The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Of disillusioned father and philandering son

FOR all those couples who’ve craved for a son — a waaris — this is going to strike a familiar chord. Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya, Monday to Friday at 1.30 p.m. on Sony Entertainment Television, revolves around an elderly couple who have a son after three daughters.

Scene from Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya: Son set
Scene from Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya: Son set

As is the case in such families, there is instant jubilation. Som Nath Arya showers his son with the kind of affection he’s never shown for his daughters.

Two of Arya’s daughters are happily married, the third, Neetu, however, is a feisty rebel who has independent thinking, and openly questions her father’s special love for the little boy. She feels deprived and frustrated and resents her father’s bias towards her brother. However, the father couldn’t care less as long as his son is happy.

But little does the doting father know that destiny has different plans for him. Years later, the story takes a dramatic turn when the prodigal son falls in love against his father’s wishes and the old man sees his dreams come crashing down.

Is this what he’d pined for? Is this the answer to his prayers for a son? The serial is all about the deteriorating relationship between a disillusioned father and a philandering son. It explores some bitter truths that all parents who have an unnatural craving for a son must face one day.


Turning the tables on policemen
June 17, 2001

Another in the family of soaps
June 10, 2001
Back to the golden age of cinema
June 3, 2001

A presenter with compelling screen presence
May 27, 2001

Comic view of big city life
May 20, 2001

It’s guiles & wiles all the way
May 13, 2001
A suspense serial on a lavish scale
May 6, 2001
Engaging, though fanciful, serial
April 29, 2001
Power struggle in the world of glamour
April 22, 2001
Something to smile about
April 15, 2001
The mainstay of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki
April 1, 2001
The goddess from Bengal
March 25, 2001

In search of greener pastures abroad
March 18, 2001

Another soap about trials of family life
March 4, 2001

The fine art of murder
February 25, 2001

A predictable but absorbing tale
February 18, 2001

The longest-running comedy is a winner
February 11, 2001
Woman power to the fore
February 4, 2001
Another run-of-the-mill serial
January 28,2001

Kranti retold

Over a decade ago, he cast a spell on viewers with his slickly produced Sword of Tipu Sultan. Now Sanjay Khan says he is ready to work the magic all over again with 1857 — Kranti. And going by his track record for historicals, he may pull it off again.

1857 Kranti: Revolt against the British
1857 Kranti: Revolt against the British

Kranti attempts to re-create the build-up of circumstances when the East India Company was ruling almost the whole of India through the Governor-General whose word was law and who established English dominance with an iron hand.

An order was passed which stated that the Bengali soldiers were liable to serve overseas. This ignited the mutiny and created sporadic outbreak of violence at Barrakpur. The revolt began on May 10, 1857, at Meerut under the leadership of Mangal Pandey.

This event in history, and the subsequent bravery and valour displayed by patriots like Nana Saheb, Begum Hazrat Mahal and Jhansi ki Rani, and thereafter the intrigues and stamping out of the revolt by the British have been poignantly recreated.

Kranti has been made on a cinematic format as for as the sets and locations are concerned. And, in this era of daily soaps, a serial of such proportions will surely be a whiff of fresh air, especially for those viewers who are not enthralled by the Saas and Bahu stuff.


Search for eternal truth

Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra: Great tale retold
Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra: Great tale retold

In today’s cynical times, when carruption rules the roost, truth and honesty seem quite out of sync. But on Sabe TV it is back to the golden age when the world was at peace with itself. Or was it?

Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra every Sunday at 11 a.m. is about the great king whose pursuit of truth cost him his wife Taramati and son Rohit. He had to sell both of them and eventually himself, all for the sake of truth.

This is the first time that the tale of Raja Harishchandra is being shown in a serialised from. Though such innocent tales may be totally misconstrued and out of context, the fact is that there was indeed a time when a king worshipped Satya (truth) as the purest form of God, creating the ideal relationship between the ruler and the ruled.

The storyline of the serial is so strong that many of its production drawbacks get pushed in the background making it a worth the viewers’ time.


Double trouble

There’s reason to smile at UTN. Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam every Monday at 10 p.m. is all about the travails of a nawab with two wives.

Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam: Nawabi splendour
Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam: Nawabi splendour

In fact, both the begums turn the nawab into a ghulam. Being a kind-hearted person, the nawab falls to the wiles of both the women who are constantly at loggerheads in their bid to control his mind and body. Tired of their bickerings, he and his friends keep hatching hair-brained schemes to bring sanity back to the household but to no avail. Mostly, these schemes boomerang on him.

The interesting part of the serial is that it has been shot almost entierly in Bhopal giving it a nawabi authenticity. Not just the culture, even the architectural beauty of Bhopal is highlighted in this absorbing serial.


Crime & punishment

Drugs, money and even love can lead the most seemingly innocent person to murder — and the lengths some individuals go to in order to cover up their guilt can astonish even the most hardened criminal investigator.

Examining criminal evidence in New Detectives
Examining criminal evidence in New Detectives

From July every Friday, 10.00 p.m. Discovery Channel presents an all-new season of the popular New Detectives series, featuring real-life stories of some of the most intriguing and challenging criminal investigations.

From a police officer who uses arson to hide his role in a brutal murder to a desperate husband who fakes his wife’s suicide for money, the series seeks out the truth behind all these cover-ups.

Through reenactments and archival footage, viewers witness the painstaking research involved in criminal investigations and learn how ground-breaking scientific advancements and forensic technology can play a vital role in the resolution of particularly difficult cases. Travel from the crime scene to the crime lab to see how technology and intelligence are cutting short the careers of criminals.


Murder, she said!

Here’s a movie to liven up your Sunday. Nadine on HBO, June, 24 at 8 p.m., is an irresistible romp set in 1954 in Texas.

Nadine: No laughing matter
Nadine: No laughing matter

The film starts with Nadine (Kim Basinger) getting ready to divorce her very likeable husband Vernon (Jeff Bridges). However, when she breaks into an office to take back something that belonged to her, she mistakenly walks out with something that belongs to someone else and, in the process, witnesses a murder.

She now has to turn to the one person who can help her out of this mess — her soon-to-be former husband, Vernon. The cops want her, the killers want her, she wants a divorce. Isn’t life grand? You could’t find a cuter relationship or a more entertaining film. Don’t miss this great thriller-comedy.

— Mukesh Khosla

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