of any of those damn Ekta Kapoor serials!!!
People like u thinking of writing a blog about her soaps should be something which gives Elta Kapoor some points ;)

Well written :)

Mia said...

LOL! I agree with you on the Ekta Kapoor and her mouth shutting retorts.. and the fact that she showed some possession of a brain and still chose to make such serials is more mind-boggling than the plotlines and a 200 yr old Baa. ( O.K..don't judge me for knowing that fact.I caught on Koffee with Karan.)But then's not only Ekta Kapoor.. the nonsensical stuff is pretty much everywhere... The Bold and the Beautiful anybody? Or how about The O.C?

I guess they just make it more believable? Less makeup maybe... :p

Rhucha said...

I wont agree with you more! The truth is "making the people dumbfounded all the time" is the reality behind all these shows..Relaxation means watching all the drama. WHere the hell is relaxation there? But as you say Ekta KApoor has taaped correct class for her drama..Well as long as Aunties love to watch extravagant saris and bahus working wearing them and being bharatiya naari Ekta Kapoor Will be on rampage!

ashwini said...

hey salil that s a really good one!

ashwini said...

hey salil that s a really good one!