Its hard to admit, but I will. I am watching Kasautii Zindagi Kay 2. And when I wanted to read about it online I found a bunch of articles pre-launch but less post-launch. So 3 months or so in I want to discuss with you how is it going? Well am still watching, and while I could blame it entirely on nothing else catching my interest, it’s not entirely true.

So here goes the number game..

The hero. Parth Samthaan as Anurag Basu has grown on me. So much so that I even watched his previous show on MTV Kaise Ye Yaariyan and developed a major crush on college angsty privileged lead singer Manik Malhotra +100

Parth’s English is reasonably good. So someone who speaks naturally in an Ekta Kapoor serial! +25 (at the very least)

But he spends a whole lot of time talking about “feelings” for his “friend” Prerna Sharma. At this day and age not knowing ek larka larki, specially in an Indian television show, dost nahi reh sakte -10

Now “friend” in question herself, Prerna played by a shrieking Erika Fernandez -20

But no denying she also speaks good English +15 (just because am softer on the guys)

And she looks gorgeous in the Sangeet dress +20 (I used to find her beautiful in Kuch Kang Pyar ke Aise Bhi)

Sangeet reminds me of the whole lovely lovers chase with floating flour (that’s right not flower) in the kitchen +5

And the songs which there are huge numbers of. Like seriously, every scene does not need its own random Hindi movie song -30

In the original Kasauti the title song and its million variations, plus ajeeb dastaan hai yeh added not detracted from the story. -5 (because these random songs are really irritating)

+5 (they made a Kasauti remake complete with the red flying dupatta!!)

Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2 has a couple of beautiful songs from The Unbroken web series & Jilebi movie. +20 (Khwab de do ya sath de do, Tukdo mein tum the, Pal)

Loud songs reminded me of the louder dressing styles of Nive di and Mohini Basu -15

Let’s not forget their ugly huge bindis -5 (you probably can’t forget even if you tried really hard)

In an interview, Subhaavi Choksey who plays Mohini actually voiced her worry about the overboard look but thought it worked out well in the end. For being able to at least spot the flaw +1

For speaking good English, and lots of it. Trust me its like her every other dialogue is in English +4

So what’s the most Indian thing in the show? Komolika’s lehengas..err..ghagaras…err skirt -20

But am going to fight the world on this and say I like the new Komolika. Hina Khan in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehelata Hai was probably as bored playing Akshara as we were watching. The poor girl deserves some fun, and what’s better than some nekka +13 (for girl power & trying a different role)

Now the storyline is definitely not trying to be different. Already 1 guy plotted murder & bigamy, 1 girl is pregnant before marriage & tried to commit suicide -30

But the bigamist mama did act completely over the top crazy +3

And Prerna isn’t the one with the illegitimate son +6 (so far..)

Plus there is still Rishabh Bajaj’s entry to look forward to +13

Anyway the skirts or lehenga or whatever is no way as bad as the awful draping of Nivedi’s saree -7 (ughh)

Which reminds me of another senseless insertion. An evil sister-in-law
in the Sharma household -2

On the other hand the Basu family has some fun casting in senior Mr Basu and Anupam. And acting wise Mohini and Nivideti are good too +10 (yes yes complete with huge bindi and all)

For today’s episode the original ajeeb dastaan hai yeh is playing and a blushing Anurag is gradually accepting the “feeling” +5 (we need shubh things to happen before serial gods kill all chances of happy romance)


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