Series – Bewafaa Sii Wafaa
Starring – Samir Soni as Sumer, Aditi Vasudev as Meghna, Dipannita as Nishqa and Yudhistir as Aditya.
Created by – Ekta Kapoor.
Written by – Vibha Singh.
Directed by – Ranjan Singh & Sonam Nair
Platform – Alt Balaji.
Episodes – 10
The Bhagavad Gita–that ancient Indian Yogic text–says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
The premise – Most love stories end with the couple either getting together happily or dying; but what happens when the story begins with the couple already married – with other people.
Sumer and Meghna, meet under such circumstances. They’re married. To other people.
He has a picture perfect life on surface – a hugely successful business, an illustrious family, a beautiful wife and a little son. In short almost everything a man could want for. However the picture perfect life is empty as it could be; with the illustrious family having dark and ugly secrets of its own and the beautiful wife being too busy being vain and in ensuring her MIL is pleased with her at all times for future gains and benefits.
Meghna on the other hand is in a marriage that she ended up in after a whirlwind romance which has lost its spark under the weight of everyday realities and responsibilities. Her police officer husband is more often than not too busy with his job and away from the home and wife mostly. After five years of marriage Meghna wants a child, to know the bliss of motherhood; experience the ultimate selfless love in all its glory but her husband citing their financial situation doesn’t share her views and wishes. A nagging mother in law (who thankfully doesn’t live with the couple all the time) and a not so happening career as an event organiser complete her set of problems.
It is in the midst of these conditions that a chance encounter makes Sumer and Meghna cross paths for the first time. Coincidence has them meet again and this time around they part after having shared a brief and spontaneous kiss. Mired with guilt and confusion the two meet again after a few attempts to avoid each other and failure at the same; wherein the duo is introduced to each other’s spouses as well. A conversation to put the kiss that shouldn’t have happened behind leads to the proposal of a friendship that ends with them in bed eventually however and from hereon begins the tale of two people who find love, happiness and laughter with each other even as their partners remain oblivious of their infidelities for a while.
The four lives however now twined together in one of the ugliest possible situations, land in an even bigger soup when their crossroads get tangled up in a mystery of a murder; the investigating officer for which is the jilted husband and the prime suspect the man with whom his wife cheated on him.
The verdict – Sumer and Meghna are not the kind of characters you can root for, for obvious moral reasons and yet you wonder is it really worth it to continue with a marriage that all things considered has them lonely…. but then again you feel is Abhi really so wrong in wanting financial stability before having a child or is Nishqa at fault completely for her and Sumer’s failing marriage, when he didn’t even once attempt to have an honest conversation with her and express his wishes and disappointments with her as he wished she’d magically understand the same all on her own without so much as a word from him…
This is certainly the assembly of the most flawed characters coming together and of the two Alt Balaji shows that I’ve yet seen, certainly the bolder one; with quite a few kissing scenes as well as love making scenes though none of them are graphic or explicit, you do see why this is a webseries and not something you would find on a GEC. The actors suit their parts yet there are times when the show is a little jarring.
Also I noticed it isn’t produced by the mother daughter duo of the Kapoors interestingly.
Similar to KTBM, I’d rate BSW no more than 2.5.
It’s very much apparent that though Balaji is possibly the biggest production house for TV shows in India, they’re struggling with the platform of webseries. The characters and stories look half-baked, they are yet to get comfortable with the format and hence are trying to pack in too much together which isn’t a good thing always.
It would be better if things instead of being dealt with in a haphazard and rushed manner were built organically and the characters allowed to come across as more real.
I certainly hope over a period of time, the platform finds itself eventually as competition in the streaming industry in India is certainly about to get tougher with Amazon Prime launching their original programming in India next year; created with international standards in mind, Netflix is bound to catch up sometime in the near future too as well as there’s possibility of other competition cropping up aside from the existing ones as it is.
Balaji certainly does not have the same budget as well as production values as Amazon and Netflix do have, however it’s their two decades worth of experience that they should capitalise on if they want to be in competition with them for a long time. Because eventually they’re their competition for better or worse and while viewers wouldn’t mind having the kind of content that is between Naagin and Narcos, they do have to find it in themselves to root for something to stay connected; which at this point is seriously missing from Balaji series.
Neither do their love stories seem to make a connection nor do they have a Pablo Escobar who’s rise and ultimate fall is a journey that provides you with the adrenaline rush that makes you want to watch it and keep on going.