When I was a kid, I had a chance to visit many places in India thanks to Dad’s LTC and in the process I have come across a few airports named after the Gandhi family. So when I saw Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport on last week’s homecoming episodes, where throngs turned up to see Harshit, it took me on a nostalgic trip where Dad used to talk to me about the heroes of Indian politics like Shastri and Sardar Patel.
Processions, garlands, huge hoardings, people taking Harshit and Ishmeet’s autographs, kids cheering for their favorite, firangs taking pics, bhangra on the road, all of this was more amusing than the actual singing on the show.
Harshit's awkward attempts to connect with the crowd, the security guards’ expressions ‘stage pe gaanaa!’, toddlers running around the place giving their mom's a tough time, with Aadesh and lalit around, Ishmeet feeling like a shrimp in the big blue sea - it was pure comedy.
Thankfully the crowds did not get unruly and proceedings stayed under control.
‘Zindagi chandva, phir bhi gamandva’ Bhojpuri superstar and guest Ravi Kishan spoke in such chaste hindi/bihari/lucknowi that I had to check Google for the translations. I am amazed at his ability to put across a simple thing like ‘you were good’ with a resonance that transfers his energy to the listener. He made me believe that the singers had just gave the performance of their lifetime and that we were naively ignorant of music until today.
If anyone did ‘hadkam’ on the show, it was Ravi.
Aadesh has now become the official hooligan of the show. He asked the audience to bless Harshit through votes – the enactment of the same looked like ‘hafta vasooli’. He hogged mike time from Ravi and despite speaking in Hindi he didn’t make any sense to me. Lalit, who sat between Aadesh and Ravi - realizing that with a just a week to go, the judges comments would have no effect on the voting pattern - was distinctly low key. It seemed like finally doing a show outdoors had done some good to him.
Both the participants played their cards well, choosing the numbers they could do justice, thus ensuring that they would reach the finish line with the least road bumps. SRGMP always had the edge over the other musical shows, so it was not a surprise that it finished first in the TRP race.
But I always wondered how II3 secured second place ahead of VoI, where a bunch of young boys and girls barely out of their college were crooning to become the next big thing in the music industry. Like fellow Drifters have said, may be that’s what worked for them, not to mention the target audience who loved them for what they are and not for what they will be.
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