on 16 November 2007)
promos had come as a whiff of fresh air in an atmosphere
with stale programming.
One's Bol Baby Bol promised a fresh format with
the eternal lure of music and an engaging host in Adnan
the first week, Sami didn't disappoint. But the format
turned out to be quite a yawn inducing one.
one, the camera revolves and rotates exclusively around
Sami and his participant guest (which consisted of one
Mitali for most of the first week) with only the 'Baby'
- the score board cum question board for some distraction.
Sami's peppy talk and mannerisms, it's boring after
a point to just concentrate on the two. And then, the
excruciatingly long pauses between answer given and
correct answer provided are enough to make one reach
for the remote. Ideally, Sami should be firing his questions
at a panel of participants a la Antakshari, having rapid
fire rounds, buzzer rounds and audience participation.
Pace will help the show, just as Sami's interesting
snippets on the film industry do. Right now, lack of
pace is killing it.
Zee's Saloni ain't all that she was portrayed as in
Last couple of weeks, Saloni was shown as wanting to
prefer a career over an unborn child, a choice that
was clearly indicated as not a smart or wise one. But
all that has now vanished, with the audience given to
understand that it wasn't Saloni's doing but a vicious
villain who had made her mouth such vampish thoughts.
Oh. Bahus, betiyaans and assorted female of the species
know exactly where they stand in this country. At least
serious competition to existing channels is coming up
in the form of the upcoming NDTV's Imagine and 9X, which
debuted this last week. Imagine heralds the return of
Hats Off Productions (remember the brilliant Sarabhai
vs Sarabhai on Star One?) with Jasuben Jayantilal
Joshi ki Joint Family, but few of the regular Hats
Off actors are listed among the cast. Hats Off's other
show for the channel, Ek Packet Umeed, is an
untapped genre for the production house, but with its
powerhouse writers, it could still pull it off.
takes a shot at humour with Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch
Kar Dikhayenge (why the long titles, NDTV?), while
Sol will return with a dance show anchored by Saroj
Khan and a singers' show called Dhoom Macha De.
If the channel's line up induces a sense of deja vu
and a Star One feel, it's no surprise, since a lot of
the programming brains from Star are now with Imagine.
When is the coffee launching with Karan, though?
potato's grumble of the week - Will Sony please
take off the Saawariya motifs from all its logos?
The movie has been released, talked about and panned.
Let's move on.