Talkhiyan and Pehchan ~ Two serials beloved by us here at Desi Rants N Raves. New visitors to the blog would have to be forgiven if they thought Bibi, Apo, Janu Baba, Zoey, Jugnu, Kuku, Laila, Mrs. Khan, and Mansoor were real people, such is the enthusiasm and passion with which we’ve discussed them.
I can’t speak for others, but I know I’ve re-watched Talkhiyan quite a few times since it first aired and I still walk away teary-eyed. Similarly, even though I know what its all about, Pehchan leaves me in a reflective mood after every watch. There is something about Mansoor’s mother merrily chatting away about gol gol kabab and her not so perfect bahu, and Laila’s mother’s never-ending boasts about her handsome, oonche khandan wala damad, that is very real, as in really annoyingly real, that makes me so wanna get off the couch and whack these ladies.
The point is that in this day and age of utterly forgettable cut paste 2+2=4 stories, for one particular serial to leave such an impact, to make such a connect with the viewers, means that the writer and the team associated with it are on to something; and for the writer and the team to get the connect issue right twice, means they have more than a passing familiarity with the art of telling stories. Yes, works of art is a perfect description for Talkhiyan and Pehchan. Ab yeh alag baat hai ke TRP gurus tell us otherwise, cheerfully informing us as they do that both these serials are flops.
Theek, sahih kehtey hongey woh loag. But then here’s my question: Why then is it that their so-called hit serials are forgotten within minutes of being declared mega successes? Why is it that even after two or so years Talkhiyan, a supposedly flop serial, continues to be organically discovered, sans a publicity campaign to convince viewers about its greatness, and is being appreciated by a worldwide audience? Surely, kuch tau baat hogi na is flop serial mein jo un hit serials mein nahin?
Leaving aside the TRP nonsense, which is perhaps only understood by those with an intellect far superior than mine, I can easily say that it is the intelligently told compelling stories, honesty of storytelling, complexity of characters, aesthetic sensibility of the visual narrative, creativity of sound design, and amazing attention to even the minutest detail in the frame, that make projects like Talkhiyan, Pehchan, Kaun Qamar ‘Ara, Firdous Ki Dozakh, Pheeki Theek Kehta Hai, Jashn Ka Din Hai, and several single plays in the Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain series, such standouts. And standing behind these memorable standouts is the person whose labor of love most of these projects are – Bee Gul.
It is my absolute pleasure and privilege to announce that the very reticent Bee Gul has agreed to being interviewed by us here at DRNR. Given that this is her first ever interview I’m sure there are tons of things you all would like to ask, and so here’s your chance to offer feedback to and ask interesting and relevant questions. Koshish kijeye to avoid the usual qisam ke sawal – aap konse sabun se chehra dhoti hain, konsa shampoo lagati hain, aap ke husn ka raaz kiya hai, you know, those silly morning show types – and ask the kind you’ve always wished somebody would sit her down and ask.
A few things to keep in mind:
- The last date for posting your questions is Friday, May 15th 2015.
- Post each question as a separate comment.
- Avoid personal comments and refrain from rude questions and abusive language.
- Please try to not repeat questions that’ve already been asked.
So without further ado kijeye sochna shuru and likhye jaldi se apne sawal … and as you don your thinking caps I leave you with the OST from Bee Gul’s mini serial, Jashn Ka Din Hai …. enjoy!
Written by SZ~