This week in SaReGaMaPa L'il Champs, it was the Wild Cards Round, and
the weekend saw the show actually turning into Masti-ki-Pathshala. Be
it Sonu’s singing the duet song in both male and female voices or
Aditya having non-stop fun with the kids or Alka Yagnik’s positive and
encouraging comments, all added to the already positive atmosphere of
the show. Aditya was exceptionally good as a host and the way he hosted
this week in particular, he proved that he is now one of the best
hosts. It was too humorous watching him mimic Barbie whenever he was
interacting with her but while doing this, he got a taste of his own
medicine when “Chimdi” Vaishali took over the hosting job and before
Aditya could realize anything, she started mimicking him. This week’s
best was the ever shy Sahil who not only gave the best performance but
made a comeback in a new avatar. But what touched everyone was - Rohit
informing with pride how all the kids helped Sahil to shed his
inhibitions and get more outspoken, which was very much evident from
his behaviour. Hats off these small kids who still have their innocence
intact, and can rise above personal competitions and help one another
out to bring out their best.
Alka as the guest was par excellence. She made sure to interact with
all the contestants. Sureshji as an advisor is really good but while
doing so, at times it seems he forgets that this is a kid’s show. If
it’s Sureshji in L'il Champs, then it’s Pritam in Chhote Ustaad who
seems bit out of place. His interaction with the contestants lack
complete chemistry. In Chhote Ustaad, Abhaas this week was not up to
the mark as he was last week. Maybe, this being the first eliminations
week for him as a host, his body language suggested clearly that he was
feeling quite uncomfortable. But the contestants did not disappoint the
viewers and belted out some excellent performances.
After this week’s show, the format of Chhote Ustaad got a bit clearer
to the viewers. Voice of India has kept up to their traditions of
giving again a format that’s a complicated confusion package. But the
most worrying part of the format is where the four danger zone
contestants are made to sing songs on the choice of the judges for
which they get just ten minutes to prepare and perform. This is
definitely going to put lot of pressure and trauma on these small kids.
As far as traditions of VOI go, they kept up to its changing formats by
not eliminating any contestant in their very first eliminations
episode. The judges did not deem fit to even inform the viewers the
reasons behind it, especially when it was apparent that Alpansh
Banerjee's performance was not at par with the other three danger zone
contestant in the previous week.
Some more musical reality shows are going to hit prime channel houses
very soon. There will be melody and competition galore. It is therefore
more necessary that all these shows now have a well defined format to
maintain each show's objectivity and uniqueness. To sustain the public
interest, along with the presence of talented participants, the
lucidity in the show format and its set rules will play a major role.
The production houses should understand this point clearly and fast.
Note: The views expressed are solely of the author. For any information, please contact the author.