Let us take a look at the content of the Episode 2 of Hindi TV serial Fauji – directed by Col. Kapoor – aimed to present glimpses of training of commandos (of Indian Army) and their emotional side too. The incidents and characters in the serial are inspired from real events.
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|Writer||:||Colonel Raj Kapoor|
|Director||:||Colonel Raj Kapoor|
|Starring||:||Rakesh Sharma, Aamina S. Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Manjula Avatar, Vikram Chopra, Gautam Bhradwaj, Vishwajeet Pradhan, A. Kannan, Sonal Dabral, Nikhil Dewan, Ranbir Singh, Sanjay Mittal, Narendra Ardhawa, Kamati Anwar, Ajay Gehan, Sanjay Taneja, Anupama Sahni, and others…|
The episode is titled as – Fauji Bhai (Soldier Brothers).
We see that the martial arts training by Vikram proved tougher for the “to be commandos”. They thought earlier that based on their skills in various fighting games they will surely go through this training easily. But the hand to hand combat training for the commandos is tougher for skilled soldiers as well. It makes them even tougher and deadly. And yes Vikram overpowers all the students here, despite of their fighting abilities. Which make them think they need to learn more.
Though, the mates doubt Abhimanyu have some connection with Vikram. And they got shocked when they got to know (from Abhi of course) that Vikram is his elder brother! The shock was not that Vikram and Abhi are brothers! It is the fact that this matter was kept secret by Abhi from them, after spending so many years together. When they demand an explanation, Abhi said that Vikram asked him to do so.
These scenes are filmed very normally, without any melodrama (and so much camera angles we see in the TV serials these days). Which makes it more effective. Though we also realize that apart from a couple of actors, other are not as natural as they have to be.
Then Abhi took them into their flashback. When Vikram – aka Major Vikram Rai came to home during his vacation and Abhi have exposed his desire to join army. Abhi was living a carefree life like any other civilian college student those days, so his desire to join army was not welcomed by Vikram. Actually they were three people in their family, Vikram – who was already in army, Abhi and their father. Actually they were worrying for different reasons. But then Abhi plays his master stroke to convince them but he fails.
However Vikram gives him a chance by playing a bet with him.
What was that? and How it result into allowing Abhi to join the army is interesting to watch. In these scenes only Shah Rukh is acting naturally. Rest looks artificial. The emotional quotient and feelings in these scenes might have explored in better ways. The background music is good though.
The chess match is filmed well.
This episode is focused on showing the emotional side and rather family background and relations of Abhi and Vikram. And for that matter almost any soldier in the army. They are tough, they are skilled, they fight for the country but they are normal human beings like the civilians. They have their family, friends and personal life, emotional attachment and everything like rest of the countrymen.
The episode succeed in creating the impact it was desired to. If simplicity and – taken from the real life incidents – are the positive factors of the episode along with good storyline and background music, the acting is the poor factor of the episode. May be having some seasoned actors playing the lead roles, gave us better performances for sure. The DVD quality is good, but during those days when the serial was shot, the technology was not so advanced and affordable, so the people used to watch HD content these days, find it of little less quality.
However it is an interesting stuff to go for. And is much better than some aimless stuff available on TV these days, where people do anything in the name of entertainment. And yes, it gives a chance to know the soldiers and their emotions better.