Desh Ki Beti: Nandini
Can a girl who runs a home also run a country? Apparently she can. Meet wedding planner Nandini Pandey Miss Two Goody Shoes,who lives by the book,is the perfect daughter,sister,worker and neighbour. She drives a hard bargain and is quite independent.
In Sonys latest show Desh Ki Beti: Nandini,Kirti Nagpure makes an opening statement running,helping,assisting,fighting,arguing and explaining. It is thereby established that she is potentially neta-material. Standing in the way of Nandinis middle-class value system is Yuvraj Rajveer Raghuvanshi (Rafi Malik),the London-returned future leader of this country,scion of the royal Raghuvanshi parivaar,and who,quite like Ranbir Kapoor of Raajneeti,is reluctant to join politics. This is much to his mother,Gayatri Devis (Sujatha Sehgal) dismay. Nandini and Rajveers paths cross when she gets to plan events for his Progressive Republican Party,but not before rescuing him from his fans.
And then there are the usual suspects,the paraphernalia hovering around the leading two characters Nandinis family with mum-dad,brother and sister in tow,and Rajveers widowed mother,paternal grandmother,and married sister. And how can we miss the savvy political advisor,and the coterie of netas.
The problem with our daily soaps,unlike The West Wing or House of Cards,is that one can immediately spot the black,white and grey which really drains the fun. Much before Desh Ki Beti… it was Sony that floored us with a riveting political drama,Mahayagya,one of Rohini Hattangadis finest performances. Compared to it,Desh Ki Beti… is still wallowing in safe waters,calling a spade a spade inflation,skyrocketing food and petrol prices,pension scams,lack of infrastructure,rampant corruption,missing leadership the show says it all in one episode.
One can also not ignore the resemblance between Rajveers late politician father to late Madhav Rao Scindia,or the Rajasthani royal linkage. That said,the show comes at a time when India is going through an internal crisis,and the aam aadmi is looking to give a vent to his frustration.
That reminds us,there is a Jan Kalyan Party in the show,too,for the aam aadmi. For a show that is being portrayed as a political drama,Desh Ki Beti… has been,till now,more of family drama. Still waiting for some nasty political scheming,plotting and maneuvers. Or better still,winds of change.