Another week of highs and lows in the musical arena of reality shows.
While some shows gave the viewers a great musical time, some stood out
like the sore thumb. Mission Ustaad as usual was top class. K for
Kishore was a pleasant surprise and L’il Champs seemed energized doing
full justice to the chosen themes. “Musical reality show” or a “Dramatic musical show”, that was the feeling left with most viewers after watching Friday’s episode of SVOI.
on Friday saw one of the best episodes with all the contestants giving
out good performances on Bhakti Songs. The saddest part was to watch
Vasundhara’s elimination, a very fair decision by the public. But it
was nice to see the positive way that this girl took the decision and
ended her journey on SaReGaMaPa show with the good bye song “Naam Ghum Jayega”
bringing tears into everyone’s eyes. Saturday was an episode which
could be called a child’s delight. Raju Srivastav being the guest
brought a lot of fun factor into the show. But the show producers went
bit overboard with Raju and his jokes, which in the later stages turned
more distraction to the actual music.
for the second week in running went for drama and this week it could be
said that Friday’s episode was one of the worst ones. The opening
itself was wrong. This is a kids show and showing a muqabla as if it is
a boxing match – now does that send out a positive message to the Lil
participants or could that spread animosity against the challenger? All
that hype about “the Challengers”
fizzled out even before the episode got over. None of them including
Rigveda, the challenger who made it, was anywhere close to the
remaining contestants. The appeal for “Wild card”
looked abysmally scripted. Show producer portraying himself to agree
for wild card by honoring the pressure put forth by the judges and the
participants looked more scripted, especially when everyone already
knew about such a round. On Saturday, the wild card entries were better
than the challengers! Gitasree, Areeb and Alpansh gave some good
performances. So how many wild cards now make the entry - one or two?
That part is yet to be cleared for the viewers.
K for Kishore
was the surprise package for the viewers this week. The theme this week
was Comedy round and Chetan, Nayan, Chintan and Arnab all gave out
flawless performances. Sudesh Bhosle was correct in commenting about
Chetan Rana’s rendition of “Aake seedhi lagi” that his performance at
places gave the impression that it was the original track. Amit Kumar
and Sudesh Bhosle’s performance on Saturday on the song “Ek Chatur
Naar” was awesome. From what the hosts commented looks like the show
will soon have few more contestants added as “Challengers”. The manner in which the show is treading, it is giving an impression that the show lacks any fixed format.
Mission Ustaad has reached the last stages of the show. This week the theme was “Sharing and spreading love”.
Though the Jodi’s gave some very good performances, they were chided by
Javed Saab for not singing songs befitting the “love” of the theme. The
highlight was the impact this scolding had on the participants and the
way all the participants led by Naresh & Shweta came forward to
sing “Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hain” to placate the judges. The way the judges gave them a public ovation surely is what makes this show “class apart”.
It was very tastefully done and was truly a musical retort instead of
any staged drama prevalent in other shows! Javed Saab’s comment that
there are many musical competitions, but this one is a musical
cooperation was indeed so true. Every performance was good but the best
was the song compositions in the Brahmastra round where Kailash Kher -
Mahalaxmi Iyer were declared the winners.
If on one side we have Mission Ustaad
building hope, then on the other side we have SVOI Chhote Ustaad
shredding hopes. The participants of the show are very good and just
their singing alone was a reason for music lovers to tune in. But the
Challenger’s challenge drama or the wild card confusion may see many of
its loyal fans walking out now and boycotting the show. A gimmick can
work once, but repeatedly? It’s doubtful.
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