The last weekend of 2007 presented us with a very enjoyable variety of
music and melody. The shows were full of fun and frolic with a usual
dose of emotion, social messages and some brilliant performances
especially from the L’il Ustaads.
Having said that, there was one thing that was very conspicuous in all
the four shows - there were contradictions galore in most of the
In SRGMP-L’il Champs,
performance wise the L’il Champs outperformed one another. The tribute
paid to Sonu Nigam was also one of the highlights of the week which
left not just Sonu, but even his fans quite overwhelmed. The shocker of
the week was to find Amir, one of the most talented participants in
bottom 3! Smita Nandi’s reasoning to cover up her “good, but not so
outstanding” performance by blaming her tonsils was a rather lame
excuse and was rightly chastised by Sonu. But Sonu contradicted the
very reasons he gave Smita about gaining public sympathy! His emotional
support of Amir Hafeez, on Friday and Saturday inadvertently made Sonu
attract public attention for reasons that are totally unrelated to
music! On Friday, he brought to public attention Amir’s family
background and on Saturday, he highlighted Amir’s illiteracy – two
irrelevant points. If that is not publicizing private life and trying
to gain public sympathy, then what else is??
In SVOI Chhote Ustaad, all the performances were outstanding. However,
the comments made by the judges made least sense. These judges often
say that there are a few errors which they would overlook and more
often than not, end up giving the highest grade too! Now, if there are
errors, how can they be overlooked or more importantly, how is it that
the same participant can get the highest grade? Aren’t they contradicting
themselves? As a judge, it is their duty to pinpoint the mistakes so
that the participants know exactly where they went wrong and correct
themselves. Abhaas as host at times looks quite lost and it’s high time
he cuts down on expressionlessly shouting a few standard lines.
This week Mission Ustaad spread the message for "Upliftment of Women".
All the four Jodi's gave brilliant performances with inspiring messages
and incidents from their personal life to the world. Though the message
was inspiring, their songs were not. It has been pointed out by the
judges many times that the songs chosen must fit the subject. But
seems the Jodi's are lacking the knowledge of songs available in our
music industry, or is it that they are choosing songs that are popular
so they can attract the audience for votes? It is now high time A.R.
Rahman gives out his views on the songs performed. If only one judge
speaks out and the others do not express their views, then how can the
audience give the correct results?
K for Kishore is turning a
disappointment for the viewers. The performances were really mediocre
again this week. Even the amateur L’il Ustaads of Zee and VOI sing more
in sur than what was showcased by these seasoned singers!! The only
show stealer has been the not known anecdotes shared by Amit Kumar on
The shows will have to rise above mediocrity or cheap publicity
stunts. Each of them comes with a mission. To gain public sympathy or
to raise the TRP’s the shows should not dilute the objectivities of
their individual shows by contradicting the very objective.
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