It was four years ago in this very month, that Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan and MaNan a.k.a Manik and Nandini became a part of our lives and it was never the same again.
The show was iconic in more ways than one, not only for the beautiful portrayal of this love story but also for the societal issues it managed to touch upon and elaborate within constraints of the Indian visual medium.
Whether it was homosexuality and the difficulties of owning up to it in the Indian community, the attitude of educational institutions towards pre-marital sex, repercussions of being in an unconventional profession or the pressures on long-term relationships to be institutionalized into a marriage.
Today, as the third season of this show comes to an end, we are an emotional mess. There is sorrow, no doubt, but one emotion that stands apart from all others and that is gratitude.
Gratitude, towards everyone involved in the show, but mostly towards those three people who gave us MaNan and stole our hearts in a way they haven’t yet managed to give it back.
Gratitude, towards those involved in creating this classic love story, but most importantly those three people without whom this love story wouldn’t have been possible- Richa Yamini, Niti Taylor and Parth Samthaan.
Richa Yamini, with her brilliant, creative genius weaved a spectacular tale which made us invest into the story with every tiny emotion we possessed. But even a flawless script is worthless if the actors fail to deliver.
Many might argue against Parth and Niti being the best actors out there, but there are no two ways about the fact that them as a team, with their chemistry that seemed like a personification of the uncanny connection they share, created magic that is hard to pen down, and even harder to let go.
As we fans always say, MaNan is much more than just a fictional love story. MaNan is a ray of hope-which shines through after those haunting, dark nights; MaNan is an epitome of faith, that hope will shine through no matter how exhausting the darkness is; MaNan is an emotion for which no words will ever be enough.
So, trying to summarize MaNan’s journey into one article is extremely unfair, but I hope that with this, I have been able to speak for all my fellow MaNan fans, thank Richa Yamini – for always respecting our love and Parth Niti – for making us Fans Nahi, Friends, their Fanmily.
“Manik…I don’t want a promise of Hamesha…no commitments, no marriage for social obligations jo humein saath rehne ke liye force karein. I want to live a lifetime…in every moment spent with you”
In this season we saw a Nandini, who was otherwise so confident about what she wanted, fumble and make all the wrong decisions, give in to social pressures, only to emerge out stronger.
It was her, who made Manik believe in a Hamesha, it was her who patiently nurtured that Hamesha for both of them, only to realize that in pursuit of their utopian ‘Hamesha’, in burdening each other with that promise, they had stopped living.
That, their Hamesha is in fact in every moment they spend with each other, beyond the societal proprieties.