Friday, May 02, 2014

Down the TV lane!



In people of my generation, with reasonable exposure to English movies and sitcoms, one thing comes as common - our love for F.R.I.E.N.D.S.! In fact, I think there are two kinds of people in this world - one who love Friends, and the other, who have never 'really' seen Friends. The reason, I used 'really' is because they could have watched a couple of episode, but never watched them enough to understand the relationship between the six prime characters and the logic behind why they do, what they do?

I had long stayed in the second category of people in the world, till I came in touch with real Friends lovers during my management studies. And oh Boy! Did it change something? Of course, it did. I excitedly started watching it from season 1 and became more and more hooked with every passing episode, and soon I became a very contributing member of the former wing. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. became such a drug for me. it became absolutely necessary to watch at least an episode, before sitting down for studies, going to bed, after having a fight with some body, writing a blog, etc. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fever that caught me then, has never subsided. After college though a hiatus came because I got little too busy with life and unfortunately, I dint have those seasons with me anymore. Watching them on youtube seemed like too much of work.

If I will start penning down things that I like so much about F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the post will become a never-ending one. After all, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DVDs are something that I intend to gift my daughter when she turns ten (or perhaps earlier, given the times we live in!). Nothing can teach her some golden rules in life better than this decade old comical American sit-com with all its adult jokes and a bunch of cracked jokers. A FRIENDS rendezvous has left me elated and happy every single time. The chatter of these six friends always reinforced my belief that in order to live a happy life, small differences must never be allowed to come in between great relations. Also, it is very usual that after watching several series, you will start finding one or the more characters similar to your own nature or to somebody you know. Like, in my case, I always thought I am like Ross – confused, talented, foolishly romantic and gullible. I wanted to be like Monica – organized, intelligent, sincere.. but now after all these years, I think I have become a good Chandler. Though, my sense of humour has a long way to go to match his ;)

The only other series I have really looked forward to with great amount of enthusiasm is Sex and the City, but that was because of its fabulous fashion and uber confident female characters. I never bothered so much about the story-line, yes dialogues were nice for the protagonist was a writer, but it was fun to watch how much enjoyable totally female company can be, considering that the series came decades ago and the concept of sole-female companionship had not still picked up the trend in India, especially the independent, financially sound, beautiful women in short clothes.

All in all, I am always more amused by the saga of friends than family. I have liked How I met your mother and Big Bang Theory for the same reasons. On a different note, I like House and Boston Legal too, but only for captivating dialogue delivery and sultry humor of their lead men, Dr. Gregory House and Allen Shore, respectively. Sadly, none of the Hindi serials made a similar place in my heart, except of Arohan, with Pallavi Joshi as the leading lady in her role as a navy-person. I remember seeing that serial a couple of times.

Sadly nothing on TV captures my attention anymore. I believe that lovers of traditional TV and cinema would make an unhappy lot with present day operas. But what to do – they say, jo dikhta hai wo bikta hai, but apne ko jo dikhta hai wo bahut dukhta hai! Anyway, not watching TV has resulted into a good thing – exploring youtube and one day, while looking for something, I landed up on Oshin. This is a very old Japanese series that used to come on DD, when we were like really small. I did not even remember it, so when I found it I discussed it with a  friend and she shared how amazing it used to be. So, I watched Oshin on Youtube in Japanese with English sub-titles. Needless to say, the series has always been a hit. The true story of a young girl, from a peasant family to being the owner of a multioutlet supermarket is definitely enchanting. It is one series that they must show in schools, since a long part of it covers the life of baby Oshin and her struggle. If someone is looking forward to watch something refreshing and different on youtube, I highly recommend Oshin to them.