Monday, October 01, 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2007: Back to Basics

There are two things about SRGMP that make it a compelling show to watch. First, there is the great singing. And second, there is a laugh-a-minute circus atmosphere. The last two episodes captured both those elements in their full glory. And the reason for that is in the excellent selection of celebrity judges - whose personalities brought out the best in the show. In the end even Farah Khan obliquely admitted that Indian Idol couldn't possibly compete with the singing on SRGMP.

Pandit Jasraj kicked off the weekend with a rendition that sounded like it was borne from the elements itself. And then came Jagjit Singh. Now perhaps his ability to attract hordes of swooning females is the cause of my Jagjit envy, but I've never warmed up to him. Perhaps its because he reminds me of the other bagalthela types - Javed Akhtar, or perhaps because he kept changing the lyrics and singing the same ghazal all his life. In any case, my inability to appreciate Jagjit Singh is probably my misfortune. But along with Pandit Jasraj, wearing an outfit reminiscent of Rajesh Khanna: the middle-aged version - he made a terrific judge.

And the gravitas lent to the show by these two kept Himesh in check and inspired the contestants to sing superbly. Only Aneek delivered a weakish performance but followed it up with a massive rendition of Manna Dey's "Laaga chunari mein daag".

There was more sobbing around Poonam (even Himesh cried!) and in general, the show wound up tamely. This is all well and good, I told myself, but any more shows like this and in proverbial SRGMP style, I'll impale myself on a toothpick.

Fortunately, normal service was resumed when Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone and Shreyas Talpade showed up to shill for Om Shanti Om. One good looking girl, one favorable comment and Himesh grabbed the mike and was off to the races. Copious chatoing ensued. Farah Khan and Deepika chatoed Himesh right back.

Deepika was thrown on stage multiple times, each time swallowing hard and riding this regularly amusing SRGMP moment with grace. At one point, she even tried to hand out an impromptu waltz lesson to Aneek.

Even more rousing singing took place. Raja, Aneek and Amanat - now down to the last three - ploughed through song after song with verve. Aneek imitated Himesh in fine style. Finding himself next to the lovely Deepika, Shekhar copped a feel. Shahrukh Khan did a previously recorded segment with style and handed out songs to sing.

In between Himesh stepped up to the plate, put himself on the line and entertained the living daylights out of me.

First, he hailed Raja as the best singer on the show. Then in a move that didn't quite come off as he might have intended, he tried to put the momentum back behind Aneek. Later, he stood around awkwardly on stage while everyone else danced. On the show Farah Khan called him the Number One Positive Energy. I'm not sure what it means, but it sounds perfect!

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110 comments:

m said...

ok the ghazel episode was sooooooooooooo effin booooring.. the songs put me to sleep..but it was so sad to see poo leave..it was disgusting how ismail was more than happy to see her go... i felt so sad for poo's mom and daughter.. it was sad.. himesh was practicing crying, no way was that genuine...

m said...

OSO episode was good. Shekhar was acting like a teenager in love, he was acting WEIRD and yes that holding hands business was really weird.. he also said weird things like "omg O neek you sang well cuz of deepika's presence" WTF but it was cute

ANYHOO Deepika looks gorgeous on pictures but i thought she looked like average good looking person in the show.. she only looks good with colored contacts.. she was so stiff and self conscious.. and she was being tossed around like a toy..

anyhoo on Voice of India they had sonam and ranbir!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMGGGGGGG
sonam was so spontaneous and she is so cute and natural..she was soooo much more likable than deepika.. I think i have found a new actress to like...

Ranbiiiiirr OMGGGGGG i always thought he was a fug but he is soooooooo charming..and i have started to like fall for his droopy eyes and that imperfect face and all the imperfections cuz like

he has such a great personality!!!!!!!!!!! i wanna marry him!!!!!!!!!!!

anu g said...

So its Ranbir now!I think we should start a new show 'Megan ka Saajan-agla kaun'!

anu g said...

On a serious note there was an article today in the TOI about music reality shows...amongst many points, there is reference to one contestant who says that that channels place bets with international bookies to decide the fate of the finalists! He/she said that they knew their fate even before the episode had been shot! Thats quite mean....playing around with the future of these kids!

m said...

ok sumitra from VOI, you know how they showed her sing minus orchestra and she was like "i dont wanna partake in this competition any longer"

the channel made her say it because during the shooting of the episode, when her turn came they said "ok pack up" and posponed it until a few days later

and on that day when she wuz supposed to shoot, they said "sorry we aint got no musicians so you sing minus it and say you dont wanna be a aprt of wild card episode any longer"

m said...

how about we devise a new reality show.. with hrithik, shekhar, neil, ranbir etc

and name it

"Kaun Banega Megan ka Pati?"

just kidding just kidding, I am innocent as pure snow..i am a true bharatiya nariiiiiii saving myself for my husband that my family choses for meeeeeeeeeeee

Sanjay said...

seems quite interesting Megan -- you are going in a clockwise direction - shekhar , neil , ranbir and //?

anu g said...

Poor Sumitra, the others had 3 days to 'ratta'their song with the musicians, while she had just an hour...that sad look oh her face the other day was to imply 'Shucks!I wish I had got out some weeks ago, I would have been spared the tension of the Chakravat every week., and I could have quickly chosen a song which suits me, and ratto-ed it".

megan said...

arshpreet sang so well.. SLB was so impressed.. she looked like a movie star too.. SLB should take her in his next movie, if not as an actress then a singer

confuzzzzzzzed said...

what do you mean clockwise? in what way heheh

there are more in hollywood, i was sticking to being a bhatriyaaa naaaari by only naming the dsi guys

Anonymous said...

ANU WHO SAID THAT???

omggggg that is frickin mean!!

izzit a contestant from sareDRAMApa???

-qwitiqqx

M said...

dont think they would name the contestant as they might get into trouble they prolly said something like "a contestant who would like to remain anonymous like qwitiqqx in aspisdrift, told us that ..."

Sanjay said...

because there are more in bollywood thats why its clockwise , seconds hiding behind the minutes and the minutes changes every second , and hence it changes after every hour

ps : if u cant understand any thing dont worry , even i cant

Vaishali said...

Want to share this funny bit...My 8 year old after hearing the encore for Aneek decided to do her own Aneek chant and it went like this 'Onik! Onik! Onik! OINK, OINK, OINK, OINK!!'.....I was just remined of the umpteen times that he is referred to as Oink on the blogs. Truly, if you keep chanting Aneek, Aneek...it ends up becoming Oink, Oink!!

Can somebody please tell HR, that he should go beyond 'mindblowing & superb' and add some new words to his nonexistant vocabulary. Looks like he is saving up for the next season. It has become a routine in our house to switch to another channel the minute HR opens his trap.Annoying as hell!!

Anonymous said...

SRGMP does come up with great concepts. Loved the whole ghazal-oso-SRK weekend special.

Raja's parrformance was superb. Loved his energy in Chaiya Chaiya.

I think Shekhar is an emotional kind of a person. He was giddy. Afterall OSO is the biggest banner movie they have done.

Deepika had a annoying accent when she spoke. Reminded me of Hema Malini's accent of yester years.

Is this the new style of wearing a saree. I see it a lot on actresses these days. The pallu seems careless put on. Cute.

- Joules

anu g said...

Qwittix,
M was right...no mention of the name.

Aspi said...

You guys are merciless! I thought Deepika looked pretty good and didn't giggle constantly - two huge positives for a Bollywood actress.

And I couldn't stop chuckling at how well Aneek has learnt to tweak his boss. He somehow is able to pull Himesh's leg and at the same time massage his ego. Well done, little guy.

Haven't seen Ranbir on VoI yet, but if the promos are any indication - I might be laughing.

Priti said...

I agree with you Aspi -- Deepika is pleasant on the eye. Her accent wasn’t too bad. All that she said anyways was “superb” (new alternative for “mind blowing”, eh?), and “very close to the original but had his [singer’s name] own in it! Same assessment of all the singers.

Megs – take heart. Shekhar probably only sees you in her (and all women-kind). Wait till he finds how sorely the meg-masala is missing in Deepika. He’ll be right back where he belongs! :-D

Aneek – ahhh!!! His “act” sounded/ looked sooo contrived! HR had managed to teach him a bit of nautanki on the stage. You think the kid was capable of thinking/ thanking VS? The way he rattled off those points seemed he had mugged the lines up. Am sure HR was hoping he doesn’t forget them. Anyways, he must be prompting him, even as he ensured that was edited out. Even the take on HR was made to sound cute! Sic….

We did have a rocking week end, thanks to SRGMP. (had started to get a wee bit weary of late, the posts notwithstanding). VS throwing the biggest trump card in the form of a completely “un expected form” of Raja sure shook, while it gave his fans a whale of a time!

ritha said...

"...perhaps because he kept changing the lyrics and singing the same ghazal all his life.." - line of the post!

Aspi said...

priti, stay with me here: I think Aneek is smarter than he looks. And Maybe you are right: being with Himesh is giving him that edge of how to manipulate a situation.

Ritha, wonderful - you actually read the post. I don't expect most people to - given how busy everyone is and how much time we already sink into these shows, so its always good to have someone like you go through it.

Kanan said...

Aspi,
That was an awesome review... I loved the bagalthela comment LOL! and Rajesh-Khanna-outfit. But I truely thought JS would wear a kurta-pajama instead of the kind of outfit he wore. And Vishal-Shekhar looked so handsome in the semi-formal outfit/jackets.

I am glad Shekhar let himself enjoy this show without being so much like I-Love-My-Wife-So-I-Dont-Flirt-In-Public. He has always looked and behaved classy and mature; and his holding hands with Deepika was quite decent as well. Didn't look at all like it was overdone, in fact it showed that they shared a bond and felt comfortable with each other's company. And Deepika looked simply stunning! I've become her fan now.

HR seriously needs to get a life. Why the crazy obsession with Oink? I never understood. I am so sick of him. I guess I'll just have to wait till it's all over.

ID was SMSing khullam-khulla and ignoring the praising remarks of Pt. Jasraj for the head. And then all of a sudden he realizes the camera is on him so he hides the phone under his right thigh and starts applauding and nodding head. Hahahaha! now that was a candid camera moment.

SRK's morphed look is still acceptable but what's up with the pony-tail? Looked silly on him but I liked his choice of songs. It seemed like he was told what songs to give, because they matched the styles of the contestants so close - all three of them. Hmmmm!

All in all, both shows were great I thought. Friday's being the best one this season.

Priti said...

Yepp Aspi – on this penultimate week end, the show had to be “mindblowing”.

Saturday evening became memorable because of VS. It was VS’s show all the way… Their numbers, their star performer, them having fun…..For once they threw their restrained act aside, and let their hair down. Their enjoying as much as the others was most infectious. It added to the energy (we won’t waste our energies over HR’s act of mouthing magnanimous words, or ID’s ramblings..).

It was good fun to watch Shekhar do a bit of Aneek ribbing (notice Shekhar’s expression when he asks Aneek how he sings better when Deepika’s on stage), or when he tosses Shreyas aside (seen fleetingly on the screen) to be by the side of Deepika. It was also good to see Vishal grin as Shekhar ribbed Aneek. It was clear - they weren;t going to get caught in any “trp increasing **sic** love triangle”, while maintaining their dignity, even as they had a bit of fun!

If the green eyed thingie is kept at bay (no Megs, that wasn;t for you ), even the hand holding was cute. Loved the way they charmed everyone on stage, supporting Raja, who would’ve been out of breath, but cleverly covered him up and made him look indefatigable! Bravo VS – wtg….

Aspi – three cheers for you too! I am s’posed to be traveling tomo morn…and should be preparing for that, but your site is addictive, with you “including” everyone personally – here I am enjoying writing this…. Hoping at least you'll read all of it...hahaha...

Saritha said...

You betch Priti!This place is totally addictive.

I travelled on Friday as well and didn't forget to chk the site before shutting down my PC.Crajy!!!

Is it just me or someone else too thinks that Deepika has the poise and grace of Hema Malini.Didn't get a chance to watch the entire episode on tv, but I simply loved her look.On 'koffee' she talked too lil,cant say much abt her accent but she sure looked stunning.

saritha said...

oops,that shd've been 'betcha'

Aspi said...

Priti, I agree - I think because V-S had a stake in the songs, they didn't get tense about the competition. And this created a pretty good episode. Most of SRGMP's tension comes from the whole V-S versus Himesh fake race.

Anonymous said...

On SRK's ponytail, have you seen how our hindi heroes can't change their hairstyles even when growing a ponytail.

Whether it is Amitabh in Cheeni Kum or current SRK, their hairstyles look ponytail-less when seen from the front.

- Joules

Aspi said...

Joules, that is a hysterical observation. It definitely adds to the suspense as in "hey, he looks funny. OMG, does he have a ponytail?" I find myself leaning to the left or right of my seat to catch a peak as if it would matter.

On the other hand, those ponytails are mere squirts anyway.

m said...

is it just me or does srk look more and more like michael jackson everyday..

srk choosing the songs to match their style was so staged, it had me in splits

faithful m said...

i haven't switched my loyalties.. i am still loyal to shekhu jaan and ranbir and hrithik and others..

girlie girl said...

Alright Megan, way to keep it real! lol!

Saturday's show was a full entertainment package. I quote HimASS when i say "Outstanding, Mindblowing, Superb, FANTASTIC!"
you know what i've realized, HR has to have the final word...no matter what the topic is or who its about, if he doesnt end it, then we should know its not quite done!

Foxxxy Megan said...

Himesh yapping on and on annoys me so much, i wish i could zip up his mouth and his shirt so his cleavage doesn't invade our living rooms

O-neek was so bad and yet he gets praises..

can't believe no one has commented about Poonam leaving :( she was good.. :(

when she left she didn't even get assurance from VS, like they offered sumedha a song.. i never thought VS would be the type to like be enamored by desi wannabe valley girls..

anyhoo i was outraged about this and let it known.. and this is what vishal had to say

"you're right, meg, but in poonam's case, we'll have to wait till the right song comes along. She's a great singer, though, and while we didn't make her any public promises, i assure you we will back her up, make her meet the right people, and as and when we get the chance, have her sing for us too. Cheers-V. "

Anonymous said...

m, It's not just you. Actually check out the pics in this article

http://movies.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2409051.cms

m said...

haha anon... that is hilarious..thanks

in megan's like-book

Manish > Aspi

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Anonymous said...

Aneek is beyond the competition...he is way above!!!the nuances and subtilities in his voice is par excellence....winning or loosing sa rega ma is immaterial for him at this point....he is the next big bollywood playback singer!!

uh oh said...

uh oh we got O-Neek's psychotic fan here.. BTW are you abhijit in orkut? or kiran?

Dave said...

Hey Aspi,
Loved your bagalthela comment, it has been years since I heard that word, it totally cracked me up !!
Man, I like this blog more than the damned show itself !!
but I must say, this saturday was really rocking, Deepika looks like any normal good looking girl in my books, nothing MIND-BLOWING about her !!
What i enjoyed the mose was Himesh's ramble. This show wouldn't be worth watching if Himess would not have been there.
I just love his entertainment value !!

Aspi said...

Anon, at the risk of also being called psychotic, I have to agree Aneek sounds like the next big thing. He is absolutely flawless in his singing and music directors will love that. Bargain price + fewer retakes: the margins for them will be higher with Aneek :)

Dave, yes, you've got Himesh's appeal down right. Desolate is the world that has no Himesh in it.

Aspi said...

Anon, thx for forwarding that article about SRK v MJ. I loved the category titles especially "Wife Name" and "Past Look". And how about "identical rosy lips". Wonderful!

But calling MJ the indisputed King of Pop? Was the left side of the article written in the 80s?

Mind Rush said...

guys, the comments here are pure entertainment! Aspi, Mind Blowing, fantastic, superb, sau crore number aap ko diye.

Meg, it must be nice to be 20...so many possible patis, so little else to worry about :-)

Being a JS fan, I am miffed by those here that do not understand the gajal jonar. Jagjit Singh rules!

And finally, on the topic of S-D hand-holding that has everyone so animated....I have multiple reactions. Continuing in the vein of my earlier post re: Bips and John, I will have to ponder that incident some more and deliver my report to Driftji in the near future.

Aspi said...

Mind Rush, arz hai:

Taarif tumhari sunkar
dil mein khushi chhayee
Jagjit ki gajal sunkar
aakhon ko neend ayee

Anonymous said...

did anyone notice the way onik and amanat were competing on the sargam parts? Good stuff, especially onik in laga chunri mein daag and amanat in mitwa.. Raja's voice control in sargam is not so good, though of course he compensates in other areas.

scared megan said...

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article§id=30&contentid=2007100220071002023218546e3b0c567

WHAT THE EFF????????

what if shekhar ditches Vishal to form Himesh-Shekhar????????????

minnie said...

hey...i already mentioned this once now again cos no one noticed it ...but didnt anyone find his highness' remarks tasteless that V-S had reserved their best song for raja..instead of admitting that for that round, raja had topped aneek ?

Feelings said...

Fondly remembering the OSO episode :After Aneek's fantabulous rendition of Agar main kahoon, Shekhar asks Aneek " Depika jab stage pey hotey haey ap aur bhi achcha gatey ho, Chakkar kya hey??" Aneek replies without batting an eyelid "Sir Hum Feel Kartey haey" Shekhar almost falls off his chair and Asks " Ap kya kartey ho?" Aneek promptly clears the doubt saying : Matlab Lyrics of ko feel kartey hai sir..lyrics ko"

It took me full ten minutes to recover.
By the way I am neither Kiran or Abhijit or psychotic, but I feel Aneek is a wonderful singer and the competition is actually between him & Amanat. Raja is good no doubt but he has more fans than talent. People are free to agree or disagree.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the topicality reposting from Video post

Mussarat Saheb ki yaad mein arz hai -

Sab say Chuppa Kar Dard,
Jo Woh Muskura Diya

Us Ki Hansi Ne Aaj to Mujh ko Rulla Diya
Lehjey Sey Uth Raha Tha Har Ik Dard Ka Dhuaan

Chehra Bata Raha Tha Kay Kuch Ganwa Diya
Awaz Main Thehrao Tha Aankhon Main Nami Thi
Aur Keh Raha Tha Ke Main Ne Sab Kuch Bhulla Diya

Janey Kya Usko Logoon Sey Thee Shikayaten
Tanhayion Kay Desh Main Khud Ko Basa Diya

Khud Bhi Woh Hum se Bicher Ker Adhura Sa Ho Gaya
Mujh Ko Bhi Itne Logon Main Tanha Bana Diya.

Irshaad

-dockaul

Deepu said...

I can see it now:

Get ready for Shekhar with a waxed chest, buttons open all the way to the navel posing at an angle with Himesh on stage and both crooning through their noses.

*Barf*

Anonymous said...

deepu, Also throw in Ismail in there.

Every music director is becoming a himesh wanna be.

- Joules

Aspi said...

Feelings, I'm glad you reminded us of that. That whole segment with Aneek was a laugh riot.

dockaul, wah, wah!

Niranjan said...

So sad to know that you do not appreciate Jagjit. When you say that he sings same ghazals over and over again, it shows your poor knowledge about ghazals. When you equate him to Javed Akhtar, you show complete ignorance of the compositions and renderings Jagjit has done for the great Urdu poets of all times. But seeing the posts and the gentry this blog attracts, one can't really complain about the knowledge of music this lot has.

Aspi said...

Yaar, Niranjan, I've already admitted that my lack of appreciation for Jagjit is my misfortune. Why do you have to go insult everyone else :)

In any case: I'm a huge fan of irony. So the humor of you stopping by here and complaining about people who stop by here is not lost on me.

Anonymous said...

Niranjan, OUCH!!!

girlie girl said...

I agree, Aspi...the irony of what Niranjan said is hillarious! That's like the kettle calling the pot black!!

Sania said...

Ok - so I've been AWOL for a bit and I haven't seen this episode yet either (it's on my iPod, set for viewing soon), but I did have this to contribute -

Niranjan, if you insult the 'gentry' on this blog again, you're going to seriously hear it from me. We could school you in a few things. Thanks!

Sania said...

Also - separate comment since this didn't need to go along with my dressing down of Niranjan - Megan, I want to talk to Vishal too :( <- jealous.

Like I think I've said before - so many questions! how? when? where? why?

girlie girl said...

Yeah Megan, hook us up with your connections!! Share the wealth!

Niranjan said...

Just want to say one thing. If you do not have knowledge of something don't pass judgment and go about criticizing/disrespecting the legends in public. The same way you guyz are hurt when I comment on your lack of music knowledge, I was deeply hurt when comments were passed about Jagjit and Panditji.

Anyways it is a free country, and freedom of expression is most abused these days here!

Cheers!

Aspi said...

Niranjan, dude, no one passed any comments that might offend your delicate sensibilities on Panditji to my knowledge. And I actually read everything on this blog so I should know.

In any case, feel free to abuse me: its usually met with good humor. But dissing others on this blog isn't a good idea.

ranbiiiiiiiiiiiiiir lova said...

muahahaha!!!!! i got ranbir's email address!!! god bless family friends and god bless megan's sweet talking her way out of everything

taking a break said...

i think i am kinda over shakky.. i am on a ranbiiirrrrrr high now!!

Shekhar said...

Sob! Bas ek bhool ke liye....

Hurt Megan said...

Well for you it was one bhool but for me it was blasphemy. You hurt my feelings and Ranbir is offering his shoulder and ima take it for some solace.

you have to think of ways to win me back

m said...

well has anyone seen the saawariya promo where ranbir is dancing by the window with just a towel on..

your comments on that pls :D

feeling ten years younger after watching Ranbir said...

that towel is about to slip anytime with so many girls hugging him,pulling his arm and I dont know what

watch out........

M said...

well in one interview he said that while shooting for it, the towel dropped a few times hahahaha

lucky SLB

*hides*

Shekhar said...

Well Hurt Megan, I talked about this to my new buddy Himesh. And he suggested I call Leela (we call him that around here) and get Ranbir's phone number.

I'll be leaving him a message to stay away from you. Phir kya karogi?

megan said...

whatever you do just don't go Salman on my Ranbir and leave 40 thretening messages. i tell you my new baby is no Vivek (or Viviek Anand Oberoi) to do a press conference about it. He has connections with the underworld.

Can't we still be cordial, there is a chance of reconcilation if you behave and stay off the booze and anti depressents.

Shekhar said...

Ok, I gave your phone number to Himanshu. Cordial that!

And Ranbir may have the underworld, but I have Mr. Torpedo-Head himself - that's Vishal to the rest of you folks.

Anonymous said...

whoa! Shekharji and Megan, Please reconcile! At least phir se dosti kar lo na!

Shekhar said...

Woh haseena woh neelam pari
Mujhko chhod ke bhaag gayi
Kya Deepika ka haath meyne pakda
Ke woh Ranbir ki ho gayi

Mere dil mein hai dard-e-disco!

basumatika said...

U guys r so cute!Vishal loves u all so much that he is planning to go for hair transplant!Till then -Speedo cap to compete with Armani!

huh? said...

so...are these shekhar-megan conversations the real deal? or is this a prolonged fantasy fest???

megan said...

shekhar - calm down dude..you are still my part time lover. You will still receive the elusive and much sought for megan-love. You never know i could be back in yo arms in no time.


huh?, i just smacked myself then found out that i aint a figment of my own imagination and i'm real

anu g said...

Talking about SMS voting....there was an article yday in the TOI on how sms voting is becoming biased, and people who deserve to win are getting out. What was amusing was Abhijeet Sawant of II1 saying:"SMS is not the best way to decide. Karuya was better than Sandeep Acharya, but lost out cos people from South didnt vote for him"!!!Does Abhijeet think he was genuinely the best singer:).Better tha Rahu Vaidya and Prajakta etc?

huh? said...

thanks much megan! I am in fact a figment of my imagination (on most days actually).....

also, will 'real shekhar' get 'real vishal' to post a comment....please...anything...

Sania said...

Aspi, Methinks you need to figure out a way to rig an RSS feed for these comments - otherwise it's getting tough to keep up with all of these conversations megan is having with herself!

Aspi said...

Sania, good point - the feed for comments is http://www.aspisdrift.com/feeds/comments/default. I'll link to it up somewhere on the blog.

Shekhar said...

Megum, I'm glad you have seen the light.

Last night I called Ranchuha. Vishal threatened to grab him by the hair (ironically enough). He was whimpering. He swore on his wardrobe that he would never go near you.

My hairy chest awaits.

Aspi said...

In all fairness, Shekhar was me with too much time on my hands. Meg has just been having half of this fake conversation.

huh? said...

thanks aspi, for clearing that up...although someone should get V-S to blog here with us....

Priti said...

Yuhooo...Vishal and Megum...err...Aspi and Megan. That was hilarious! Keep up the make believe act...we're luving it...

Priti said...

Ooppss...that should be Shekhar (how could I, oh how could I go so wrong!).

m said...

omg how will i have an affair with vishal behind his back..and aspi i sooo knew it was you..hahaha

btw what is a RSS feed?

girlie girl said...

You guys are so funny!

Aspi said...

RSS is a protocol for publishing content. An RSS feed is a stream of data sent over using the RSS protocol.

Short end of it, you can use a reader like Google Reader to subscribe to RSS feeds. In effect, all the blogs (or sites) you read can be organized in a Reader and whenever a site updates itself, you'll automatically see the new posts in your Reader. This way, you don't have to hit the 200-odd sites you might be monitoring manually.

Sidekick said...

so much has been said already that i'll add just one thing that bothered me this week --- the marginalization of amanat. for my money he was the best singer this week - his ghazal was awesome, he did a great job with ajab si and his mitwa was off the charts! i thought on the last 2 he outdid the original singers. yet thanks to HR, this is building to a Aneek vs Raja showdown. I thought Aneek was the weakest of the 3 --- maybe his songs this week weren't in his wheelhouse. he was competent as always but not outstanding, yet HR propped him up as usual. and yet again i'm left both disgusted and admiring of the HR show :P

anu g said...

Himesh news: He is going to sing 5 of his songs in English for his concert at Amsterdam, cos he has many international fans(?)......Hey u witty guys could u come up with the translations of his songs!

anu g said...

Jagjit Singh news: He seems to have been inspired by Himesh, and is now going to act in a movie...has sung and composed 5 songs for the movie...tch...tch....a ghazal singer getting down to acting in a film, and singing filmi gaane...Poor Niranjan....thats not very nice news for him!

anu g said...

Himesh update: I forgot to add that for a change Him got inspired by someone else (Shekar Suman) and has decided that one needs to get trim and expose to sing well.....so he is working out.....and he is going to take off his cap for one song!!!!

Niranjan said...

That is the best news ever. I am gonna rent out cinema theaters for all the homeless children of Mumbay to watch Pandit Jagjit Sir my hero my idol's movie for free with popcorn and diet coke.

Please don't insult an artist of his caliber by comparing him with Himesh. Jagjit Sir's movie will be wholesome family entertainment without any sleaze. It will be a movie the whole family can enjoy without making red faces.

Finally some hope for lovers of good family movies.

anu g said...

Wow, Mr.N, ur response reaction time is 5 minutes. I am impressed.And I am so honoured that just one piece of advice from me asking u to help Indians has transformed u, and u have decided to let Indian kids watch the films rather than the Peruvian ones.
But I must say I am amazed that u watch films, and that u have coke (diet that too) and popcorn.....somehow that doesnt suit ur image. Anyways, glad to know that u r as human as all of us:)

anu g said...

Sidekick, do u know who is claiming credit for Amanat's rise? Aditya Narayan says that Amanat was lagging behind in votes, Aditya asked him to change his hairstyle, and lo, he got many many more votes:)....What a 'hair'tening quote!

sidekick said...

anu g, that's quite a 'hairy' rise to fame :) tfs that tidbit - it was hilarious. raja is my fave, but after last week's show i heart amanat (if not his hair!!!)

Saritha said...

Sidekick,I saw the show y'day and I really think Amanat is under rated.For one,he sang first,everyone liked it,they praised him and thats all.Later Aneek and Raja walked away with more accolades.Performing last always has its advantage.If you noticed Aneek is usually the last or last but one to perform.Himesh has a say in the order of performers,I believe.

Now that the show is coming to an end,Iam going to miss V-S.It was really nice knowing them thru this show.SRGMP owes a lot to them.They made it classier and lot of fun.

Bas ek kwahish.How I wish I could wear a burqa and when himesh walks out of the studio,abt to step into his car,pull him aside into a sunsaan galli and beat the crap out of him for all that he has done.omg! Voilent thoughts.I need to talk to anu.

girlie girl said...

I agree...Amanat was the best the last few times. it's sad that he doesnt get that recognition from ID like Oink does from HR. Maybe if Himass shut his trap once in a while, someone else would get a chance to praise their chelas. Anywho, Saritha, i would totally help you out in the Himanshu beating...i'll keep a lookout while you beat the sh!t out of him!

m said...

i dont wanna beat him up, i wanna hang him upside down and dowse him with itchiness-inducing spray and then smack him all over the fact with a smelly wet trout

Shekhar said...

Keep your hands off my new pal!!

Priti said...

Aspi...in the guise of Shekhar....don't, pls don't team up Shekhar with HR. That's the ultimate insult! Is Meg not objecting only b'coz she's getting back at Shekhar?! But, plsss....spare Shekhar this insult!

Saritha said...

Girl Power in action!

Iam glad someone joined me in this 'uttam karya'.Anyone comfortable wearing a burqa even men - pls feel free to join us in this morcha.Think abt it.The trade-off will be worth it.Beat up him*** and then sleep 'peace'fully that night.WOW....See anu,you can't complain now.We are talking abt peace here.

girlie girl said...

Screw Burqas, let's get some ex-President's face masks and have some fun with it, Saritha!!

Saritha said...

wow gg,thats a great idea.

If we really have to use masks,how abt the masks of the contestants of SRGMP.They suffered the most.Sumedha,Amanat,even Vishal.

I think iam the 100th commenter on this post...yay

girlie girl said...

Congrats Saritha! you know what, you're right! let's get masks of Vishal, Amanat and most importantly, Raja...he's taken a lot of Abuse from HimAss!

Saritha said...

ofcourse Raja too.

I'd love to be Visahl,let us also get Himesh's mask and make someone sing(with nose) his own compositions while we are beating him up.May be 'Tanhaiya' or 'Veeraniya'.Any other track that might suit the situation?

girlie girl said...

ooh, those are some good songs to sing! Anymore suggestions, people?!

Aspi said...

Priti, yaar, it isn't just me. Meg had forwarded some ToI article about how Shekhar and Himesh had become pals of late.

Priti said...

Ja~ Ja~~ got it, Aspss...I have seen that too. I "genuinely" believe (guess who uses genuine most arbit!) Shekhar says things in his style, which is a complete antithesis of HR. Whereas HR is crass and crude, Shekhar remains calm and polite. What better way to fight back - when the opponent is left with no way of hitting back. I also have a sneaky feeling VS have the last bellow -- I mean the last laugh! But no offence meant...we're pals...! :-)

Aspi said...

I don't get offended by anything a regular on this blog would say to me. And even so, I knew you were joking.

Anonymous said...

shekhar ji
please com on saregamapa Little Chapms.

Shekhar R. said...

I'll be too busy producing future Lil Champs and playing bedroom tango with Megan to be a judge on that show.

Sorry to all my fans.

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

Shekhoo...nahinnnnnnnnnnn...u have broken my heart..sniff:*-(

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

wait...was dat Aspi...:S..plz dunt bait me mann!!!