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us. Jjhalak Dikkhla Jaa wound up last week, and
the curtains will fall on Nach Baliye this weekend.
Even Filmy's Bathroom Singer will roll to a raucous
end this week, complete with a guest appearance by Pakistan's
wild child cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (no connection to
music, but when has that stopped anyone?).
will not only spell curtains till the next season for
the clutch of cacophonous talent hunts on mainstream
channels, it will also mean that news channels will
have to hunt for fresh fodder to spice up their entertainment
sections. A greater part of this week was spent in profiling
and detailing the Nach Baliye finalists Aamir
Ali - Sanjeeda and Rakhi Sawant - Abhishek on news channels,
as they toured different cities to garner audience votes.
Desai, the upcoming star of Indian soapdom, walked away
with the Jjhalak... honours last week. The nondescript
Jay Bhanushali was no match for her and Sandhya Mridul
clearly lost out on the 'cute' factor. In a replay of
last year's finals, glamour and the 'saleability' factor
ensured that the petite Prachi scored over the talented
Sandhya, just as Mona Singh (the Sony channel ambassador)
scored over Shweta Salve, who was more gifted as a dancer.
but the saleability of music as a theme refuses to fade.
Jjhalak is being replaced by another music based
show, K for Kishore. The only interesting aspect
of the new show is that the judges and the in studio
audience will judge the talent, instead of SMS votes.
has been having a 'Bombay' theme this week in its evening
slots. On Thursday, it also telecast the MTV Lycra awards,
a ceremony that was far more enjoyable than the scores
of similar awards that are played out on the tube. Even
though the theme remained Bollywood, and Om Shanti
Om was plugged relentlessly throughout, the distinct
MTV presentation made it possible to sit through the
continues to innovate, even though its audience base
may be negligible. Sirf Stories, its latest slot,
has brought back the episodice stories to television.
In an age when the long running soap dominates, its
interesting to mop up stories in small packages and
move on to the next one. The Sirf Story this
week (wife and ex lover get together to murder husband,
frame an unsuspecting mentally deranged patient) had
a predictable ring to it, but the performances were
competent. So, the upside is that you can still put
the story behind you and hope for a racier one next
potato's grumble of the week - Star's Marathi offering
Maaza, couldn't get over the excitement of having procured
some shoddily shot footage of the Abhi-Ash wedding.
They ran the film for hours along with gushing commentary.