Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007: A competition of gurus

When Adnan Sami showed up on SRGMP, I was reminded of a supremely bitchy moment on the show some episodes ago engineering by none other than Ismail Darbar - that earthy saint of moohphat reactions. Raja Hasan had just sung one of Sami's songs and Darbar promptly ordered him to sing a line again - this time with ladoos in his mouth: a none too veiled reference to Sami's yodelly turns of phrase.

On the show, however, Darbar behaved himself for the most part. Once, he delivered a betrayal of some intensity by dressing down his chela Amanat for going through the motions on "Saawariya" - fast turning into the most annoying hit song of the year for me.

Later, feeling tremendously guilty, he heaped some irrelevant praise on Amanat. Yet, Amanat had the last laugh. With international voting behind him, he pipped Aneek to the post, sent Himesh into gloom and surprised everyone.

Early on, it was fun to watch Adnan Sami's jaw progressively drop as each of the three finalists delivered terrific performances. You could see him thinking "Geez, how did I ever get on that other show with the crap singers."

Later, Himesh decided to take the battle to Vishal Shekhar with a frivolous khot-finding session of Raja's fine singing of Kailash Kher's "Saiyaan".

This prompted Vishal and Shekhar - missing from the show for the first two rounds of singing - to promptly pack up their studio session and hurry on stage to support their contestant. Here, Shekhar shrewdly first raised an eyebrow at the daat from Himesh and Darbar and then before either could open his mouth heaped copious praise on both. Vishal could learn a lesson or two on how to play the judges from this man.

However, Himesh's tip of the his topi to the live musicians touched me. I had much good fun watching them - in fact, I don't believe I've ever seen anyone in a suit playing tabla. Another first for SRGMP!

Clearly Raja is resurgent on the show. He is very much a singer of confidence - which has been restored now. Aneek still is singing beautifully and seems to really enjoy extra pressure as is evident whenever the entire party joins him on stage for a song.

The lack of power in Amanat's voice is, however, painfully evident now. He's a terrific singer but he struggled on the first of this weekend's two episodes. I'll be a little surprised if he holds on to his number 2 spot over the finals - and music directors will likely have to wait for the right song before inviting him to sing it. However, his presence is still a winning one and if he picks the right songs - all could be well with him.

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46 comments:

Manish said...

You take the judges' comments too seriously Aspi? The dressing down of Amanat was yet another staged nautanki by HR and ID. I didn't spot anything bad about Amanat's performance. Maybe we'll have the sequel of this nautanki in the next episode.

BTW, Aneek's massive female fan following was wonderful news.

Dave said...

Aspi,
How come you didn't comment on Raja's makeover - the whole tinted-brown hair bit??
The poor guy looked so much better with his black locks .
Now all he needs is a paan in his mouth to make him look like those Masjid-Bunder types ( if ure from mumbai, u'll know what I mean )

bechare ka hooliya bigaad diya in logone ..

Anonymous said...

Aspi,

MINDBLOWING CAPTIONS " the italian mob comes to mumbai "

i still can't stop laughing !

0.02Worth said...

I think its time HR introduced a Kahani Mein Twist Bhi Hai...and bowing to the exigencies of modern day thought expose the sordid details of the awesome threesome.

A disclosure that Aneek and Amanat are fighting for the affection of one Raja. This would introduce shock and awe in this (rapidly losing its plot) melodrama...

At a later stage HR can claim a women, gay and men following for Aneek.

Now, that would be a complete strategy. WOT SAY?

sidekick said...

aspi, g8 writeup as always and the captions were "genuinely" inspired this time :) i was ROTFL when adnan made his 3 halves of the crown comment! of course himanshu's 150 hit songs was the boast of the nite....this is what makes HR such an unbeatable draw :P

Loved V-S's beating HR at his own game. Figure this is a game of good cop (Shek with the HR love), bad cop (Vish when he took on HR a couple of epis ago). Sheesh, talk abt a sore loser ---- himanshu sulking coz his guy ended up last in the voting. fortunately no one else let him perpetuate the doom and gloom.

agree with manish on the manipulation of amanat's posish. they're setting him up for extinction much as they did with poonam, although i do agree that amanat was the worst of the 3 on friday. whatever else the saawariya title song lacks, the thing that makes it a hit i think is the verve , vitality and energy of shail hada's rendition... one that in my view matched ranbir's personality on SVoI, so i think it'll play well on the big screen. amanat with his soft, dulcet version completely missed that quality which is why it
failed.

dave, agree that the hair makeover was terrible. both amanat and raja looked awful with the new, improved hair. i think its safe to say that the term makeover on these shows is the kiss of death.... remember the II3 disasters.

0.02worth, the strategy is brilliant except for the rampant homophobia that aspi referenced in his comedy flix post. HR is too main stream to risk alienating his bourgeois fan base.

Priti said...

Wow – what an evening Friday was. Rocking performance by the singers, disappearing act by VS; only, to turn up later for master stroke!

When the evening began sans VS, my heart came to my mouth. What!!! Leave poor Raja before these hyenas, who were waiting for the kill! (Could almost see them sharpen their claws gleefully).

Round I – Maine Poocha chand se….passed off, peacefully – sort off. Judges (HR-ID) are tentative. They can’t believe their luck. VS haven’t turned up at such a crucial juncture…!!! I nearly bit my nails off my fingers. Judges – “Too good to be true; let’s not be catty for this one. Enough time to relish the kill (torture in slow motion in the next round?!)” – round off with wah wah!

Round II – Raja sings “Saiyan…”
No VS around – judges bare their fangs and claws. Ready to tear raja apart. Deride him, inundate him with tips… ”Not at this juncture”…kinda…crap…More nails off the finger…

Round III – Voila! Raja is declared No.1 - VS appear to be by Raja’s side for his “Rang De Basanti” no. Mr I-Specialist and his crony (why does ID have to stoop to becoming a crony, beats me) are agape. With Raja being declared No. 1, VS are relaxed. Shekhar throws a googly “Raja, aaj aapko judges ne bahut danta hai na; we got loads of messages”! Point made, and to quote Aspi “ended by heaping them with copius praise, before the two could open their mouth”. Hurrah! Shekhar!

Rang De is a thundering success, the audience is delirious, the judges as stunned. VS enjoy the show with gay abandon. Have the grace to give support to the other two contestants….wah! Kya baat hai!

Finally – three undisputed winners….Raja, VS and ….Aspi – for the awesome post, as always!!! Hurrah for 0.02worth, sidekick and anon – (awww…sounds too much like Mr-I?!) for making it sooo worth visiting!

ritha said...

Now we know who the darjis are:
http://mid-day.com/smd/play/2007/October/165117.htm

Mind Rush said...

Aspi, am just LOVING your captions. "Italian mob" is par excellence!
Interesting that a lot of people were predicting that Aneek would win. Now it looks like Raja has a 2 lakh lead. However, please note that the overall voting in India wnet down significantly last week and international voting went WAY up.

megan said...

i still haven't seen it, girl's got her social life uffff... i'll watch it later tonight with family, hopefully both eppies back to back

btw is it true that AR Rehman will be judging the finale and like he's gonna make the winner sing for him??

anu g said...

Ritha, thank u for the info on the darji...Vikram Phadnis says that he has to make people presentable on the show!!!On the contrary, on VOI, until recently the girls looked better before their makeovers.
On sgrmp, yes Poonam looks better in the foto published, but her earlier look with the ghosla on the head/grey eyes were ghostly!

anu g said...

Aspi, can we have a foto of HR with that very special look he has on his face when Aneek sings a very emotional song.....Its supposed to be a look of intense feeling of 'I am so moved', nostrils flared, eyebrows raised....frowning forehead!!!It actually looks like he is controlling a sneeze cos control nahin karungaa tho aneek ka song bigad jaayega!

Aspi said...

I'm glad people liked the captions and said so. I'm about to do a crass one on Shekhar for the next episode to apologies in advance - you never know whats going to work but you have to try.

anu g, I will do my best to dig up that picture and do something with it.

Boy I feel bad for how Amanat is being set up for the fall.

However, Manish I enjoyed watching you and your fan site members when the Raja Hasan segment aired. That was you, wasn't it?

amanat_fan said...

I think it's a bit unfair to say that Amanat's voice lacks power... check out his mitwa performance from the previous week... he keeps his voice soft and gentle... but somehow it effortlessly carries over the track and screaming audience...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s8KZbmZJwA

watch especially at 04:35 and a few seconds following...

I would say that it's better than the original singer, but I can't because ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMK0ZTyyNbE

anu g said...

Aspi, ghor anyaay! How could you say that anu g is tickled at Him's look when 'AMANAT'sings! Cmon, do u expect Him to ever genuinely appreciate others singing...This look is reserved for Aneek....yday I could see radiating arrows of green envy darting towards Raja when the guests danced with him.....tut tut, Himesh...ur real feelings r very obvious!

Manish said...

Aspi, unlike what you and your good friend HR think, we autorickshaw-wallahs are not die-hard fans of HR. We thought he insulted our community when he took aur tuk-tuks to Germany in Aap Kaa Surroor. Next time you are in India, we'll give you a Rs.20 discount on your auto-ride. Please donate that to your pal - so that he could buy a shaving razor. And a chap stick.

Priti said...

Aspi!!!! You got the spellos wrong. Class, with a double "ll" - those "rrrs" are outta place.

Aspi...Aghhhh!!! I have a weak heart. So pls....don't, don't ya write "crass" on Shekhar. Megsss....where are you...wanna you to stand up for 'im...

anu g said...

Priti, lovely desription of the catfight.
As for why ID stoops to becum a crony of HR, I had mentioned earlier its cos HR has inspired ID to sing and cut an album of his own,HR introduced ID to the TSeries guys!So to demonstrate his gratitude to HR, HR'S enemy is ID's too.

Priti said...

Thanks anu g for giving me the most elusive ans to ID's "cronism". Didn't realise it -Mr. In-Love-with-his-own-voice also mentioned it in the episode on Sat.

Aspi do pray Amanat is not being set up. Do hope the audience has a "genuine" surprise for HR and chela! (Bechara chela - itna bhi bura nahin gata. How the guru can lekar dubao...tch..tch...)
And Aspi - waiting for some more of those out of this world captions! Keep going...

Anonymous said...

अती उत्तम लेखन असपी जी । बहुत उमदा। मज़ा आ गया। - आपका अपना मनीश

sidekick said...

aspi, whats with the diss of our beloved bathroom singers??? by the time adnan got to II3 we were down to the final 3 - 2 of whom in my view could give the more trained singers elsewhere a good fight - at least on the surilla quotient, hitting the high notes with ease and staying in sur if not on versatility or innovation/ability to develop variations. or maybe i'm just genetically programmed to empathize with the little guy (literally true in Emon's case!), with the much maligned bathroom singer :P

while i'm at it, and since this is my post for some "deep" thoughts, i'll be brave enough to take another shot at it. I'm no expert but it seems to me that in general, power and the surilla quotient are negatively correlated - one occurs at the expense of the other (i hasten to add there may be exceptions). SRGMP is a prime example: raja's power can probably rival that of a nuclear reactor, while amanat's surilla quotient can reduce the audience to tears as in saturday's show. aneek to his advantage, seems to balance both - surilla without a huge sacrifice of power. i think that pretty much is what makes sonu nigam such a stupendous and versatile singer - he manages to do both at a very high level. historically, i think the indian audience and the film industry itself tends to place a greater premium on the surilla quotient and underweighs power. so from a sheer probablistic view, the high surilla quotient singers have a better shot at rozi roti. which isn't to say that raja won't be successful, but only that his powerful but slightly sand papery voice has a greater hurdle to overcome.....he has less room for error. at least amonsgt the women, i'm ready to see a tradeoff of power for surilla-ness. this maybe almost blasphemous for many but bred on the legend of lata mangeshkar's surilla style, i'm sick of the pretenders with the shrill and high pitched shrieks of the lata template. i say bring on the richa sharmas, the sunidhi's, even the poonams and pujas ....anything but the high pitched wail!

Aspi said...

Manish, I've been thinking HR needs a chapstick too - great observation.

anu g, sorry late night sleepiness. Corrected your line in the post.

sidekick, super analysis. I do agree that Raja's slight sandpaperyness puts him in danger of being sidelined as a jonar singer.

Aspi said...

Priti, we'll try the crass comment and you can kick my ass for it when it comes out. Bahut dino se kissiki gaali nahi khayin.

ritha said...

Did anyone else notice Shekhar's fondness for using double superlatives? Like most busiset, most edgiest, most coolest... heh heh

m said...

i was the first one who noticed Him-B's cracked lips.. don't be crampin on my style

m said...

did anyone notice shekhar's rolled up faded jeans

imma hire a hitman (no pun intended) to go after Megh Shah. Its a "he" BTW not a "she"

Anonymous said...

Megh=Clouds?

Mind Rush said...

Now that we know that the Megh that fiddles with Shekhar's pants is a guy not a girl...Meg, you still have a chance.

Sidekick, very deep analysis. Learned something new today.

Sidekick said...

Mind Rush, now u're defi laughing at me :D . like Aspi, i'm happy to entertain at my expense--- genuinely. (can't seem to get off HR's genuinely trip!!!)

girlie girl said...

Aspi, this is the most coolest, blog ever!! hehe, sorry, i had to put it in 'Shekhar' terms! Ritha, i totally noticed that too, and was cracking up when he kept saying that!

girlie girl said...

And while someone's out getting HR some chapstick, can you also get him some buttons so he can button up that cleavage that he's always showing! Makes me gag!

Sidekick said...

....girlie girl, ritha - most edgiest blog too. the double superlatives were hilarious! seems like the drifters have the collective will to send HR a care packet - chapstick, buttons, needle and thread and lots of tape to stick across his mouth!

Kanan said...

Loved the captions yet again, Aspi. Speaking of which, they said the Brazil outfit of ID was designed by some dress designer? How is the world is that possible? *utterly confused* And what are the SRGMP dress designers/darjis drinking? The contestants looked horrible IMO with the weird hairdos and extra-fancy tuxedos. Amanat looked the best among the tree in navy blue minus silver hair and Raja and Oink looked like they were lost members of some shaadi-ka-band-baja (like a publicity poster said Raja truely bajaofying baja) ROFL! ;) (no offense to Raja fans)

Adnan Sami looks so great now - ekdam decent gharane ka ladka sort of personality and quite "genuine" if I say so but poor chap also ran out of words when praising the contestants just like HR and now Shekhar Mister-A-La-Double-Superlatives. And someone on the SRGMP sets please mix some laxatives in whatever HR is eating/drinking ASAP. But seriously, I have a feeling now that HR is gay and is secretly rooting for Oink. He's trying to come out of his closet on stage.

The live music was awesome! I loved every bit of it. The instruments and the singing was engaging and entertaining in true sense. Btw, was there any guitar playing in Aneek's guitar version song? I didn't see any rather hear any.

Adnan's songs at the end of the show were quite fun too! Other than annoying HR, all else was cool about this episode.

Aspi said...

Kanan, as a dress designer you don't always have to design stuff. You can go raid a store and get a bunch of things for your client to wear. Looks like ID's darji raided a tourist trap in Brasil.

Does Adnan look good? He looks thinner. In general I do my best to avoid commenting on people's weight but Sami looks like he's had a stomach staple. His bottom half is still weighty but he hides it well by wearing black and keeping his coat open.

Saritha said...

yeah,Adnan moved from total 'gol' shape to Pear shape thanks to his strict no oil,no carbs diet.Guy needs to excercise and tone up that body now, to attain a balanced shape.

Kanan said...

Aspi,

To me, ID looked like he came directly from his morning jog, forget Brazil. If I were ID, I'd have fired the darji by now. (I really hope he did so too) This is given the fact that ID usually is best dressed (at least top half of the body) in those expensive royal colored kurtas, dupattas and as long as he doesn't get up to come on stage with those faded & folded jeans and ugly old sneakers but this one was the limit. I couldn't believe my eyes. Green t-shirt with white collars?? Like Ricky Ricardo says "Aai aai aai aai aai!"

Yup, I liked Adnan more than I liked him before. There was an honesty in his eyes about what he was saying and feeling. I agree that he's still not completely in shape but you have to realize this is the man who was at a stage in life where the doctors had given up all hopes and said he was facing death unless he himself did something about his body. From that situation to come this far, he has come out a winner in my opinion. People are being inspired by the change they have seen in him and I think it's all positive. Moreover, he doesn't have that mean-luccha HR-kinda look about him when someone disagrees with him. ;)

Anonymous said...

Kanan,I know.My hubby saw Adnan few yrs ago on a flight and now he sure admires Adnan for having lost all that weight all by himself.

Realization struck him when a show called 'Biggest loser jeetega' approached him to take part where he along with 12 others will be locked in a house and have to lose weight under watchful eyes,in 16 weeks(I guess).He chose to do it in the outside world while working on his albums.Really Inspiring!All he need now is a Personal Trainer to gain some muscle.

On the said show,the winner actually lost 50 kgs in 16 weeks and won 50 lakhs(lakh for each pound lost)

m said...

i am pretty sure he got his stomach stapled..

also imagine all the excess skin underneath OMG he'll have to get a surgery to have them removed

Aspi said...

If he truly was in danger of losing his life any sane doctor would staple his stomach. And his weight loss looks very much in line with someone whose had had procedure. To lose so much weight you have to be in some shape to exercise. If he wasn't, some intervention happened.

Shades of Star Jones!

Aspi said...

Manish, brilliant Hindi comment. How'd you do it, man?

m said...

adnan's gonna be in SLB's new movie

judging by the larger than life movies that SLB always comes up with, do you think the storyline will like about some ugly fat recluse who loves some pretty young over dramatic female who loves to run in slow motion.. and he gets her in the end amidst huge chandeliers and dark and mystic locales and the female lead having long flowing tresses...

Anonymous said...

M, keep up the good work for Raja fans..love that voice

dev said...

chapstick ? razor ? HR needs a laxative. He looks constipated.

Sidekick said...

dev, i so agree. he was looking constipated thru much of amanat's final performance - trying to look touched, emotional et al. i think anu g felt that he looked like he was holding back a sneeze when aneek sang, but i think the laxative may be closer to the cure!

dev said...

ever notice how HR sometimes gets on stage while aneek is singing and then just stands there staring...really creepy...taxidriver creepy :) I don't know if he's going to hit him or hug him.

Anonymous said...

or hit on him.

soniya said...

overall it was amazing episode.. specially when amanat sang TUM JO MIL GAYE HO... it was wonderful... I dont know why he didnt won...