The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, March 18, 2001

In search of greener pastures abroad

IT’s a story oft-repeated, yet gullible parents keep becoming willing victims in the fond hope their daughters will have a prosperous future in some far-off land.

That, in a nutshell, sums up Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye on Sony Entertainment Television, Sundays, 9 p.m.

Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye:  Gullible victimsShot extensively on locations abroad, this heart-wrenching and sensitive serial portrays the life of a young, educated girl Mallika, who is hurriedly married to an NRI living in America. It is about her struggle thereafter, when complications arise.

The serial rings true as most of us know of parents who get their daughters married without adequate information about the groom — hoping to give their daughters a life of abundance after marrying them off to rich young men. But often, these marriages end up in disaster.

Which is why Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye rings true and comes out as a poignant and socially relevant story.

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Another run-of-the-mill serial
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An engrossing tale of relationships
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A familiar, predictable family drama
January 14,2001

Mistress of the mind
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And now Neena’s third avtaar
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A tale from the hills
December 17,2000

The second coming of Zeenat Aman
December 10,2000

The Mallika of many roles
December 3,2000

Chandigarh children on a winning spree
November 26, 2000

Breaking a misconception
November 19, 2000

And now mythology from the feminine perspective
November 12, 2000

Focus on family fortunes yet again
November 5, 2000

A tale of two sisters
October 29, 2000

Face to face with Madhuri
October 22, 2000

Triumph of the mind over matter
October 15, 2000

Intertwined lives and their story
October 8, 2000

Making their dreams come true
October 1, 2000

How to cope with two wives
September 24, 2000

Story of revenge and retribution
September 10, 2000

Being a saheli to women viewers
September 3, 2000

Papa don’t compete!
August 27, 2000

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Three’s a crowd

If it’s fun and humour you are looking for, it’s not there in great measure. But Tedhe Medhe Sapney on Sunday 8 p.m. on DD Metro does have its defining moments.

The problem here is a hackneyed script with several lookalikes in other channels. A story of three sisters married to men from different states and different backgrounds and all staying in the same building.

The men who were partners in a failed business are constantly at loggerheads blaming each other for the losses. Sometimes the fights become so fierce that neighbours have to be called in.

The three couples have a daughter each who are the best of friends and vainly try to usher in peace between their quarrelsome fathers. The result is a situational comedy but only in parts. As the script runs too close to Sony’s Hum Sab Ek Hain.

India beckons

This must go down among the most expensive serials what with its foreign locations and hiring out an Air India Jumbo Jet. Yet it could be in danger of falling flat as the storyline stretches the imaginations immensely.

Apna Desh:  The credibility gapApna Desh coming soon on Zee TV is about a man who earns immense wealth in Hong Kong. When the territory is annexed to mainland China, he decides to shift his business base to England. But before the family migrates to England, the tycoon’s old mother wishes to spend time in India. There is opposition but the old woman’s will prevails and a plane is chartered for their India jaunt.

However, they are not permitted to land in Delhi and the plane, perforce, has to touch down on a small airport in a village. There is no hotel here, just a guest-house being used for a marriage.

The villagers invite the family members to the marriage and they are so overwhelmed with their hospitality that they decide to stay back in India.

Obviously inspired by Purab Aur Paschim, Manoj Kumar’s sixties blockbuster, Apna Desh tests viewers’ credibility with things like an airport in a village which has neither a car or any other amenity. The saving grace is fine performances by Sushma Seth, Amar Talwar and Vivek Mushran which make it worth a dekho.

Laughter club

It‘s a feel-good serial where all the aspects and colours of life are portrayed through a variety of characters.

Apni Khushiyan, Apne Gham a new daily soap on SABe TV revolves around four friends — if you didn’t guess — a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Marathi who share all their joys with each other on their daily morning walk.

Apni Khushiyan Apne Gham: Smile awhile.There is the 70-year-old Marathi and his wife who are left to fend for themselves as their son has settled abroad. The other friend Mohanlal is a petty government employee who has three grown-up daughters and no money to marry them off. The third, a Muslim, has married his friend’s widow whose son doesn’t accept him as his new father. The fourth, a Sikh nurses a sad secret — he could not marry the girl of his choice.

But despite their problems, all three of them are outwardly happy and laugh a lot on their morning walks. That is the reason why their close friendship has been sustained.

An interesting concept which holds the interest though one hopes more effort had gone into the script.

Return of the blonde

Stunning Pamela Anderson Lee returns as a crime fighter in the all new series VIP on AXN from Monday to Friday as 8.30 p.m.

The story revolves around Vallery Irons who comes to Los Angeles with stars in her eyes. However, she has no idea that her big break will come from a date with an action star.

Pamela in VIP: Back on TVWhile attending a Hollywood premiere, a crazed fan pulls a gun — but her movie star date turns out to be a coward — and it’s Vallery who becomes the heroine.

Suddenly, she finds herself at the head of a new Hollywood protection agency — Vallery Irons Protection. Each week she is plunged deeper into a profession she knows nothing about — taking risks to protect others at a price few are willing to pay.

This is Pamela’s first appearance in a TV series after the phenomenally successful Bay Watch.

How does it feel to be in front of the camera again? "I’m very excited to be in VIP. It’s a whole new level of production. It’s my fantasy of what a TV show should be." says Pamela who is surely everyone’s fantasy of what a TV star should look like!

Suspense thriller

Raising Cain: Edge-of-the-seat affair. If you like Hollywood stuff, this is a movie worth your time. Raising Cain on HBO March 23, 9.30 p.m. set created box office history when it was released in 1997.

It revolves around Dr Carter Nix (John Lithgow), a child psychologist with an obsession of being a perfect parent to his own child.

Such is his preoccupation with raising the kid that his wife Jenny gets fed up and is driven to her ex-lover. But she is totally unaware that her husband in the garb of being a great father is about to commit a hideous crime that will change their lives forever.

A whacker of a movie which will set the pulses racing from start to finish.

— Mukesh Khosla

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