Ekta Kapoor, Kya Hua Tera Vaada?

The show was touted as being a different mature love story, but has now slipped into predictable regressiveness

Kya Hua Tera Vaada was launched with much fanfare. It was touted as being Mona Singh’s come back to fiction shows, as Ekta Kapoor’s next big offering after Bade Acche Lagte Hain, as a “different” mature love story. It will push Sony ahead in the TRP race, they insisted. The first episode aired on January 30, 2012 and garnered positive response. But it didn’t take long for all those hopes and dreams to come crashing down. KHTV, it seems, is the same old story, that only makes you yawn and say ‘been-there-seen-that’.

There is Mona Singh (played by err… Mona Singh) whose life revolves around her husband Pradeep (Pawan Shankar) and her three children. Once he dumps her for the sexy Anushka Sarkar (Mauli Ganguly), you think, ‘Yes, now she’ll show some spine.’ What does she do instead? She cries. And cries. And cries. Which we can understand. Being dumped hurts a lot. But then she plots with her mother-in-law Suhasi (Apara Mehta) to get her husband back! Suhasi makes a flowchart on a whiteboard that shows what Mona should do step-by-step. First is to get a job. Applause. Then is to get her self-esteem back. Applause. Then is to show Anushka is not the right girl for Pradeep and to bring him back? What the heck? What’s even worse is that they use Mona’s children to do this! The eldest child is just nine years old, while the other two are seven and five years old. She claims she loves them a lot and then poisons their minds against their own father! It’s complicated enough for the children to deal with a broken family without her dragging them into her scheming.

Both Mona and Suhasi claim that Anushka is the one at fault in this whole scenario. They get a women’s organization, run by Anushka’s mother, to storm Anushka’s house, blacken her face and garland her with shoes. Nobody bothers with the fact that Anushka was Pradeep’s first love. Or that Pradeep is the one who claimed to love Mona but dumped her. How can Anushka be at fault? Mona doesn’t give her children or Anushka the chance to get to know each other, find their own normal in this mess.

If all this wasn’t enough, we heard that Mona is going to find a new love in Anushka’s friend Vineeth. She will bag a job as his assistant, thereby becoming a colleague of both Anushka and Pradeep. Don’t be surprised if she drags her personal feelings to the workplace and messes up the professional environment.

Instead of a strong woman who strives hard to make a life for her kids without a husband to support her, we are left with a jealous, vindictive woman who doesn’t care her that husband has fallen out of love with her. She has decided he should come back and that’s it. No wonder it’s ratings have fallen to 1.7. Just makes us wish – why can’t Sony show reruns of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin instead?