After a hiatus, Vivian Dsena made a comeback on the tube with Sirf Tum amid much fanfare. The show that went on air on November 15, also stars Eisha Singh, who had also taken a break from daily soap after her Ishq Subhan Allah went off air. They are paired opposite each other on the show, which is yet another story of romance amid ambition, class divide and power play that is rampant in our society. The first few episodes have received a positive response, however, some also felt that there are a few instances that could have been better, simpler and avoided.
Let’s start with the premiere episode that begins by narrating the story of one Suhani (Eisha), who dreams of becoming a doctor. She gets a scholarship in a medical college and is excited to take the first step towards her ambition. Suhani’s mother, Sudha (Eva Ahuja), is also happy. But the mother-daughter duo is scared how Suhani’s father, the very strict Rakesh (Sanjay Batra) would react. Without telling him anything. They even sneak out of the house to get the college form, where they also meet Rhea (Sonyaa Ayodhya), Suhani’s best friend. Around the same time, Ranveer (Vivian Dsena), a topper of the college and the captain of the football team, is introduced. Suhani and Ranveer meet twice and in some confusion their phones get exchanged.
The story sounds a bit similar but there are some beautiful moments that will move you. While Sudha and Suhani’s bond makes us emotional, along with Ranveer’s aggressive side, he is also seen as a kind-hearted individual who makes sure Suhani gets her form. There is also a sequence when Ranveer greets his mother and not his father on sports day at college, hinting that there is a story behind his behaviour. And, this part does get us interested. Among the other things, there is an interesting twist in the tale that shows that Suhani’s father works at the company owned by Ranveer’s parents.
Now coming to the parts that feel like ‘we have seen this before’, ‘we know this story’ and ‘we know what is going to happen next’. These typical portions are Suhani and her mother being scared of Rakesh and even taking permission to step out of the house are always seen dressing traditionally to avoid any male attention. Well, Suhani’s grandmother supporting her son and even being a woman not helping the women in the house is also very traditional. At a time when the world has moved ahead, it does not seem believable that an educated household would behave like this. Somewhere this fails to form a connection with the urban audience.
Eisha as Suhani looks perfect for her part, and her performance as a meek, mild and submissive person is convincing. Vivian, on the other hand, also does justice to Ranveer. He is smart, bold yet has a softer side too. Both are brilliant actors and their onscreen chemistry is on point.
It won’t be wrong to say that the start didn’t happen with a bang, but it started taking the pace as things moved ahead. The campus setting is real and relatable, and the characters look convincing. Going by these initial episodes, it won’t be too much to say that the show has the right ingredients to do well if the presentation, performance and content remains good. Love stories aren’t a new genre, but one that has been done to several deaths. Hence, they need special attention and balance. Hope the makers are able to find that.