Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Saawariya of India on Star Voice of India

Saritha tries to make sense of the wild card fracas on VoI but finds time to enjoy the Saawariya team

I knew that my favorite show would be a lot more exciting with the presence of the hottest debutantes of the year – Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. What I didn’t know was that their brief appearance would be the only thing I would recollect in both episodes.

Vivacious, spontaneous, charming and totally lovable - the newest Bollycouple put some frolic in the show. Ranbir clearly stole the thunder - showing the contestants how to dance, jump into the audience and patao girls, making Sonam feel special and still behaving like an ‘achha bachcha’ while seated beside Sanjay Leela Bhansali. All this, and he didn't even bat an eyelid. His effervescent personality was infectious, his act was unpretentious. If Alisha Chinoy had been a judge on this show, she would have gushed "OMG!! That was to diiie for!! (giggle, giggle)"

The show as such had it’s own funny and memorable moments. Two of them happened on Friday. Loy from SEL struggled to speak in Hindi and everyone on the show grabbed their mikes to offer a translateation for whatever he said in English.

Curiously Ehsaan and Shankar spoke in English most of the time like a lot of celebs do these days and no one objected to it or tried to translate – which must have left Loy baffled. Loy must have pulled his own hair too many times in such situations which explains his lack of it.

Harshit’s constipated look while performing (not as bad as Harpreet though) didn’t go unnoticed by Shankar who promptly showed him how to keep his facial muscles relaxed even while singing a breathless number. That reminded me of the other effortless live performances by Sonu and Sukhwinder (note: all the names start with an ‘S’).

The second funny moment was supposed to be a serious one - yet I couldn't help but laugh. At the time of elimination, for some reason Sumitra was prepared to say ‘Good bye’ and Lalit said, “I don’t know who’ll go today. Maine itna tough competition apne life mein nahi dekha.”...phrrrrr (blows raspberries) Really Lalit??

Abhijeet’s hurtful remarks to Ishmeet made me wonder if his creepy hair transplant has cost him his brain. I hope Abhijeet clarifies the time and date when he had this realization that Ishmeet didn’t deserve to be in the top 12.

Even if this naatak was done in the name of TRPs, it was mean and completely uncalled for. If Punjab wanted to threaten everyone on the show, why use SMSs instead of just sending Balbir Kaur from Chak de India - taaki woh Abhijeet ka sar phod de. No head, no hair transplant, no worries.

Memorably, the contestants got to meet living legend Lataji at her residence and seek her blessings. Lataji promised to attend the Grand Finale. She’ll probably say few good things about the show but will not be able to actually share her rich knowledge of music with these kids. This at a time when the focus is on the final count of votes and not music. My question – is that good enough? How about roping her in as a celeb judge on the penultimate episode?

As expected, on Saturday there were few good performances from the wild card entrants. Priyani and Abhaas chose the toughest songs of the lot and worked hard to get it right.

Abhaas excels at singing Rafi songs but I have no clue why he chose ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’. The inevitable comparisons with Lata put him in a tight spot. Toshi played it safe. Prantik continued to suffer from an 'I am-forgettable’ syndrome despite possessing a decent voice. Arshpreet without wasting anymore time on VoI should launch her own music album with her splendid voice and looks to match. Sumitra had to sang without backing music - thanks to an awful organizational mess - raising a few questions on the authenticity of these shows.

Rumour has it that Toshi, Abhaas and Priyani have made it through to the final round only to be filtered again. Moving at a snail's pace, VoI is getting mired in itself what with II3 coming to an end and SRGMP gearing up for the final lap.

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61 comments:

huh? said...

yeah...abhijeet came across as a total jerk....although it seems like the jury is collectively ticked off by ishmeet...alka Y. was pretty snide as well with her "aap bataenge aap ro kyon rahe hain" comment... wonder what the real bug-bear is....

Aspi said...

Hey Arshpreet was looking pretty good.

StarVoiceOfIndiaShow said...

Yep, Abhijeet got hair transplant but doctor stole the few neurons which were left.

BTW, I think it was good that Sumitra said that she doesn't want to sing. She obviously feels left out where other contestant have some or the other backing either in terms of judge or public from their city/state. I actually like Sumitra's voice and the magic she brings in when she sings R.D. Burman songs. Will miss her!

megan said...

sumitra didn't refuse.. the way the shoot was on she was the last one to perform and then they packed up and said the shooting will be on 2 days later.. the day they went back to shoot, they said they couldn't arrange the orchestra so they asked sumitra to lie..

huh? said...

megan where'd'ya hear that? i guess that explains why that entire bit seemed so sketchy...

megan said...

Okay anyway my thoughts.. Arshpreet looked like a movie star and she performed sooo well. she was the best, I love how she is always dignified and never takes part in annoying dramas.. She sings well says thank you and thats it.. no other annoying theatericals..

Abhijeet is a EFFIN RACIST.. He was like "your people", WTF is that supposed to mean? he was talking like sikhs don't belong in india or something.. it was disgusting.. Also, Ishmeet isn't the worst there.. he always sings well, he was chosen by those effin judges to be in top 12..

Alka asking Ishmeet why he was crying, Why do you think smarty pants???

Ishmeet crying was so heartbreaking.. they treat the contestants so badly (except abhilasha, abhas and toshi)

megan said...

sumitra's friends gave the whole account on orkut about everything.. she did not refuse to sing, there was no orchestra so she was asked to lie

megan said...

now the best thing about the show

RANBIIIIIIIIIIIIIR.. i always thought he was fugggggly but he is so charming and he is hot. His droopy eyes and his inperfection just makes him super hot. He was so down to earth and humble and yet so confident. OMGGGG and he is in facebook and he replied to my msg in like an hour. He is made up of awesome!


Sonam is sooooo cute. I love how she was so normal despite being a star kid, i loved the way she talked although i didn't like behenji outfit. Bhansali said she lost 35 kg and she was 90 kg. I don't think she only weighs 55 KG we're almost the same height and I am slim but i weigh more than 55. WTF?
ITSS A MISSSSSSSTAKE

Ranbir dancing to Jab se mere naina was cute. He was being all cute to Sonam but they are just FRIENDS...

anyway Sonam OWNED deepika..

Deepika was treated as an object and they treated sonam like a delicate cute little flower. See the difference

Anonymous said...

hey megan, how do you manage to get on the 'inside'? how'd you find ranbir on f.book and the others on orkut??

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Sidekick said...

as a first time VoI-er, the saawariya couple was defi the highlight of my viewing. they were both charming and unaffected - even sonam's constant giggle seemed pleasing rather than annoying and i can see why ranbir has replaced shekhar in megan's affections! in the deepika vs. sonam sweepstakes, i think it'll be a mars-venus split. the ultra glam, sexy deepika will appeal more to guys while the natural, sweet sonam will have fans amongst the gals ---- i know, stereotyping at its best!

as for the show itself, the judges seem somewhat mean and curmudgeonly. i liked arshpreet best, hope she makes it back. i guess i don't get the gushing over Aabhaas - he's good but is he all that? anyway the show was interesting enuf that i'll tune in next week!

anu g said...

Saritha, lovely write-up as usual.I get updates here cos on weekend nites, I am busy shuffling between VOI,SRGMP,now JDJ and that nite was keeping an update on the ODI as well.So missed out on many interesting black and white moments.
U r bang on, the couple overshadowed everyone, even Bansali.
The romance between the two reminded me of the cute Rishi-neetu romance of yesteryears.
If its true, thats sweet...if they r both acting, thats fair enuf,better than the aneek-sumedha romance atleast.
But if Ranbir is acting and Sonam really likes him, then grrr....thats not very nice!
The latest update is that all three have again been given a chance. it seems Priyani was third, and Alka made a scene saying girl-power had to be given a chance (Tho I think its cos Priyani was from her team!). I knew this would happen. Its becoming a farce, the whole show.....such a pity, cos they come up with interesting guests....Its Kunal Kapoor this week....Hey Megan, how cum u dont have this handsome hunk on ur list?
As for Sonam, I was quite surpised to see that she seemed overawed by the whole situation......being a star's daughter, I assumed she's be used to the crowds, but here she was giggling and waving to the crowds......(.But it was certainly far cuter than Aishwarya;s cacking laughs!)
I'm glad I got to see Sonam like this. I have got passes for the third odi tom at hyd (yay!),first time i'm going to see a match live, i am also overawed, but if u see someone giggling and waving when the camera pans at her, please rest assured its not me!!!Thanks Sonam!

meg said...

Kunal Kapoor? the skinny tall guy in rang de basanti? EWWWWWWWWWWWW i don't think he's hot or good looking sorry

He's not my type. He looks like a human skeleton who hasn't seen what a shower looks like.

anu g said...

Ha ha Meg, now that u say it, yes,Kunal does look like that..Well, I thought he was supposed to be the heart throb of many young girls.

Saritha said...

thanks anu!

You are about to attend a match in hyd??Iam jealous.....argh...In any case have lot of fun.:-)

Stragely it didn't bother me that Sonam was gigling all the while.In fact I was surprised to see a star kid who is so simple and cute.Cant compare her with Gigglewarya,remember the David Letterman show.She wouldn't stop giggling and her smile is not even her best feature.

Ranbir!mmm....loved everything abt him.Isn't he really cute?He looks like Neetu and is as charming too.
Heard that Ranbir met Deepika on OSO sets and was smitten by her beauty.I just hope Sonam has not fallen for ranbir during the Saawariya shoot.I dont think abybody can help but fall for this latest heartthrob.;-)

Joules said...

I wonder if the loss of neurons is a side effect of hair transplant. Remember Salman Khan.

Sonam does dress very fuglish. I think she still thinks of herself as an overweight person. Giggles a lot too. I have my doubts about her acting skills. Bhansali wanted to create movie history by casting the kids of two legends.

Ofcourse, I have never been a fan of bhansali movies. They just seem like Ekta serials on the bigger screen.

My vote for the fugliest dresser in current actresses goes to Vidya Balan.

sidekick said...

Joules, i couldn't agree more abt sonam's less than flattering clothes. perhaps, SLB has her dressing as close to her character in saawariya as possible --- at least fm what i've seen on promos the clothes match. and also like u, SLB films do nothing for me. they always seem OTT and over wrought - the more visually grand version of ekta's saas bahu stuff. that said, i think he has a winner in the lead pair - they are fresh and appealing and he'll make the most of that.

Anonymous said...

Ranbir and Sonam were just gr8. Sonam is just so sweet; all cute and natural. Ranbir is HYPER!! Loll I luvd how he jumped into the crowd--the caption on the pic yu guys have put up, "No wonder Neetu kept him locked up for so long" had me cracked up!! :D
Mean the while , VoI keeps on gettin gmore and more and more confusing :S

Saritha said...

Sidekick and Joules,

Now that you guys have mentioned,Iam beginning to think if Sonam's coy and demure act was a part of promotional campaign designed by Bansali himself- besides that overflowing piece she chose from her mom's wardrobe.

anon,
Ranbir is hyper,but totally lovable.

Saritha said...

J,

Is it true that Sumitra was working with Infosys?If so,she left a promising carrer for this competition.I wish her good luck.

sidekick said...

saritha, i had the same thought: SLB likely engineered a skit around a simmering real-life romance. if so joules, i think sonam and ranbir have potential as actors - they executed the deception (?) to perfection.

btw, acc to spoilers posted here arshpreet is out. why did she get no love? i though she was excellent. the first time i watch the show, i end up backing the wrong horse!

m said...

Oh gawd yes.. i think sonam has an ugly duckling syndrome, she still thinks she's overweight so wears all those loose ugly clothes.. or maybe she has stretch marks so she's insecure.. but she's gorj

Vidya Balan well she never turned into a swan so I udnerstand her wearing fugly clothes, she sounds like one of those suffering moms from 70's.. i find her so overrated..

and enuff of Ash bashing thank you.

m said...

arshpreet didn't get chosen because its obvious the votes and results are manipulated in VOI. they got those 4 mahagurus and didn't even bother choosing who they recommended. They had to get their darling Abbas back..

the whole show is chaotic without any set rules or anything.. grr

StarVoiceOfIndiaShow said...

I actually had a reader emailed me that Sumitra used to work for IBM Pune which she left to join Infosys, Pune.

And I think they did show a clip where Sumitra says that she did IT and job because of her parents. Her parents started talking about marriage and then VoI happened. She decided to give it a shot even though her parents did not agree with the idea. So she left a job and took part and I can say that she did extremely well! :)

And 'promising career' with 'Infosys'? As an 'ex-Infoscion', I doubt if I agree. ;)

srgmp said...

I don't watch VOI (because I don't have star) but I remember some nasty behavior from Abhijeet on the SRGMP li'l champs show last year. He attacked a blind boy for getting sympathy votes in one episode. Then in another episode he suddenly made a totally unprovoked personal attack on Bappi (which led Bappi to hilariously invite him to take it outside for some fisticuffs). Compared to him, HR is pretty goodnatured

Pratik said...

Both Ranbir & Sonam were perky and that made show so vivacious. And when Ranbir went into crowd, it was field day for gals ;-). Seeing those hysterical gals, my mom's expressions read - "Ghor kalyug!" :-D. And how can I miss the highlight of the show - Abhijeet's hairdo :)

megan said...

Ghor Kalyug?

Pratik, can you please let auntyji to not post in here as Niranjan thanks

Sanjay said...

that may be the case aunty ji might be posting here as niranjan , good point megan

Saritha said...

I remember Sumitra's mom said this"zyaada fame bhi achcha nahi.Shaadi karke settle ho jaana.As parents we want that."

Well,I wonder what will she do now?Go back to her job or try her luck at playback singing.

Saritha said...

srgmp,

I haven't seen the lil champs but I read abt that nasty remark he made.Aspi's take on the latest "gilie voice" vs "thud clas parsun" jhagda between abhijjet and bappi was quite funny.

Anonymous said...

I pity those who still think that VOI is a fair musical talent hunt show. This looks more like a badly written Ekta serial, which is dragged on & on unleashing untold misery on the unsuspecting viewer with its disgusting twists & turns in the form of a totally confusing wild card round with a non existent selection format. Gajji has made a mockery of music, and all that matters for him is the revenue he is going to make from the SMS votes by prolonging the show as long as possible beyond the more popular SRGMP finals.

megan said...

OMG GUYSSSSSSSSSS I THINK I JUST DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2812/4tk1thwi1.jpg

Look at them holding hands!!AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW after mee the best match for Ranbir is Sonam

sidekick said...

megan, very cute - tfs. nice to see sonam in something that isn't out of dadiji/naniji's wardrobe. maybe dictator bhansali isn't controlling her every wardrobe choice!

m said...

its still an ugly dress and ugly jewellery etc. The girl needs some fashion sense.

I wonder she has a horrible dress sense because she used to be fat (sorry PC people when she was "curvacious").

Sidekick said...

agreed - the ensemble is less than dazzling but one step at a time. at least shes not in billowing kurtas with long sleeves. all she needs is a good stylist - if the music reality shows are any indication they are hard to come by in showbizz!

m said...

true that.. but look at vidya balan and rani mukherjee, they've been in the industry for years and still dress very ammafied...

but thats the perfect recipe to get fans in bollywood.. if you look like a girl next door then people automatically assume you're a better actor.. as long as you don't have looks that makes the girls go
"OMG without makeup she will look like meee..."
"she has pounds of makeup on always..if only i could afforrrrd make up i will look like them too"
"juss because she has fair skin and light colored eyes, ppl think she's beautyfullll..."
"I love Rani becuzzz she is "earthy""

blah blah blah

majority of bollywood fans annoy me

Sidekick said...

o dear... megan, i'll risk getting into yr bad books - 'a genuinely' courageous thing to do on this site :P - and say i do like rani m. and i think she is earthy!!!! that said, in terms of sheer feminine pulchritude fair skin and green eyes beat earthy hands down --- i'm taking a wild guess that i'm talking to a true blue aish fan! as for their respective acting chops, thats an entirely separate matter and since we're already way OT i'll stay away fm that :)

saritha said...

nice it is.

anu g said...

Ranbir fans, u get to see a view of Ranbir's rear in Saawariya!Catch his interview onhttp://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1126105

m said...

I knowwwwww.. i been excited about it anu g LOL... You can see it transclulent on the trailor through the towel oops...

sidekick - dont get me started on acting chops and how overrated rani is.. tomorrow if she takes a nap in the movie biased bollywood so called "critics" will start praising it like no tomorrow..
BTW she is the cattiest actress in bollywood apparently but i dont wanna digress

m said...

I think its so cute how i have crushes on shekhar and ranbir when they look so normal and like in real life i probably wouldn't give them a second look (if they were Joe Nobodies)..i think i am slowly becoming not shallow or superficial..

More Ranbir and sonam..

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/6659/12766264qz9zi6sm0.jpg

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/4678/333fx5ieg5sc7.jpg

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/5521/28tvxquwv6ld9.jpg

Ranbir is my sexy nerd..

Sidekick said...

anu g - tfs. a kick ass reason to see saawariya?!?

megan,i'm no die hard rani fan. i've enjoyed most of the admittedly small sample of her movies that i've seen. i did think her performance in black was much overrated. as for her off screen persona, i know next to nothing abt it ---- but this is why i look fwd to yr posts. u seem to have lots of good g on the showbiz world so i hope u'll continue to educate /entertain the likes of ignorant folks like me :)

m said...

these two can't keep their hands off each other awwww

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/7042/sawariyacouple0037ky4.jpg

Aspi said...

What famous filmi family is that Sonal from again?

Saritha said...

Sonal who?U mean Sonam?

Sonam is Anil Kapoor's daughter.

Saritha said...

Aspi,

Anil kapoor with daughter Sonam

http://movietonic.com/2007/09/29/pics-sonam-kapoor-with-dad-anil-kapoor/

Sidekick said...

sonal??? really Aspi, that has to be deliberate to yank the collective chain of the saawariya-lead-pair- loving-drifters :)

saritha, megan am loving the pix and news u gals source. and sonam really does wear jeans like any other 20 something PYT!!!

anu g said...

Sarihta, thanks for that link. Sonam looks so cute in them. Why did she have to wear such a dowdy dress on VOI?

anu g said...

Saritha, I would love to give an update on the cricket match, but I have realised I was never good at precis writing , so it would never fit into this place. So maybe some other time....but if u ever get a chance to watch a match live, u simply must go!

anu g said...

Saritha, just read that Abhilasha is out. I know ur drift ticker gave her a thumbs down, but I do feel bad for her. I think she has potential, but her choice of songs was very poor.Of course the universal opinion is that SVOI is beoming a mess.
Still mee witty comments kosam wait chaysthunaannu!

m said...

Thank god!!!!!!!! i can't stand her..she is so weird and catty. and she always got overhyped and overpraised.

Saritha said...

oops,abhilasha poyindaa?

She was great with low notes.Anyhow,her nasal high pitch was her drawback.

Do you remember 'Khawhishon si' from holiday? I never heard that before but Abhilasha made it my fav song.She sang it at her own pace making it sound better than the original,I would say the live band helped her too....I always thought how can a novice sing any song better than an established singer until I heard this one.It's not refined but that's what I liked abt it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHiv-F5mCE0&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fstarvoiceofindiashow%2Ecom%2Fcategory%2F31st%2Daug%2F

She did more of Kunal and less of Shreya in this song.Shreya was in a hurry to finish the song in the original (I blame the composer).

In anycase,I didn't expect her to win.Just like Abhaas she needs maturity.

Sidekick said...

saritha, i don't speak telegu but fm the context, i'll join anu g and say i am waiting for yr VoI update.

this new spoiler has me confused. I thought the next step was to whittle down the 3 wild cards - toshi, priyani and abhaas --to 2. instead someone from the 'fab 4' seems to be eliminated. not so fab 4 after all?

Saritha said...

anu and sidekick,

I've sent my post to Aspi this afternoon.:-)

Sidekick,

everyone thought so,but I guess they decided to go ahead with the 7 contestants without wasting much time(after all the chaos....phew.)

Shekhar Ki Deewani said...

Megan....hmmmm...Sonam is Shekhoo's wife name too:)

m said...

SKD, hmm how do you know..afaik its not sonam its something else..some other desi name that i can't remember right now

Anonymous said...

Wow.Megan used to actually like Sonam back then=]

m said...

anonymous- who are you?

and ewwww that wasn't meeeeee.. i was possessed or something...gosh i cringed and almost threw up in my mouth a little reading all the posts made by "megan" in here


ewww ranbir
ewww sonam

i am being framedddd

ITS A MISSSSSSSSHTAAAAKE

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Haha,ewwwing Sonam is completely justified but Ranbir is kindah hot.

Come on,you know you want him=]

Anonymous said...

OMG hahaaa reading this was so entertaining.I myself didn't know that Meg was once fida over Ranbir.I don't blame her,the way he conducts himself is just SOOOO HAWTTT.He really is made up of awesome:)