DELHI: Going against the present trend of capitalizing on
the large number of responses received via phones or SMS,
the new show K for Kishore has opted for only the votes
of the judges and the audience in the studio for deciding
the singers who come closest to the legendary Kishore Kumar.
panel of judges will include the late Kishore Kumars
nephew Bappi Lahiri, along with crooner Sudesh Bhonsle who
had, in fact, rendered some of the late singers unrecorded
songs as he could imitate voice of the singer. Kishores
son Amit Kumar and actor Rajesh Khanna will be guest celebrity
judges, and efforts are also on to get the evergreen Dev Anand
and the versatile Asha Bhosle to come on the show.
Lahiri, who had begun his innings with Kishore Kumar with
the songs of Chalte Chalte and also recorded Waqt
ki Awaaz which was the singers last film as a singer,
nostalgically recalled at a news conference here how the singer
would enact the song keeping in view the actor who would be
lip-synching the words on-screen. Rendering a few lines from
some songs, Bappi showed how Kishores versatility came
out in sad or light songs. Kishore also had the unique gift
of easily changing the mood from sad to humorous songs.
He also said it was Kishore who had encouraged him to sing,
and that was how Bappi had rendered some of the songs for
which he composed music.
about the criteria for selecting the winners, he said the
attempt would be to find those who come closest to Kishores
voice and style of singing.
Earlier, Sony TV marketing head Albert Almeida said that the
programme will have just twelve participants and last for
twenty episodes over ten weeks on Fridays and Saturdays (at
9 pm). It has been produced by Meditech.
Almeida also announced that the other show, Champion Chaalbaaz
No. 1 is modelled on the American show Pranksters,
and that Cyrus Broacha and Sajid Khan will judge those who
can show the element of surprise in their pranks. This show
will have 33 participants and will last for seventeen weeks
in a Saturday night show (10 pm). The show has been produced
by Endemol India. Mona Singh is hosting the show.
of these programmes are scheduled for launch on 21 December