Star Jalsha Series Jai Kali Kalkatta Wali Trailer: Deals with Domestic Violence Vigilantism

Forthcoming Star Jalsha series, Jai Kali Kalkatta Wali has a very exciting trailer. A typical domesticated Bengali woman, probably upper caste, as most serials on Bengali TV are, all decked up in saree, sindur, gold jewelry doing sandhya aarati (Evening … Continue reading Star Jalsha Series Jai Kali Kalkatta Wali Trailer: Deals with Domestic Violence Vigilantism

The Connection Between Hugh Laurie and Larry King

The talk show host having an air of subtle arrogance, a smug smile on his face, interviewing his guest without enough background research and a habit of cutting the guests sentences abruptly jumping to another question…These were some of the sexy features introduced to the genre of talk shows by the legendary Larry King. His show Larry King Live started in 1985 and ran till 2010 on CNN. Continue reading “The Connection Between Hugh Laurie and Larry King”

Freedom For LGBT – Satyamev Jayate’s 3rd epi season 3 – Indeed Aamir is brave enough

In my previous post, I was wondering if Aamir Khan is brave enough to take up the issue of LGBT rights in the 3rd episode of Season  3 of Satyamev Jayate. Turned out he is indeed that brave. The topic was homosexuality and freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the discriminatory law Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Continue reading “Freedom For LGBT – Satyamev Jayate’s 3rd epi season 3 – Indeed Aamir is brave enough”

Self styled censorship and moral policing on Indian TV

Self styled censorship and moral policing on TV just boils my blood. The other day they censored the word ‘sex’ and blurred out a woman’s cleavage in the film Queen. On VH1 they routinely censor the most harmless everyday language and scenes. In a song by Maroon 5 (Maps) they blurred out the face of an accident victim. In another song by Meghan Trainor (All about that Bass) they censored the word ‘Booty.’ But on Bollywood music channels they have no qualms in playing the song ‘Punjabiyan di Tooh’ (from Gori Tere Pyaar Mein). Tooh and Booty means the same … Continue reading Self styled censorship and moral policing on Indian TV

The Ishti Kutum war – Archi Baha fans v. Kamalika fans – A very real war with Facebook taking sides

What have I got myself into? An online war where Facebook is taking sides with my enemy and punishing me arbitrarily. The fight is rather insignificant and juvenile, mere rivalry between the fans of a Bengali TV show Ishti Kutum. But what has been revealed through this is that Facebook is UNFAIR and BIASED. They are taking arbitrary decisions of removing posts at the behest of somebody they consider powerful or so. Worse is Facebook doesn’t give me the right to challenge their decision of removing my content. They say the content are in violation of ‘community guidelines’ but they … Continue reading The Ishti Kutum war – Archi Baha fans v. Kamalika fans – A very real war with Facebook taking sides

An open letter to Ankita Chakraborty, actor playing Kamalika Majumdar (Mun) on award winning Star Jalsha mega serial Ishti Kutum

Note: This post is about the Bengali TV serial Ishti Kutum. If you are not a follower of the show, please follow the posts on category archives for context. Dear Madam, These days on Star Jalsha, promos of the forthcoming … Continue reading An open letter to Ankita Chakraborty, actor playing Kamalika Majumdar (Mun) on award winning Star Jalsha mega serial Ishti Kutum

Ishti Kutum 25-dec-2012 Archi's birthday

Ishti Kutum – Archi Mun’s divorce – Legal position of both marriages, validity of tribal marriage

How does a typical Indian middle class joint family deal with a divorce? With paranoia, hypocrisy double standards and melodrama. As exposed through the story of Ishti Kutum – the Mukherjee family is shattered on hearing the DIVORCE word from Archi. Broken marriage mean different thing for family’s sons and daughters. Ironically, the patriarch of Mukherjee family who is so concerned about Archi’s broken marriage and its effect on his family, have never uttered a single word regarding his own daughter’s estranged marriage. The legal position of both of Archi’s marriages, legal requirement of divorce and validity of Tribal marriage. Continue reading Ishti Kutum – Archi Mun’s divorce – Legal position of both marriages, validity of tribal marriage

Rrishii Kaushik as Archisman Mukherjee, Ronita Das as Bahamoni Soren and Ankita Chakrabarty as Kamalika Majumdar in Ishti Kutum, Star Jalsha

Ishti Kutum Star Jalsha megaseries – An in depth analysis Part 2 – The story so far

(Ishti Kutum is written and scripted by Leena Gangopadhay. The following is a narration of the story so far in order to set the context for my forthcoming analysis. Click here for Part 1 – Introduction to the Analysis)

Archi, Baha and Mun – main protagonists

Archisman Mukherjee
Rrishii Kaushik as Archisman Mukherjee

Archisman Mukherjee (Archi), 29 is a renowned journalist, known for his honesty and bravery and no-nonsense lifestyle, respected by his juniors and celebrated by his peers for the exemplary journalistic values and dignity displayed by him in both his work and personal life. Being a star journalist Archi is in constant demand among the big multi-media houses based in New Delhi as well as at international level. A decade into the profession, several job offers with high salaries from these houses still remains open in front of him, but he continues to stick to Prothom Khabor, the print media house that provided him just the platform he needed during his struggling days and till date gives him the unquestionable freedom to carry out his profession as per his rules. Archi is a bit of socialist, he prefers to ride his bike over an office sponsored car, he is not a fan of luxuries and riches, doesn’t appreciate when people praise his professional success too much and doesn’t even allow his friends and family to discuss his work with him. To most people he would come across as unsocial, unfriendly, rude and arrogant.

Kamalika Majumdar
Ankita Chakrabarty as Kamalika Majumdar

Economics Professor Kamalika Majumdar (Mun), 25 is the daughter of an award winning and affluent Painter Dibyojyoti Majumdar. Archi and Mun have been in a relationship for over 6 years and they have finally decided to tie the knot. Kamalika’s high-nosed svelte mother Anu is unhappy to accept a middle class journalist as her son-in-law but Kamalika would not lose Archi at any cost. The girl who was born with a golden spoon, who had been brought up with the best and the richest, is ready to give up every luxury and comfort of the world to be with Archi. Archi is no fan of his would be mother-in-law either. Archi feels that there are certain social and ideological differences between Archi and Mun’s background and lifestyle which are never to be filled. He tends to ignore these differences because of Mun’s simple and down to earth behaviour nature but her mother always reminds him of the differences. So he prefers to keep a distance with Mun’s mother.

Bahamoni Soren
Ronita Das as Bahamoni Soren

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Ishti Kutum, Star Jalsha mega serial – An in depth analysis – Part 1 Introduction

baha archi mun in Ishti Kutum
Bahamoni Soren (Ronita Das), Archisman Mukherjee (Rrishii Kaushik), Kamalika Majumdar (Ankita Chakraborty) the three lives entwined by a twist of multiple fates – this is more than a love triangle.

Introduction

Some people like to read, some like to go to the movies, some follow the soap operas. These are three very different forms of entertainment. Each form has its own unique style and artistic licences. As an audience you can either accept or reject any of these forms of entertainment but there’s no question of comparing one with the other or criticizing any of them for its style or stereotypes and expecting something that does not inherently belong to its style.

I always preferred the movies over books or TV series. I am a person with very short attention span, so I don’t have the patience of reading a book or waiting for a whole day / week for the next episode. I want a piece of fiction to be built and concluded within 2-3 hours.

That was me before I started watching a Bengali daily soap ‘Ishti Kutum on Star Jalsha. And then my life got complicated.

One of the latest episode (2nd Aug) of the series ended with the screen split in three parts, Kamalika (Mun), Archisman (Archi) and Bahamoni (Baha) were all seen shedding tears, anxiety and pain equally spread across their faces and the background music turned dramatic leaving its viewers spell bound with confusion, fear, hopelessness and dismay.

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Ishti Kutum Analysis – Satyakam’s patriarchal mindset and his mixed up personal-political vendetta

On returning to Kolkata, he wrote a heart wrenching piece on Satya the hero and raised a storm. The ordinary people were overwhelmed by the truth of Satya’s life. This man, Archisman Mukherjee today stands in front of a Satyakam who is determined to kill him. What happened, that after everything that Archi did for Satyakam this is how Satya pays back? – Ishti Kutum Analysis – Satya’s patriarchal mindset and mixed up personal and political vendetta. Continue reading Ishti Kutum Analysis – Satyakam’s patriarchal mindset and his mixed up personal-political vendetta

Yash Raj Films brings some freshness to Indian television

One of the biggest movie production company in Bollywood, Yash Raj Films (YRF) made a debut in the Indian Television Industry in partnership with Sony TV.

Starting 1st Jan 2010, for three days in a week Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 hours 8 pm to 10 pm Sony TV will go red (the brand colour of YRF) and showcase some nice and fresh TV series created by YRF TV a subsidiary of YRF production.

From the look of it YRF TV promises to be fresh, out of the box, progressive and gender balanced. From YRF’s official announcement,

The offering from YRF TV will be “distinct” in their look, feel, colour, sound and language, with fresh, contemporary and engaging storylines – these shows reflect the dreams, aspirations & passion of today’s young India and are attuned to deliver “a unique and novel television viewing experience” which will not only appeal to the existing viewers, but bring new viewers to television. The shows combine the best of modern technology, scale and the exceptional story telling skills of YRF.

At the moment there are 5 shows, 1 non fiction Lift Kara De which is a reality show where a star would hunt for his/her greatest fan and in the process somebody’s life would be lifted. I didn’t quite get the show but Karan Johan is hosting it and the pilot episode had Shah Rukh Khan. Enough said.

Then there are 4 fictions, Mahi Way, Rishta.com, Powder and Seven.

I didn’t see ‘Seven’ but it seems to be an Indian version of Heroes, 7 young people with super natural powers added to some mythology etc.

Mahi Way‘ is a story about Mahi – a 25 year old single and independent girl who loves to eat, therefore fat and therefore a complete misfit in both her family and her workspace, a fashion magazine house. She never had a boyfriend but writes a relationship column in the magazine for people who are like her, misfits, because she knows what it feels to be one. Her best friend is hot and dumb, her other best friend is a gay. She has a perpetual crush on this hunk who works in the same building but she keeps bumping into this guy who she thinks is clumsy, annoying and brings out the worst in her.

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