Star Plus is all set to rule the afternoon slot with 4 new shows. While we are sure that each of these shows have something unique to offer; it is the show titled ‘Kya Kasoor Hai Amala Ka? that has left a range of emotions coursing through us.
The promo shows Amala, a young girl enjoying the beauty and joys provided by mother nature. She smiles radiantly looking at the sun, pampers a lamb, plays with the water and enjoys the feel of the the cool breeze that caresses her skin. All in all she is happy and at peace with the simple pleasures of life.
However, that happy face is soon clouded by worry and worry replaces the smile as her dupatta flies away due to the wind. She is seen hurrying, perhaps to get back to the safety of her home when 4 shadowy figures start following her whistling and laughing menacingly. Amala runs away but is soon cornered and that is when her worst fears or as a matter of fact any woman’s worst fear comes to life. The shadowy figures violate her. The screen goes pitch black and when the lights re-appear viewers see a very different and determined Amala with the narrator saying – ‘Kabhi toh suraj nikhlega, kabhi poochegi zaroor…Kya kasoor hai Amala ka?”
Produced by 24 frames ‘Kya Kasoor Hai Amala ka’ is said to be be inspired by the famous Turkish series ‘Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?’ which translates to ‘What is Fatmagül’s fault?’. With an impressive star cast namely Rajveer Singh, Anant Joshi, Rajesh Khattar, Akshay Anand, Kasturi Banerjee along with the very talented Pankhuri Awasthy (Playing Amala) who wowed the viewers with her portrayal of Razia in &TV’s Razia Sultan; the show will tackle the complex yet sensitive subject of sexual violation of a woman and depict the fight that every sexually violated women has gone through in order to get justice.
Two things that makes the promo which has no dialogues with the exception of a small narration, no characters except Amala standout is Pankhuri Awasthy’s exceptional acting and the creative mind that came up with the brilliant idea of using shadowy figures as those who violate Amala.
Pankhuri has no dialogues yet she leaves a mark. In the 1 min trailer we see Pankhuri’s expressions showcase the transitions her character Amala will go through from being a happy young girl to a helpless one to that of a survivor in the most subtle yet powerful way. As a viewer the promo subjects one to feel every emotion Amala is going through. You feel violated when the shadowy figures put their hands on Amala, there is an urge to protect her and there is also the rage to hunt down the attackers and show them no mercy when you see the fire in Amala eyes. Got to say the promo hits the right notes !!! Coming to the second aspect the use of ‘Shadowy figures’ was a master stroke. It is clear that the shadowy figures represent men; but by not giving those figures any faces the creative team have shown that not all men are the same. There are honorable men in the world who believe that women deserves to be treated with love and respect. However, the shadowy figures in the promo represent those sector of sleazy men who are weak and coward, who commit such repulsive crimes in the dead of the night who have no regard for women and believe it is OK to violate her. Hence the use of shadows is quite symbolic and like said earlier a master stroke.
Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? which recently aired on Zindagi was widely received by the Indian audience. A remake of the same if done smartly is guaranteed to garner more appreciation. While one can understand that the sensibilities of Indian viewers are to be taken into consideration while making socially relevant shows with sensitive themes such as this, we hope that Kya Kasoor Hai Amala ka does not give into the whims and wishes of the audience and alter the subject to suit the on going trend. For once it would be truly nice to have a show that calls a spade a spade. We wish the team would continue to deliver brilliance throughout their journey as they did in the first on air promo.
By – Vijitha Rajan