Long before the Kardashians kept us agog with their manufactured drama and Twitter served us piping hot tea every time a celebrity went off on someone else, Indians were enjoying the Cirque du Nautanki that was Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Compared to Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kasautii was actually quite risqué. In fact, it is shocking that the Balaji Telefilms serial didn’t face the heat from our uber-sanskaari censor board. During the course of our arduous research, we uncovered that Prerna and Anurag (the star-crossed lovers) go ahead and do the ‘nasty’ while Anurag is married to some woman called Aparna because they need to produce a child whose bone-marrow could possibly save their 8-year-old daughter who is currently suffering from leukaemia.

What the fuck, right? Oh, and Prerna had to take permission from the very dishy Mr Bajaj before she joined Anurag in the boudoir because . . . well, she was married to him because he blackmailed her into it and then they got divorced but later he came back and became a nice guy and supported Prerna through her many kasautis. You know what, we won’t try summarising a seven-year-long show because it’s a fool’s errand.

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(Credits: The Original icons)

And besides, this article is not even about that – it’s about what fans of the original show think about the remake. Here goes nothing!

“What? They’re remaking Kasautii? Why didn’t you tell me earlier? You ungrateful child, after all I’ve done for you.” –  My mom

“Mr Bajaj . . . now, he was a man.” – My neighbour, Mrs Fernandes.

“Personally, I’m not looking forward to it at all because Indian television doesn’t make sense.” – Our intern.

“They were like Laila and Majnu, you know? Like if Laila and Majnu’s tragedy continued for years and they lived in posh apartments in South Bombay.” – Karan Malhotra, this random dude at Khar Social.

“You know what’s unrealistic about the show? These people had houses in Mumbai. Like, are you serious? Who was their broker, even?” – Madan Mehrotra.

“Mujhe yeh sab nahi maloom, tum detergent nahi laya phir se?” – My maid.

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It must be noted that a shockingly large number of millennials interviewed for this piece, were extremely well-informed about the life and times of Prerna, Anurag and Mr Bajaj. “Honestly, Komolika was such a mood,” said a stranger below 145 Bandra, stubbing out his cigarette on the sidewalk. For a moment, the both of us were lost in our thoughts, reminiscing about how Urvashi Dholakia had played such an important role in our lives. After all, the reason that the youth are so shady is because we’ve learnt from the best – Komolika Basu, née Majumdar.

“I just don’t know how I feel about this . . . how will they replace Komolika,” asked a friend, flustered. We both sat in silence, afraid of a Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 without Dholakia. As the rain poured heavily outside my window, I sent a silent prayer up to the heavens – please, God, let them not mess it up with this one.

Well, now we know who’s taken over the iconic and career-defining role of the new-age Komolika – Hina Khan. While Khan gets the oomph and sass right, can she truly match up to the legend that is Dholakia? Will Khan give an entire generation a trademark move to emulate? We’ll just have to wait and watch.

 

(Header credits: Ekta Kapoor on Twitter)

 

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