Friday, August 24, 2007

A glass half full on Indian Idol 3 Rubaroo

My wife is way smarter than me. But while I won't concede that Javed Akhtar is awesome, Shabana Azmi is a goddess, Uttarakhand is better than Nargol or that Bongs are the most talented people on the planet - if she tells me she loved II3: Rubaroo yesterday, I'll admit perhaps there is something there. So while I was bored to tears, I'll try my best to see the glass half full here.

First, II3:R gives us the opportunity to listen to the singers without backup music. This gives you an excellent insight into their tonal quality and ability to hold a tune. There was a contrived game host Mini Mathur played with them early on where she would conjure up a situation and ask the contestants to sing a relevant song. This elicited a groan from me initially but listening to the kids sing was educating.

Second, there was "spontaneous" celebration of Mini Mathur's birthday. And this revealed a rather interesting aspect of her personality because normally a chatterbox, she seemed lost for words without looking like an overwhelmed mess - no sobbing, sniffling or on-demand fainting. Nice! Later her rather amiable husband Kabir Khan showed up - displaying all the energy of a 20W bulb. This is a good thing because he looked laid back enough to complement his partner.

Finally, I have a suggestion: since we are talking reality show here (within the recognized limits of reality these days), why not just take the camera inside the contestants' dorms and make it a half hour reality fest? Perhaps a day in the life of a contestant. Or the evolution of a performance from idea to execution. Or: now that one of you has been kicked out, what happens when you get back to the dorms? Who knows - I might even watch without annoying my wife with fake snores.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I liked the rubaroo episode...but not the first few minutes where they showed the Delhi concert. Made me wonder...ppl really spent their money to watch these ppl sing/perform? Or was it a free concert?
I think the theory that someone put forth on your site, that Chang did have something for Deeps, has been proved!
It was kinda cute to see Mini at a loss for words...she was clearly quite embarrassed.
Now waiting for the galas...-ritha

Saritha said...

Aspi,have you seen Indian Idol 'taka tak' last season?If you haven't and still came up with that suggestion then I have a suggestion for you - you are probably now ready to make your own TV show.

Taka tak had everything you mentioned above and a lot more.From a lil chit chat with voted out contestant to their masti in the malls or at beach to their crushes.They even composed a song on their own which was later recorded.

The fact that the vivacious Rakshanda Khan hosted it made it more taka tak.Although I love Mini,watching her 3 days in a row is a lil too much.

Aspi said...

Saritha, no - this is my first time watching either II or SRGMP. In fact, this is the first time in my life I'm watching a TV show episode by episode regularly.

This unfortunately makes me susceptible to making stale observations like the one you pointed out.

Manish said...

When there is a glass half-full or half-empty, that translates into a glass overflowing with talent somewhere else. And that would SRGMP.

I think your household has a solution - Aneek Dhar, the evergreen Bong, backed by a greener Gujju mentor. Somehow, get her to listen to this kid. And things would be agreeable for a few weeks.

My wife has spent a lot of while in Dhanbad and Calcutta - so I do understand. And I can see delight in even one-fourth of my glass full.

Manish said...

Fame Gurukul was one show that was a mix of Big Brother and Indian Idol. Based on the Fame Academy in the UK, this was great fun a couple of years ago. It had everything that your voyeuristic needs would have asked for. And it was won by a Kashmiri kid called Qazi, who could hardly sing, but knew exactly what to speak.

Saritha said...

I dont think that was stale,Aspi.It's innovative(atleast You didn't know about it) and shows your interest in these shows.

Indian Idol was probably trying to cash in on the popularity of the word 'Roobaroo' which sounds hip after RDB.But I can only say its 'Boru Boru'

Sania said...

Don't let anyone tell you that bongs are better. I'm constantly fighting that good fight with my boyfriend (who is a Bong, unfortunately; it's the only thing he doesn't have going for him.)

I didn't watch Indian Idol last season, but I saw one episode of that TakaTak show on YouTube, and man.. if you think Rubaroo is bad, my humble opinion is that was worse. At least it has some semblance of a production value.

Um, and I kind of liked Roobaroo better when there were more kids to talk too - this final five is a serious snoozefest. Without Abhishek, Parleen, Deepali, it seems no one laughs anymore. Quite sad.

And if you haven't noticed in the Roobaroo episodes, they've started doing the same thing as SRGMP and putting a big red "Voted out" sticker over the contestants in the background who are no longer on the show. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Kabir Khan seemed so genuine in his adoration for his wife. His romantic plans for his wife's b'day and his sweet talk made Roobaroo a mite tear inducing.

Mind Rush said...

It was down right cruel of Mini to ask Chang about Deepali. If the guy is heart broken, why go there? If he is "shielding his love from the world" why go there?
Anyway, it did confirm what everyone knows by now.
Wonder how Deepali's family feels about this??

Aspi said...

I thought Chang handled it well though, no?

Sania said...

Took Chang a bit too long to think of a response; I felt he incriminated himself too, like mindrush said.

Rupal said...

Maybe, I am one of the few who likes Roobaroo. I really do ...

Aside from the celebrations for Mini's B'day in this weeks episode, I noticed that there is serious competition brewing between Amit and Prashant. Hmm... Looks like success is getting to someones head.

Chang very shrewdly brought this to light and twisted it to say "Miya Biwi ka zagda hai"

Airconditioner ( Changs huge fan) said...

Chang u made me cry today....and WTF??? what is ankita doing in II3 I thought u were supposed to get the boot today??

Aspi said...

Rupal, that pillow fight did a look a little too vicious for comfort to me.

airconditioner - sob!?

Chang's Airconditioner said...

Sob Sob...Still in tears!!....how does one explain Ankita's case??...I have not met a soul who is even sympathetic to her ( forget being a fan) ...the blog polls, studio polls and even the contestants say she should be out..she is neither beautiful nor sexy (believe me some say Mauli is!! )and she goes off key all most in all her performances, I am sure the fans of Deepali and Puja feel her to be arrogant, tomboyish, manipulative,complaining wagera wagera ....so who is voting for her??...or is it sony pulling the strings??....I am baffled...could some enlightened soul of the likes of manish, bhumi, rupal,clix, saritha and off course aspi, please throw some light on a poor cry baby!!

Leera said...

Completely off topic, please post ur 'drift' on saregamapa's asturday episode. I honestly think the entire room was tripping balls on something. From punked out amanat and nanchaks to endlessly waddling velour suited bappida, it was quite surreal.

Hurry Aspi!

Saritha said...

So,the air conditioner is not Bhumi ;-).OK...Chang was waiting for the Anu Malik's prophecy to come true - he made it top five and thats it.

When we feared that Ankita might go on to make a hatrick after surving our verdict 2 times,I somehow knew its going to be Chang now.

hmm...do I know someone at Sony or am I the one pulling the strings? I wish I could....

Realty shows are not meant for the smart,witty and sensible guys like Chang...feeling good.OK,here comes the 'Suyi' - he's not a great singer but better than Ankita & Prashant for a couple of weeks n
ow.....

And now over to Aspi.

Aspi said...

I have to say that name (Chang's Airconditioner) cracks me up every time I see it.

Bhumi will have much to say about this, as soon as she pulls herself together and gets online again!

chang's airconditioner said...

To whom it may concern: Now that Sony has blown my fuse, I cease to exist. It is my wish that my fans be salvaged for AMIT and EMON (I was a split AC you know!) and the filter be used to sieve dust bugs like ANKITA. All other remains of my mortal existence are hence forth property of a worthy woman called Bhumi.
(Looks at the sky screams "Chingu Mingu!!" and jumps of the roof....blop!!)

Aspi said...

changs a/c, that's hilarious. Now I fully understand the meaning of an a/c as opposed to just an ordinary fan.

anju said...

Aspi, actually sarita's idea is not bad one, if you do hire me on production ok, I can help you. I can bring juicy stuff about judges, what do u think?

Aspi said...

anju, go for it! Shoot me stuff you have on ahavewala{at}gmail and we'll see what we can do.