Last week Prachi played the "I'm not exposing myself" card - one of the oldest in the profession - and in doing so, partitioned the top two contestants along the lines of sexuality.
Clearly Sandhya Mridul is the better of the two dancers. But as probably shrewdly observed by Prachi, she is also open, aggressive and bluntly sexual in her dances. And by positioning herself as the goody Indian girl who will dance on her own orthodox terms - Prachi stands a good chance of alienating Sandhya from the conservative vote bank.
All of this Prachi did with one sentence: "I refuse to wear revealing outfits". This right after writhing on a table and being virtually licked by her choreographer partner - who for some reason dances with his mouth open constantly - reminding me of a goldfish.
Not that there is anything wrong with that. Its perfectly fine to not want to show cleavage (or thighage) and still do a mean Helen. But I'm just saying.
Sandhya - on the other hand - is very focussed on her dancing and keeps reminding us of that. Only the pressure, not to mention Prachi's continued popular presence, is annoying her enough that she talks about her rival constantly.
This cold war reached such a crescendo last week that the choice of the third finalist was coincidental to the show. Jay Bhanushali - that guy who always makes people laugh - although not quite how he intends, squeeked through at Negi's expense (more on that in another post). This makes one feel good for his partner Bindi - purveyor of highly entertaining and energetic whips, spins and jabs on the dance floor.
Speaking of Negi, let's talk about his dances - shall we?
First, Negi showed up as a server in a restaurant - twirling a round tray with such glee that given his unhappiness with the judges, it looked like he might be sending it in their direction. This performance got him some shakes of the head. But later he emerged to sing the Gujju classic "Ae to prem chhe", dressed in a glittering sleeveless yellow tunic and a green dhungi (dhoti meets lungi) and handing out whiffs to everyone of his freshly shaved underarms.
This joyous performance earned the exclamation "Sexy!" from guest Sharmila Tagore and resulted in a thrilled shoulder jiggle from Negi. Unfortunately, this would prove to be Negi's last competitive dance as in the elimation that followed, he was given the kiss-off.
But cometh the hour, cometh the man. And as the competition gets hotter, the entertainment here will come from a bahu and a babe.
- Mind Rush wouldn't mind analyzing the bahu and the babe
- anu g describes the bahu naatak on Indian news
- leera will miss Negiji and is getting creeped out by Jeetu
- Sidekick tells us why she is in Sandhya's corner
- Tania recalls that Mona Singh campaigned as her TV alter ego last year
- Joules shudders at memories of Mona dancing with a teddy bear
- More memories of Mona's "Jassi" campaign on JDJ from Saritha
- Spruha links to Shaimak Davar's views on SMS voting and his rising mastery of Hindi