Monday, August 03, 2009

It had to be an NRI

Madhuri Dixit did it.

Madhu Sapre did it.

Found an NRI/ phorener and rode into the sunset, I mean.

It's no surprise then that Rakhi picked Elesh from Canada as her future husband. The baby faced Manas and Chittiz (yuck what a name!) did not even look the part. Much less play it.

Elesh was the only one who said "I love you", with conviction.

The others were just acting, and Chittiz in particular was clearly not interested. Manas ki ma was hysterical throughout the finale - bete ye mujhe kahan le aaye ho. Laughing at all the wrong places and unable to say a single line to welcome her hone wali bahu. After all, her son is barely 22 years old...

OK - so the show was cheesy but well executed. Thank God there was no 'viewer poll' -- keeping in mind 'ek ladki ki zindagi ka sawaal' and all that.

And we do hope this *engagement* fructifies into a wedding nahin to Rakhi ki khair nahin! All of India sat up till 11 pm to 'bless her'. And confirm she would not wriggle out of it somehow. No 'kahani mein twist'.

I enjoyed the entire shindig, and whatever you say, the idea that a girl can choose her guy in this way is empowering. It's quite the opposite in the traditional arranged marriage where men still have the upper hand.

And there's no concept of wooing the bride, is there?

What Rakhi said about choosing Elesh was also interesting: "He came across as a genuine and caring person on and off camera".

Off camera is the important aspect. But in Rakhi's case then, do we believe the 'genuineness' she portrays on camera?

I liked the fact that even at the final stage - in the wedding outfit - she exposed a bit of cleavage and a lot of navel. "That's who I am, take it or leave it!"

Chalo, wishing Rakhi and Elace all the very best. I know there are lots of jokes about the impending divorce (if the marriage happens at all). But I think everybody deserves a chance and the happiest of couples are often the most unlikely ones.

Aapne sab se maangi, Rakhiji, toh here are my blessings!

And congratulations to NDTV Imagine for finally cracking the 'Hum aapke hain kaun' format which worked - for television.


  1. I knew! I knew! I knew!

    My grandmother said before the beginning of the reality show(if it was one :P) that Rakhi will marry that Elesh- NRI...

    DadiMaa was truly correct!!!

  2. I guess you are partly wrong - The show's facebook page mentioned about something close to a viewer poll. I took a snapshot of it at

  3. Ms. Rakhi Sawant is even more of an NRI than the guy - Not Required Indian.

  4. Bechara Elesh...Haaay!!!!!

  5. It makes lot of publicity...
    Work from home

  6. Liked ur post..finally sum1 who had a bit positive view about the show..

  7. Hmm,
    So looks like Rakhi Sawant is goin to have Elesh Maach for life..

    Good luck to her, picking out the bones.


  8. I think you are only person from India whom I have seen to have appreciated the concept behind this serial. All the others I have talked to ridiculed the idea, I wonder why? When will we realise that it is now time to give woman a choice of picking up the guy she wants out of many deserving suitors?!

  9. Hi Rashmi,
    I have started following your blogs recently and I must say you really hit the nail.
    Yes Obviously it had to be an NRI. But If I ask you all a question "Who else?". He was clearly the most deserving candidate amongst others as you rightly said he is the only person to say he loves her with full dedication.

    Ankur Billore

  10. Hi Rashmi

    just to add to your list of NRI husbands ..

    Ashwini Bhave
    Pooja Batra
    Shilpa Shetty (possibly, to be)

  11. One important upshot of the show , is that despite the show appearing ludicrous , highlighted the empowerment of women in India in the present day. Women are no longer beholden to social traditions of not getting a chance to choose their partner. Even they have the right to the same freedom as men have, as far as who their spouse be.
    Hats off to Rakhi !!!

  12. It's really a mockery of an Indian Wedding by hosting this Swayamvar on national television that broadcasts to millions.

    I felt the same way and mentioned it on under topic "Mockery of an Indian Wedding"

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