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Review: New TV show ‘Desh ki beti: Nandini’

Can a girl who runs a home also run a country? Apparently she can.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: October 18, 2013 1:07:04 am

Show:Desh ki beti: Nandini

Channel: Sony

Timing: Monday-Thursday,9 PM

Rating: **

Can a girl who runs a home also run a country? Apparently she can. Meet wedding planner Nandini Pandey — Miss Goody Two Shoes,who lives by the book,is the perfect daughter,sister,worker and neighbour. She drives a hard bargain and she’s quite focused and independent.

In Sony’s 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 Nandini’s 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. Much to his mother,Gayatri Devi’s dismay,(Sujatha Sehgal) — a matriarch draped in silks — Rajveer prefers to play the piano,go for a jog and take the next flight back to England. Nandini and Rajveer’s 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 — Nandini’s family with mum-dad,brother and sister in tow,and Rajveer’s ‘kutumb’ — 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 American serials such as The West Wing or House of Cards,is that one can immediately spot the black,white and grey,which really drains out the fun from the show. Much before Desh Ki Beti…,Sony floored us with a riveting political drama,Mahayagya,one of Rohini Hattangadi’s finest performances. In comparison Desh Ki Beti… is still wallowing in safe waters,calling a spade a spade — inflation,sky rocketing food and petrol prices,pension scams and lack of infrastructure — the show says it all.

One can’t ignore the resemblance between Rajveer’s late politician father to the late Madhav Rao Scindia. That said,the show comes at a time when India is going through an internal crisis,and the “aam aadmi” is looking to give 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… is,till now,more of family drama. Still waiting for some nasty political scheming,plotting and manoeuvres.

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