A new show, a new social evil. Let's see how this one turns out!
Film Farm India's new show, Ishq Ka Rang Safed premiered on August 10 on Colors. The fact that the show marks the comeback of Mishal Raheja has kept in in the news for a while now. I caught the first two episodes of the show and here's what I think of it…
What's it about?
IKRS is a story set in the ancient, religious city of Banaras and journeys the hardships of a young widow Dhaani (Eisha Singh). Stuck in the orthodox, illogical customs of society, Dhaani is made to believe that widows are unlucky and should stay away from the rest of the world. The innocent girl follows what is fed to her very rigorously until, Viplav (Mishal Raheja), the grandson of religious guru Mahant Dashrath Tripathi (Arun Bakshi), falls for her and their lives change forever.
The story of course is a new one for TV. While we've had topics like child remarriage (Balika Vadhu) and female feticide (Na Aana Iss Des Laado), widow remarriage remained untouched so far. The best thing about the show is the fact that they've roped in a stellar star cast. Every character is so fitting that you instantly relate to them. Arun Bakshi as the two-faced religious guru really makes you want to hate him, which obviously goes on to prove what a great actor he is. And Vidya Sinha as his scared, devoted wife does a fab job too. I almost cried looking at her pitiful face the first time her husband yelled at her. I'm particularly smitten over Kajal Nishad's portrayal of Kanak. Boy does the lady act well or what? Her way of talking, her mannerisms are so natural and effortless. It's like she's living the character. There isn't much need to highlight that Mishal is a great actor. He's proved it ample times making us fall in love with all his characters before. Another plus was that at no point was the frame overloaded with characters. Every character had a purpose and it was very well established as and when the character was introduced.
Though the story is close to reality, the makers seem to lean towards over-dramatization and show extremes that I find hard to believe. At first I thought that may be because I'm born and brought up in a metro city, I'm unable to understand the depravity of the situation, but then I spoke to a few friends of mine from Agra and Lucknow, and turns out they too found it unrealistic. Next is the lead Eisha Singh who looks very hesitant and under pressure. This stands out even more in contrast to the brilliance of the rest of the cast. The girl needs to pick up real fast.
I wouldn't say this is the best show, but it still seems like a decent watch, as long as the makers can avoid over dramatization and keep extremities at bay.