Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The perfect kiss (off)

There is a dreaded moment on these music reality shows - SRGMP, II3 and VoI - where a contestant is given the kiss of death, never to be heard from again (more or less). While none of us enjoys this, it is such an integral part of the competition that we have to watch.

In the name of nail-biting entertainment, each show has contrived to make the kiss-off as painful as possible.

II3 has the "danger zone" and tries to come up with some rather amusing permutations of bluffs. VoI has the surakshachakra and makes its contestants open envelopes and take a hand in their own (potential) pain. And until recently en-route to populating the trishanku, SRGMP had the only traffic lights people paid attention to.

But confusing kiss-offs is a thing of the past thanks to SRGMP's latest, layered innovation: the Globe of (mis)Fortune. Right as soon as it was introduced by Head, I could hear Amrish Puri laughing ominously in my head. So simple is it in its conception and execution that the Globe of Fortune makes kiss-offs easy to understand and highly unpredictable - as they should be.

And by shrewdly identifying with a number of subconscious images in my head, it creates edge of the seat moments. For example, that globe with the headphones vaguely reminds of the lalten that Om Prakash swung around in Chowkidar. This stokes my sense of apprehension and dread. The contestants' pictures sliding up and down reminds me of slot machines in Vegas. This taps into my sense of frustration and doom.

Clearly, the producers on SRGMP are master psychologists.

29 comments:

Saritha said...

You are reading my mind,Aspi.I dont know if the new look gives me edge of the seat moments,but lot more classier than the Traffic lights.This show is getting innovative.

But what ever happenend to poor Poonam?Is she playing a negative role in ekta kapoor's serial?The hair,the contacts,the make-up...awful.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I thought the 'globe' was a visual nuisance. It has a jarring effect and i never seem to be able to focus on the fast moving faces. By the way, shouldn't a globe 'rotate' instead of going up-and-down like a transverse wave??? And the headphones over the globe makes things more wonderful!

It amazes me how Mauli gets anything above 5 from these judges...isn't there a limit to this ludicrousness? She 'raunchifies' EVERY darn song and it does NOT have any appeal either.
I am really looking forward to the lalu prasad episode. It should be an hr of even more b-grade nautanki -ritha

Aspi said...

Ritha, same here. I think inviting Lallu Prasad on SRGMP is a stroke of genuis.

Anonymous said...

*Unrelated comment*
This one's especially for Megan:
http://mid-day.com/smd/play/2007/august//163004.htm

-Ritha.

canadian said...

The only judges I respect on that show are V & S. Ismail and Bappi just repeat what the other judges say and though Himesh voices his opinions well, his retarded look when singing (note his hands), and the fact that he says half the things he does to start contreversy strikes me as fake and obviously planned.

V & S keep it real and actually enjoy the show IMO, more so than the other judges. I'm really not sure why The Frog is there, he never has an opinion on his own ,and speaks in broken English...

"Akshay Kumar....shhhhuperstar of india!"

It will be a shame if Sumedha is eliminated before Mauli. Sumedha is a better singer and looks better than Mauli, yet The Frog keeps promoting Mauli for god knows what reason. Her voice is just average IMO, whereas Sumedha has a voice that belongs straight in the recording studio. Its too bad her mentor was at his peak as a music director 20 years ago and has no relevance nowadays in the music business.

Aspi said...

Ritha, you are Manish-like in your ability to dig up interesting stuff. And that Shekhar's daughter - she looks cute.

canadian, but those judges are so entertaining!

meg said...

ritha that was effin depressing

Anonymous said...

Canadian, agree , VS are the best - Esp Vishal - the only judge with least biased views - he is also guilty of promoting raja more than others ....anyways..i guess we all have our biases...

coming to Sumedha , She sings very very well ( 1008764 x better than Mauli ) but the Frog , won't even encourage her ..it's a shame - yet again , Mouli costs another Bali Ka Bakra ( first joy then Junaid and now Harpreet - what a shame ) -- i wonder why audiance vote for Mauli , if they have an appetite for X-factor ( add SE in front of x ) why dont' they just rent X rated movies

Mauli does not sing , she SCREAMS - when she comes on stage , i take Utth Viram !

Mind Rush said...

Methinks the globe came in response to the 3 Pakistani contestants being "trishanku." The producers wanted to de-polarize feelings in the sub-continent and reduce their negative publicity. The globe is supposed to signify that the show has an international audience. Thus if someone is voted out the whole world voted them out...Not just Indians...

Aspi said...

Mind Rush, even more evidence that they are geniuses!

canadian said...

Even if they had an appetite for the "sex" factor, why not Sumedha? She's actually much sexier than Mauli (note Sajid Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar all calling her beautiful, gorgeous, etc), and she sings like a veteran.

clix said...

well, this show is fixed. how else does one explain the fact that there are websites that come out with "spoiler" results as well as *photos*, by wed or thu, when the voting is supposed to be open till friday 8AM? they shoot the episodes before the voting deadline :)

i seriously think it is illegal and should be investigated. these sms and phone calls are quite costly for an average indian and it is blatant breach of faith.

so that explains why miss maiya is still going strong. if she is out, what will people like us fight about? nothing like throwing in a bad singer among a talented bunch to generate controversy! if you, me and our neighbourhood stray dog knows that mauli is not a superlative singer, these gurus definitely *must* know that. they are being paid good amount of money to be in this show so must be asked to act as per some script. maybe thats why vishal recently commented in a news magazine that it is all junk and he is never doing it again??

we forget that zee is not running this show to find a good singer. they care 2 hoots for that. they are telecasting "entertainment" that generates precious ad revenue.

how i wish it is not true for the emotional investment i have made in this whole drama :(

Anonymous said...

Both shows are recorded back to back on Tuesday.

Amanat in an interview said that the gurus expect Amanat and Aneek to be in the finals hence the whole love triangle. I think a india vs. pakistan finals was the end result from the very begginning of the show. Also this keeps Ismail and Himesh gharanas until the end.

Isn't emotional investment for the viewers the whole idea of a reality show :)

Saritha said...

Clix,that explains why Vishal said to mauli 'this is your 3rd good performance in a row' and gave her 9(I guess) for 'gustakiyan hai'...may be he meant 'this is the third time Zee has cast a spell on me,take 9 and spare me':))

Saritha said...

Aspi,
the time shown here is not CST,I believe.

clix said...

anonymous, it is interesting that they shoot on tuesdays! at least in this II seems honest in that the judges show genuine frustration when the results dont go according to their wishes.

if one were to go by the trp-driven logic, raja has to be there till the very end. the man is genuinely popular :)

Anonymous said...

Shekhar looks really cute with his adorable daughter! Thanks for the article Ritha!

Manish said...

I think it's predecided that the final four will each belong to each Gharana. So the final four will be Aneek, Amanat, Mauli and Raja. And then "actual vote counts" will take place. Remember if all contestants of a gharana are out of the show - so are the mentors. So any manipulation after the final four stage is very difficult - unless a mentor is bought out.

At the moment, they eliminate the one who brings in minimum revenue (not votes) and for the rest of the positions - they play musical chairs.

Anonymous said...

Wow after reading all comments I have almost decided to discontinue watching the show. I have made lot of emotional investment too and all for this ! If Mauli is one of final 4, I am sure I will not be watching this showin next season. This morning I tried singing some song that she sang last week in her voice and it was so easy. A non singer like me could imitate her easily. I could never do that for Sumedha or Poonam' voice. Actually none of my collegaues ot=r family watch this show and I think they are wiser. If Mauli stays, Zee TV out of my house. Yudhh Ailan

Aspi said...

Manish, brilliant theory. Now lets see if it happens. If it does, boy we'll have a field day!

Anon, can you perchance upload a video of you singing Mauli's songs? That would be a lot of fun to link to. Meg here is a whiz with videos and can help you edit out your face if you're shy so we can just listen to the audio.

Anonymous said...

Good idea Aspi. I will definitely try it out in the time I save by not watching sa re ga ma

Anonymous said...

Aspi...I love your blog! it totally gets me thru my day at work. I enjoy this more than the show itself.

P.S. Megan, I agree with you, Shekhar is HOT!

Aspi said...

Anon, tough job, huh? Glad to help. Thanks for joining in.

Manish said...

One factor nobody has talked about yet is Zee TV's rebel Indian Cricket League. Surely Zee will have it piggyback ride on the extremely popular SRGMP. I thought the no-elimination episode was simply to push back SRGMP's finale by a week so that it coincides with the ICL opening fixture. So we could have the grand finale coming live right from a cricket stadium, right after a 20-20 match. That should boost ticket sales. (With Zee, you never know!) And in this case, an India vs. India final could make more sense.

Already on the show we have had Kapil Dev hinting on patriotism, and Lalu Yadav, the BCCI vice-president who has allowed use of his Railways grounds and players.

Don't be surprised if you see Lara as a guest on a calypso special episode and Inzy with a khana-khazana theme on SRGMP.

Aspi said...

Cricket and SRGMP! Especially the kind of cricket in which an Indian team always wins! I couldn't think SRGMP could get better but that would do it.

Anonymous said...

I FIND SAREGAMAPA IS GETTING BORING DAY BY DAY AND I FEEL VERY SAD THAT TOSHI IS GONE.

SAREGAMAPA BEST JUDGES ARE
ID
VISHAL ONLY
THESE ARE GOOD MENTORS OTHERS ARE BESERK. I DON'T CARE THOUGH I WISHED ABHIJEET WOULD HAVE BEEN IN SAREGAMA PA INSTEAD OF HIMEHS RESHAMIYA

HR ALWAYS FAVOURS ANEEK, BUT I FIND MUSSARAT A TREMENDOUS SINGER AND SO RAJA.

ANEEK SINGS LIKE SONU NIGHAM WHO WANTS ANOTHER SONU. I DON'T BUY SONU NIGHAM;S CD WHY WOULD I GO AND WASTE MY MONEY ON ANEEK.

YUKS

RAJA AND MUSSARAT U ARE THE BEST AND MAY GOD HELP U AND BLESS YOU BOTH

Anonymous said...

WELL GUYS I THINK U PEOPLE R REALLY DISCUSSING ON A STUPID MATTER AS FOR NOW MAULI IS OUT OF THE SHOW AND AS A PERFORMER SHE WAS SUPERB MAYBE WEAK ON SINGING.WHATSOEVER DONT U THINK ANEEK IS TOOSMALL TO HANDLE A GIRL LIKE SUMEDHA YUKS WAT A STUPID SORT OF TRIANGLE IT SUCKS.AND MAULI STAYED IN THE SHOW FOR SO LONG BCOZ OF HIS AND ADI'S SO CALLED LOVE STORY..NO IDEA OF WHAT H R REALLY WANTS TO PROVE BY ACTING AS A CUPID ON THE SHOW.

Aspi said...

Anon, its the show, yaar. Blame the show for making us like this :)

adnan Khalid said...

Every pakistani had a tear in the eyes when one of the best VOI singer Toshi got eliminated.
I am surprized that every one has presented like "Ashmeet" says that it is his pap's spna to become voice of india, where as "Hershid" says that it is his grandmother sapna,guys what is happening in voice of india "Toshi" is the real voice of india and no one can denay this fact can any.....and he has to be the voice of india, otherwise what would come out when sorry to say "Ashmeet" would become the voice of india just because punjab is voting him. If "Toshi" did not come back than let "Asmeet" to become the VOI of india so that VOI team cannot say to the India that here is the best voice.....This is my quesion for every musician that "Is it the output of this VOI tremendious effor?"

Adnan