This week SaReGaMaPa show was a gala event filled with music, fun, laughter, drama, emotions, live orchestra, 22 celebrities, and not to forget the music release and much more. Watching the last week's studio performance by the 3 finalists, was definitely a treat and to top it up, the cherry on the cake was to see live orchestra back on stage on Friday. The sweetness however turned saccharine sweet seeing the song selection by the contestants. They could have selected far better songs. The 22 celebrities from Bollywood in the SaReGaMaPa sets on Saturday not only set the record for the maximum number of celebrity guests for a day, but changed the geography of the show as well – it was less musical but more fun filled. It was evident that this episode was set for bidding farewell to Challenge 2007, as all the mentors and the contestants had more fun dancing with the celebrities’. To everyone’s surprise, viewers even got to watch the most silent mentors - Shekhar and Ismail Durbar performing some exclusive dance steps.
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Mentors of these reality shows should make sure that they maintain the dignity of the show. But this is lacking the most in these shows at times. Himesh was found commenting on issues that has no bearing to the show, and at times it was beyond the comprehension of the viewers as well. He seems to have turned into a brand ambassador for each and every film that comes to the show for promotion and makes sure to remind the viewers in every episode that this show is number one in TRP. And if it’s Himesh’s behavior that’s standing out as a sore thumb in SRGMP, then it’s Abhijit in SVOI who is giving Himesh a competition with such behaviors. Is it as a result of getting too attached to certain contestants and over hyping them in every other episode? Please let the viewers choose them on the basis of their performances and not on other issues.
After so many weeks of talks and speculation about the wild card entries, SVOI finally got three contestants from the wild card round. The results and selection of the wild card entrants have left most viewers utterly confused, frustrated rather than being happy. The show seems to be running without any rules or directions. If one minute the announcement was that one wild card would be selected, then in a couple of week’s time, this number changed from one to two, and finally by virtue of judges veto power, the number has reached to three. So do we now take it that if another good singer gets eliminated next, these much esteemed judges would again use their veto power to bring one back yet again? The question that now arises is - Why was this veto power not used when other good contestants were eliminated, despite good performances or as to When or Who introduced it? Excuse given for taking Priyani back was the marginal difference of votes between her and Abhaas; something that could have been used for even Toshi when he got eliminated. The biggest question that is now haunting the minds of the viewers is – Do we have an end to this show in sight or will this be a never ending one? Is it that just like in Saas-Bahu serials we see the characters making re-entry; even here contestants will be brought back at different stages? In this whole drama, the one who got the most unfair treatment was Sumitra, who was eliminated last week even though it was a wild card round. And of course, the top four too who even after reaching that coveted spot are now back to again top seven.
If anyone is suffering in this chaos and confusion, it is mostly the participants as their morale is taking the beating. The next to suffer are the fans who are taken on wild goose chase and are paying through their teeth to send maximum SMS votes to keep their favorites in the contest. A clear-cut format and adherence to a set format is the most important part of a show. Dignified behavior, good themes, song selections and brilliant performances should decide the TRP toppers. These are few points the channels now needs to understand and work upon.
Author : Barnali
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