Ekta Kapoor’s Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi is a cut-copy-paste version of all that’s been seen in the past. It’s about a rich girl Ishaani (Radhika Madan) and her family driver’s son, Ranveer (Shakti Arora). She’s a sweetheart and he’s a gentleman running around the house, doing errands and trying to fit in. They are childhood friends and it’s obvious that Ranveer is besotted by her. But when has the course of love run smooth on Indian television? Before Ranveer and Ishaani can find their eternal bliss, they have to navigate through issues such as their class disparity, Ishaani’s personal tragic history and a reign of terror unleashed by family’s ‘Hitler Daadi’, Baa (Sarita Joshi).
Meri Aashiqui… for the first five-six episodes is clumsy as it establishes Baa’s tyranny and autocratic rule in the household. Unlike the cold and calculating matriarch in Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela played by Supriya Pathak, here Joshi comes across as irritating and exaggerated. Even the antics of this big fat Gujju family are irksome, add to that the grand sets, bejeweled costumes and the constant war of words between the ladies. We get a feeling of déjà vu.
The show marks the comeback of Gauri Pradhan Tejwani after a gap of five-and-a-half years as Falguni and it’s
the only character that comes closest to life so far. Other than that there are a few redeeming elements. From the little we have seen so far, Meri Aashiqui… appears to be on repeat mode. Pick any show from the smorgasbord of channels, and this show is no different. Meanwhile, we wait for a change of scene.