“Jodi salaamat rahe” is all I can think of when I watch the true stars of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.
Much has been said on Aspi’s Drift about the music, the format and even the results of this show. However, I am filled with wonder and admiration for the duo Vish-Shek—the true rock stars that balance talent, relatedness and business acumen.
Why do I adore them? Let me count the ways:
- They love music. And I mean they loooove music. Of course they are successful composers. But you can see music in their smiles. You see it in their body movements when the music touches them. Compare this to King Midas, a la, Bappi Lahiri’s inscrutable face during most of the show’s air time.
- They can pick the winners flawlessly. Every time Vish-Shek praised someone, that singer came back bigger and better. Even Asha Bhosle messed up on this front with Sarika.
- They are master communicators. They can speak freely. They can speak diplomatically. They are not afraid to tell a singer, “It’s not happening…”, or to disagree with the mahagurus, be it Asha or Khayyam. But Vish-Shek also know when to smooth ruffled feathers, such as when a mahaguru’s ego needs a Band-Aid or when Darbar threatens to walk off in a huff. (Note to Ismail--- Please learn to disagree in a more mature way.)
- They have the smarts. Vish-Shek have managed to promote their new label and their future “stars” in such a suave way. In contrast, Himesh Reshammiya acts like a self-absorbed narcissist who grabs the mike and thrusts himself on the stage whenever the spirit moves him.
- They have a fantastic relationship. Vish-Shek’s partnership is their strength and also the reason I think the world of them. They are obviously great collaborators in their work. But what I am talking about is their ability to complement each other’s contributions on the show, share mike time, and display genuine camaraderie. I have not seen them being petty, or competitive with each other.
And I want to see them stay this way. “Chashme badoor!”