Produced to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, the show followed the journey of Rishab Kundra, more famously known as R.K who marries Madhubala, a girl bearing the name of the most beautiful Indian actress against her wish. How they fall in love and make their marriage work formed the crux of the story.
It was one of the coolest and most addictive shows on T.V during the time it was aired (28th May 2012- 9th August 2014). Sure, it lost its plot a couple of times, but it never lost its viewers, including me.
And the good things were, well, GOOD!
A.K.A. Rishab Kundra- the Superstar. ‘Aha’! The one expression which killed it all! The way he said it, when he was annoyed, upset or even impressed was a simple trademark. He had me (and most of the viewers) believe that he was indeed a famous actor, in the top league of the film industry. (so much so that, I half expected an article about him in the local entertainment bulletin)
Whatever he did, from throwing hissy tantrums, arrogantly ordering his manager ‘Bittu ji’ (another lovable character), ignoring his mother and brushing off Deepali’s advances had us in a spin! His dialogues! He had razor-sharp lines which either made us feel bad for the character he was insulting or laughing along with him sharing his wicked sense of humour.
And last but definitely not the least was his oh-so-different romantic side. He called his wife not by her name or an endearment but ‘Biwi’- the Hindi speech for ‘wife’. It may seem stupid in writing, but coming from him, it was…ah…I am melting.
This was potrayed in such a real manner. No, there were no kisses. But, there were plenty of near kisses. And they were delicious.
There were no side hugs, which makes the husband-wife relationship almost platonic. There were fully fledged jump your bones and crush them hugs. The fights were real; how a superstar’s wife will snap at him and give him back tooth and nail, keep him grounded- especially when the husband in question is R.K, who doesn’t think about anything but himself and the marriage is, but a deal, which later blossoms into true love.
Some moments almost made me say ‘AWW’ out loud as it unexpectedly sweet. Like when, Madhu is packing his suitcase for an outdoor shoot and R.K scoops her off feet and puts her in the suitcase, declaring, “That’s all I need!”, or when he interrupts in the kitchen politics and shows Deepali (the villainous sister-in-law and R.K’s ex who hits on him every chance that she gets) her place. The yummiest were also the simplest- when Madhu convinces him for a hair massage and he confesses his love after relaxing. Even when the love turned out to be a big hoax on R.K’s part- the romance was there. There were all kinds of moments- sweet, hot, rough and funny!
- The Premise
The glitzy and glamourous world of films worked as the perfect backdrop for this show. From the protagonist ‘Madhubala’ gaining her famous name, to her chance encounter with R.K, the entire family working in films- from R.K’s failed step brother of an actor, his step father producer or his real father, the director/producer; even Madhu’s sister trying her luck in films to her step father being a stunt man. Everything was well thought of and used.
R.K’s penthouse on the top floor of a city skyscraper, with the lift bearing his initials was designed soberly. The story also had plenty of Bollywood moments. They used film muhurats, shooting of romantic songs, the vanity vans of actors, the script reading session, the producer’s guild, the re-emergence of a retired director, the ambition of a B grade producer, the stuntman’s life- all were woven very well in the story.
How can I not mention the charming and always stylish Deepali?
She was the starlet who wanted the riches and comforts of life by marrying the next star-in-the-making. For this, she ditched R.K, our hero, and married the wrong brother, a one-film wonder. She did get rich and comfortable, but not the guy. Reconsidering her epic mistake, she plotted ways to separate R.K and Madhubala and sprawl herself in R.K’s bed. Her actions were deeply evil, but that’s what villains are for, right? As a viewer, I loved watching her devious schemes, and loved more to see her getting caught! R.K and Madhu managed to thwart all her epic attempts and her actions only brought them closer!
Her sarees were to die for, her hair always in place and her constant hitting on R.K was supremely fun to watch. After all, a good show needs a good villain. And Deepali was just that.
- The Track
I am calling this the Track as it was not the title track but it was so much more.
‘Tera Ishq is mera junnon hai mahi
Bekarari ka hai yeh karar
Bhuj he na bhujhe ya pyaas oh rabba
Jaane yeh kaisa hai pyaar’
‘Hum hai Deewane’ was the soul of the show. Sung by the effortless Arjit Singh, it fit the couple perfectly. Whenever it played, it tugged the strings of the viewer’s heart, pulling them in R.K- Madhu’s (or Rishbala, as they were popularly known) romance.
It played when their love was blossoming, when their love was tested, when their love separated them and every time, it roused emotions in the viewer; a beautiful original composition.
- Fabulous Acting
Vivien Dsena as the arrogant superstar R.K, Drashti Dhami as the fiery and beautiful Madhubala and Seema Mishra as the scheming sexy diva Deepali made up the main cast. And they pulled it off! Every time they were on the screen, our eyes were glued. A special mention should be made of the calm and composed manager ‘Bittu ji’ played to the hilt by Indresh Malik.
The supporting cast made up of Shama Deshpande (R.K’s mother), Raza Murad (R.K’s step father), Sikandar Kharbande (R.K’s step brother), Pallavi Purohit (Madhu’s mother), Bhupinder Singh (Madhu’s step father) and Aarti Puri (Madhu’s sister) bought their own unique talent to their show, keeping the masses entertained. Among the guest appearance, Sultan played by Avinash Rekhi was a hit!
The show won numerous awards including the People Choice Awards India for the ‘Favourite New TV Drama’ (2012) and ‘Show Packaging (Fiction)’ (2013) at the Indian Telly Awards. The actors also won the ‘Best Jodi’ Award at the same show. The lead actors both have won awards for their stellar performances.
In its two years and three month long run, ‘Madhubala- Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’ never failed to entertain its loyal viewers. Even when the story dragged, bringing a doppelganger R.K and killing off R.K, combined with a deadly leap and a new leading actor, the viewers were hooked. Some stopped regularly watching the show (me) but never forgot it completely.
On the sixth anniversary of the epic saga- the show began its starry journey on 28th May 2012, this is my tribute to the unforgettable and awesome R.K and the strong and remarkable Madhubala.
Hum hai Deewane, Tere Deewane!
Hum hai Deewane, Tere Deewane!