Sunday, July 29, 2007

Indian Idol 3 Gala Round: The gulab and the hathoda

Sure Anu Malik gives balanced comments - sometimes. Most of the time he appears to either hand out a gulab or bring out his hathoda. But like every scooter that works only in first or fifth gear needs a closer look, Anu Malik's comments came in for scrutiny from Alisha Chinai this week.

For a while now in an effort to make that forced episode of Indian Idol 3 (Rubaroo) seem interesting, the producers and Mini have been drumming up a romance between contestants Deepali and Chang.


This resulted in a public dressing down handed out by Anu Malik to Deepali after a particularly insipid performance. "This crush is crushing your singing" he declared. Next episode Deepali was in the danger zone. Now she's been there before but this time Alisha Chinai flew into a rage - lambasting Malik for bringing her personal life into play and holding him responsible for her lack of votes.

The host, Mini Mathur, having first killed all chance of any budding romance by publicly outing it at the alter of ratings gain, now proceeded to act indignant, having forgotten that she had helped put wood to the fire that was being fanned. I'm not complaining - a much entertaining jhagda ensued.

So should Anu have dug into Deepali's personal life this way? It depends on what role people expect Anu to play. If he is a judge, I believe he should stay away from it. If he is a mentor, he should point it out - perhaps not so harshly but its well within his rights to question any possible distraction.

There is some precedence for this: his public reaming of the stagnating Emon Chatterjee has resulted in Emon cutting out the cheeky harkats in his singing. In fact, in the same show he delivered a rousing rendition of Malik's own Sonu Nigam special "Iss Pyaar ko mein kya naam doon" re-staking his claim to the top spot.

With Deepali though, this hathoda approach puts the contestant down a slippery slope. First, she is struggling with her votes - she always gets much fewer than she deserves. Secondly, not everyone - and I believe gender plays an important role here - responds to the barking, abusive coach archetype and raises their game.

Muddled as it was to me there were some positives. Alisha Chinai picked up the mike and made herself heard and she did it well. Chang quietly and gallantly supported his friend without fear of reprisal from Malik.

And a darshak made a terrific point during an audience reaction clip. Why is everyone talking about Deepali, she suggested, aren't there two people in the romance? Indeed!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iam not very surprised by Anu Malik's reaction or his usage of words that put him into controversies almost always.I guess the man loves it and so thats what the audience expects too.But Iam surprised by Javed Saab's 'I-dont-want-to-be-involved-in-this-jhagda' attitude rather than taking a firm stand on this whole issue.

Iam glad that Alisha stood by the contestants and fought it rightly so,which I thought was Javed saab's domain(Taking the rt stand).Strangely he would often give anu malik a piece of his mind when ever anu tried outsmart anyone,but now all that javed saab do is praise Anu malik for no reason.

Furthermore,I dont get it why none of the judges have objected to this issue being dragged on for over 20 to 30 mins on the show.Its totally disgraceful on everyone's part.Then again like Aspi said its always the jhagdas that get the channel more TRP's.
The only two people who have been extremely well behaved and handled the situation with lot of maturity are Deepali and Chang.So I just want to say to thier families - "Folks!dont worry abt ur kids.they r winners already"

- Saritha

*~mad munky~* said...

it's interesting that somewhere or the other (i forget where), many of the contestants listed their fave judge as anu - i think it was parleen that said it was because it was like having a mirror held up - he helps them improve and see themselves as they are...his manner is sometimes waaaaay off, but the underlying sentiment is usually correct... (usually!)

i can now go back into my 'parleen depression' :o| *adopts depressive pose*

;o)

Aspi said...

Saritha, great point about the kids behaving better than the elders on that show.

~mm~, Parleen's four hanky exit made me feel like singing "Gill ke tukde tukde karke".

Rupal said...

I beg to differ here...

When Deepali was given a chance to comment on the "Crush", but she accepted that becuase her singing was "Kamzhor" she was in the bottom 3.

So, it not that Kids are well behaved, they just did not want to take a stand here and say "Anu Malli" is blowing things out of propotion. To a certain extent, they cannot speak up or throw a tantrum like the judges.

Emon did the same with his Overconfident controversy. Aaj Maine achaa nahin gaya, isi liye sir ne mujhe daata.

And now, Mr. Malli is taking credit for Emon's good singing.

Arre bhai, usne pehle bhi aisa hi gaya that. Sirf tumhari soch badal gayi hai.

Saritha said...

I agree with U rupal that in any talent hunt show the contestants are expected to stick to politically correct statements and they certainly cant throw tantrums like Judges....But I liked Chang's reaction.He had the courage to speak his mind without going overboard.That I certainly call maturity.And deepali chose not to react to 'crush' thing and prolong the discussion Instead she sensibly diverted the topic to her kamzhor singing.If anu malik had taken a cue from this he could have ended the whole thing in a min rather than going on like a defense lawyer.

Emon bechara had no option but to say those words which I dont know if he ever meant.but Iam sure if deepali or Chang perform well in the later galas anu malik will be more than happy to take the credit.

Rupal said...

pls. note kiya jaye ...
Maine Mallik ko "Malli" banaya ...

That is what he deserves to be ...

Aspi said...

Heh heh. Given that he can't seem to spell his own name, anything goes. Sometimes its spelt Malik, then its Malek and now its Maliik - and that is all just on Indian Idol!

Bhumi said...

Chang's response was the best, short, sweet and straight to the point, it showed the depth of his character, ie when challenged wont hide but will fight back gracefully.

Unfortunately I blame producers for showing all this to increase the rating.

Anu's comments as usual were outrageous and I simply do not understand why oh why Anu is still in that seat and why Javedji kept quite!! I think we need to bring back Shabana Azmi. Give credit to Alisha for taking a stand against such damaging remarks.

Saritha said...

yep bhumi!I was just thinking the same....Javed Saab agar aap kahe to hum Shabana ji ko vapas bhula le .....Humen bulldojer ki pitai dekhni hai...

Aspi said...

Actually ever since Anu came back to the show two things have happened to Javed Akhtar. 1. He's become less critical and more encouraging, probably because Anu handles that part really well and 2. he's been reluctant to disagree with Anu.

Shabana's arrival would tilt the scales against Anu.

Manish Sahu said...

Aspi, I am seriously disappointed with your lack of knowledge of astrology, numerology, palmistry and the likes. It is Annu MalEk. And certainly not Annu MalIk. In consultation with numerologist, tarot, handwriting and signatures specialist Niraj Mancchanda, Annu changed his name. Annu Malek counts to 32, which will the sway masses.(Which way?)

What Mancchanda (Note the double "C") didn't mention was MALEk is a lot more masculine with the male tag embedded in it. MALIk simply sounded like a part-time gardener.

I suggest that you immediately correct that error. And book the domain name aspEEsdrift.com before I do it. Eeeks.

Aspi said...

I hang my head in shame. I never understood numerology and it drives me crazy when Mal{e,ii,i}k keeps changing his name all the time. How's a writer to keep track!?

saritha said...

Or is it anu 'mali'.Ek aisa 'mali' jisse gulab pasand nahi...he he

Aspi said...

Saritha, I'm going to use that line one of these days. Its too funny to be tucked into a comment.

Saritha said...

Thanks Aspi,I thought it was a silly PJ...I'll be more happy if this 'mali' gets to read ur blog besides the Indian Idol shoots.Is he making any music these days?

Saritha said...

hey Aspi!It just occured to me that Aug 15 is round the corner,any plans in Chicago on how to celebrate 60 yrs of independence among the desis....they shd be something going on.We moved out of IL a couple of months ago and I miss all the happenings in Chicago although I haven't been to the city many times.

Aspi said...

Saritha, too bad you're not among us :). Aside from the usual desi parade in Devon being bigger than usual I don't know of anything else. I hear Priyanka Chopra is going to be there.

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