There is something about a new year that fills you with hope and optimism. Going by the kind of television shows,at least a few of them,that were launched last year,I have some reason to feel hopeful about the small-screen. Two serials that grabbed my attention were Bade Acche Laggte Hai and Kuch Toh Log Kahenge. The refreshing storylines and apt casting were what got me hooked on to them.
While I continue to watch Kuch Toh… ,Bade Acche…a mature romance between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar has lost me completely. After a promising start,the romance has taken a back- seat and the story has digressed into a regular potboiler with the heros past catching up in the form of a former flame and the parallel family drama. Thankfully,there is no such fear with Kuch Toh.. that is adapted from a popular Pakistani soap Dhoop Kinarey. The story is pre-determined and theres no chance of it going haywire. I have one complaint though: the lead pair more often than not,is never seen in the same frame,despite being together. In one of the episodes they were travelling in a car together and still the shots were taken separately. Thats quite annoying when it is supposed to be a love story!
However,what is heartening is that these serials have paved the way for simple,realistic and relatable storytelling. In the new year,I am quite curious about Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha,that boasts of an unconventional storyline. Its a love story between a single mother and a self-centered bachelor who shies away from commitment. Then theres Survivor India,which makes its entry this week. The show with motley celebrities battling for survival on an island looks adventurous but we have seen something similar in Mujhe Iss Jungle Se Bachao in the past. Hope,this one goes beyond skimpily-dressed girls taking a bath. Of course,all eyes this year would be on Aamir Khans show based on social issues. It is reportedly about people who have overcome all odds to come up in life.
One thing is for sure. Channels have to be innovative whether its fiction or reality shows. The latter especially needs an overhaul. Yes,music and dance continue to be a part of our psyche but can we have something different please? The tried-and-tested shows that make an appearance every year are way past their sell-by date. Shows like Bigg Boss,a downer right from episode one need to take a break. Hope someones taking note.