Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2: Few jhalaks worth watching

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is hard to get into. For one, the funnies aren't consistent enough. There is no jhagda-tension between anyone and no one has their bitchy claws on ready. Worst yet, no Himesh Reshammiya in sight. Now for a lot of people this would be a plus. But in my world, its a huge minus.

However, JDJ hasn't been devoid of great moments either.

Early on, a model - dutifully called supermodel on the show, because, lets face it, a model is either a supermodel or she is nothing - called Tapur spread her wings and delivered a god awful first performance. Host Rohit Roy promptly made a comment about how acting is in her blood because she is the granddaughter of the great Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Riiight! Hey Rohit, as far as I can remember Hrishida was a director, not an actor. Unless you've stumbled upon some discovery of how acting genes permeate a kid through osmosis.

Moments later, the camera focused on Tapur's twin sister. Her name? Tupur. This was enough to make me fall out of my chair. It's bad enough when you are twins and your parents dress you up in the same clothes - making you look like Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. But to have names like this: my heart goes out to the lovely sisters.

Mini Mathur's partner Hemu always cracks me up. Looking like a cross between Asrani and a pigeon, he's a little big in the gut for a dancer. But boy, he sure doesn't let that stop him. Now Mini is clearly not a natural at dance, but she is such a competitor that she tries hard and makes things look decent. In one dance, she showed up in a blue dress with devil horns and made Hemu huff and puff. To end the sequence she mounted Hemu from the back - evoking an expression of startled surprise from the poor choreographer. It was a hilarious moment on the show - both looked like planes refueling in mid-air.

There are three judges - one of them is Urmila Matondkar who comes across as a true diva. Another is Jeetendra and its great watching him. He keeps getting hailed as a pioneer of dance in Bollywood. Hmm...this I have to agree with. I think the South Indian dance directors had figured out the formula for making Jeetu dance. Get him a pair of super-tight pants (boots in matching color a plus), stick a cockroach in his underwear, yell "action" and get the hell out of the way. On the show, Jeetu hands out bon mots like "kya masala tha dance mein!"

But alas, apart from such frolic-filled ghadis, the show pretty much chugs along slowly. Mona Singh and Rohit Roy are affable people but they try way too hard for things to work organically. I'm also not sure about the fake line maroing and lame ladki-ladka face-offs - they suck out all the energy from the show. Plus, there is only one person who can dance on the show - that's the third judge Shiamak Davar.

As a dancing show, JDJ seems desperately in need of someone who can dance and make everyone else dance.

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27 comments:

Joules said...

You did'nt comment on Tapur's voice. The first time I heard her I seriously thought it was a guy.

On an SRGMP topic, Junaid and Sumedha will be on Banoo Main Teri Dulhan singing the song "Aaj ki Raat". Saw the promos, not sure when the epi wil be aired.

I am sure it will be mindblowing :)

Deepu said...

Can someone do a post on Nach Baliye 3. For one, the dancers are much better, seondly, the snarkiness on the show between Rakhi Sawant and Kashmeera Shah is hilarious to watch. I'm pretty sure the crew has a couple of cameras dedicated to catch the expressions of their faces.

StarVoiceOfIndia said...

That part about how South Indian directors made Jeetu dance is hilarious.

BTW, I feel that Nach Baliye 3 is 10 times better compared to this show. Be it dance or drama. You should really write about that show.

J

Aspi said...

Joules, great observation! I know its not terribly progressive of me to say this but women speaking in manly voices somehow remind of Prithviraj Chauhan.

Deepu and J, I've heard this multiple times now. Wish I had Star TV - I would definitely give it a shot.

Leera said...

Aspi I will provide you with the links for NB if you wish.

I completely agree with you about HR. He could liven up all these shows with his shameless TRP bragging and 'genuine' rishtey-naatey spiel.

Aspi said...

Leera, thanks for the offer. I suppose I could grab them from apnicommunity.com. But the problem is: I don't particularly enjoy it if it is not on TV.

Perhaps I should start building a case for getting Windows Media Center so that all of it is on TV :)

Mind Rush said...

what's the deal with Davar pretending he can't speak Hindi?? Too hip to be desi?
I like his dancing but can't stand the pretensions.

Sania said...

I'm the one who started the NB3 push.. and I'm seriously considering writing up stuff for the Drift on it. Problem is, I'm just not that funny.

Sania said...

Also - I'm sure that Minnie is not long for the show, even though I like her a lot as a host. Mona Singh drives me up the wall, despite the fact that she's my Punjabi sistah. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed that Urmila has the proportions of a Barbie doll. Mika goo awayyyy!

The dances are so booorinng.

m said...

i prefer JDJ to Nach baliye 3. NB3 has too many skanky and random people.

yeah wtf is up with people pretending to not be able to understand/speak hindi?? Loy dude from SEL did the same on VOI. They all have thick desi accent when they speak english.

these people are in bollywood and have lived in india all their lives, WTF???

ritha said...

am not surprised if ppl aren't comfy speaking in hindi..though they've grown up speaking tht language. Coz wht u talk with the ppl u know can be vastly different by wht the propah usage is. I sure can follow, talk, write hindi but wud much rather speak english with ppl. Same applies to my mother tongue. Its sad how many of us are caught up in a mish-mash of languages our entire life. Ofcoz pretending to not know the language is plain ridiculous!

Aspi said...

I must say I have some experience here worth sharing. My Hindi is terrible - its another matter that I love it and can express myself fluently, but my grammar sucks and my pronouns are all wrong - leading to much embarassement for the Drift memsaab whose family is doused in the matrubhoomi bhasha.

So while I insist on talking in it as much as possible, I completely understand Ritha's POV. Its awkward unless you are in the company of good friends.

In my defence, my Dad - huge lover of Gujarati sahitya that he was - kicked my ass anytime I spoke Gujarati even slightly out of line - so its picture perfect: no annoying Parsee accent.

Rupal said...

And I had this image of Aspi talking in the parsi accent.

I had few Parsi friends at school. Yes, all of them had that sweet Parsi accent.

Right opposite my school lived Parsi families. Yes Aspi, those aunties in frocks (refering to your post months back)

Aspi said...

Well I'm all for aunties wearing frocks but some of them had no right to terrorize us that way.

payal said...

Love the blog Aspi! Delurking to comment on tonight's JDJ ChaChaCha (or was it Disco???) episode! This was my first time watching the show, and well..it did have its moments. Like that whole scene with Sandya crying and gaining some sympathy points--great acting (although, i did like her in honeymoon travels)!!! And Mika really needs to leave!!! He can't dance to save his life and did you hear him bust out that english song! Poor Urmila was not thrilled ;) But I have to say, while there is no Himesh in JDJ (although I would pay money for him to be a contestant on this show;)), Mika definitely provides some entertaining, if not awkward moments. I wonder if they'll have a garbathon on the show, with Navrati here and all. That would be fun!! :)

Anonymous said...

It is not fair that they have contenstants that belong to Balaji Telefilms (Ronit, etc) while Jetandra is judging and Shiamak's students (Sandhya, etc) while Shiamak is judging. Then there are others with a lot of dancing background when this show is supposed to be about those who have never danced before. It is only people like Adesh, Mini, Negi, Cyrus and Mika who have no dance experience and are the true contenstants. It is up to the public who has to compensate for the bias of judges in the show by voting for the true and brave contestants.

Anonymous said...

It is not fair that they have contenstants that belong to Balaji Telefilms (Ronit, etc) while Jetandra is judging and Shiamak's students (Sandhya, etc) while Shiamak is judging. Then there are others with a lot of dancing background when this show is supposed to be about those who have never danced before. It is only people like Adesh, Mini, Negi, Cyrus and Mika who have no dance experience and are the true contenstants. It is up to the public who has to compensate for the bias of judges in the show by voting for the true and brave contestants.

Sidekick said...

Tapur and Tupur???? and people object to celebs naming their kids Apple and such like? even picking randomly out of maneka gandhi's book of baby names would be kinder!

i don't have the stomach for JDJ, but i'll happily follow along thru yr blog, aspi..... hilarious and g8 captions. the mini one was visually evocative :)

i'll also agree with ritha and count myself amongst those educated in India who speak English better than any other language. I'm fluent in Hindi, yet i think, count and reason in English. I know lots of people who are comfortable in Hindi or their mother tongue but are most persuasive in English. Not sure how many of u saw Kaun Banega Crorepati with Farhan and Zoya Akhtar where Zoya steadfastly refused to speak hindi. SRK almost pleaded with her to speak in Hindi... if for no other reason than that her dad Javed Akhtar is a celebrated Urdu poet --- but Zoya stood firm. I didn't get the impression that it was bcoz she thought it was beneath her. Perhaps she was self-conscious and thought that making mistakes in Hindi would be worse than not speaking it all.


I think it's interesting that Indian English is evolving its own grammar and vocabulary --- most coolest (like Shek said recently!). the filmwallahs constantly talk abt actors "giving" a hit or songs being picturized "on" someone. All of which seem to be translations fm vernacular that find their way to "Indian English".

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

Tapur Tupur.....hhmmm herd those names somehwere......oh yea..there was dis bengali song long back which went..."vristi kore taupur tupur...etc etc"...
as if those kids just tapkofied from the aasman and latkofied and atkofied in khajur..

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

I also agree wid Deepu...plz do a post on Nach Baliye 3...There was much controversy bout the Mika kiss last week..

m said...

i don't think NB is fair

wtf is rakhi and her oversized steroids poster boy man doing there. They are pro dancers. How can they do a celebrity dancing show. I thought the whole point of the show was to get random celebs dance like we never seen them before.

WTF

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

I have got the name of the movie for the "Tapur-tupur" song..it was "Ayaash" in 1982, starring Sanjeeev Kumar and Rati Agnihotri.

OzAngel said...

I love that song. Perfect for a rainy day with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book...

OzAngel said...

Rakhi's boy is repulsive. I wonder if she started going out with him just so she could get into NB. She's not someone I dislike, I just don't like her beau.

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

hehe...dat dude abhishek awasthi is a strgglin actor...nver seen him do dat anywhre...rakhi's seein him since i think way b4 Big Boss happned...but dey do dance well..hez gotta a very 'akhada type' body...he luks like dis guy Zybisco from the movie Amar Akbar Anthony...de dude who was supposed 2 marry Parveen [her body guard]....nybody remembers???

m said...

his body is so unproportional

he is like a midget bodybuilder

Aspi said...

I not only remember Zabisco but fondly think of him whenever I spray Tabasco on my jambalaya.