The lord gods of Hindi filmdom-now-dabbling-in-television heard my prayers. The storyline and pace of <em>Yudh</em> has picked up in the second week. Finally, it's less of an ode to Amitabh Bachchan and bad scripting and more of an ode to the daytime soaps we old folk had watched when we were in our teens. So, what we have here is the old American soap <em>Santa Barbara</em> but set in Mumbai, with Amitabh as CC Capwell. Like CC, he has one legitimate offspring and one not-so legitimate. Like CC, he is surrounded by multiple wives, a floundering business empire, competitors and friends. Taruni is the feisty daughter, like Eden Capwell. Both shows are full of corporate wheeling-and-dealing, family problems, half brothers-and-sisters and a patriarch heading the entire ensemble. The differences? There's no Cruz, Mason or sex. Also, there was no dwarf in Santa Barbara, but maybe that's where Anurag Kashyap's creativity can be seen. After all, only a genius would throw an imaginary, talkative dwarf into the mix.