Saturday, August 18, 2007

Indian Idol 3: An unbalanced equation

This week's Indian Idol 3 contained one terrific moment which laid out the judges' power equation for all to see. Before the final performance of the show, Anu Malik was suddenly struck with inspiration (given his reputation this probably meant that he thought of some random previously recorded song). He burst out into tune - choosing curiously to imitate a trumpet to convey the sur. He then asked Javed Akhtar to pen the lyrics, which Javedbhai promptly did. Then Anu asked guest Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan to sing a line each.

It's to host Mini Mathur's credit that she pointed out that Anu didn't give the remaining judge Alisha Chinai anything to sing. Anu laughed it off. But here is why the judging situation in Indian Idol 3 isn't working - the aces are all held by producers, or music directors like we call them. Film directors sign on producers, not singers. And producers sign on singers. In other words, between the singer and their roji-roti stands a producer. And often it can be this guy called Anu Malik.

Having said that, Sonu showed everyone how to handle Anu: chato him, state your opinion, then ignore Anu. Of course, doing that week in and week out can grate on anyone - even a teddy bear like Udit Narayan. I'm not a huge follower of Sonu in the Indian media so when my fellow bloggers tell me he is a egomanaical pain, I won't argue - I don't know any better. But I have always believed he's the best singer in India and with time we'll look on him as someone who surpassed even Mohammad Rafi (sorry, Mum).

His dismantling of the contestants' performances was absorbing and reminded me of Asha Bhonsle's brief stint on SRGMP which reached similar heights. He even awkwardly challenged Malik once, who gracefully conceded the point.

Now, the performers ebb and flow during the course of a show that lasts several weeks. I felt Emon was both outstanding and enjoyable this week. His stock is rising just as Prashant's is taking a beating. (Prashant still remains the only contestant to never get his feet wet in the danger zone). This is reflected in the Drift Stock Ticker for II3.

Finally, a word to the hosts: can we stop those uh, creative games during the segment you call "Results!" and I like to call the kiss-off? One of these days a contestant is going to refuse to leave because they can't be sure where the joke began and if it will ever end. Come to think of it - that could be a lot of fun. Carry on, then!

16 comments:

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Sania said...

"One of these days a contestant is going to refuse to leave because they can't be sure where the joke began and if it will ever end. "

I thought that was Charu..?

Anyways, Aspi, whenever I watch II or SRGMP now, I find myself making lists of things that I would want you to comment on. :) If I haven't said so already, I love your posts.

Saritha said...

Anu's way of saying 'Janta ko bhi pata chale hum kaise kaam karte hain?' was just too funny.Iam sure the man got a lil excited to see Sonu,who can cut him down to size,when needed.

That reminds me of Farah Khan-Oh now I really miss her.Didn't really like her as a judge in II2.but nobody handles anu the way farah does.

Coming to anu,the chances r few that he might end up being the judge next season,so may be he's having all the fun he can....If pritam continues to make(or lift) good music until next yr,he can be a judge.

Bhumi said...

I had a shock when Chang was asked to come in the danger zone, that is the first time he has been in the danger zone. More shocking was when they said Emon is out. too dangerous game bechare ke jaan hi leyli almost. I will be very pleased if Chang won however I see the final panga between Emon and Amit.

I cant imagine what these poor contestants must feel like being on that stage during the results and judges comments after their performances, esp Anu's comments. I guess all part and parcel of wanting to win and be famous?

Anonymous said...

It seems Ankita is turning out to be the Mauli Dave of II3!! I was floored by the way Chang ranked his co contestants. Inspite of Amit riding high on some fab performances and judges appreciation, Chang was not afraid to rank him correctly at no 3 after Emon and Puja. No pathetic attempts of pleasing everybody...crisp analysis with the precision of a surgeon...er a dentist( extracting the tooth, whole tooth and nothing but the tooth!) Speaks volumes about his music sense, level head and ofcourse golden heart.

Manish said...

Is there someway we could replace Sunita Williams with Anu Malek and blast him off to some space station for a permanent posting? Not an effective idea perhaps - he might start a Mars Idol out there.

*~mad munky~* said...

i like anu. no idea why. must call the men in white coats.

*searches for today's happy pills*

:oS

i want to see amit and emon battle it out..they're the only two of the remaining bunch whose performances i look forward to..

Anonymous said...

do u think anu and alisha rehearse their on screen battle...juvenile stuff....
arti

Aspi said...

arti, they both seem pretty juvenile don't they. One goes unreasonably after the other and the other pretty much takes a "no you suck!" approach.

Anonymous said...

Alisha's costumes are so weird. I think she dressed better during the auditions. Now everything is so exaggerated...Huge wig, puffy clothes, frills, lace and wht not!-Ritha.
In the second song she sang on the show, I thought she didn't have 'throw' in her voice and was singing in falsetto.-ritha.

Aspi said...

Like Udit would say: Alisha ke sur kuchh unees-bees thhe.

That women is now the official queen of corsets.

Mind Rush said...

I love all the above comments, folks! It makes this blog even more fun.
I am irritated that Ankita sticks on...Puja or Deepali deserved to stay.
Another thing...I loved the camaraderie shared by Emon, Chang and Amit in one of those "reality" clips recently, where Amit's phone had 99 calls.

clix said...

puja had to be out this week, it was sooo obvious that i almost laughed when it was announced. next out - chang or prashant :) why? all easterners left now, and when it comes to choosing one, amit and emon will have the "bong" factor working. & lest anyone forget, bongs are neck-to-neck with UP, Bihar and Maharashtra in demographic muscle.... chang and prashat will be perceived as outsiders in the rest of the country ..

Anonymous said...

I feel Results are not totally based on Public votes, Sony manipulates according to its needs I think. As Disco week is coming next week they decided to keep Ankita instead of Puja to make show more interesting.

Midn Rush said...

Anyone know if Sony hires the equivalent of Ernest and Young to audit it's vote count? The above comment by anon is believeable but still shocking.

Manish said...

No, no independent auditors with Indian Idol. SRGMP has a Feng Shui consultant - but no process auditors. It's way too inconvenient. Only Kaun Banega Crorepati had KPMG as process auditors to keep an eye on the incoming phone calls and selection of candidates.