Monday, September 10, 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007: Pimp my show!

It’s a real pleasure to be back in Vadodara and it’s hard to stay away from SRGMP (not to mention the people who hang out here). Luckily for me, a super-bhala airport karamchari risked the ire of an audience who wanted to see Sachin Tendulkar’s khota out for the thirty-third time on CNN-IBN and snuck in an episode of the best circus in town for me.

The reason my fondness for Himesh Reshammiya grows on a weekly basis is because clearly he has balls of steel. Why? Well, first there are those super-tight jeans he wears. But also figuratively to put himself on the line like that – singing, itraoing, harassing contestants, flaunting the show’s TRP – all for our entertainment takes guts.

And such superb timing – just as Mauli left the show and threatened to take some air out of the balloon with her, he added another page turner by walking on the stage and trying to get Amanat to cozy up to Sumedha. This sent the poor girl hopping about.

Now I’ve sat through enough mandatory sexual harassment courses at work to know that the girl could sue Himesh’s pants off him. Then on the other hand, she might not have the appetite for just that.

But that wasn’t all Himesh was up to. He seems to be tweaking the vote bank not just by pimping his contestants but also shrewdly cutting others down to size. Witness his trashing of Raja Hasan. Now Raja did turn in a deflated performance but to chide him in this way and make him squirm was highly unnecessary. Not for a minute did his subsequent vote appeal for Raja fool me. Our man is a master of blatant manipulation.

Now this might annoy a lot of people. But bring it on, I say! There is nothing quite like this on TV.

Also amusing to watch was Bleeng Bleeng Lahiri’s (thanks, Leera) indignation at the exit of Mauli. This “Ae Rong Jajmet hey, I quit” subplot was terrific because I always enjoy the lengths to which people will go to get some love from the audience and colleagues. And when Bappida emerged in his sleek, smartly-accessorized, body-hugging, Brit-flag outfit, he immediately set to work with cries of “Vhote Koro!”

Order has been restored!

Also be sure to read our comments:
Megan's cat has a nervous breakdown
qwittiqqx tells us that Woh is actually Mauli not Sumedha
Anon dreams of SRGMP heaven

46 comments:

sun said...

Hi,
Been reading this blog for couple of weeks. While watching SRMP last weekend, I was thinking what would Aspi say.......
SRMP is turning out to be a Grand Circus..... loving it though

sun said...

Wanted to add - Luv Bappida. My son (12 yr) says that one of these days, his head will roll off his shoulders. He should get trained in nodding. Adds that he calls his wife and daughter(s) before leaving for the shoot and borrows all their jewellery and someday, if the camera lingers little longer, we can spot his wife's mangalsutra. He loves the camera angle when both Bappi da's head and Vishal's head are together. He laughs to peels....
I think he makes a great blogger.

megan said...

i am so glad shakiraBen is out..now it would be safe for Nikki to come back home to her family...

now if you're wondering who Nikki is then let me remind you of an article from one week ago

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Cat Admitted to Mental Hospital

A cute grey persian Nikki's Saturday night turned into a nightmare

A persian cat Nikki turned into a lunatic after being subjected to listen to a contestant on an Indian reality show SaReGaMaPa on a weekly basis. Eyewitnesses say the cat used to attack cushions and remote controls everytime Mauli Dave a contestant on the show used to sing. This morning the cat was admitted to the mental ward of Fox River cat mental hospital.

"She was a friendly cat, well behaved and stable... Few weeks ago she started having fits where she would jump all over our living room and started moaning and attacking our remote controls. We thought she was just having a bad fur day but then this became a weekly routine. We then realized that whenever we watching the show and this contestant sang, Nikki used to get afraid and go bizerk... I miss my cat.. The whole family is praying for her and we hope to see her back in our house soon", Nikki's owner Megan was quoted as saying..

Psychiatrist John Miller says the treatment is going very well. The cat was made to listen to good music and hypnotherapy is used to cure the mental illness. "I listened to a few performances of the said singer in question and the singing could make any human being lose their sanity..and cats are hyper sensitive..Nikki thought the neighborhood dogs were howling" John said

Megan advised she had no intention of suing the Zee Network for any damages. "We just want the best for Nikki and we want her back with us safe and sound, we don't care for damages"..

maulibusterNowHRbuster said...

Aspi, really happy to know that u have not given up on SA RE even temporarily. Great to have you back. Have become a complete addict of your blogs.

Thank God Mauli is out - was fed up of her screaming.

My next agenda is to get Himmes out - he is intolerable and he has committed an unforgivable sin by pulling down Raja so much. Raja's exit would mean Shekhar's exit from the show which I cannot cope with.

I hope someone gives Himes some role in any film (even Bhojpuri) so that he goes away from Sa Re and then Musi and Onik can join VS.

Anonymous said...

Yes Himes has balls of steel - he just got an implant a month ago from AAmerica and the doctor has asked him to wear tight jeans as post operative care .. hahaha

Anonymous said...

When Himmi-Hyena went on stage to start his ishq ka circus, check out Vishal trying to slip away...prob telling Shekhar 'lets go man, the circus has begun'...the next shot even Shekhar disappeared from stage.Heh heh!
Sigh...looks like we haven't heard the last of Mauli. Apparently Pritam has signed her for a movie. Hope its for one of those B-side songs.

-Ritha

Saritha said...

Aspi,

Ati,Umda!

You managed to come up with the post by monday-fantastic.

And I know it is not your love for SRGMP(or may be any of us) but it is your love for Himesh that forces you to do this even in your Sanyas(word borrowed from now famously known Mr.Bong,G.C.Bong)

girlie girl said...

Megan, that was an awesome post! Hysterical Article...it's true though, Mauli's singing is unbearable!!! Now that Mauli's out, the mission on hand is to get Himmy out...and if that means not voting for Aneek (short Romeo with extra long sideburns) and Mussy (can't sing without his arm in the air) then so be it!! i'm willing to take the hit, it's not like either one of those are extraordinary singers anyway!

Anonymous said...

"The spy who loved me" - lol! you made my day

Beth said...

Okay, so, I don't watch the show, so I can't really follow most of your posts on it, but I always enjoy your captions, and now I feel compelled to tell you I might just have to steal that first one for Bollywood Fugly.

Anonymous said...

Mauli to sirf ek naye andaaz main gaana (chillana) chahti thi. Nikki ne samjha hi nahin.

Why just the cat, none of us could comprehend her style of screaming and now when she has left sa re ga ma is more wonderful. TRP rating will go up, Bappi Da as we all maulibusters will watch the show and even the repetition as the show is more interesting now. Amazing that Bappi didn't think at all about sumedha before he resigned.

Anonymous said...

Mauli to sirf ek naye andaaz main gaana (chillana) chahti thi. Nikki ne samjha hi nahin.

Why just the cat, none of us could comprehend her style of screaming and now when she has left sa re ga ma is more wonderful. TRP rating will go up, Bappi Da as we all maulibusters will watch the show and even the repetition as the show is more interesting now. Amazing that Bappi didn't think at all about sumedha before he resigned.

Anonymous said...

Breaking News:
Positions:
1. Amanat
2. Poonam
3. Aneek
4. Sumedha
5. Raja
ELIMINATED: MUSSARAT

What the heck is going on in Saregamapa?
Stupid HR has made Aneek third just by his idiotic Love Triangle.
What is stupider is that there are people who actually vote for Aneek based on that.
If Aneek really liked that girl, he should stop embarrassing her on stage. Oh and that girl btw is Mauli. They revealed that on Saregamapa Hungama. She is someone’s sister and daughter too. How would she be feeling right now? Embarrassed? Definitely.
HR hasn’t even sccepted defeat after Mauli’s elimination. Now he goes and targets Sumedha, who has done nothing at all. That guy should be kicked out of Saregamapa.

On a happier note, AMANAT IS TOP!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He rocks totally. I’m so happy for him and Poonam. They both really deserve it. They are the true gems of this show.

Actually, I’ve noticed something: When a singer is eliminated, he/she gets tons of work.
Example: Junaid. He has gotten quite a number of projects. So has Mauli. Wish them all the best in their future. Mauli will probably do quite well as in the studio, you can try until you get it right. She sounded pretty good in the Saregamapa video. In fact, they all did. Let’s hope that in the same way, Mussarat does well too

Another theory:
Zee is eliminating randomly. Then they will have a wild card poll to bring back either 1) Junaid, 2) Mauli, 3) Mussarat.
This, of course, means that Zee will earn some more money through voting.

-qwitiqqx

M said...

well which projects has Miss Shakira got? apart from bappi's C grade movies??? i would like to know

BTW Harpreet has 2 projects lined up himself from Vishal Shekhar..and Vishal himself confirmed he could be singing for a Yashraj movie that they are composing for.. so he is definitely going far

Mind Rush said...

Aspi, love those captions!
After the end of SRGMP and II3 I am already looking forward to your take on Nach Baliye. The screen shots should be interesting so your captions will be even better!

Aspi said...

Hey everyone, I had a great morning reading all the comments. Meg, that cat story is hysterical. Wish you had emailed it to me - I would have posted it.

sun, your son definitely seems to have the right sense of humor to be a great SRGMP/II/VoI blogger. Keep us posted with what he's saying about the show.

Beth, I think that picture deserves to be on Bollywood Fugly. And I should remember to send you more.

qwitiqqx, what?! The girl is Mauli? This means the producers who cut to shots of Sumedha are totally drunk during the show. This explains much!

Leera said...

Yup it is Mauli as revealed in SRGMP Hungama through a cunning montage. God bless Aneek who away from Himanshu's piercing gaze admitted to their being nothing between him Mauli, Amanat and Sumedha. Again I am just as confused as you.
Aspi, you should really catch an episode of Hungama, definitely a pre-requiite for SRGMP speculation.

Btw Neha Bhasin and Anushka were both on SRGMP this week which gave me V popstars flashback. Anyone remember that show?

anu g said...

Himesh is crazy to be asking Amanat to cosy up to Sumedha on screen. My kids came up with a typical 'Haw!What is he asking Amanat to do!!!". I know its just a hug guys. But then asking someone to hug a girl just to raise the TRPs is sickening.
Aspi, welcome back. Now that u r in India, please do watch the VOI shows, and let us know ur special comments on the dresses worn by the contestants.Esp the young sweetlooking girl Abhilasha last week who was made to look like a streetwalker.Atleast thats how they r shown in movies. I cringed!

Manish said...

Aspi you said you were leaving for a week and suddenly bounce back two days later with a SRGMP post. Isn't that gimmick very similar to Bappida's "I quit".

Interestingly there was just a one hour break between the shoot of Friday and Saturday episodes. So Bappi quit, mauli rushed to his house, brought him back in a wonderful new attire - all in one hour.

Aspi said...

Leera, I definitely will although I don't we get in the US. But I'm sure its online.

And anu g, I'm all turned around in India - I have no clue what is on when. So time to hit the papers and get the guides. I can do a much better job of screen caps for Saritha if I watch the show regularly.

Manish, you got me. I did it to raise my visits from 20 to 25 and I must say its working!

girlie girl said...

Aspi...How's India buddy? dont worry, it's starting to get cold in Chicago so you're not missing much!

Is Musarat seriously getting booted off the show on Friday? God i hope so, it's a great way to shut up Himesh...although knowing him, he'll talk even more when that happens. I think we need to have him share the mic with Mr. Darbar over to his left...that way, they can argue with eachother on whose comment is worth putting on tv...

anu g said...

Your "I'm queeting" ala Bappida sure raised an uproar here.Seems like u r getting influenced by the judges' comments, so good timing for an Indian Break!
Its not going to be easy finding time to watch TV when u hav to do all ur catching up with family. But if u have the time, do watch VOI on Star Plus at 10 pm on Fri and Sat, the same time as Saregamapa on Zee. There are reruns on Sun at 10 am , and on Fridays at 5 I think.Gosh! I seem to be know so much about these shows.......I deserve the 'Gobsmacked Award' again!!!!

Saritha said...

qwitiqqx

Wild Card entry,again?Didn't the Brahmastra serve the purpose?Well,bring back Junaid.Iam not a big fan of his voice,but he sure looks good with Sumedha.Wonder what Canadian has to say abt this?

anu,

The fashion sense on VoI dipped to its all-time low when Abhilasha turned up in that horrendous outfit(ever).I had to close my eyes and listen to her ala judges

anu g said...

Saritha, I am really glad I have found someone who feels about it as strongly as me. I seem to be the only one harping on this issue all the time. Though it was not just her dress, even the make-up was horrible....her hair stacked up, yet spilling all over her head and face, an inch of cream smothered on her face, the grey eye shadow.Is this what fashion is all about???

Anonymous said...

reposting from saregamashow.com for those who do not go there..:-)

UTOPIA ACCORDING TO ME

Saregamapa Heaven

MUSSARAT & AMANAT in Finals & getting loads of songs in future

RAJA becoming the biggest playback singer in India.(for six months only coz He shifts to acting in Ekta Kapoor’s MEGASERIAL “Rotele Raja ki Rasleela” & sing occassionaly like the Big B)

ANEEK moving to Tollywood starring & singing in the Mega Hit “Kaun Thi Woh” costarring Diya Mirza.

POONAM given the National Award for Best Singer for Ismail Darbar’s next movie ( This would take some time as he is so choosy, He chooses only Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Bhansali regrettably no longer chooses him)

SUMEDHA & JUNAID elope, with the Bhatts (Mahesh, Mukesh, Pooja, Soni et al) conducting the ceremony. Junaid becomes a rockstar & Sumedha has a contract with Hasbro/Mattel for her own line of Su-D-uh Dolls ( will sing all simple songs & simper sensuously )

MAULI & HIMESH make a MINDBLOWING mega international ALBUM titled “SCREAM” featuring the MINDBLOWING HIT “ MAIYYA MAIYYA” with profound lyrics by HR & Mauli * Maiyya Maiyya Kho gaya mora Saiyaan, Maiyya Maiyya batao kya karoon maiyya,
Maiyya Maiyya raat ho gayi Maiyya , Maiyya Maiyya so gaye hai saiyaan UH OH UH OH UH HO OH OH OH UH OH UH OH UH OH OH OOO AAH AAH AAH AAH *

SHEKHAR stars in a “ Bheja Fry” kinda fillum with Ranvir Sheroy

VISHAL gets in to the Guinness book of world record in the “ Longest stare without blinking” category

ISMAIL DARBAR stars up with Saurav Shukla to make a superhit “ Kalloo Mama & Ishmaeel Hathoda” Bhojpuri philm.

BAPPI LAHIRI donates all his ornaments (yes all 2.8 tonnes of them) to a foundation started by Saregamapa for upcoming artists & starts a training academy along with Annu Malik for aspiring singers. ( Both have a very rational self assessment of their singing hence who better to teach nuances of Raag Alaap & lo notes )

Anonymous said...

My guess for the next elimination was Mussarrat too. Last weekened his comic song sounded weird. Ofcourse he sings Nusrat Fateh Ali's songs perfect but compared to remaining 5 he seems to have a lower fan following.

Mind Rush said...

anon, you are brilliant! Loved your scenarios...lol!

Anonymous said...

Aspi is back!!Bong where r u??

anu g said...

Just read somewhere that SaReGaMaPa should be renamed as SaReDraMaPa. So apt, isnt it?

anu g said...

Bong seems to be away learning his Geography!

Anonymous said...

lol @ Anon's UTOPIA. - Ritha

Anonymous said...

omg just went to mauli's pg on wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauli_Dave ). Turns out that she has like soo many projects.
megan: it turns out she has one song with vishal shekhar too.
wow. if any singer has benefited from SaReDraMaPa it's definitely mauli although she didn't win.

-qwitiqqx

Aspi said...

girlie girl, I always have a great time in India.

anu g, if SRGMP and VoI are on at the same time, you know which one wins :). I'm travelling again over the weekend but can catch up early next week for sure. With II3 winding down I'll have some time for VoI.

megan said...

qwitiqqx, that is SanjayaBen's fans'/PR/family's wishful thinking.. Mauli has not received any offers from VS..

This was confirmed by Vishal himself...

and Pritam's so called offer, lets see what movie will that be for..and Bappi does all F grade movies anyway with bizarre titles like

"Love dot com"
I kid you not...

megan said...

qwitiqqx, that is SanjayaBen's fans'/PR/family's wishful thinking.. Mauli has not received any offers from VS..

This was confirmed by Vishal himself...

and Pritam's so called offer, lets see what movie will that be for..and Bappi does all F grade movies anyway with bizarre titles like

"Love dot com"
I kid you not...

Anonymous said...

Lolll. Yeah. But there are other saregamapa singers (junaid, sumedha) singing for love.com so lets hope that for their sake the film is not a flop. And yes the title of the movie is definitely weird.

Btw why do u call her Sanjayaben? Who is Sanjaya? Pls tell me! Thanks! =)

-qwitiqqx

meggy said...

Sanjaya as in Sanjaya Malakar from American Idol

I think Mauli is the SRGMP version of Sanjaya except he was more talented than she is..

I wonder if they'll make sequels to love dot com if its successful

wedding dot com
divorce dot com

Saritha said...

anu,

Bong is ACTUALLY the head of the reception committee to 'honor' mauli.Remember he called her 'dahling'

Or simply,we both scared him enough that he slipped into Anon mode - permanently.

Saritha said...

Aspiiiii,Man!How can say something like that about VoI....grr...

OK,now I'll be at O'hare next week and I am going to have a nice lil chat with you.

anu g said...

Saritha! Poor Bong! I guess the Hyderabadi Women Power' is a little too much for him to handle!!!I think Aspi will defintely watch VOI now:).

Anonymous said...

the anon posting of Utopia was created by dockaul a regular in saregamapashow.com blog

anu g said...

Saritha, looks like VOI guys r reading this blog. The girls looked elegant this time.I sure hope Aspi doenst watch VOI just this week, and then wonder why we were fussing so much about their appearance.

Saritha said...

anu,

Iam glad to know that FINALLY they sacked thier 'darji'.I'll download it rt away.

Anonymous said...

hihi

anu g said...

Catch this interview with Shekar.Sounds so sensible.Megan , u will be impressed.It was a big relief to read this after all the drama by Himesh and others.

http://www.india-forums.com/tellybuzz/article.asp?id=975

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

Thanks for the link anu...ma shakoo babe's not like the oder losers on de show...:)