Sunday, August 05, 2007

Indian Idol 3 Gala Round: The Mali and his flowers

Rupal, who stops by here, calls him a Malli. Saritha calls him 'Ek aisa mali jisse gulab pasand nahi'. And like a proud gardener, Anu Malik has been claiming every good performance as a result of his khakdaoing the contestants. It hasn't helped that Javed Akhtar has been a ready chamchaa encouraging him and not helping Alisha Chinai or Udit Narayan stand up to him.

Last week Malik lost his temper and the plot. First he defied common sense and attacked guest judge Ila Arun's criticism of Amit Paul's seriously flawed performance of "Omkara". Ila looked puzzled, Javed motioned to her to let sleeping dogs lie. But anyone who can sing about flaring her ghagra around has more spirit than that. So Ila persisted, Alisha joined in and poor Malik lost control: he started ranting like my 5 year old son, Youngling. Alisha looked ready to have a heart attack. Ila Arun looked like she could have thrown the mike to dislodge Malik's hairpiece.

Later in a rather deliciously devised segment, the judges were asked to rate each other. I'm sorry to say I still haven't been able to elevate my intelligence to the point where I can understand what Anu is trying to say. "Alisha is a good judge when she wants to be" he said. Perhaps he meant: Alisha is a good judge when she agrees with me. Who knows?

Everyone called Udit a waffler and afraid of commitment - which he accepted unsurely. Alisha then fired a serious salvo at Javed Akhtar by calling him a wordsmith without a heart. This must have hurt - especially for someone who calls himself a poet. So Javed responded by asking Alisha to stop giggling.

Hooray! Thanks for reading this blog, Javedbhai!

11 comments:

jitendra said...

if you look at the judgments, Udit has been the most consistent of judges. He has gone strictly by the merit of the singer on any given day without blatantly taking sides. Even a seemingly correct Javed Akhtar takes sides (for ankita).
Udit sugar-coats his negative remarks and all the judges call him non-committal. Ah..the ironies!

Aspi said...

jitendra, I agree. I think Udit is pretty performance based and consistent. He definitely avoids hurting people which isn't a bad thing - especially since Anu is around to break hearts anyway.

Rupal said...

Aspi, apne Javedbhai ko bura lag raha hai... To unka nickname hain "Meethi Churi".

Woh Angrezi mein kya kehte hain, "Kill with kindness"

Saritha said...

Iam amazed to see Udit Narayan's unfazed and serene look on his face when ever there's a jhagda going on.He seems to tranform himself to another world...reminds me of my class teacher in 6th standard who was also a part time singer.She would give the class a assignment and while we r busy at it,would rehearse her songs man hi man mein.

lekin Udit ji aap to jaane maane kalakaar hain,app ko kis baat ki duvida hain?Aap jaab Indian Idol mein ho toh sirf Judge baniye na.

Aspi said...

Rupal, ok Meethi Churi it is!

Saritha, Udit is positively zen-like. It's amazing what a whupping he takes and still smiles. If I had to guess I would say he takes at least 10 bong hits before going out on stage with Anu Malik.

meg said...

I would like to know wtf Alisha buys her clothes from? I think she goes to kiddy stores and picks her outfits and gets them custom made in adult size

Anonymous said...

Nah, I think she goes to toy store. Doesn't she call herself Baby Doll?

Bhumi said...

If Javedji is a Meethi Churi then Anu Malik must be a Teekhi Talvar! ;)

Rupal said...

Wah! kya baat hain, Bhumi.

Aspi said...

You guys just write this blog :) - I'm borrowing your funny stuff all the time. I'll have to use both those in the next post.

Jiya said...

Hi Aspi,
Would love to read you on Star Voice of India.