The perfectionist producer-director is back making larger than life love stories, but this time it’s for television. It’s obviously a big thing for Sanjay Leela Bhansali to take a break from movies and do something else, but his debut TV show, Saraswatichandra, an epic love story is nothing less than an extravagant and expensive movie.
The story of the show is based on the famous Gujarati novel, Saraswatichandra, written by Govardhanram Tripathi. This famous novel was also made into an award winning film which had yesteryear actors, Manish and Nutan. Saraswatichandra is being shot in both India and Dubai.
Saraswatichandra, launched on 25 February 2013, has picked up reasonably well. It is too early to comment on the project’s real potential as ideally any show should be given at least six to eight weeks to settle down but nonetheless, there has been positive feedback. The show’s pilot was shot 10 months ago and there was a buzz in the media about it being scrapped. Well, thank God it did not! The actors are doing a good job. The main leads Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget seemed to be an unusual pairing at first but in the recent few episodes, they have displayed decent chemistry. The sets look lavish (reminds us of Hum dil de chuke sanam). And being a SLB production, it is definitely visually appealing. But like what happens to most TV shows – they start off looking elaborated, grand but end up being like any mediocre saans-bahu type series. Nonetheless, we hope this one’s different. The title track of Saraswatichandra, also has to be one of the best songs I have heard in recent times. (Do telly awards acknowledge best title track of soaps too??) If they do, this definitely wins hands down! Sung by Shreya Ghoshal & Javed Ali, here’s the song for you guys :
So, what is Saraswatichandra all about ?
The Story :
Saraswatichandra is raised by his stepmother, who doesn’t consider him as her own. In spite of being treated like an unwanted, Saraswatichandra grows up to be a compassionate, intelligent and charming man. However, when his father decides to get him married, he does not relent to the idea. Nonetheless, his father still goes ahead with his alliance to Kumud who hails from an affluent family. When Saraswati hears of this, he sends a letter to Kumud – we think it will be an email in this case – explaining his predicament and calling off the alliance. But Kumud replies to his letter. And in a series of mails to each other – the inevitable happens – they fall in love.
One day, Saraswati takes off to meet the love of his life. When his stepmother learns of his actions, she poisons her husband’s mind forcing him to call off the wedding without informing his son. When Saraswati comes back, he gets another letter from Kumud informing him that she is marrying someone else.
Kumud, who is now married to Pramadh – an illiterate, unsophisticated, alcoholic, who frequents brothels, is in depression. But Saraswatichandra re-enters her life, this time as Navinchandra. He is employed by her in-laws. Pramadh has an affair with the housemaid who in turn accuses Kumud of adultery. Kumud is kicked out of the house while Pramadh dies due to ill-health. After a series of events, although there are many instances where Kumud and Saraswatichandra get the opportunity to be together again, the tragic love story ends with Saraswati marrying Kumud’s younger sister, Kusum while a widow Kumud takes up priestery.
Here, I’d like to add that I hope Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be brave & experimentative enough to marry off Kumud to Saraswatichandra. Personally, I am a sucker for happy endings. However, in this era (no matter how epic this tragic love story is supposed to be), I really hope the female lead is not shown as meekly accepting her sad fate and the decisions of a taboo-ridden society.
I hope to see a different romance, that would stay on with me.
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