Nakhrewali has written 13 posts for Serious About Serials

Ek Chutki Sindoor vs Female Agency

Many things have been said when arguing about whether serials are regressive or not. Pseudo-intellectuals dismiss serials offhand without investing much time in understanding the immersive nature that its grammar and structure allows, while zealots choose to champion their favourite serial as being the paragon of excellence, as long as it focuses on the love … Continue reading

Sapno Ke Bhanwar Mein: Conviction and Redemption

I could talk about how Sapno Ke Bhanwar Mein (2011-2012) did all sorts of interesting things. Like ending all their initial promos with a cliffhanger, where a woman begging for her life gets fatally shot and falls through a glass table. A very effective hook, especially since it followed warm filters, beautiful backdrops and touching … Continue reading

Aasman Se Aage: Roshini se bhare bhare nain tere

Set in the world of reality television, Aasman Se Aage (2012) explored the “Entertainment. Entertainment. Entertainment” industry through the twin eyes of young dreamer, Meenakshi, and shrewd industry insider, Dev Chopra. Meenakshi was a girl with a small dream and a big heart: she grew up in the slums of Mumbai, lost her father at … Continue reading

The Science of Serial Romance: Kuch to hai tujhse raabta

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will. For Indians, this belief pervades so much of what we do and how we think. From “sat sri akaal” to “khuda hafiz“, our greetings and partings invoke our gods. We utter phrases like “लिखा हुआ होगा”; “बाकी ऊपरवाले की मर्ज़ी”; “किस्मत की बात … Continue reading

hawaa se jud, adaa se udd, phurr phurr phurr

Many thanks to Sehban Azim and Kunal Karan Kapoor for appreciating this blog on Twitter & Facebook last month. Aapne links kya share kiye, blog ki TRP jaise patang ki tarah udne lagi! A very heartening, and unexpected, gesture for this amateur television critic, I assure you!

ना बोले तुम… ना मैंने कुछ कहा

Crime reporter Mohan Bhatnagar found himself consoling a crying girl in the lifts one day. Both this girl and Mohan being the thoda hatke types meant that deviating from the standard saccharine template of interactions usually reserved for scenes between adults and children was to be expected. His idea of consoling involved partaking of her … Continue reading

Sapno Se Bhare Naina: A Retrospective

After running for a year and a bit Sapno Se Bhare Naina (2010-2012) finally concluded on 3 Feb 2012. Sapno Se Bhare Naina was never a high-profile show – it had an afternoon slot, no known faces, and not much promotion from the channel either, so it isn’t surprising that it wasn’t a strong TRP-generator. … Continue reading

♫ ke dhoop mein khila hai chaand, din mein raat ho gayi

The rate at which Na Bole Tum… Na Maine Kuch Kaha is continuing to win my heart …ek gushing post ke poore aasaar lag rahe hain! Hafte do hafte ki baat hai.

The Science of Serial Romance: Intoxicated by your company

Let’s face it, being mind-blowingly original has seldom been a desi serial’s prerogative; for the most part serials rely on standard plot devices for their content. …how many times has that been written and said? And yet serials continue to thrive in India. Shailesh Kapoor, CEO of Ormax Media Pvt. Ltd., “India’s only specialist consumer … Continue reading

Sasural Simar Ka: still salvageable?

Around mid-September Manish Raisinghani entered Sasural Simar Ka (2011-) as the estranged son of the Bharadwaj family, who was back on a mission of revenge. The track was introduced to salvage the show’s falling ratings, a show that had started out with a bang with a Shahrukh Khan appearance no less. Apparently Prem (Shoaib Ibrahim) … Continue reading

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