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With Bollywood sensation Shah Rukh Khan introducing the new Prerna and Anurag, the promotions of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is in full swing. And here are people’s thoughts about the show.
Having a single television at home back then, we are bound to have memories of our mother’s favourite television shows. We had no other option but to watch serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kumkum, Kaahin Kissii Roz or Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which eventually became an integral part of our childhood.
The credit for revolutionizing daily soaps in Indian television and making us watch highly melodramatic, emotional and sentimental content goes to none but Ekta Kapoor. God knows how many times characters who had died earlier came back, lost memory, or got married. But the never ending serials of the ‘K’ series still won people’s heart. Mostly people like cleansing they eyes by crying on a daily basis.
Among these, love stories had their own charm. Hence Ekta Kapoor is all set to relaunch the popular pair Prerna and Anurag of Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Even the greatest tragic love stories of the world might find it hard to compete with the story of Prerna and Anurag. The show was aired for 7 long years, the lead couple had an entire life, yet they never got together. The story-writers were creative enough to find new ways all along to keep them apart.
Prerna and Anurag fell in love but consequently had to marry different people. The saga of their separation began here and to my knowledge never ended, in spite of getting married later, having children and what not. Didn’t I say, it can easily be crowned as one of the most ridiculously tragic love stories that the Indian television has ever seen?
Before the remake of the show airs on September 25th, here are 5 people, their memories from Kasautii Zindagii Kay 1 and what changes they expect to see in the reboot starring Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan as its lead pair.
Bad is attractive! All that has got etched in the minds of Chandani Pai, a Homemaker from Bangalore is the celebrated villain of the serial Komolika. Her makeup, actions and the background score played every time she was on scene was legendary! Originally played by Urvashi Dholakia, the character of Komolika, her evil deeds and plots against the lead pair is something our political strategists can learn from.
Chandani wants to see a similar Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, with all the sassiness but less of drama in the serial as a whole. Nay! that’s expecting the impossible. She is also interested in knowing how the makers have fit in such characters in the modern day scenario. I seriously hope she won’t be disappointed.
A data science senior analyst, Shietal Ramesh used to watch Kasautii Zindagii Kay as a child. Unfortunately she didn’t know about better things then. What she still remembers is how Prerna and Anurag always used to look back at each other and assumed that the other did not, but both had the same misconception. “This used to happen all the time,” she said. It does happen everywhere! you name a romantic serial and you will have this scene.
It’s the drama of all the multiple marriages that Shietal wants to change in season 2. “Each character married at least 7 times in the show!” Shietal pointed out this ridiculous fact from the serial. Maybe the numbers will be comparatively less this time. No harm in us wishing, right?
Psychologist and teacher in a Montessori school at Mysore, Lavanya Sanjay used to watch Kasautii Zindagii Kay during her college days. She compared the story of Prerna and Anurag to that of railway tracks that never meet. Even tracks might meet at some intersection, but Prerna and Anurag – Never. Mostly they didn’t get their kundalis checked properly before the wedding I guess.
Lavanya added, “They all along travelled beside each other in their journey of life, they even got married, but never got together.” That’s Kasautii Zindagii Kay to you all.
As somehow she feels it is going to be the same, She doesn’t expect any change as such in the coming season. But of course a positive ending is always welcome.
Ambika Vittal Gowda, a homemaker from Bangalore is a regular viewer of Hindi serials since she was young. She has watched many and still continue to watch a selected few. Her patience needs to be applauded for sure. Being a teenager back then, it was all the dresses which Prerna wore that caught her attention. “Even the Durga pujas in the serial and Anurag’s first meeting with his young daughter was good,” expressed Ambika. With such crazy viewers, no wonder melodramas still do good business on television.
All that Ambika wants to see in season 2 is a happy ending. I don’t think that’s too much to ask from the makers, or is it?
Shraddha Thej Mohan, a part-time lecturer at KES college Mumbai, is an ‘on and off’ viewer of serials. Thank god! amidst all the religious daily followers, at least one said she can’t view serials always. “But ask me about any serial, especially love stories, I’ll know the story line or something or the other about them,” said Shraddha.
Regarding Kasautii Zindagii Kay, she remembers Rishabh Bajaj’s love for young Prerna which developed over time. According to her it was something new back then – an older man falling for a young girl. Makers please try something new this time, our Bollywood have way too many such love stories now.
She added, “In the new promo with Prerna wearing the same black salwar and a red veil , I don’t think expecting any change is good.” Indeed, expectation from India daily soaps are often injurious to your minds.
So, people want less melodrama. I don’t think that has ever happened in the history of Indian television before. Maybe Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 will be the first to do it. Wow! feels like I am expecting too much. But to know that and get all our answers we’ll have to tune in and watch it from September 25th.
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