After Zee TV had its acting show in the form of India's Best Dramebaaz, Star Plus now has its own, where children are replaced by adults thus presenting India's Next Superstars.
The premiere episode went on-air last night and I jot down the highs and lows of the show, and whether it is worthy of being the hit reality show the channel aims to get.
Priyanka Chopra's guest appearance, a slimmer Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty's usual self were amongst the good moments for sure. In a show, where everything else looked repetitive and been-there-seen-that, Priyanka's presence was a treat along with Rohit and Karan's judgement really making sense and not being run-off-the-mill.
There GENUINELY are some good actors and performers in the lot, with special mentions for Natasha Bhardwaj and Karan Talwar among a few others. They do have the acting chops and the dancing talent and what it takes to be Bollywood material. So, to see that the show has actually managed to get a few worthy performers is heartening.
Rithvik Dhanjani and Karan Wahi's hosting skills are no secret to anyone and this is yet another feather to their caps. They are effortlessly fantastic and their bromance and comic timing keeps a smile on your face constantly.
One of the most cringing visuals in a reality show is the 'acted reality' AVs that roll when a contestant's background is being introduced. I get it, some have a difficult background from which they have reached here, but to cry about it on an AV along with a pathetic background score is as infuriating as it can get. Isn't that AV supposed to be real? Fortunately, the over-acting that contestants are made to do is not the parameter for their innings in the show.
The change of concept to make it a reality-cum-fiction show makes you go 'Blah!' Apart from the reality that you will see on weekends, when they will perform in front of the judges; you will get to see several tasks and short acts with drama and fights between those contestants between Mondays to Fridays.
Need I say anything else? If you were sad Bigg Boss Season 11 in ending tonight, you may just see flickers and a pinch of its flavour in this show.
At the end of it all, India's Next Superstars does have some novelty to itself, but the packaging of the show is done as just another reality show on the block, which may not work in its favour.
With a few genuine acting talents and otherwise repetitive segments, India's Next Superstars can be given a skip on weekdays and may treat you on weekends.