The musical shows this week gave viewers mixed reactions. While some
shows did well, some were marred by “dramatic” turns, which left one
feeling disappointed and outraged. Confusions or decisions – either as
bloopers or as intended - left viewers shocked with raised eyebrows
questioning the very essence of the shows.
SaReGaMaPa this week was a
child’s delight – full of fun and masti, and at the same time we got to
hear some wonderful songs of Suresh Wadkar ji. Friday was elimination
day but the judges decided otherwise, it being a Suresh ji special
night. But the question that arises - Is it fair to give such “lease of
life” at this juncture of the contest? There is a big possibility that
this can imbalance the elimination equation after this week’s
performance, and one who wasn’t in the danger zone earlier may see the
door this week after the adding up of two weeks' votes. Would that be
fair to those who did not get such a “chance”? Saturday, the
contestants sang two songs each and made sure to give some brilliant
VOI Chhote Ustaad in turn this
week turned into dramas galore. Friday in the folk song round, the
contestants gave some very beautiful performances and the celebrity
guests were very encouraging. It was finally Areeb who got eliminated.
A long time overdue elimination!! But Friday’s brilliance got
overshadowed on Saturday, courtesy of some scripted dramas. Even the
performances were affected as none of the contestant could maintain the
same level they were otherwise capable of. The whole protest by the
contestants against the new challenger looked so staged that it gave up
its reality. Another drama that was brought out was a dispute between
Aishwarya and Anvesha, and that too looked made up. Even their parents
were surprised on hearing about it and made it clear on the show.
Regional vote appeals were very unfortunate. Anvesha hitting the
scaryland so frequently is very unfortunate. But why should Anvesha’s
lack of vote be blamed on the Bengalis alone or why should Ashwarya’s
scoring highest votes be credited to Gujarat alone?
K for Kishore was in its usual
form and gives a feeling that even the kids of other shows are better
singers than these Kishore Bhakts. It was very unfortunate to watch the
guest singer Vinod Rathod too failing to deliver. Infact his
performance on Saturday was so miserable that in the end the
contestants were found to give out better ones than him. It was
wonderful hearing Amit Paul again on the show and he made sure to give
out the best act proving his Kishore “Bhakti”. Hema Sardesai was a
brilliant judge and the manner in which she pointed out the manner in
which one can correct the mistakes was of big help.
Mission Ustaad as usual gave
the best for the viewers. But what was surprising was that the host
forgot to mention the theme of the week when she started the show on
Friday. The songs were awesome, but without the theme this week, it was
not evident what exactly they wanted to say in the early stage. Javed
Akhtar for the first time was found taking a stand contrary to his
earlier stand. His comment to Vasundhara Das that the composition in
the Brahmastra round should be made such that the poetry is rhymed, was
just the opposite of what he expressed in an earlier round that it is
the words and their expressions that matters and not the rule to rhyme
the lines. But on the whole, it was a show worth watching and is giving
out a lesson to all other musical shows.
This week the dramatics of SVOI left a very bad impression in the minds
of the viewers. The theme was good; the performers are excellent, then
why resort to such cheap gimmicks and put the children in a position
where it can affect their performance? Why build such unnecessary
pressure on the kids. Was it really necessary? It’s now time the
creatives take stock of things and clean up their acts before they lose
their loyal viewers totally.
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