This week's musical shows were two ends of the musical spectrum. While one was a reflection of what true music is all about, the other continued it's trend of sending out mixed signals to the audience.
after a long time, presented an outstanding extravaganza of music and
singing, blending into a near perfect show. Devoid of any drama, it was
a tribute to the geniuses who have given so much to the audience over
the years. Friday saw a round of gazals and semi classical, presided by
two doyens of music scene, Jagjit Singh and Pt Jasraj, both of whom filled the atmosphere with awe and delight with their respective
recitals . Later, the contestants not only lifted their own performance
beyond the realm of ordinary, each of them giving one enthralling
performance after another, but they even managed to lift the show
altogether to the highest level. No enforced drama, no unbecoming
antics by anyone which the show had previously been notorious for, it
stood out for its purity and superlative music. The same went for the
Saturday episode, which though was more of a promotion for Farah Khan
and Shahrukh Khan’s upcoming film Om Shanti Om, but that did not take
away anything from the extraordinary musical evening.
If anything, the energy radiated by the effervescent Farah Khan and the stellar performances by the top three only added to the brilliance of this episode.
This week SRGMP saw the elimination
of the powerhouse talent Poonam, but at this stage, with each
contestant capable of beating the other on his/her day, it was accepted
with the humility it deserved by everyone. The race has heated up, and
probably after a long time in any reality show, the finals are going to
be fought by contestants who deserve to be there in all respects.
Star Voice of India, on the other hand, continues with it’s confusing
antics. The Wild card is over, the confusion as to how many and what
way is not. The audience started with knowing four to be selected, four
became five ( veto power of the judges? Please!) and then it finally
came to six. Even more alarming was the way the esteemed mentors were reacting.
Abhijit’s outburst at this stage, about a Prithvi contestant not being
deserving enough to be in the Bemisaal 12, let alone top 5, (
suspiciously pointing at Ishmeet who cried heartbreakingly even after
being declared safe, ) was not only humiliating and rude to say the
least, but also indicative to the immense dissatisfaction plaguing this
reality show. All the contestants, without exception, have a perpetual
bewildered look on their faces – probably wondering why they are where
they are in the first place. The final selection of the Wild Card
entries is supposed to be a 50-50 decision, yet none of the judges were
seen giving any marks to any of the WC contestants ! So is it that the
marks given by other four judges in the first Wild Card round would be
taken into account? Or would the current panel of judges give the marks
later? Talk about confusion compounded!
This show has every ingredient to make it a successful one - eye
catching sets, a warm host, brilliant contestants, at least 10 of whom
can beat anyone on their day, and some great singing. Yet the show is
plunging down, both in esteem and the TRP with each passing day, all
thanks to a baffling elimination process where the voting pattern does
not even reflect the sentiment of the masses, and the ensuing format,
or rather, the lack of it. Even the presence of the brilliant trio
Shankar-Eshaan-Lloyd on Friday or the Saawariya team on
Saturday did little to brighten the strangely gloomy atmosphere, though
the scintillating performances by young Ranbir and Sonam did lift the
spirits. The performance of all the participants was another highlight
of the show. What is notable here is the team spirit showed by them. Every now and then they have set aside their
inevitable rivalry, and performed background vocals for each other (
watch out for the outstanding background vocals by Abhaas, Priyani and
Harshit in Arshpreet’s Aa-ja-ve-mahi). The camadiere showed by them is worth a watch in itself.
Will the reentry of two (or is it three now? Confusion confusion!) through
wild card save this reality show or help it’s way up the charts once
more? With SRGMP finale round the corner and Indian Idol already over,
Star Voice of India still can fancy some chances, provided it
immediately finds ways to iron away the multiple lines of confusion and
give the audience what it really tunes in to watch – good music.
Author: Minnie Gupta
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