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  1. CARE KORI NA

    Care Kori Na

    I think that if I had time to reflect, I would really wonder what circumstances led to me watching an un-subtitled Bangla serial. But, let’s leave reflection to those who have less serials on their schedule 😀

    After episode 1 ended with that distressing speech where our, umm, hero, in a fit of rage said he thinks he is God (what the..?) in a very un-herolike manner (his eyes almost popped out, like seriously).

    I was really ready to sympathize with him. Sure he delivered a child with no qualification to speak of (and “Medical Student” isn’t a job). But we could argue that (a) the college chowkidaar? practically forced him into this situation (b) the car had broken down (don’t ask) (c) there was no other option (d) the lady was already pushing (e) to be honest, he didn’t do much. He just received the baby into his arms, the WRONG way: heads up , he didn’t clamp the cord as far as I saw, and he committed a FATAL MISTAKE: he DIDN’T DRY THE BABY, the poor baby must have gotten hypothermia and gone blue while the post-delivery tamasha ensued

    I mean, now that I’ve seen this and gotten it off my chest, hats off to 3 Idiots for their relatively “well researched” vacuum cleaner delivery. Because Care Kori Na is getting no points for “Best Delivery Performed By a Medical Student”

    So I WAS ready to sympathize with him, looking at al the evidence that he didn’t actually deliver the child! Then he got all weird with all the Baghban talk. Krishnendu, or whatever #NotCoolDude

    So throughout episode 2 , he continues to mope, supported by his interchangeable group of well-wishers/study group/fanclub/friends (seriously, none of them have a chehra yet)… and suddenly we shift to a lady crying, accompanied by a young girl. You just know it’s his ma…. and sister? #Eyeroll

    And our peppy heroine “1994” Jhannabe/Jhanave/Juni … think I’ll just stick with Juni..is not such an entitled brat apparently. She agrees immediately and whole-heartedly to….pull a few strings to help Krishnendu.. How sweet! But the problem is that he is a real buzzkill and while she prances up to him to declare her offer of help, he says something like “I don’t want your help/I hate your father/your father is a kamina doctor” or some variation of those three themes #FirstHurdleToThePathOfEternalLove

    Which OBVIOUSLY sets her up very firmly against him. Suddenly she’s snapping her fingers in his face and warning him of the consequences of what he just said, while the goonda and his chasmewala partner-in-crime laugh on (are Bengali serial characters always so brainy that even goondas can wear glasses ? Because that is a first! Or is it cos they’re medical school goondas (way to stereotype huh)? Cosmic question, never mind… #OnceAChashmishYouAlwaysThinkLikeAChashmish

    So anyway, throughout episodes 2 and 3, while Krishnendu obviously goes through the agony of possibly being expelled.. We seem to keep coming back to a round-table discussion of this incident, involving, it seems, quite a collection of esteemed doctors/professors (who apparently have nothing better to do..seriously, guys? Don’t you have a ward round or clinics or a Caesarean section or an MRI to read or something, guys?! )

    I sort of get their point, that they’re angry, but I would me more angry at him claiming to be God (a very unhealthy, disturbing delusion, especially for a medical student!). But….Krishnendu finally came to his senses and told them it was an emergency, and there was no way to get an ambulance, so he had to do what he did.. Arre yaar that should have been your defense from the beginning! Instead he went on about the Baghban thing #Facepalm

    But then things take a nasty turn (nasty, as far as I’m concerned) when some dukhyari patient type shows up at their meeting in a wheelchair and says “Haan, he is my bhagban” Needless to say, Krishnendu shows us his hulk-like expression (as you so aptly put them) ..again!

    Seriously, Care Kori Na?

    But I’ve got to hand it to them, this is really an unusual/unusually bad? way to start a show haha ! Whatever it is though, the so-bad-it’s-good jadoo has set in!

    I really need to know what “amar” and “tomar” mean, though #BanglaNewbie

    Posted by Ala | July 19, 2012, 9:47 am
    • Heh, I know exactly what led me to watching Care Kori Na! A combination of all our current serials going through a meh phase and the promos I kept running into of this serial on Youtube. And I wondered how it would compare to the youth shows in medical settings that we’ve seen in Hindi serials. Ok so mostly I was wondering whether this would have Dill Mill Gayye levels of crack. And while I think we’ve ascertained that the answer to that is “no” one could say that anyone who declares themselves to be “bhogovon” or God must be on some form of crack or another!

      I don’t know what he *could* have done. It was happening right there and then, no one knew what to do (which btw a major “what the-” to the dad-to-be for this… maybe in India dads don’t have to attend all those mid-wife training sessions and pregnancy classes along with expectant mums?), everyone kept expecting him to do something (even though he has no qualifications whatsoever) – so yeah like you said, we could give Krishnendu the benefit of the doubt on that one. And if this is only the beginning of his second year then yeah maybe he doesn’t know the basics of baby deliveries either.

      I personally find it hilarious that his response to “who do you think you are, god!?” was “yes I am god” because his name is Krishnendu, which ofcourse refers to Lord Krishna. I really don’t know if this show is intentionally trying to take us this route or not… I know we’re not above idol worshipping heroes in India sometimes but surely we are missing something in that scene because of a language barrier? He did a mini speech when declaring himself god so I really want to know what that was all about. There must be some context!? Either that or he has anger management issues, which may very well be what the show was going for.

      Maybe when someone is rude or misbehaves he is unable to tolerate it and responds in kind ie violence or harsh unconsidered words. But then that scene towards the beginning of episode 1 where he was just smiling and looking at the heroine and thanking the guy who paid him seems not to support that theory …if I read that scene right. I *think* in the scene he got fired for speaking to the guests …cause there was a dialogue I think where Krishnendu smiling says “thanks” and the other guy says -after all this, you are still saying thank you?-. So basically I have new found respect for people who watch shows without knowing the language – cause man it gets really confounding sometimes! Especially in terms of understanding what characterisation the show is going for.

      And our peppy heroine “1994″ Jhannabe/Jhanave/Juni … think I’ll just stick with Juni..is not such an entitled brat apparently. She agrees immediately and whole-heartedly to….pull a few strings to help Krishnendu.. How sweet!

      How interesting that you read that scene that way. I personally thought she was being her regular snobbish self. She seemed to come off as a character who thought herself ‘above’ her room mates and isn’t really interested in interacting with them but when they ask her for a favour she immediately agrees because she likes being in that position – she likes doing favours for others that don’t cost her a thing, that immediately demonstrates how influential her dad is and makes everyone admire the power she wields… in other words it struck me as typical entitled brattish behaviour.

      Where I did like her though was when she cheerfully greeted Krishnendu and told him not to worry. I still think she was, maybe even unconsciously, wielding her position and power in that scene – she was all -don’t worry! My dad will fix everything for you- etc and she would totally have expected a lot of gushing and grateful words in return. What a rude surprise it must have been for her then that Krishnendu throws it all back at her face.

      She says something like “I don’t want your help/I hate your father/your father is a kamina doctor” or some variation of those three themes #FirstHurdleToThePathOfEternalLove

      omg I don’t think he said the last bit – that would be utterly rude! I think the main theme was that he was not a beggar and did not need her pity and disliked people like her and her father. Ofcourse I am REALLY curious to know what Sanjay told Krishnendu about Junni’s intentions for him to blow up like this. Because without Sanjay’s intervention I think he would have taken her offer in good spirit but still respectfully declined. However because of Sanjay’s poisonous words he took it all completely the wrong way.

      (are Bengali serial characters always so brainy that even goondas can wear glasses ? Because that is a first! Or is it cos they’re medical school goondas (way to stereotype huh)?

      Hahahaha Bengalis have that intellectual and artsy folks stereotype going for them. The men especially are stereotyped as being less manly and ruled over by strong women. For some reason I really enjoyed this article on Rana from Kahaani even though he was my absolute favourite from the movie and I wouldn’t rate him as a “wimp” at all!

      I sort of get their point, that they’re angry, but I would me more angry at him claiming to be God (a very unhealthy, disturbing delusion, especially for a medical student!).

      I think bald!Superintend took more offence at his statement about being god for exactly the reasons you mention whereas the other old man ranting took offence at a student doing a delivery and in that environment. I really want to know what the kind-hearted!Principal said in Krishnendu’s defence. I understood some of his conversation with Krishnendu in the cafe – about how he felt helpless, but not what he said at the meeting.

      But then things take a nasty turn (nasty, as far as I’m concerned) when some dukhyari patient type shows up at their meeting in a wheelchair and says “Haan, he is my bhagban”

      Yeah, it just got awkward. Don’t know what values/messages this show is going for…

      But I’ve got to hand it to them, this is really an unusual/unusually bad? way to start a show haha ! Whatever it is though, the so-bad-it’s-good jadoo has set in!

      It’s certainly an unusual way to start a supposedly light-hearted and romantic youth serial. I wasn’t expecting to debate etiquettes and ethics right after the first three episodes! On the other hand this one intellectual debate is more than anything Dill Mill Gayye ever raised for a show set in a hospital XD

      I really need to know what “amar” and “tomar” mean, though #BanglaNewbie

      “tomar” definitely has to mean “you” I reckon.

      Posted by Nakhrewali | July 19, 2012, 7:24 pm
  2. CARE KORI NA : UPDATE #2

    I actually continue to watch this…amazing…

    After the mother of the baby vouched for Krishnendu, he’s off the hook… apparently that was all the evidence the ?board of directors? needed to change their minds about the incident… #shrug

    But I’m glad, now we get to know that Krishnendu is actually a regular nice guy who studies,plays soccer with the local kids, smiles… (confirming that he was indeed on something that night ,na?) #ConfusedAndConfusingHero

    Now Juni is getting even more diva-like, she’s REFUSING to be ragged, creating scenes with her roommates, ad last thing she refused adamantly to share a room anymore, they called the same registration-wali lady (who resembles Sandhya from Aasman Se Aage so much!)… and Juni called her Pappa in front of Sandhya so she could get a room to herself. Which brings me to the point.. Why does Juni’s father’s name instill fear into everyone, he’s a doctor/professor, not a mafia Don! He’s an educated man, he should understand when someone tells him your daughter won’t get any special treatment! But if it’s just a trope to confirm Juni’s brattiness, I’m rolling with it, whatever…

    There are Bollywood songs all over the show Care Kori Na… like when Juni came into the room and her roommates tease her with “Kya haal hain janab ka..” I loved that scene for no other reason than that I understood what was being said/sung haha 😀 #HindiFeelsLikeHomeForThisPardesi

    By the way, have you figured out what Care Kori Na means.. I mean care is probably the English word care but kori na?

    “He did a mini speech when declaring himself god so I really want to know what that was all about. There must be some context!? Either that or he has anger management issues, which may very well be what the show was going for. ”

    Probably, yes! And Juni has serious anger management issues as well. Great. The hero’s eyes bulge when angry and the heroine shrieks >:-(

    “So basically I have new found respect for people who watch shows without knowing the language – cause man it gets really confounding sometimes! Especially in terms of understanding what characterisation the show is going for.”

    The funny thing is, this show reminds me of when I attempted watching Hindi serials a few years ago. A lot of the shows seemed like things I would really enjoy, but I really didn’t understand what was going on subtitles ke bina and it irked me. So when I became more confident in my ability to understand the language I came back… 🙂

    But I really think Star Jalsha should start using subtitles if they want non-Bangla speakers to see what they have to showcase, just like Star Vijay subtitles its (Tamil) serials

    “I still think she was, maybe even unconsciously, wielding her position and power in that scene – she was all -don’t worry! My dad will fix everything for you- etc and she would totally have expected a lot of gushing and grateful words in return. What a rude surprise it must have been for her then that Krishnendu throws it all back at her face.’

    Yes I get what you mean about Juni’s niyyat in offering her father’s help. But I don’t know why I thought she wanted to help Krishnendu, maybe because she gave him this sympathetic look somewhere during the delivery fiasco..?

    “Hahahaha Bengalis have that intellectual and artsy folks stereotype going for them. The men especially are stereotyped as being less manly and ruled over by strong women. For some reason I really enjoyed this article on Rana from Kahaani even though he was my absolute favourite from the movie and I wouldn’t rate him as a “wimp” at all!”

    Haven’t seen Kahani yet… must be my inexplicable aversion to all things Vidya Balan lately..? But I really enjoyed that article; I was not aware of that stereotype about Bengali men. But I did notice that while glasses are elsewhere used as a ploy to tell us something about the character or even worse, the character’s mood, I notice that here glasses being worn by characters is not used to typecast them, it’s as incidental as it should be!

    “I understood some of his conversation with Krishnendu in the cafe – about how he felt helpless, but not what he said at the meeting.”

    Wah kya baat hain, understanding Bengali already, not bad! 😉 #TheLanguageOfSerialsIsUniversal

    It seems that Care Kori Na airs Monday-Saturday, today is episode 6! #NotThatYoureInterested …. #IThinkItsOnlyMeStillWatching

    🙂

    Posted by Ala | July 21, 2012, 7:47 pm
    • I actually continue to watch this…amazing…

      Heh, it isn’t so bad. I think they are sincerely trying to make this a somewhat meaningful youth show. Or at least from the one week of it that I *have* seen that’s what it comes across as. So far we’ve seen a character from impoverished circumstances work to fund his education, we’ve had a debate on the ethics of a student of medicine taking a situation requiring medical attention in his own hands, and we’ve glimpsed into the money & fame vs genuine desire to help people motivation for becoming a doctor from the scene that arose out of Sanjay’s speech to 1st years. The hero will hopefully undergo some character development where he deals with his anger management issues – I like that he isn’t the perfect despite being hard working, and good natured to people in similarly impoverished circumstances; the heroine will hopefully learn to be less of an entitled brat and more considerate… I say there’s quite a lot of potential!

      After the mother of the baby vouched for Krishnendu, he’s off the hook… apparently that was all the evidence the ?board of directors? needed to change their minds about the incident… #shrug

      Hahaha what board of directors right? Turns out bald!Superintendent and grey-haired!Principal were pleading their point of view to a lady. The other talkative guy was the relative (father-in-law?) of pregnant lady. When pregnant lady said some emoshunal stuff about babies and mothers both father-in-law and other lady became convinced and that was that.

      But I’m glad, now we get to know that Krishnendu is actually a regular nice guy

      I’ll be honest I rolled my eyes a bit. I shouldn’t have. This is a regular and well-used serial trick to show the lead characters in a sympathetic light. But still, it was a sweet scene. And at least we get to see beyond just his single-minded determination to become a doctor because of his mother’s dream.

      Now Juni is getting even more diva-like

      That was total #entitledheroine antics. And actually I want to see if she ever manages to become friends with this set of girls in the future now and how that could ever come about. I like how you’ve started calling Antara Sandhya heh. I think Juni’s dad is both a famous doctor and one of the funders for the college? Since he provides funds I guess they are forced to listen to him. The grey-haired principal started out by saying that rules and rules but then Juni’s dad said something that made the grey-haired principal all tight-lipped, not sure if it was blackmail or general power/influence wielding stuff. I think though that the principal aka Dr. Banerjee has a plan though? It felt like he decided to temporarily cave into demands till he could think of something? Actually many a serial and Bollywood movie dad thinks that their kid should get star treatment because they are so rich and powerful. It looks like Junni’s mother disapproves of her husband encouraging her temperamental and entitled ways. And from that first ep did you feel like Junni’s is more connected with her dad than her mom?

      There are Bollywood songs all over the show Care Kori Na… like when Juni came into the room and her roommates tease her with “Kya haal hain janab ka..” I loved that scene for no other reason than that I understood what was being said/sung haha 😀 #HindiFeelsLikeHomeForThisPardesi

      I’m loving that too! I wonder if this is a regular Bangla serial thing or if its because this is a youth show?

      By the way, have you figured out what Care Kori Na means.. I mean care is probably the English word care but kori na?

      I’m so glad @Shahids_Forever told us it means “I Don’t Care!”. I agree with you, what a fantastically bratty and attitude wala title.

      The funny thing is, this show reminds me of when I attempted watching Hindi serials a few years ago. A lot of the shows seemed like things I would really enjoy, but I really didn’t understand what was going on subtitles ke bina and it irked me. So when I became more confident in my ability to understand the language I came back… 🙂

      I’m not minding the language barrier too much right now, probably because I do think most serials work off the same tropes and so even if I don’t know what they are saying here, for the most part I know what they would be saying if it was a Hindi serial… y’know what I mean?

      But I really think Star Jalsha should start using subtitles if they want non-Bangla speakers to see what they have to showcase, just like Star Vijay subtitles its (Tamil) serials

      Who knows, maybe they have them but it’s not being uploaded? I didn’t know Star Vijay had subtitles!

      Yes I get what you mean about Juni’s niyyat in offering her father’s help. But I don’t know why I thought she wanted to help Krishnendu, maybe because she gave him this sympathetic look somewhere during the delivery fiasco..?

      Yeah during that delivery I do think she was stunned into feeling for his plight a bit, especially since she saw him trying to help before.

      Haven’t seen Kahani yet… must be my inexplicable aversion to all things Vidya Balan lately..? But I really enjoyed that article; I was not aware of that stereotype about Bengali men. But I did notice that while glasses are elsewhere used as a ploy to tell us something about the character or even worse, the character’s mood, I notice that here glasses being worn by characters is not used to typecast them, it’s as incidental as it should be!

      I don’t think I’ve seen that many Vidya movies, certainly not all the ones she’s famous for. But this particular one I really enjoyed. Seriously, do watch Kahaani, if only to get a feel for Kolkata. I love movies where the setting itself is a very present character throughout. Interesting point about the glasses!

      Wah kya baat hain, understanding Bengali already, not bad! 😉 #TheLanguageOfSerialsIsUniversal

      Hahaha nahin yaar. Only some words really do have the same root as Hindi so I’m just picking up on them.

      It seems that Care Kori Na airs Monday-Saturday, today is episode 6! #NotThatYoureInterested …. #IThinkItsOnlyMeStillWatching

      It’s definitely not ONLY you watching! And hopefully we’ve roped in our Bangla dost @Shahids_Forever into this madness too hehe.

      Posted by Nakhrewali | July 22, 2012, 12:18 am
  3. OF BAARISH AND PHYSICAL ASSAULT CHARGES…AND FAINTING YOUR WAY OUT OF THE MESS

    OK so update on episode 6 and 7…

    Episode #6 started with the hostel girls making their badla plan. Go girls! Juni’s got to pay for that natak she created over sharing in a hoste #RegularGirlsPuttingEntitledHeroineInPlace

    So they come up with this bhoot-wala story, that made me all like “Nah, she’s not going to fall for that! That’s just too silly, they’re university students for God’s sake! Couldn’t they come up with something smarter?” But then a minute in and …lo, she fell for it! Then I felt for her, she still had a lot of growing up to do, bit off more than she could chew! If she’s the bhoot se darnewale type, why did she think she could even manage a room on her own ? #EntitledHeroinesYaar

    So I enjoyed the part with the girls giving the chowkidaar rishwat to get them the skeleton bones, so classical medical college chakkar! Though obviously the skeleton wasn’t real, and if Junni had been paying attention to her parhaai she would have realized the skeleton was a model, and would have saved us the shrieking ….

    Speaking of parhaai, I was impressed at their systematic approach to lectures. First lecture I saw the prof was talking about how the femur was the longest bone in the body: that is typical for introductory lectures in 1st year anatomy. Awww…reminds me of my first days at uni #Yaadein And then in another lecture he is seen to start talking about the upper limb which is usually the first chapter after the intro. Awesome, I would have totally flipped over if they’d started with lectures on diabetes or osteoarthritis haha..

    Which brings me to another scene which is when Krishnendu measured the ghareeb lady’s blood pressure and then came to shut the sphygmomanometer box. I had a “Is he going to close it?” moment, because these kinds of sphygmomanometer boxes are notoriously difficult to close. Well, to Krishnendu’s credit, he actually tried.. But he was probably like “Oh why bother” and left it open at the end haha #RandomObservations And he said something about a medical camp? Oh goodie.. I’m totally looking forward to a medical camp-wala episode

    And why was Antara (Sandhya, as I previously called her!) on to the girls badla plot, and why is she supporting them?Her own badla-on-the-side from the favouritism system? And what does she do anyway? Is she like the hostel warden? Like Lolita from LRL? :))

    So, anyway, my thoughts are really scattered and I need to get to the point: what point? Oh yes the baarish scene. It was heavily promoted in the precaps, and I would have never guessed it would evolve the way it did…

    Where, oh where in the desi entertainment world did an accidental-bumping-into-eachother-in-baarish scene ever end up in the heroine toting her phone and threatening to get the well-meaning hero expelled from university on sexual harassment charges! That sounds even more ridiculous now that I’ve written it! And did I say expelled, sorry I meant rusticated ;D #IndianEnglish

    So Juni obviously reacted this way because her self-confidence had just plummeted to zero, she had just come running out of the hostel haunted by…a plastic skeleton. She needed to prove to herself she was still the entitled Juni Mukherjee. Whatever.

    Now to the part I liked. The rumble-in-the-baarish. I like how all the girls came to stand up for Krishnendu, though they weren’t particularly his friends, when they sensed Juni’s intentions to put him in trouble. Juni, of course, to prove she’s got game, called Shonju Bhai & Cricket Bat Toting Company, who really want to prove they have the college under their control this time. And BTW, how on earth is Shonju GS?
    I liked how the girls had so much say in the pre-fight warm-up dissing. They were all obviously Jhansi Ki Rani , no nonsense type girls, so it would have been ridiculous if they had stayed silent on the sidelines while the boys did all the talking and/or fighting. And all those glasses wet with rain! Haha, rain on glasses is the most annoying thing, I felt irked just watching it!

    So the good thing that came out of this is Dr.Mukherjee resolving the issue and not siding with his little rani on this… to which Juni responds by fainting! I’m sure she didn’t fake it, but it just seems like such a convenient way to avoid confrontation. We’ll see how that develops now, last thing we saw is Krishnendu carrying her into the car after Dr.Mukherjee asks for his help.

    Apparently now I care kori hai about where this show goes from here #BadGrammarIAmSure

    Posted by Ala | July 24, 2012, 1:46 pm
    • Episode 6-8

      If she’s the bhoot se darnewale type, why did she think she could even manage a room on her own ? #EntitledHeroinesYaar

      Heh, but now having seen the next few eps I feel like the show portrayed it realistically. It’s natural to feel a little creeped out with such stories and especially it being a dark, story night type of situation. But once Junni ran out of the place and smack into Krishnendu rationality kicked in… not entirely since somehow it all became Krishnendu’s fault in her mind but the awareness that she got played kicked in.

      I am really loving your inside knowledge about the medical padhaai stuff yaar – it’s definitely adding a further layer of enjoyment to the serial for me. So keep mentioning whatever you spot k! ’cause without you I wouldn’t have a clue about that stuff.

      sphygmomanometer – is that what those blood pressure machines are called! Heh, never knew till now. Though I did wonder in that scene whether 2nd year students should be taking such measurements without supervision? I mean are they trusted enough to do such check ups in lieu of actual doctors!?

      Is she like the hostel warden? Like Lolita from LRL? 🙂 )

      Yep, I think Antara is the hostel warden. Funny – both Lolita and Antara are Bengali; you can tell which character is a stereotype and which not immediately eh 😉

      I think she just doesn’t like entitled brats and she wasn’t so much in on the plot as having discovered it after the fact so I think her preference was just that these girls don’t get into trouble when all they were doing was teaching an entitled brat a lesson (something I’m sure she would have liked to do herself).

      the baarish scene. It was heavily promoted in the precaps, and I would have never guessed it would evolve the way it did…

      Yeah! Talk about deceiving promos! Kahaan the promos had Katiya Karoon from Rockstar playing in the background and kahaan Junni ki actual feelings in the scene. You are right, I think she was so emotionally wrought in that particular moment and then feeling so stupid for having fallen for such a scam that her brain put 2 and 2 together and came out with 5 instead.

      I liked how the girls had so much say in the pre-fight warm-up dissing. They were all obviously Jhansi Ki Rani , no nonsense type girls, so it would have been ridiculous if they had stayed silent on the sidelines while the boys did all the talking and/or fighting.

      Yep this was totally AWESOME and such a welcome change from the usual way these scenes go in Hindi youth shows – MJHT, DMG, D3 etc have all had their fight scenes where the girls get to be rescued by the heroes – and ulta here the girls were standing up and saying that if the #GSGundaPaltan wanted to harm Krishnendu they would have to go through them first. Humse Hai Life and Left Right Left ki baat alag hai because Sia is a boxer and Naina a trained cadet. These girls were bas some saadharan students.

      I don’t know who in their right minds would vote for Shonju as GS either. But I did think it was pretty hilarious when earlier on Sanjay told Jhanvi that he wouldn’t be able to publicly support her hate campaign against Krishnendu because he might loose the vote of the girls of the college…haha!

      I know all about rain on glasses! It was such a #momentofjoy to me recently when I finally started using contact lenses – because now if it’s a rainy day it doesn’t matter! I can look up at the sky and soak in the baarish happily 😀

      Eh, I don’t think the principal was particular disposed towards Jhanvi in the first place – she was a social obligation that he had to take care of whereas Krishnendu is close to his heart as a bright and hard working student.

      I really liked seeing Kirshnendu jhadoing the girls with a lecture on responsibility after their joyful confession to him about the bhoot prank on Junni by the way. I like that he is a genuine mentor and role model as opposed to Sanjay and his ilk. I had liked a similar scene before where Sanjay and co’s welcome lecture to the first year students involved telling them all about the money they could earn while Krishnendu’s friends disagreed and said that money should not be the primary motivator for medical students – why enter the profession if you don’t find joy in helping people!

      Episode 9
      Jhanvi wakes up and once again shouts Krishnendu out of the room. Though the girls take responsibility for their actions she is determined to blame our innocent hero for it all. What was up with his brief smile while looking at her earring that got left behind with him. It’s way too early for this!!! His smile at her in ep 1 was fine because it could have been a -heh these heroines and their entitled ways, while us mere mortals have to toil for our dreams-… And the actor still doesn’t know how to look angry properly 😦 Also, I’m worried for the girls now as Jhanvi sweetly THANKED them in front of her parents and the principal instead of dobbing them in – surely she has something up her sleeve…

      Episode 10
      I love how natural the appearance of singing students and guitars is on this show. Bengalis are particularly stereotyped for their interest in the arts and so I have no trouble believing that these folks are actually playing the instrument and singing in these scenes. I wish I knew what bindaas-class-bunking!student was teasing Krish about… seemed like they were having a fun interaction. I like how Kirsh isn’t judgemental about other students interest or lack thereof in their studies.

      Interesting, at one point I think Junni’s mom says that losing gold is “ashubh”? I always find it interesting hearing about the different superstitions, traditions and festivals across India. I’d never heard about this particular superstition before.

      I am really freaking out about Krish’s constant flashbacks to Junni. No. no. no. no. no. This can not be happening yaar. In this particular instance I would have thought it would be better to have Junni fall in love first? and ANYWAY this is WAY TOO EARLY. They’ve only had heated exchanges so far – how can he be flashbacking to her when his mom asks if he is in love (and why DID she ask him if he was in love? Before that she was saying some anecdote about his childhood and best friend which I didn’t quite get…). To his mother he says that he has no room for anything but his studies in his life.

      OMG I can’t believe how bad Junni’s father is. What, any man walking on the street that doesn’t look like he owns a car is someone you can shout at to fix your car? JERK!

      Wonder what the girl who offered to stay behind despite Junni’s rude blackmailing behaviour was thinking to herself when looking at Junni sleeping?

      Episode 11
      Heh, I concur with Krishnendu. Junni’s an “ekdum photocopy” of her dad. And LOLed at the wife telling Dr. Mukherjee to go to his club, get a spa and relax instead of finding ways to ruin the life of someone who gave his pompous attitude a much needed answer back!

      I wonder who she was comparing Krishnendu to, seemed to be some significant comparison complete with a haunting alaap score in the background! And right in the next scene Krishnendu talked about how his mom says that he looks just like his dad. Hmmm…?

      And Junni’s so spineless na? So she can dish it to all and sundry, talk them down about their hygiene, get girls thrown out of her room because she doesn’t want to share hers, not take a prank in good spirit and not even be thankful to the girl who take care of her all night but some fierce senior student throws her attitude right back to her face and suddenly the spineless girl starts crying? I love how this happened straight after the incident with her dad and Krishnendu’s confrontation – shows how same to same they are. Can’t take anyone answering them back. Welcome to a dose of reality dad and daughter! On another less spiteful note though, ahem, I do think the way the show is depicting Junni’s progress is quite well thought out. Especially, her brief breakdown where she says that no one likes her or wants her there because “they are jealous of me” (*eyeroll*).

      I care kori for this Care Kori Na too so you aren’t alone!

      Posted by Nakhrewali | July 28, 2012, 8:31 pm
      • CARE KORI NA , EPISODES 8-12

        I am really loving your inside knowledge about the medical padhaai stuff yaar

        Haha I’m really enjoying picking out the details myself, they are obviously making an effort, good for them!

        I mean are they trusted enough to do such check ups in lieu of actual doctors!?

        Well, strictly speaking, no, but medical school students are always checking BP for parents, random uncles and aunties, neighbours… so it didn’t feel weird

        Funny – both Lolita and Antara are Bengali; you can tell which character is a stereotype and which not immediately eh

        Yeah oh my God Lolita was so stereotyped in Left Right Left, especially her interactions/”romance” with Suri-ji haha 😀

        I know all about rain on glasses! It was such a #momentofjoy to me recently when I finally started using contact lenses – because now if it’s a rainy day it doesn’t matter! I can look up at the sky and soak in the baarish happily

        Same here! I always had a fox-and-sour-grapes relationship with rain, having been wearing glasses since I was 10. My switch to contacts several years ago changed that!

        Eh, I don’t think the principal was particular disposed towards Jhanvi in the first place – she was a social obligation that he had to take care of whereas Krishnendu is close to his heart as a bright and hard working student.

        I was totally off base there! I was so confused I thought it was Junni’s dad who showed up, not Dr.Bannerjee! But now I can clearly tell the difference between #SupportivePrincy and #EntitledHeroineKaEntitledPappa

        EPISODE 9-10
        OK, so Junni fainted, people. My original diagnosis was hysterical conversion disorder, but then she remained unconscious, and I had to remind myself this wasn’t HOUSE MD…so I guess all the worry was warranted. I had a blast with Juni’s coma scene because I loved the confusion when Dr Banerjee was trying to diagnose the cause of her unconsciousness, had NO CLUE: ended up ordering a bunch of generic blood tests, starting intravenous antibiotic AMOXICILLIN (to treat what, Khuda jaane). I cracked up when Krish suggested malaria and Dr.Banerjee was all like very good and nodded his head, impressed. SO FREAKIN TYPICAL for a swotty medical student to suggest malaria as a possibility for almost anything, and so typical for professors to fall for their show-off far-fetched diagnosis suggestions! 😀

        So were the nurses really all unavailable because of the other emergency? Or was it something Krish put forward so he could make the girls, and himself, care for Juni? I was once in a similar situation, when we were in medical school, a classmate passed out on us and a bunch of us took her to the ER and we were continuously checking her pulse, alertness, etc and making suggestions as to the cause. Difference is, when she came out of it, she was hazy but first thing she was thanking us for being there. (And so many other differences: no haunted hostels, no baarish, no prank, no guilt) So I was really shocked when Junni flicked her eyes open and started yelling like she’d never passed out.

        Also typical was how she and her dad turned up their noses at the choice of antibiotic and said they should have used azithromycin! Amoxicillin isn’t as bad as the Mukherjee beti-pappa pair make it out to be, but azithromycin is a newer, “cooler”, more trendy drug if you will, so it was so fitting that they would want to have that instead of some run-of-the-mill drug given to other (non-pedigree wala) patients! I think it’s almost genius writing, the whole antibiotic chakkar.
        I love how natural the appearance of singing students and guitars is on this show.

        I loved that part too. And I’m loving the campus, just so real, although I’ve never seen an Indian college, just feels real. A stark contrast to the claustrophobic campuses of D3 and Suvreen Guggal. The campus atmosphere reminds me so much of the Telugu college film Happy Days…it looked pretty similar. And a lot of the scenes remind me of Telugu films, I think it’s because I’m starting to believe Bengalis look like people from Andhra Pradesh. So this is a picture from my beloved movie Happy Days, and no, I am not pushing it, why would you even think that LOL?
        It’s here in English subtitles in case you wonder haha: http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=t6p1Gm9F-t0&feature=mv_sr

        Interesting, at one point I think Junni’s mom says that losing gold is “ashubh”?
        Yes, I caught that part, interesting person, Junni’s mom, so out-of-tune with the father-daughter pair. I am so displeased at Samaresh’s attitude, I thought he would be the voice of reason but apparently the mom is, although she is a little spaced out and odd, like she has something to hide. I think you might be onto something with the way she looked back at Krish, I wonder if there’s something there with his dad.

        So yeah, Samaresh: what on earth is wrong with those Mukherjees? Two bad things that came out as a result of the flat tyre thing: (a) We got to know attitude aur entitlement ka baap kaun hai and (b) we got to see Krish’s Hulk-wala expressions, phir se. I was seriously hoping Farhan Imroze had gotten better but chalo, it’s only been 2 weeks so I’ll cut the guy some slack!
        How is it OK for someone to wave cash notes in someone’s face like that? I’m glad Krish gave him a piece of his mind, despite the fact that he should have controlled himself as Dr.Banerjee so wisely advised him to. And how is it OK to go after a medical student so relentlessly to get him punished for talking back? Junni seems an “ek dum farishta” in comparison!
        I found it funny Krish said “ek dum photocopy” of her father! We used to use that term in my childhood (when I was specifically told I was a photocopy of my father) but then it was later replaced by “clone”

        I do think the way the show is depicting Junni’s progress is quite well thought out. Especially, her brief breakdown where she says that no one likes her or wants her there because “they are jealous of me” (*eyeroll*)

        *Shaking my head and sighing* Junni has a A LOT to learn, the show’s handling that pretty well, I agree. Also with Dr.Banerjee’s advice to Krish about managing his temper, much needed and useful advice, I find it great they’re not going for a perfect hero or heroine…ghaltiyan sab se hoti hai and there’s room for so much to happen in their journeys!
        I don’t know why I still think she’s going to fall for him first, not taking those mini-signs from Krish seriously yet!

        And now there’s this promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHM_eYbJmwA
        I am dying to know what Krish said to Samaresh that made him so indignant and got Bannerjee laughing! And LOL at the Punjabi music in the background, would be interested to know if it’s used to depict a certain mood, or if it’s just part of the Bollywood-ness !
        Really looking forward to week 3 of Care Kori Na!

        Posted by Ala | July 29, 2012, 4:12 pm
        • Ok I’m playing catch up. Missed eps between Aug 1-Aug 26 and on top of that Bengali shows air not 5 but 6 days a week! So it might take a while ^^;;;

          Week 3 (July 30-Aug 4)
          So Krishnendu’s accurate assessment of Junni’s character – that she’s a carbon copy of her dad, being entitled and unable to accept kindness graciously, makes her fly into some sort of weird rage. And Krishnendu’s hulk!gussa makes a reappearance too. I like how her mom and his friends calmed them down. But I wish I better understood what her mom said to make Junni afraid about Krishnendu and her dad run into each other. one minute she was cackling gleefully at the idea and the next really worried. That makes me believe your theory that she didn’t *really* want Krishnendu in trouble because she actually likes him, but then – when did she start liking him!?

          omg I will admit to finding Farhan Imroze’s expressions spot on when Junni suddenly blurts out “ok fine, I’m sorry!” and asks him not to come in front of her dad tomorrow. After being slightly surprised he asks if
          that was a request or an aadesh. And then he sunaaoes her ten-fifteen things more XD

          LOL at Junni instructing her now welcome-backed room-mates and them understanding her a bit better now that they realise that her lifestyle may have been pampered but also lonely.

          By the way, I think it’s really great how this show is focussing not just on the romance, but also college days and exploring in particular the experience of medical students as they progress in their studies and move from theory to practice.

          Yet AGAIN Jhanavi Mukherjee gets called out in class for bring inattentive XD How is she ever going to pass lol

          I like how they had the Sushmita Sen Main Hoon Na background track playing for Atreyi ma’m without the lyrics – so they expect a Bangla audience to be fully cognizant of the ‘sexy teacher’ them from the original source it seems!

          Also LOLed at Krishnendu’s room-mate asks him if he wanted Samresh Mukherjee’s details because he’s planning on becoming his “jamaai” XD

          But the cherry on the cake was definitely the way Krishnendu turned the tables on the whole situations by passing himself off as Junni’s dad’s biggest fan. Can’t believe he managed to say with a straight face that -all us poor people look the same- and it sure reveals what a dolt Samaresh is that he agreed.

          I just KNEW somehow Samaresh would be connected with Krishnendu’s family’s past. Especially the way Junni’s mom kept having these ominous dreams and moments and what not.

          What’s this “joint something something” they were talking about? Is it some medical jargon ’cause I have no idea what it is that Dr. Mukherjee had a rank in and that Krishnendu is going to be doing?

          I thought it made sense that while Junni didn’t want to see Krish in trouble that she wasn’t entirely pleased with him making a fool of her father either!

          Posted by Nakhrewali | August 26, 2012, 8:52 pm

  4. @KoraKaghaz @Lath_rit Re: #thebuddyproject’s “Junglee Jaitley” …Because, this was too hard to fit into a tweet ^_^;

    The Buddy Project (2012-)

    Capt. Rajveer from #leftrightleft was an ex-student who comes back to Kanjanjanga Military Academy as a teacher. He had unorthodox views that clashed with the strict but fair head of the academy & the more villainous vice principal. The initially hostile students eventually come to accept Capt. Rajveer as one of their own – as a result he always had to struggle between empathising with his students’, often valid, points of view and maintaining the distance that his profession commanded.

    The set up we’ve seen in episode 1 of #thebuddyproject is strikingly similar, though ofcourse without the angst that the Captain and his student Naina were burdened with in #leftrightleft. I can only hope that Manav Gohil’s character is as layered and treated with as much care as Rajeev Khandelwal’s was in Left Right Left (2006-2008). The idea that the notorious symbol of rebellion, the legendary “Junglee”, is now going to return to his old school as an authority figure is GENIUS. Especially because all the students there aspire to his brand of anarchy.

    Who would have guessed from this promo that this show/character could have so much potential!? I am SO pleased they didn’t ruin it because for me it was a wonderful discovery to have made in Episode 1. Even more interesting is the idea that the “Junglee” Jaitley has not just reformed but become such a polar opposite from what he used to be in his school days that he’s almost unrecognisable! This would indicate that it isn’t just his students who will undergo a learning journey during the show but that he himself may have to learn how to loosen up again – I’m sure his students can help with that!

    As you can tell, this type of track is rather a favourite of mine – so yes, I will be watching The Buddy Project ;D

    Posted by Nakhrewali | July 24, 2012, 9:24 pm
  5. RE: THE BUDDY PROJECT

    Oh my God the resemblance to Captian Rajveer Singh Shikhawat from Left Right Left totally flew over my head! Even though I’m watching LRL these days haha 😀

    I also loved the concept of “Junglee” Jaitley too, but I think I spent most of the episode trying to figure out the students, who was which type etc, and while I think their intros were a bit weak, I think they will improve with time and basically their characters have a lot of room for development. I was SO relieved there wasn’t a stereotypical diva & chamchis

    So, I agree: A LOT of potential for The Buddy Project… 🙂

    (Yay, something to add to the infinite playlist)

    Posted by Ala | July 24, 2012, 10:42 pm
    • Heh hai na broadly same to same? I am so stoked about this. Basically I enjoy youth shows where the authority figures also have character and are not just cardboard cut-outs. I’m afraid RDX from Dil Dosti Dance (2011-) never went very far though there was potential to explore his uneasiness in being accepted by the ‘Dazzling’ society of St. Louis. Coach Karanveer from Humse Hai Life (2011-) is only now starting to have a proper track of his own where his son (which I don’t think he knows he has?) has come to Elite School as a student to get to know him better and also apparently he has a past that is somewhat connected to Sia, his star student’s, now dead father. Unfortunately, Ankur Nayyar is no longer playing Coach Karanveer and with that my level of interest in this character has dropped considerably :/

      It’s hard to move on from perfection like this after all:

      Anyway, that said – Aniruddh Jaitley has a much better chance of being an integral part of the story of The Buddy Project because you can’t have a To Sir, With Love without the Sir right? ;D

      I also loved the concept of “Junglee” Jaitley too, but I think I spent most of the episode trying to figure out the students

      haha I know, I know. I should’ve been paying more attention to the students but the moment they showed Piddi against that “Junglee” sign my mind went into overdrive comparing what I knew from the promos to what we were being shown. I did LOL a little bit at the idea that the school couldn’t just afford to cement over the name and seems instead to be content to leave such a visible sign of rebellion up there for the students to unite under but eh awesome serials mein bhi aisi chotti chotti baatein hoti rehti hain.

      I think they will improve with time and basically their characters have a lot of room for development. I was SO relieved there wasn’t a stereotypical diva & chamchis

      Yeah I am definitely seeing the possibilities of many different kinds of storylines. I hope each character is treated in its own right – this is something that Hip Hip Hurray (1998) did very well but many other youth-oriented shows fail to. Often all other characters tend to end up mere satellites to the Lead Jodi(s) of the show and that is a sad, sad thing. One more thing, I’d rather the romance just take it’s own sweet time getting there and instead the focus be on exactly that – buddies! friendship! school life! masti, mazaa, and haan saath mein thodi si learning. I’ll definitely end up deducting some points from the show if, for example, all the characters end up being paired with their romantic interest as their ‘buddy’. Surely they won’t do something that obvious right?

      Anyway, I guess we wait and watch!

      Posted by Nakhrewali | July 24, 2012, 11:10 pm

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