TV review: Eijaz Khan’s ‘Shubh Vivaah’ lacks freshness

Mon, March 12, 2012 10:53am UTC by 34 Comments
TV review: Eijaz Khan’s ‘Shubh Vivaah’ lacks freshness

It‘s not your regular saas-bahu drama, but Shubh Vivaah is largely driven by the same old contrived elements. Now television soaps need to move beyond that formula

Almost a year ago, when Sony Entertainment Television pulled up its socks to race ahead in the TRP game, the channel launched a refreshingly different looking Bade Acche Lagte Hain. It was a story that TV queen Ekta Kapoor had always wanted to tell. BALH looked realistic and captured the imagination of the masses. Its success was followed up by Kuch Toh Log Kahenge and Parvarish, two new shows that looked equally appealing and promised to offer something different. If the former is a story of a young, bubbly girl falling in love with an older, reticent man, the latter deals with the predicaments today’s parents face in raising their children. These shows promised to bring a breath of fresh air (although ten episodes down they all walk the same old slippery slope of unrealistic, over-the-top hysteria). Unfortunately, Sony’s new show Shubh Vivaah, starring Rakesh Bedi, Eijaz Khan and newbie Neha Janpandit, lacks just that: freshness. Despite good actors, a fine screenplay and fairly decent direction Shubh Vivaah fails to impress.

 What the show is all about: Mr Saxena (Rakesh Bedi) lives in Vrindavan with his five daughters and like every father, wants to see them get married and settle down. The story revolves around the love they share, the bonds they cement and the dedication with which they try to change the harsh realities of their lives.

 Why should you watch it: If you are going to follow the show for hottie Eijaz Khan, you need to think twice, for he is not playing the regular, suave corporate honcho who romances hot chicks. His character is scruffy, raw and with shades of grey. Though the 36-year-old works his charm, he is certainly not adorable in this one. Neha Janpandit is impressive with her restrained performance…for a relatively new face. And because the other characters are not aesthetically appealing, Neha’s character of Saroj stands out. Rakesh Bedi portrays a responsible father with ease and conviction.

 Avoid it for: Except for Eijaz’s character, all the others are either black or white.This unrealistic slotting is pretty annoying.

 Our verdict: If you are sucker for a family drama and the experimental genre is not your cup of tea, give Shubh Vivaah a try.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • kharid

    i was really excited for this drama when i first saw the promos….i thought it was going to be very decent drama, but unfortunately i was very very very dissented. i love saroj and her father, but besides that everything in this drama is disgusting and sick. i hate ejaz khan’s acting. this show is a very bad influnce to young people and what every is ejaz khan’s character is displaying it needs to stop…….this is discusing…………….ekta kapoor you are trying to show young audience that its okay to be married and cheating is okay and while having sex with other women….its okay to get married?????????????? you are sick Ekta

  • Mahira

    I totslly agree with kharid. this drama started out really nice……until when ejaz walks to that sluts house…i was like WHAT THE F*** seriously either closee or end this show or make eijaz khans character change…….this show is wrong….what will the young people do?????? dont you think ekta kapoor men would think that its do do this???????? when its not okay ….its wrong…….u r sick ekta

    parvarrish is a good drama and so is bade accha lagta hain…..because those dramas did cross their limits, but this drama is WRONG…….its sooo disgusting…..when ever eijaz khan comes on …..i turn of the screen…….its not right watching a sluting and a so called drama hero having sex…………and then watching innocent saroj………………………………..This Drama is Gross al the way…..except that i like saroj and her father also.

  • priya

    i dont like this drama…..very disturbing…..full of grossness. what will the young generation learn?

  • lisa

    this drmama is sick

  • aleena

    i agree the drama title does not go with the drama…. shubh vivah???…..whats shubh in it….

  • janiya

    the characters are soo character less in this drama

  • nazzena

    shame on you ekta kapoor… this is a really sick drama yuck

  • AISH FE

    change eijaz khan to someone else PLEASE….AND ALSO KILL THAT SLUT PLEASE

    • zoya

      btw its not EK drama lol…then dont watch it,,,i love this drama

  • zoya

    whats wrong with the show…FYI Shubh vivah is an intersting show…I love Eijaz khan and he is the best. I am so happy he is back in the new show and Neha Jhanpandit is really pretty…They look awesome together…haters are gonna hate…This show rocks!!

    • priya

      NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE SHOW. ITS JUST THAT NONE OF US LIKE THE ACT THAT EIJAZ KHAN IS ACTING THIS WAY. A HERO IS GOING AROUND AND SLEEPING WITH A GIRL????? THATS WHATS WRONG WITH THE SHOW ZOYA……AND IF SOOO MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYIN THE SAME THING I THINK U SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE POINT BY NOW ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SHOW………….WE ARE NOT HATERS WE ARE JUST HATIN THE FACT THAT BY SHOWIN ALL THIS….WHAT WILL THE PEOPLE LEARN???????? WE LEARN WHAT WE WATCH AND IF THIS IS TO WATCH THEN WE R LEARNING WRONG….

  • aliya

    this show is really nice to begin with but the concept of that slut and eijaz khan is wrong…..it just makes eijaz khan look bad…..

  • dina

    maybe if they take that slut or kill her out of the show….the show will be much shubh………..

  • heena

    i think the show concept is really nice….about five sisters…….i have five sisters too and i am soo much like saroj, so this show really relates to me, but when eijaz khan’s character is shown i kind of get really disappointing. i wish his character was something else besides this. maybe he was a ddoonda, but at heart he was nice something like that, but the “concept” of him going and sleeping with that slut….and its not even that he is doing it for any sake to like save a life or anything…..he actually enjoys it, i find it disgusting really. But besides that the show is nice.

  • jiya

    i was really excited that eijaz khan is in this show and also neha…i love her shes soo sweet, but after watching this show i think i am a bit disappointed. what a come back EIJAZ KHAN WITH A SLUT?????????

  • pretty

    this show is ruined….with the slut in it…..lol

  • sameer

    i am still wondering how is saroj and amrits vivah SHUBH??????LOL………..THIS VIVAH IS SOOOOOO OSOOOOOOO UNSHUBH LOL

  • pretty

    AMRITS MOTHER IS A b***** AL THE WAY…..MAYBE THATS HOW AMRIT WAS BORN….HER SLEEPING AROUND WITH MEN

  • lovely

    hmmmmm…….i like this show, but i dont like eijaz khan in it…..what a character he is playing….i wouldnt marry a guy like that no matter how hero type he looks….i understand that some ppl are a die heart fan of eijaz khan, but seriously knowing that your guy is such a characterless would you live your whole life with him???? probably not so why would the directer make such a character of eijaz khan like this?????coz of his looks?????LOL WOW WHAT A DORK!!

  • VIKRAM 97

    FOR SOME REASON EIJAZ KHAN LOOKS REALLY STUPID IN THIS SHOW??? LIKE AS IF HE DOESNT KNOW HOW TO ACT. HIS SMILE LOOKS EVIL AND WEAK.

  • don

    i dont like eijaz khan in this show….whats up with him going around and slaping his silbings…i think he is the one that should be slaped really hard for sleeping around with a slut

  • samina

    this show is a downer lol

  • Ajnabee

    I quite agree the show shud not have named Shub Vivah!!! I’ts true that it’s disgusting to c a man haveing an affair wiz a married woman and then his family trying to marry him in a nice family wiz a nice girl..It’s an insult to the poor innocent girl who doesn’t know anything rite but these things exist in the society in urban and rural areas so many guys n girls go out n get drunk n have a one night stand or have an affair but they still get married in decent family this is an urban story and the one shown in this serial is in the rural..it’s a very sensitive subject which people don’t want to face in reality it’s all hush hush in the society where it happens..i think Saroj shud know the truth before marriage n she shud stand up against the guy n refuse to marry him…if u guys r not liking Eijaz in the show then he is doing a good job as his character requires it in this show…h wanted to try something different from his usual role i guess but he still luks cute n handsome…something different but girls shud be shown strong n fight for their rites not just accept wat is put infront of them then it will be a gud show…

    • pretty

      i totally agree with you!!!!!!! nice input:)

    • aliya

      AGREE

  • zeenat

    dude whats wrong with eijaz khan in this show……he looks sooo awkward….ewwwww he makes me sick……saroj is really pretty…..she deserves someone better than this jerk and idiot

  • jinasey

    hmmmm shubh vivah…….it makes one think how is it shubh????????LOL……MAYBE THE DIRECTOR SHOULD HAVE MADE THE DRAMA FIRST AND THEN CONSIDERED ABOUT THE NAME LATER LOL LOL………BAD REALLY

  • pretty

    eijaz khan looks like a jerk in this show….be a man eijaz khan stop acting sick

  • GEENU

    dude this show is a piece of crap

  • yaseena

    the father and daughter concept is beautiful, but rest of the show is seriously whats wrong with eijaz acting this way?

  • japuri

    this show makes me sick

  • hector

    jerk eijaz…look like a dumb head in this drama

  • AI

    THIS DRAMA IS GROSS

  • hemani

    We need more shows in India where women stand up for themselves and their rights. In this show, he’s cheated on his wife and she, instead of being mad at him is acting all suppressed and normal in front of him. He’s slapped her already and insulted her & her family. Not sure why our indian serial portray women as weak. Marriage is about mutual understanding and respect. No one person should be disrespected in any way and if they are, then what’s the point of this marriage? I dunno..I am so gonna stop watching this show until an aunti tells me that the story has picked up.


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