Gurbani, the dutiful and ever so loving daughter of an elder brother wants the goodwill of the entire family and hopes to stop the war between her father and uncle by getting married to a NRI
The camera pans in and out, giving the show a Yash Raj Films kind of feel, where mustard fields ripple golden yellow, the dialect is asli Punjabi, and the vistas are sweeping. The narrator Harshdeep Kaur’s voice is soulful, and adds to the impact of the story, even though her hand raising gesture is distracting. Music was the main attraction in this first episode of Bani: Ishq da Kalma – Ek Omkar from Rang De Basanti then Tung tung from Sneha Khanwalkar’s MTV show Sound Trippin‘ set the mood very aptly.
The central drama focusses on the rift between two families – brothers (Jeetendra Bhardwaj, Suraj Thapar) – for over 22 years. The main issue that caused the clash was the return of the younger brother to his homeland, leaving behind a good offshore dream of a life in Canada. His beloved children include Gurbani and her sister Jassi, lovingly called Jas, and younger brother Happy. Gurbani (Shefali Sharma) and her cousin sister Rajji (Neha Bagga) are close friends and want their families to come together, burying their past. Gurbani’s master plan is to get married to a NRI and end the feud, thus fulfilling her mother’s dream.
The serial is well shot and the makers have used the old trick of giving viewers a glimpse of the lead female actor’s eyes in the first segment itself – how very original and thoughtful, wethinks! Navni Parihar’s entry as Rano was very real, the mark of a seasoned actor. And, of course, like in every typically Punjabi family, there is a ever-so-loving Biji (Rita Bhaduri), who cries over the bitterness of the family battle with intermittent spouts of happiness over her grandchildren’s quirks.
We watched, we wondered, we now wait to see if something original will ensue, or whether this one will be just one of the usual Punju-flavoured soaps. What do you think, BollywoodLifers?
Reviewed by Rashmi Yadav
**** Very good