The premiere of this youth based show didn’t succeed in creating the much awaited impact
Along with the on going saga of daily saas-bahu soaps, youth based shows like MTV Webbed, Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi etc are slowly gaining popularity as well. The latest one to join the list is Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan starring Splitsvilla 7 male celebrity Ayaz Ahmed along with Veebha Anand,Charlie Chauhan, Parth Samthaan and Krissann Barretto .The show saw its premiere today. Though we expected the first episode to be a a memorable one, it instead turned out to be a let down. We give you our take on why we found the start-off of the show, a tad bit “thanda” in its true sense:
What its about
Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan is a youth based show which showcases the essence of relationships based on love and friendship. Meet Nandini Moorthy (Niti Taylor), a simple girl from a Telugu family who decides to go to Mumbai to get her brother Rishabh treated as he suffers from a psychological condition. Passionate about science, her aim is to get enrolled into the best college in the city. She seeks admission in a college which has a culture completely different from hers and finds it hard to fit into the crowd. She has a fascination with fireflies and likes to collect them in a jar!
The concept of the show is appealing and refreshing. The core of the show lies in highlighting the importance of friendship along with other relationships be it a romantic one, a family one, a student teacher one and others. There lies an underlying mystery to the plot which binds the parallel storylines together. The good part about the show is that the mystery still remains intact and hasn’t been revealed in the first episode right away, which makes the viewer look forward to the next episode.
Nandidni and her fireflies: In the episode, she was seen attempting to get the fireflies filled jar past the security at the airport, but was denied permission to do so. What could be described as an amateur chase sequence, followed the scene, where Nandini for some unexplained reason was running about the airport with the jar in her hand. What made it worse was the lack of a definite ending to the chase. Apart from the fireflies, another aspect which turned out to be a snooze fest was her equation with her mother. With long and draggy sequences to repeated dialogues, the chemistry between the mother and daughter seemed forced instead of convincing and pleasant.
The “out of nowhere” effect : The entire episode seemed to be showcasing scenes which were literally popping “out of nowhere,” hence the subhead. Where one scene showed Nandini having a conversation with her mother, the next saw a college boy going berserk in his locked room, breaking things in the process with his door repeatedly being knocked on by his best worried best friend and mother. In another incident, a boy and girl were seen getting cosy under the night lit sky and the next minute we saw Nandini appearing on the screen again.There seemed a lack of finality to every scene. With no definite beginnings or endings, every sequence came across as abrupt and unfinished. A better hand at editing could have done the trick, where the flow and switch from one parallel plot to another would seem smoother, hence more effective.
Love at first sight…not : It so happens that certain people consider the whole concept of “love at first sight” utter gibberish. But what happens when one experiences a connection without looking at the person at all? Enter, Nandini. The episode saw a scene where the jar of fireflies slipped out of her hand and is caught in time by a hunk with a leather jacket(character not revealed) who happened to be passing by. Where usually one would see two people making a prolonged eye contact or rather exchanging a quick look after such an incident, Nandini and the ‘leather jacket hunk’ not so much as acknowledged each other’s presence. Where Nandidni seemed smitten by the kind lad’s gesture and looked on as he walked by, he on the other hand literally, just walked by. The entire sequence came across as inappropriate with no definite chemistry or moments to make it appealing or special.
What to do
Well, even though the first episode may not have earned the delicious brownie points we had hoped it would, it is just the beginning. We advise you to stick around and wait for the rest.With an underlying mystery to back up the plot, the show might just turn out to be a fun saga. The central characters of the show are yet to be revealed in their true form. What will they be like? Let us wait and watch!
Reviewed by Rukmini Chopra
**** Very good