It is said that eyes talk. Kumud found out in today’s episode that indeed they did, or at least Saraswatichandra’s eyes spoke to her. They spoke to her of his solitude, his pain, himself. And just like that- she fell in love with them. Whether she is in love with Saraswatichandra himself, remains to be seen.
What this is that she feels she is not sure, but she is surely intrigued by the idea of Saraswatichandra as her bridegroom, her life partner. So much so that she has already started dreaming of him. It was just yesterday when she had said there was no man that she would say yes to, no one who would be worthy in her eyes. She was cut above everyone else. She wanted the man to prove himself before she gave him any regard. And yet, we find Kumud’s heart melting just at the sight of his eyes. She dreams of him- of his eyes but can’t see the rest of him and wakes up with a jerk. Her heart is beating frantically in her chest, busy anticipating the time when she would see him in person.
Saraswatichandra, on the other hand is in a tussle of his own. He has promised his late mother that he would always accept and obey his father’s wishes. But this one wish goes against everything he wants- peace, solitude, spiritual awakening, etc.
How can he live the life of a monk, how can he attain peace for his tormented soul, if he is bound tightly to this material life? How will get away from it all if he commits his life to another soul’s wellbeing? Desperation and frustration run amok in his veins. He runs in the vast expanse of the Dubai desert and declares that he will not marry that girl. To me, he is like a child who knows in his heart that it is right but won’t accept it.
The character of stepmother Ghuman, played by Monica Bedi is shaping up quite nicely I’d say. After being in the limelight for lots of wrong reasons, finally Monica has hit jackpot with Sc. She is portraying the stepmother of Saraswatichandra. She has risen from the low rungs of the society to riches, by seducing a rich tycoon Laxminandan, whose son Saraswatichandra is. All she wants now, is to remove Sc from the road to complete her goal. Her son studies away from home and she is soothing his path to becoming sole heir.
We’d seen yesterday that she doesn’t want her stepson to get married. Today it became clear why. She wants him to take the path of a Sanyasi- to leave everything behind and becoming a monk. She wants him out so that her son becomes the only heir of her husband. I shall wait to see what she does to stop Sc from marrying Kumud.
Finally the waiting ends and Saraswatichandra comes into plain view. The first episode ends and I know that I’m going to be occupied on weekdays from 1930 to 2000 hours, with my eyes glued to the TV. J
After watching all the promos of the show, I am hoping that this show is going to bring a revolution in the field of Television. At least in the show, I hope I won’t complain about the sets or the make-up being garish, as it is in the other TV soaps. It already looks as if it will be a “no expenses spared” kind of show.
Through the first episode, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has lived up to the name he made in the world of Cinema, as a man who does not do things by half. Both the settings in Dubai as well as in India are grand and the introduction of the characters just as powerful. The music quite reminded me of “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”. I’m also reminded a little bit of the movie “Saraswatichandra” made in 1968, starring beautiful Nutan and its songs. The songs of this movie are evergreen in my memory.
SLB is known as a romantic who wishes for the stories to have a happy ending but is unable to do so. Not that one can blame him for the way this story will unfold, of course since the original is a tragic love story.
The original Gujarati novel “Saraswatichandra”, written & set by Govardhanram Tripathi in 19th-century feudalism in India, from which Sanjay Leela Bhansali has adapted his screenplay, is divided into four parts. The first is a love story between Saraswatichandra and Kumud Kumari. The second encompasses the life of an ideal housewife; the martyr, in the form of Gunsundari. The third part focuses on the displays of political nature in the lives of the characters, whilst the fourth is dedicated to the sadhus of Sundargiri, who talk about 18 ways of being an active Sanyasi while living in the material world.
It is said that the entire novel; all four parts of it covers 150 characters in total, with the inclusion of kings, ministers, Englishmen who ruled over the country at that time, as well as middle and lower class families. The novel is all about these characters and their life experiences/struggles.
If Mr. B goes as per the novel, he will show the mental and physical struggles that all characters go through, along with the third kind of struggle that two main characters; Saras and Kumud have to go through- struggle against the rules and norms of the society. The question of what is right and what is wrong will persist endlessly during the entire story. One will be reminded of Shakespeare and his women characters while watching the female characters of the story.
I am hoping to see and discuss the glaring and subtle differences that will pop up in the show with the readers and viewers of the show. Of course the show is set in the modern world, modern surroundings. The male lead, Saraswatichandra is living in Dubai but holds on to his old country culture- the way he prays to the Sun and touches the feet of his late mother and step mother- they are all quite right in characters, as is his defiance in small matters. The suit that he wishes to wear for the party is just as dashing but without the mark of richness that his step mother would prefer him to wear. These subtle games of mind and differences, I’m hoping to see more.
Then there is Kumud- the lively, emotionally strong and already matured character. Kumud is what an ideal daughter would be- smart, beautiful, engaging, lovely voice, intelligent, obedient of her parents’ wishes (most times) and well aware of her responsibility as a daughter of the house. Yet, one sees her small act of rebellion when she says no to the proposal without hearing much about it.
In a way, both Saras and Kumud are similar. Bound by their manners and yet giving out hints of their stubborn nature and their internal strength. They will consider it all but in the end, do what they think is right.
With the end of the first episode, the stage has been set for the first meeting of Kumud and Saras who have no interest in each other and very different views of life. Let us wait and see what happens in the next episode.