Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007: What makes a winner?

Last week Vishal went at it again with Himesh Reshammiya over Mussarat Abbas. A few shows ago, Vishal's needling of Mussarat for singing songs in his comfort zone had sparked an entertaining row resulting in a thundering lesson on rozi-roti from the House of Reshammiya. And it happened again: Vishal wanted variety, Himesh wants a singer who can sing certain types of songs for people. Complicating all of this was the fact that Mussarat was in the rather hilariously named trishanku which is the equivalent of the Indian Idol danger zone.


And this made Himesh nervous. "Get back to singing what you do best" he ordered. Vishal coolly picked up the mike and insisted he'd like to examine Mussarat's range on the show.

Vishal and Himesh both sound right to me. A singer needs to perform in multiple genres to prove himself. But it is a bit much to expect newbies to display this versatility. And Himesh's argument is a practical one: stay in your comfort zone and even if you don't win the competition, you'll end up getting work because you specialize in certain types of songs.

Ultimately the question is: what is SRGMP looking for in its winner? This is a complicated question because once voting is open to the public - the situation becomes dicey. In obvious cases, the public seems to vote sensibly. But in borderline cases, factors other than singing talent can easily result in a contestant's exit.

I'll stick with Vishal's argument that a singer has to at least try and display versatility to win this show. After all, with all the entertaining but ultimately weak crooning happening on Indian Idol, the best singers for the next generation are going to come from this show.

On to other matters: I'm beginning to enjoy the sheer tackiness of what is called the yellow room. This is the rather sorry looking room where all three yellow lighted contestants have to cool their heels. They have to listen to their competition on a large screen TV at angles that surely must test their neck muscles. Further torture is inflicted on them in the form of pictures of previously eliminated contestants on the wall - an empty one with a question mark being a particularly sadistic touch. I shall hereby call this the Lonely RoomTent (thanks ~mm~ and also pictures over at her place) because that is what everyone who ends up there looks like.

18 comments:

*~mad munky~* said...

it's more of a tent than a room, isn't it? i'm sure they showed it on one of the hungama programmes and it sooooo looked like a tent :oS

yes, the sadistic touch of the pics didn't escape me either *muhahahah* how positively evil :oD

one slight niggle about vishal's push for versatility - he doesn't seem to be raising that for his own mentee, raja :o|

Aspi said...

~mm~ you are my source of insider info on SRGMP! We'll call it the Lonely Tent.

Mind Rush said...

Mad Munky, great points!

Aspi, how about some thoughts on the "love and gender" controversy being aired on Indian Idol...does a judge have the right to speculate on the private emotions of a contestant?

Aspi said...

Mind Rush, anything for you - coming right up!

radical said...

i noticed you changed the intro on the top of your blog.. to something more lame. Did someone threaten to burn down your server or something???

Aspi said...

radical, it is lame isn't it? I do get my share of hate mail but that's really not what caused it.

I wanted to try and explain that I'm mostly kidding around about stuff and it is all in good jest. And people who share that sentiment will like reading the blog. Unfortunately I'm lousy at writing descriptions of myself or my space.

But write something for me and I'll be honored to use it :)

*~mad munky~* said...

ta, mindrush ;o)

i have now uploaded pics of said tent onto my blog :o)

the contestants are clearly petrified of the place, and with good reason!!!

Aspi said...

~mm~, wonderful. I linked those in my post.

Anonymous said...

Folks, is it just me or have you noticed it too. Himesh has picked his own fav "Aneek".
Hamare Vishal Shekhar ke fav hain; Raja Hindistani and Shakira urf. Mauli Dave.

I feel sorry for the participants. Is must be extremely demoralizing, because the all the Mahagurus give 10/10/10 to their favs most of the times to please their fellow judges.

I prefer Indian Idol format where the guru should only comment on the performance and this scoring system is plain "bakwas". "Public ko bewakoof bana rahe hain"

Arre, if the guy is so good, then there is no need to be SRGMP, he can launch their career rightaway.

Aspi said...

Wah Anon, what empathy! I hadn't thought about this but you are right. It must be infuriating for the likes of Harpreet and Abhijit to see those favorite contestants getting CTs from the gurus.

To be fair though I believe Himesh does an excellent job of supporting all his participants even when they shake and shimmy a bit. I'll have to do a post on that one of these days.

Rupal said...

Kya Aspibhai... Anon nahin, Rupal hai. ...

Anyways, I do agree Himesh supports all his participants, but watch his Wahs and all the flying kisses when Aneek sings ...

So, unfair...

Talkin abt unfair, I read this blog during lunch hour, before going to bed. UNFAIR. heh heh

Aspi said...

Rupal, yeh aspiBHAI ko chhodo! It makes me either feel old or like someone who has taken on a supari. For you, its Aspi :)

You sleep after lunch? What's the story there?

Rupal said...

ha ha ha, very funny ... OK, let me expalin this funda ... It makes me feel younger, naa.

Mera matlab hai raat ko sone se pehle. see I am chatting with you.

Aspi said...

Ah yes, I get it now. I'm not that old yaar. Chalo, if you are anywhere near where I am, its time to tuck in :)

Rupal said...

Theek hai AspiBHAI.

Oops, "Galti se mistake ho gaya."

ha ha ha, my version of a PJ.

And yes, we are in the same time zone.

Manish said...

I thought variety and roti could go together. Add a bit of variety to Roti - paratasa, stuffed parathas, naan, kulchhas and more. No wonder the show looks more and more like a menu card each passing episode.

Avtar said...

This show is flawed. There is no wayyyyy..that someone outside of India has a chance to win. This clearly was shown on this finale..Amanat was the best..Raja second and Aneek last...but guess what..Amanat is not Indian...thus he loses..

Anonymous said...

Even if Amanat was Indian..he wud have stood 2nd...cuz hez Muslim.