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Logic leaves the room when Indian daily soaps try to dive into the unrealistic (read: science-fiction) world of entertainment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all the content put out by Indian creators for TV is bad, it’s just sometimes the filmmakers and writers try too hard or just don’t care what the viewers think.
Over the years, Indian film industries have given us gems that defy all the laws of physics. Flying cars, villains levitating in the air until the hero punches them to the ground, slicing one bullet to kill two bad guys, jeeps flying in the air and colliding with helicopters– the list goes on.
But why should movies have all the fun?
During the coronavirus lockdown, Indian television kept us hooked with its over-the-top cringy sequences that helped us get through the unproductive, boring days.
Here are five times Indian daily soaps bamboozled us with scenes that could give Christopher Nolan run for his money.
Bathroom Scrubber – a life saviour
A snippet from the Bangla show Krishnakoli, a romantic-drama series, which went massively viral on social media last month, panned to an intense hospital scene where the doctors are doing everything they can to save a dying man.
“I cannot say anything about him. We are trying our level best,” the doctor informed as he proceeded to use the defibrillator machine that sends an electric current through the chest of a patient to stop the trembling muscles of the heart, especially experienced during a cardiac arrest.
As heart-stopping (no pun intended) as the scene was, the doctor used a piece of strange equipment that caught the fancy of the Internet.
From the looks of it, the doc used a bathroom scrubber brush to revive the dying man. Well.
Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 aired on Colors TV upped the ante with a scene that can only be understood visually but we will try.
The scene featured protagonist Ridhima Vansh, played by Helly Shah, who is seen walking as she appears to be bothered by something. All of a sudden, she trips over an open suitcase and bangs her head against the wall. After taking the blow to their head, she falls into the same suitcase in the posture that has her fit inside it perfectly.
Things only get wilder when the suitcase magically zips itself and Ridhima seems to be trapped inside it.
A man is then seen carrying the closed suitcase and then flinging it into a swimming pool. Meanwhile, another man, Vansh Raisinghania played by Rrahul Sudhir, is looking for trapped Ridhima and slides by the poolside to see the bag sinking along with the drowning woman. Okay, then.
The romantic sequences in Indian daily soaps are endless. Episodes are dedicated to endless songs playing in the background as actors indulging in PDA on the small screen. But we are in the pandemic so our actors are taking all sorts of precautions to stay safe. Star Plus’s hit television drama Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai returned to the air in July with its first-ever episode post lockdown.
In the episode, several characters were seen wearing face masks. A popular couple – Karthik and Naira – from the show were even seen romancing each other using a hand sanitiser and gloves and kissing though face shields.
In the scene, Karthik can be seen spraying sanitiser on Naira’s hands, putting on gloves on her hands, and also putting on a face shield on her face while stepping out of the house. He goes on to put the sanitiser in her bag and also manages to kiss her through the translucent shield.
Rasode Mein Kaun Tha?
Main thi? Tum thi? KAUN THA?
Yashraj Mukhate, a musician, blessed us with the iconic rap song recently by using an old yet bizarre sequence from Saath Nibhana Saathiya. While the “Kokilaben rap” has its own fanbase in every right, pages can be written on the absurdity of the scene itself.
Kokilaben Modi, her daughter-in-law Gopi Bahu and her sister-in-law Rashi are embroiled in a conspiracy cooked up by Rashi. The visuals are more amusing than narrating the scene.
Gopi Bahu arrives again. Although this scene is quite old, its memories were revisited during lockdown after Rasode Mein Kaun Tha? meme gained national popularity.
Gopi Bahu, portrayed by Devoleena Bhattacharjee in Star Plus Hindi drama series Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, became the subject of memes and mockery when a scene of her in an episode cleaning her husband’s laptop with soap and water, and hanging it out to dry went viral.
Her massively viral scene has also inspired a stan account (parody, of course) on Twitter, which advocates the washing of laptops.