IPKKND3: Episode 10 (July 14, 2017)
I’m gonna keep this short: tonight’s episode was possibly the most BS episode of IPK I’ve seen in its 400+ episodes history. And that’s saying something. 100s of actors/technicians/crew members worked on this episode, and not ONE of them questioned its ridiculousness? Baffling.
How bizarre was the episode? Here goes:
→ The lady who incited a mob against Advay’s parents, she’s a widow now. She’s at the “widhwa daan” function. And Advay conveniently notices her “chaandi ki payal.” So this lady has been wearing the same effing payal for 16 years. Sure.
→ Turns out she’s also Indrani’s blackmailer. Amazing. One of the show’s central plots gets resolved in 10 episodes. Kya baat hai!
→ Oh, and Indrani has a pet snake. She is straight up Lord Voldemort in disguise. And she gets Nagini…umm…I mean, her pet snake to attack the widow. I’m guessing she spoke to the snake in parseltongue and told it exactly where and how to attack this lady? Got it.
→ Then blackmailer widow’s dead body gets dumped somewhere. Of course, Advay just happens to walk past it. Coincidence.
→ The townspeople (extras) in this scene literally repeat, ”Hai! Bechaari widhwa thi. Kya hua tha iske saath?“ 4 times. Because that’s how people react when they see a dead body? They repeat the same sentence in unison? What are they? Robots? The director couldn’t even be bothered to give his extras reasonable lines. Sahi hai.
→ And don’t even get me started on the shenanigans involved in opening the mandir’s doors. The sun’s rays hit the Shiv murti at 45 degrees, which casts a shadow of the murti on the mandir’s back door. And this only happens once in 16 years. Riiiight.
→ And there’s some sound detector inside of the mandir that gets activated through the vibrations of mantras that only Chandni’s dad knows. Chandni compares this to voice locks you see on digital devices. Uhhhh…..
→ Only a combination of these two events can open the mandir’s door. These people have clearly not heard of artificial lights. -____-
→ At this point, as outrageous as this was, I was still willing to suspend disbelief and play along.
→ But there was more BS in store.
→ Turns out, it’s monsooning on maha aarti day. Torrential rains. Which means no sun, no shadow, no door opening. Maybe lady luck is on Advay’s team?
→ Nope. Advay is Professor Dumbledore in disguise. He can control the weather!!
→ In addition to Math, he also has expertise in cloud seeding. I. KID. YOU. NOT.
→ First off, cloud seeing (weather modification) is hella expensive. It’s the kind of operation that governments undertake. Governments invest millions of dollars in R&D of such technologies because the short/long term benefits of these projects outweigh the costs involved. And by "benefits” I mean: combatting severe drought, removing radioactive particles from clouds, countering environmental hazards, increasing snowfall for worldwide sporting events etc. “I hate my ex girlfriend and want revenge” is usually not a good enough reason.
→ And Advay is doing all of this from his handy, dandy macbook. Wah!
→ And if this wasn’t outrageous enough, there’s also a side plot of Veer making chirkut of Shikha. I guess this was supposed to be comic relief? But it provided this episode’s dose of cringe. Really not a fan of this actress. I’m trying, but it’s getting harder.
→ At one point, they also used the BG score from Ishqbaaaz. Didn’t have time to edit/sound mix? Thought we wouldn’t notice?
→ The only saving grace in today’s episode is Ritu Shivpuri’s breakdown at the mandir. She’s heartbroken that the mandir’s doors won’t open and that it’s going to destroy her family. It was sincere, relatable and touching. Indrani begins the episode by killing an unsuspecting widow. And yet, by the end of this episode, she manages manages to pull on your heart strings and get you to sympathize with her. That’s pretty incredible. Ritu Shivpuri, you’re the bees knees!
→ I’m not expecting House of Cards level of prescience and writing with this show. I think my expectations are pretty reasonable. But to defy 5th grader logic, make a mockery of basic science and insult audience intelligence to this extent is a little TOO much. TOO MUCH!
→ The audience deserves better. And these actors sure as hell deserve better.
→ Chandni sneaks into Advay’s room.
→ Sidenote: Chandni is so cute.