The first story explored in Hindi TV Serial – Katha Sagar – is – Prateeksha. It literally can be translated as – wait (or awaiting for someone or something). This is adaptation of a short story named – Where Love Is, God Is – from the literary legend Leo Tolstoy.
It is said that beginning of anything gives us a good idea of what is coming ahead. And this is definitely a very good story, Katha Sagar is started with.
Short Story: Where Love Is, God Is
By: Leo Tolstoy
|Producers||:||Prem Kishen Malhotra, Sunil Mehta|
|TV Adaptation and Dialogs||:||Ved Rahi|
|# of Discs||:||8|
|Actors||:||Saeed Jaffrey, Abhi Bhattacharya, Jayant Bhatt, Beena, Sulabha Deshpande, and others…|
It is about doing good, being good and more importantly believing into the same.
We see that a shoemaker is doing his routine work in his home cum shop which is actually very much a hut. He is definitely not wealthy. It is raining outside and the environment is very cold. He have some milk and some food available in his home, which he have arranged for some guest he seems awaiting. And according his self-talking he is awaiting for the God himself. He put the teapot on the fire so he can get some warmth from the same and yes if the God is in hurry, he should get the hospitality at the earliest.
Well, at the same time, he see that a poor man who is a street worker approach at the porch of his home. He belongs to the cast which often considered as untouchable. But well, a human is a human by all means. And in this heavy raining he was quite shivering. The shoemaker calls him inside to get some warmth, and yes he offers him tea and snacks too!
The shoemaker asks the man – Kaloo that he should not have to came out in such dangerous environment. It is harmful to health also. But Kaloo explains that he is no alternate but to come for his duty, as some important person was to visit the place and the street should be clean and all. They then have a conversation where we got to know that how the fate or destiny was cruel to the shoemaker! How he one by one lost his beloved wife and then the only son! How he lost his faith in the God! How he became once again a very calm person and regained his faith in the God!
It is all good to see on the screen rather than talking much about the same. Well, we have seen Saeed Jaffrey in the roles of rich and powerful person in the most cases. But watching him in the role of a shoemaker here is a really different experience. It is for the first time we realize that how fantastic he is, as an actor, and what a wide spectrum of acting he possess! His body language, his persona is quite fascinating in the adaption of the role.
Well, over the course of the day, the shoemaker is met with a mother carrying her infant, finding a shelter in this heavy rain. He treats her well. And then he met with a fruit seller lady and a boy too.
But what about his wait for the God?! And why does he believe that on that day, the God will visit him? It is better to get answer by watching it, we don’t want to steel the charm by spilling the beans about the same.
The original story is kept almost the same at the heart in this TV adaptation for the Indian audience. And we should appreciate Ved Rahi for the same who is responsible for the same. Krishan Sethi, the director did justice to his role. Beena and Sulabha are seasoned actors and of course their performances are fantastic. The kid actor is not very convincing though. The sets are authentic by all means.
By the way, this story by Leo Tolstoy was adapted in English with different names and welcomed warmly by the readers. And yes, it is not about the God in terms of religion or supernatural abilities etc. It is quite different approach to look at the same.
This episode can be one of the best examples for the creative people, especially those who are making TV Shows these days; for the purpose to see how a simple tale can be made on to the canvas in the effective way. The TV serial of course left its impact and it is very effective in the same terms after so many years it was made.
Our personal verdict is, one should not miss it.