Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2007 with Guru, Chela and Woh

Why is SRGMP the best thing on television these days? (Leera calls it a complete entertainer for the slightly toasted!)

In each episode you will find drama, thrills, jazbaat, romance, love triangles, rishte-naate, betrayal, friendship and jhagdas. And that's just when Himesh Reshammiya has the mike.

I'm not sure exactly when but on one show in the past the House of Reshammiya commanded his chela Aneek to "be a good insaan like Raja" so he could establish a relationship with the public and become a top singer. Aneek immediately nodded sagely and said "Sir, I'll try to be a good human being so I can get more votes!" Much chuckling ensued. But this wasn't lost on me - more so because this week Aneek pulled a master stunt.

Now I'm not suggesting that he planned it all - the guy seems sincere and being my favorite I'll give him the benefit of doubt. (Well, on the other hand he is being trained by Himesh). Capitulating against the relentless and unnecessary needling of Himesh, he finally admitted he had a crush on someone - who he rather mysteriously called "Woh". All of this came with a masterful touch - Himesh's own "Aashiq Banaya" playing in the background.

Thanks to the producers of SRGMP for following that up with copious shots of Sumedha so we weren't left with any doubt. Now Woh looked rather pissed. But look at the vote situation - I'd definitely vote for Aneek just to see how this drama plays out week after week. And I'd vote for Woh too! There might be better people out there than me who won't fall for this, but I'm sticking to this theory until proved wrong (qwitiqqx has a rather funny take on this too).

The judges provided much amusement primarily because all of them started shamelessly promoting their chelas. This was triggered by Vishal trying to do a Javed Akhtar-like analysis on the competition between Aneek and Raja Hasan. At this point Ismail Darbar jumped in and objected to the implied anointing of the top two. "Why not Amanat?" he pouted. Vishal mumbled something that didn't make much sense to me.

After that jhagda the judges went nuts pushing their favorites at every opportunity. This culminated in a rather hilarious finale where contestants were invited on the stage and Bappi (looking all cuddly and marshmallow-like) screamed "I have Mauli!" and started waving at her to get on the stage.

So, on to the singing - which is the primary event of this beloved circus. Harpreet is positively overflowing with confidence and delivers fine performances (loved that fake khetibaadi shot on the tractor!), Mauli continued to perform like Virender Sehwag, Amanat sung beautifully but looks like in need of something special to pull ahead of Aneek and Raja. Mussarat sang "Rafta Rafta" from the highly underrated "Namastey London" soundtrack in a unique and enjoyable voice. But the performance that blew me away was Sumedha's rendition of Sadhana Sargam's complex and gorgeous "Chupke Se" from that blockbuster soundtrack: Saathiya.

54 comments:

Leera said...
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Leera said...

I have concluded that Saregamapa is the ultimate pothead show. When I am not staring dazed at the bizarre fray of sequins, bappida's velour suits/kaftans or lmao at himesh's rishtey naate speeches, I am most definitely feeling the good vibrations from the music. Truly a complete entertainer for the slightly toasted!

Mind Rush said...

A circus it is...Am loving the "candid shots" of the contenders in their home towns. Esp. "moving" was a shot of Harpeet on a tractor, in case you missed the point that he is from Punjab!
Jokes apart, all the "mommy scenes" left me teary eyed. The producers obviously know that one angle that always works with the deis janta is one which portrays: "Mere paas Maa hai...." Also, kudos to Harpreet's mom on camera. The lady was confident and well-spoken.

Bong hits the bong said...

neek the loveable bong with a Bahut UMDA voice (I dare not use "mindblowing")and super cute smile is fast losing his on-screen innocence. Love triangles, chimp dances, Majnoo cracks and what not. Gone are the days when my heart went out for the shy kid squirming in embarrassment as Salman yanked at his clothes, or his clumsy proposal to Diya, or his hilarious hindi(impromptu word by word translation from bengali). C'mon Himanshu spare the kid!!
By the way, All the Gurus!! During your anorexic "Mera Pass Woh haey" scene what made you forget your other gharana members??? A few Bong hits, is it??

Aspi said...

Bthb, yes, Aneek is indeed fast losing his innocence. His bench antics were hilarious. But he's becoming the life of the SRGMP party, considering the kind of party SRGMP is to begin with.

Now that you've pointed out his Hindi, I'm going to have to listen for it closely.

Mind Rush said...

Dear Bong HTB,
You read my Mind. You are so right about the Mindless use of the adjective "Mind-blowing" with Mind-numbing frequency on SRGMP. I Mind it too. (It's so Mind-boggling that I have half a Mind to just call myself "Rush" from now on.) Can the judges and Head put their Minds together to find a new superlative?

Sania said...

Can we talk about how much I have started to dislike Raja? While he's got a powerful voice and a great command of sur... I just think his bhole-bhale wisecracks and his single-genre singing is getting out of hand. He gets as much, if not more leeway, than our Shakiraben.

Anonymous said...

Hi All,
Aspi, I love your blog (as some one said here, damn you for getting me hooked :-)).
Regarding the overuse of meaningless adjectives, folks in the Indian movie industry (I don't like the term Bollywood) sound like American teenagers ... from the 80's. A couple of years ago, my wife and kids dragged me to some 'concert' where a bunch of Indian actors (Shahrukh Khan & co) were 'performing'. There I was subjected to an overdose of "mindblowing", "rocking" and a bunch of other inane adjectives.

BTW, did anyone notice how silly Harpreet looked while hugging his mother - I guess it is safe to assume that he is not competing for any of the girls on the show ;-).

Aspi said...

Sania, you know I thought Raja didn't do too well this week. I'm going to update the Drift Ticker.

But boy Manish is going to be here soon and he'll be pretty pissed that you said that :)

Aspi said...

Anon, thanks for reading and being one of the gang. Coming soon: The Mindblowing Shots game. I'm working on that post.

Harsha said...

Can someone please clarify this !When Aneek confessed about 'woh' and asked Himesh if he will get her, did Himesh say 'no'. Gurus should not have singled out their favourites towards the end. What are other 4 doing then, just waiting to be eliminated ! That must be disappointing if gurus also don;t favour them !

Manish said...

Sania/Aspi, Bacche ki jaan loge kya?

excited megan said...

dude there was an article that said that this week's special celeb guest is some notorious politician from Bihar..

and one of the condition he put forward was that everyone in srgmp will have to wear dhori and kurta..

i hope shekhar wears a turban and kirpan to go with that dhoti.. thats hot!

WOW I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE SOME LEGS ..judging by the amount of hair on his chest, his legs will be mega hairy...

my sexy sasquatch..

Bong hits the bong said...

Just came across some one calling this show "Sarey Drama Pa"
Sums it up all doesn't it aspi??

Aspi said...

Truly! Man, why didn't I think of that?

Aspi said...

Harsh, I can't remember Himesh saying no. He just looked terribly smug.

Megan, Harpreet will kill in that episode!

Saritha said...

IMO,Sumedha is highly underrated.With a beautiful face and a sweet voice,she can launch her own music album.

And Himesh stop embarrassing the girl and yourself with all that 'Rishtey-ki-buniyaad' bakwaas.Do you realize that your 10 yr old kid is watching too?

Aneek beta,your guru can afford to behave like a teenager on the show and get away with it,but not you.Dont get carried away...focus on ur singing.

I always liked the bald headed no-nonsense Vishal over goody-goody good looking Shekhar.But Vishal,dude...U are loosing it.Not feeling well?Take a break.

canadian said...

I haven't watched the full episode with Akshay (who's my favourite actor) so I'm going to watch it soon and comment.

But I have to say this. Ismail Darbar is an idiot. I'm surprised some of you guys didn't get what Vishal was saying. He said that right now Aneek (or Raja, I don't which one he said first) and Raja are at a competition with each other, and that they should use the other one as fuel. Ismail The Idiot chimes in with "how do you know those 2 are at the top, why not so and so?" when Vishal was just saying the INNER compeition they had. Where does Ismail come in with his "it's a while SRGMP competition, not just those 2"...that was obviously not Vishal's intention. I liked the fact that Vishal just laughed it off and didn't say anything though, he's a smart man. And then Bappi The Frog comes in with his politically correct statement of "THE JANTHA IS ALWAYS RIGHT!" or some next thing like that (one of the cliches of these shows that I hate) and the tension was gone.

On another note, WTF is up with The Frog (Bappi) yelling "I have my Mauli!" (and looking all happy and perverted while saying it) to the audience when SUM-"one of the most gorgeous girls I've ever seen, and she can sing"-EDHA is on your team!??!?! Does ayone realize that II3 would have crowned Sumedha the champion by now had she been there?

Ok, I'm going to post the rest of my thoughts after I actually watch the episode.

I am in love with Sumedha, I hope she wins in the Finals against Aneek, with him forfeitting before his last performance by delcaring his love for her. Now that'd be hilarious. The Aneek-Junaid-Sumedga triangle was hilarious; too bad Cristiano Ronaldo (Junaid) is gone.

And please, no one should ever call Sumedha "Britney Sphhhherzz"

canadian said...

Okay, just watched both weekend episodes. The effects on the Akshay show were wierd. Dude seemed shy on stage for some reason; he's an actor, he shouldn't be so conscious. And I totally agreed with his comment on Sumedha. Why the hell did Mauli go up to shake his hand in the middle of Sumedha's performance??

The love episode had some amazing singing, but HR and Ismail are both idiots. Stop getting on stage for stupid reasons, and stop hinting at stupid things. HR actually puts Aneek down most of the time "you should just give up?" (paraphrase)...wtf kinda advice is that? Why the hell would anyone go to HR for advice on love anyway?

Sumedha obviously had a thing for Junaid and there's probably little chance she's interested in AA and Aneek. What would be hilarious is if at the end of the show, we realize that it wasn't Mauli or Sumedha, but rather Poonam that all the guys were in love with.

I feel sorry for Poonam though. Mauli and Sumedha are always together laughing and what not, dancing together, and Poonam's always in the background staring ahead.

I'm in love with Sumedha.

Aspi said...

canadian, I'm not sure I bought Vishal's argument. If he truly was comparing toppers, he should have put Poonam and Mauli into the equation as well. Unless he was only comparing male toppers which doesn't make sense.

Sure, Darbar has an immature way of disagreeing with people. You get the feeling he's hopping off a charpai with a laathi in hand. But I think the point was there to be made.

canadian said...

He wasn't comparing the toppers. Okay, you know how every week the compeitition for most votes is usually between Raja and Aneek? He was saying that you need to use the other one as fuel and out of the inner competition between the two of them (not even looking at or factoring in the rest of SRGMP), the winner of those two, whoever it is emerges, has a great chance at winning the tourney. He didn't say one of you two are going to win the tourney. He said whoever is ahead in the inner compeititon that you guys have would be in greater position to win, which is common sense that Darbar didn't get for some reason.

Anonymous said...

Mauli didn't go go up to shake hands with Akshay in the middle of Sumedha's performance. It was post-production editing. She was back with the contestants in the next frame! Pretty much like Rekha popping on the screen whenever Big B is on the stage.

Anonymous said...

Megan - you are right. Laloo Prasad Yadav is going to be on srgmp. I got this from a very reliable website: http://saregamapashow.com/2007/08/laloo-prasad-yadav-on-sa-re-ga-ma-pa.html

i think that some1 has said this b4, but i agree that sumedha, mauli and poonam shld tie rakhi on all the male participants. just so that reshammiya can get a life and quit his irritating dating agency.

i dint really like poonam's attitude on the akki episode...all the other participants were dancing and moving and having fun during the others' performance, but poonam? staring into space. dancing wont kill u even if u dont have the looks. well unless you are aneek. his face was so irritating, popping up during EVERYONE's performance and dancing madly. especially during sumedha's and mauli's. why in the world would sumedha/mauli go for aneek when they have junaid and Head respectively???

lol anyway, my friend just asked me the other day: Is there a way in which we can kick the mentors out of the show? Specifically, reshammiya/bappida? i wish there was. what a relief it would be. sighh. when bappida was like, Mere Paas Mauli Hain, i was thinking, Aur Sumedha kahaan chali gai??? bappida you have TWO contestants in your gharana, not just mauli. please. same goes for reshammiya and ID. mussarat and poonam actually exist!!! i think they have somewhat failed to notice that. honestly...

and btw rumours are that mussarat or harpreet are eliminated this wk, dont know how true this is or how reliable the sources of information are.

and i'm too lazy to sign in so i shall just write my name =)

-qwitiqqx =)

Aspi said...

qwitiqqx, the Himesh Reshammiya Dating Agency - that sounds awesome. Hopefuly it'll make its way into a Spielberg monster flick some day.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the only way to kick mentors out is if all of their proteges' get voted out.

Anonymous said...

I think the mentors are experimenting with the voting by promoting one of their candidates - does the promoted person get more votes or are people turned off by the open display of affection :) by the mentors and vote for the other participant.

Is it also true that in all these years only two participants have made it big in the playback singing world - Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala?

Great blog Aspi. This has become a must read for me everyday.

Rupal said...

Welcome to the Club, Anon. Even with my ridiculously busy schedule, I manage to find time to read all the posts, if not the comments.

"Koi shaq", as Mithun would say.

Sania said...

"I think the mentors are experimenting with the voting by promoting one of their candidates - does the promoted person get more votes or are people turned off by the open display of affection :) by the mentors and vote for the other participant."

This isn't field research, and the gurus are not quite rocket scientists.

Harsha said...

I wait to read the post here, as much as I wait for the show itself. Show is getting a bit ridculous though with all the 'rishtas' building up. Your post still rocks:-)

Poonam no doubt has a good voice. I wonder why you guys care so much about the looks ! We need good singers. Lata Mangeshkar is not one of the gorgeous women but her voice has all the 'jadoo'. Sumedha has a delicate voice and I like it a lot too. I too would vote for Sumedha to win this contest. Am really fed up of Mauli's screaming voice. She stands no where near Sunidhi (whose songs she sings) and I wonder what is sustaining in the show still !

Aspi said...

Yaar, Harsh that is such a nice thing to say.

Poonam does have an excellent voice but last episode her song selection wasn't awesome. I think after V-S signed her, she went to town trying to sing tough songs and prove herself. This is admirable, but it makes her performances hit and miss.

Anonymous said...

Name of business: Himesh Reshammiya Dating Agency cum Aneek Fan Club
Mission: Get votes for Aneek
Strategy: Create love triangles involving Aneek ans Sumedha and Amanat, in the end reveal that there is no love triangle/the girl is not Sumedha.
Rating (10 most likely to fool the audience): -10000000000

-qwitiqqx

Aspi said...

qwitiqqx, I had to add that to the post!

Anonymous said...

it just shows what you can do if you are a majority but may not necessarily right.Mera baharat Mahaan:( I have seen many great voices eating dirt just because those didn't dramatize and got the votes.The whole show is like a soap opera,but playing with real lives.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hahaha thanks Aspi!! :-) We're still waiting for your take on the Laloo Prasad Yadav episode!

-qwitiqqx

Sandip said...

Though I love these site and the comments, I am a bit disgusted in seeing you guys insulting other people (contestants, judges).

They have already made a mark on the music industry which you have not not! So why insult them? You can criticize them but don't use insulting words!
Just a suggestion

Aspi said...

You have a good point, Sandip. Its a fine line we walk, that's for sure.

Let me put it this way: I haven't made my mark anywhere and people still insult me. So I figure someone sitting on millions who thinks a blog is something you pick from your nose probably won't mind.

Crap, did I do it again?

Anonymous said...

IMHO, public figures - the judges and the participants on these musical reality shows definitely qualify as such - are fair game for satire and ridicule. Most of the teasing that goes on here is quite funny and not mean spirited (well occasionally you have some tasteless postings that Aspi thankfully purges). In defense of Aspi and my fellow drifters, I must say they all have a great sense of humor.

So Aspi, "Tum baahut phunny ho, mey tumhara naam 'India ka Jon Stewart' lagaa raha hoon". Don't look at me like that, it's the Bappi in me doing the talking.

-- texan

Dial M for Murrrrderrrr said...

What about me? Main India ka kaun hee?

cheerios Megan

Aspi said...

texanda, thank you. I wish I could be the Himesh Reshammiya of the US.

Since I don't watch any TV outside SRGMP and II3 (I do watch some clips on the demand), I haven't seen John Stewart in action. But I read a lot about TV and entertainment in general so I've heard much about him.

Aspi said...

Megan, you'll have to share your mug shot with all of us before we can give you a title. A visual is essential - notice how I get compared to people with huge noses.

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