“Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara”: Smriti Kalra and Sanjay Kapoor’s spring-autumn love story is high on emotions

Vikram Bhatt’s Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara aired its first episode last night. We were introduced to Smriti Kalra (Ahaana Raichand) who is lonely after the death of her father. Her relationship with her mom, Laila (Nikki Aneja Walia) is skewed after she finds out that she had been cheating on her father years ago. On night, she meets Anant Mathur (Sanjay Kapoor) and is instantly drawn to him. He also feels a stir of emotions after meeting her. Incidentally, Ahaana’s to-be-married sister Saloni (Chestha Bhagat) broke up with Anant Mathur’s nephew Rehan (Ashim Gulati) and left her very distressed. The tale is about how Anant and Ahaana fall in love while her mom, Laila too has her eyes set on him. The show is an adaptation of the Turkish drama, Aski Memnu. Here is what we felt about the first episode..(Also Read: Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara promo: Sanjay Kapoor romances Smriti Kalra and Niki Aneja Walia in this mature love story)

The show brings a bold new love story of a young girl Ahana Raichand (Smriti Kalra) who gets attracted to a middle-aged, widower and father of two Anant Mathur (Sanjay Kapoor). While their age difference is already a barrier that they will have to overcome, another complication arises when Ahana mother, Laila Raichand (Niki Aneja) too vies for Anant’s attention. The first episode of Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara aired tonight and here’s our first impression.

The first episode of Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara is spent in introducing us to the various characters of the show. The narrative spends generous time in sketching various nuances of these characters and the relationship dynamics.

The show starts with a flash back scene where Ahana reaches India from the US and her father drives her back home, only to catch the mother getting cozy with another man. This is the first time that Ahana witnesses the marital discord between her parents and this spoils her relationship with her mother Laila forever.

In present day Mumbai, years after her father has passed away, we see how Ahana hasn’t been able to forgive her mother or approve of her interest in men.

We also see how Ahana her own getaway spot in the city, where she likes to spend some alone time, remembering her dad. It is at this beautiful, serene setting where she first runs into Anant Mathur (Sanjay Kapoor). He is a widower and her father Rahul Raichand’s friend. Both strike up a conversation and their common emotion of dealing with a precious loss creates an instant connect between them. He offers to follow her in his car just to see that she reaches home safe. The next morning when Laila Raichand finds out that Anant had come to drop Ahana, her face instantly lights up.

Next we see Ahana confront her sister Saloni, who is due to get married in two days. She is upset since her ex boyfriend Rehan (Anant Mathur’s nephew) has been sending her flowers and bothering her. Ahana decides to give Rehan a piece of her mind. She reaches the Mathur bungalow to reprimand Rehan and on her way back, runs into Anant. The show ends with Anant and Ananya driving away in his car to the Raichand pad.

What’s hot
One of our biggest complaints with Indian TV is that it does not focus on the emotions as much as it does on banal melodrama. The first episode of Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara makes it clear that it is a drama on romance and relationships. We know that Vikram Bhatt is a good story-teller and his stamp is all over the show. The song Ishq Gunaah is romantic, melancholy and fits the mood of Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara to the tee. The production values are top class and we don’t feel like we are watching a TV show. Coming to the acting department, Smriti Kalra is impressive as Ahaana Raichand. She conveys the loneliness, rebellion and confusion of a lost young woman to the hilt. While she is a little hyper, Sanjay Kapoor gives his role of a middle-aged wealthy widower a lot of dignity. His body language is near perfect. Nikki Aneja Walia has the personality but we found her a little OTT.

What’s not
There is very little to dislike about the show after the first episode. It is a relief from some of the shows we see on TV and a treat for the eyes with its presentation. However, it might not appeal to the masses as the concept of a young girl falling in love for an older man does not appeal unless it is out of ‘circumstances’.