on the right track
on 3 November 2007)
been coming up with some pretty interesting reality
in the last year, but Sahara's shows haven't really
struck a chord with viewers yet.
Jjhoom India might just change all that.
It's like a Jhalak rolled into a Nach,
with a dash of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, and a sprinkling
of Idol as a garnish. The perfect recipe? One
doesn't know yet.
the inaugural episode didn't have one reaching for the
remote. And that says a lot, considering that you needed
a lot of patience to sit through properties like Bathroom
Singer and Biggest Loser Jeetega. The first
episode of Jjhoom had zing and zest, and some
prominent names from the music industry shaking a leg
to songs, and some luminous ones from telly world trying
out their vocal chords. The result, though not brilliant,
Wadkar and Shweta Tiwari going 'Aati Kya Khandala' wasn't
really a treat for the ears, but appealed visually.
And with Wadkar's wife Padma in the audience expressing
her wide eyed surprise at hubby's dance steps, the makers
got that right dose of celeb voyeurism in too. The others
weren't bad either. Of course, neither guru Sanjeevani
and disciple Shekhar Suman could get either the vocals
or the dance moves right. But that's another story.
The eliminations aren't all that far off.
in Rahul Vaidya (remember him? Indian Idol second
runner up in season one?) isn't a bad idea either.
Vaidya in his new avatar is doing a competent job anchoring
the proceedings, but Sucheta Khanna could do more than
read off the teleprompter. Perhaps she will improve.
has Suresh Wadkar (who is suddenly all across channels)
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs. This week, instead
of behaving like the elderly mentor judge he appears
to be, Wadkar actually got up a couple of times to dance
in step with the tiny participants. That, coupled with
Sonu bhaiyya (Sonu Nigam)'s easy camaraderie and host
Aditya Narayan's friendly demeanour, should ease frayed
a lot of crying going on among the 'lil' participants
who don't score well, and the camera lovingly captures
every teardrop. Ease up, folks! It's just a TV show.
The kids participating on the show are brilliant to
say the least, and making them compete for the scores
seems to be killing their spirit.
Vinay aur Kim
One's promos for Bol Baby Bol with Adnan Sami
are enticing enough. This is going to be one show with
a difference, with participants required to get the
lyrics right rather than the tunes. Worth watching out
for. On the same channel, Ranvir and Vinay love making
mincemeat of unsuspecting guests like actor Kim who
didn't know the 'bakra' she was made out to be by the
brilliant funsters. Take care guys, or you could be
stepping on the fine line of defamation one of these
potato tip - Can't Star One bring back
the Sarabhais? The brilliant show shines even in its