Sunday, August 05, 2007

An Idol in the breaking?

A lot of people - from the judges to the darshaks to the voting junta - seem to agree that Amit Paul comes closest to being an Indian Idol. In fact, the judges already seem to have anointed him. In the poll to find the winner on this blog, he leads with over 27% of the more than 1600 votes that have been cast so far. The poll stats tell me his appeal is global - he gets props from the US, UK, India, Middle East and Australia. Heck, he's even gotten poll votes from Norway and South Korea.


But last week in the Indian Idol 3 Gala Round, our man bombed. His singing sucked - but by his own standards, it positively blew. Trying to wrestle with Sukhwinder Singh's typically rustic and powerful rendition of the title track from Omkara, he forgot the lyrics, struggled to hit the lows and generally in the face of some mounting panic seemed to barely hold it all together.

Although Javed Akhtar waved off the performance by saying he was lost in Amit's voice (you liar, you), Ila Arun did pull him up and suggested that he might not be best suited for these types of (folksy) songs. Later, this resulted in a hilarious jhagda among the judges.

In light of the fact that Emon and Deepali, after recent dips, have been hitting the right notes, this becomes significant. Amit is a wonderful singer, but any singer can lose his confidence quickly on this pressure cooker of a show. I'm sure all his fans will be crossing their fingers when he comes out to sing this coming Saturday.

7 comments:

Saritha said...

When Amit started to sing Omkara,something told me that he is going to goof up.And he did.He could have chosen so many other folk songs.May be Mitwa from Lagaan or furthermore he would have done great justice to 'ruth aa gayi re' (Sorry Chang fans,he was good not great)

Toh hum kah rahe hain Amit babuva,ki tum he 'Lagaan' mein Bhuvan ki tarha anth tak tikke rah na hain.Chekka na marat koi baat nahi,par chauka toh marlo.Tumhe yeh jeet na hi hain,toh Maharaja(Aspi) ki baat sun lo aur samhal jao babuva.Agar Out hoyigava toh tori praja ko bura laage.

Aspi said...

Saritha, I don't know how you figured out that I love to talk and hear bhaiyaji, but that is absolutely hilarious. The writers of Omkara would be proud.

Saritha said...

Makers of Omkaara or makers of Lagaan.I have a personal copy of lagaan and I watch it once every 2 mths,atleast for songs and cricket.So thats why ref to sixes and fours and maharaja.I read that Omkara has Awadhi too in songs.I liked the movie but I swear I hardly understood what they were saying.Can watch it for Langda Tyagi and beedi song though.Anytime.

meg said...

amit looks pissed off there

but that whole angry young man look suits him.. he looks kinda hot

*~mad munky~* said...

the one big chink in the lovely amit's armour is that he gets waaaaay too affected by the elimination of contestants that he's good friends with...

focus, amit, focus!! *grr*

;o)

meg said...

no i prefer his look when he's pissed off.

Anonymous said...

yea, i also feel that amit's performance was affected by the ousting of his good friend parleen that day.