Saturday, August 11, 2007

Indian Idol 3: The Gala turns blah

Anyone who has played competitive sports will tell you that in any tournament its not just important to play well but to peak at the right time (right, England?). And up against its musically more accomplished competition - SRGMP and VoI, who seem to be picking up steam - Indian Idol 3 seems to have hit a rut.

The singing this week descended to bathroom level for the most part and the judges' naataks are becoming repetitive and tiresome (compare this to SRGMP who has fresh takes on jhagdas weekly).

Let's take the singers: Amit Paul is II3's luminary. Yet lately - aided by some misguided song selection - we've seen holes in his singing at a rate that could rival any Bollywood plot. Puja and Deepali have been reduced to nervous wrecks by Anu Malik and seem to have lost all josh and masti in their voices. Emon's inability to maintain his tonal quality when hitting the lows is now obvious. Ankita tries desperately to overcompensate for lack of sur (note to girl: never sing behind the judges - it's bad feng shui) And Prashant Tamang's singing now reminds me of a tightrope act - he could stumble and fall any second. The only exception to me seems to be Meiyang Chang - who has started singing well and choosing his songs carefully. He's smart enough that you think he knows when to peak.

And the judges: Udit Narayan's explosion - all 0.0005 tons of it - was interesting for a nanosecond. But both - Javed Akhtar's unprovoked and somewhat mean-spirited attack on Alisha and Udit and later Akhtar's chamchaagiri of Anu Malik running into rough weather over Prashant's singing - were promising but didn't go anywhere juicy.

This has got to be a headache for the producers. It's certainly giving me one.

33 comments:

Manish said...

I am convinced Javed Akhtar reads this blog. In tonight's episode (11th August, India), he did go after Annu Malek a few times. Your constant reminders on his chamchagiri seem to be working. Now, the million rupee question: How do we get the Malek to read this blog?

Mind Rush said...

Dear Mr. Malek:
I was majorly disappointed with your comments re: Prashant's performance. They seemed rective rather than objective. Also, please use your famed "hearing ability" not just to listen to music but also your co-judges' and fans' comments. You will also do well to re-play the show and listen to how you come across. Please heed our sentiments!
Sincerely,
Mind Rush

Aspi said...

Malik can read, you think?

Heh, I'm being unnecessarily mean. He is like a father to the contestants. But not the kind of father I'd want.

Manish said...

Like in all walks of life, when it comes to singing abilities, there are haves and have nots.

The first category, Haves - can sing and can be found on shows like SRGMP and VoI. Not Interestingly, they are called Have-walas.

The Have-Nots are those whose singing abilities are doubtful - They can mostly be spotted on II3 and are full of hot air. Surprisingly, they are too called Hawe-walas.

That reminds me of you Aspiji - where do you belong?

Aspi said...

Ah yes, Manish you remind me of my chemistry teacher who used to say Havewala, have shu karoo?

I'm from Gujarat.

Anonymous said...

I would any day prefer an unfancied ordinary youngster singing outstandingly like they are doing on II3 rather than overhyped singers constantly faltering with everybody turning a deaf ear to their mistakes and blunders including the mentors or mentals I should say, like those on SaReGaMaPa. For me II works since I feel connected with the expression or emotion of a song brought by a kid who connects with the audience, just like any professional singer and this is the quality which makes me like the Indian Idols.

Aspi said...

Anon, you hit the nail on the head in terms of why II3 connects with audiences. And I can see why it works for you.

For me its a little like watching the Olympics but with only the subcontinent participating.

Bhumi said...

Aspi you are so right about Chang, this man is just getting better. From very early days I saw the potential in him and I want him to win as he does have a unique voice. He also has such a rounded personality and is a great role model for many younger and olders ;) too.

Aspi said...

Just when I was thinking Bhumi must be happy with Chang these days. He's never been in the danger zone has he? I think Prashant is the only other guy who holds that distinction.

Bhumi said...

definatly! :) I am really enjoying Prashant's and Amit's performances. Yes they have had their moments but are showing their true strengths. And I am enjoying reading your blogs, so funny at times. Thank you and keep it up.

Leera said...

More and more I find myself tuning in to II3 just to 'wah wah' Mini Mathur's gorgeous and well put together ensembles. Well, maybe sometimes to check out Hussain's cleavage... ;)

Aspi said...

Hey that cleavage thing was going to be my next post! Well observed!

Anonymous said...

Why has there been no comment on Deepali getting out....She was certainly the best out of the girls......Ankita gets besuraa, and Puja has a very nasal baby voice......so I guess its a boy who deserves to be the Indian Idol even this time.
As regards Hussain, his wife has becum his designer.....looks like she thinks Hussain has to compete with Mini for flesh-display. Sigh! Where are the music programmes which concentrate only on good singing....

Anonymous said...

I was surfing on the net, and found ur blog....good fun and interesting.....please keep up the good work.

clix said...

next out will be the girls for reasons mentioned by others.. chang will not win, neither will prashant (they dont have their own constituencies & in the last stages, it will be come a regional war), so that is a tossup between emon and amit - 2 bongs. interesting :) so the one who can sway the swathes of north & west india will win!!

Mind Rush said...

I like Chang too. He is the oldest contestant on II3 right now and I think he brings an emotional maturity to his music that makes him stand apart.

Bhumi said...

Chang has a huge women fan base which I think is probabaly bigger then any regional supporters. Prashant has the Indian police force with him. I think they have good chances although i must admit Amit is looking hot fav to win unless something stupid like last weeks elimination happens again. I didnt expect Deepali to go and to be honest she deserved to stay in!!! I really admire her strength and spirit to keep smiling even though she had a major shock.

Aspi said...

And having noted how all the women on the show refer to his good looks, I agree with Bhumi.

Although I wish Alisha would stop calling him Chingu Mingu.

megan said...

Javed Ji reads this blog? AWESOME

hi Javed Ji, i got a crush on you

canadian said...

Udit needs to speak up much more. He lets the other judges walk all over him most of the time. Javed seems like a cocky prick who doesn't like Nepali people to me. I have yet to hear him applaud Prashant for any of his good performances. Alisha is okay, she needs to stop giggling and rolling her eyes. Anu has his moments, but he annoys me more than anything by asking questions that have nothing to do with anything. "What are you smoking?"..."Your crush has crushed your voice!"

Udit is my favourite singer by far though. There needs to stop being so much bias on II3. I though Joy was the worst singer in SRGMP, but he would probably finish in the top 2 or possibly win it if he was in Indian Idol, that's how weak the competition is.

Emon is a great singer, as is Amit. However, both of them are pretty inconsistent, especially Amit.

As for Chang, I don't get the big deal about it. His diction seems to be better than the actual Indians on the show, but I think his voice lacks a lot. It's very deep and baritone, but not very polished. As for him being good-looking, I'm not gay, but he looks more like a chemistry major than a pop sensation. If he got contacts and fixed his hair or something, than yeah he probably would be, but otherwise I'm going to believe that the people of India have distorted views.

I guarantee you if Sumedha had been on II3, that show would have been over, hands down. She has everything an "Indian Idol" needs....too bad the actual cast of Indian Idol doesn't have anything like that.

P.S- WTF is up with the Sony Erricson advertising with the contestants, it's so blatantly fake that it pisses me off.

clix said...

canadian, why do you say "actual indians" alienating chang from the rest of us? i think being born and brought up in india should be enough for anyone to be called Indian.

dont want to start a debate or anything but on the independence day, couldnt resist. it is also irritating how the judges keep referring to the same point about how his hindi is so good etc. it better be when he is a bihari! one would think from all this brouhaha that the poor guy landed from some remote village in china right into the indian idol studio..

Aspi said...

Heh, sometimes it hard to remember that Chang is a Bihari!

He has got a unique voice - and Bhumi will kill me for saying this, but he has major problems holding a tune. But he's entertaining to watch, good enough for me.

canadian, I think the problem with Sumedha might be that she comes across as an aloof types. She doesn't have Mauli's ability to get the audience on her side. But she has a sweet voice and when she looks good whenever she puts a comb in her hair.

Manish said...

No Chang isn't a Bihari anymore. A Jharkhandi would be more appropriate. This frequent reorganisation of states is causing a lot of problems. Dhanbad, does have a sizeable population of Chinese origin - most of them who are hairdressers, shoemakers and of course a would be dentist cum Indian Idol.

Aspi said...

Speaking of which, Chang has four blogs all here on Blogger. You can access them from his profile.

Manish said...

Finally, a blogger who can sing. And vice versa. Don't worry if you get eliminated Chang, the Blogger Idol title is yours.

Bhumi said...

Aspi - How could you man? ;) To be honest yes he does have the weakness you identified but i choose to overlook that because in my view he has the most unique voice among the six and he is untrained.

As far as the looks goes I think women would be a better judge in that department Mr Canadian ;)

Clix - I second your following view (well done)
"clix said...
canadian, why do you say "actual indians" alienating chang from the rest of us? i think being born and brought up in india should be enough for anyone to be called Indian."

Anonymous said...

Oh dear !! Prashant is going to win II3 - only because the Indians do not know how to vote !!

They are not voting for the quality, they are voting regionally and other reasons - like policemen ganging up together !!

Amit, Emon, Deepali are the top 3 -in that order - full stop !

Ramakrishnan said...

Is here too any fixing/betting going on? It seems in Indian Idol too some bookies started playing around. The way the contestants got eliminated, it arises this doubt. When Parleen got eliminated, that week he actually performed better than many other people. When Deepali got eliminated, she also had performed quite good on that day. Puja is really very good singer compared to many other, but this week she got eliminated unexpectedly and unfortunately. Moreover, when Aug. 17th prgram was aired, around that time, in wikipedia, it was already written that on Aug 18th Puja will be eliminated. Was it coincidence or what? Whatever it be, a strong suspection is there that, some behind screen game is going on in Indian Idol too. This is not real Indian Idol. Second thing, public also votes according to the regional, language emotions and all. So, we cant buy 100% opinion of public. Give only 20% weightage to public and remaining 80% weightage, give to the 4 judges. Probably, the better singer will be saved by this way. The current scenario is quite sad.

Aspi said...

Like Anu would say: hamari jail mein saazish! That wikipedia stuff sounds very suspicious I must say.

Sandip said...

In feel Javed Akhtar got lot of money from Ankita .. He is very partial to her. Because of his comments only jerks like her.

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Aspi said...

Anon, I'm deleting your comments permanently for obvious reasons. You should look for another place to air your views.

Sandip, same deal on one of yours.

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