A huge set in Andheri Complex,Mumbai, fewer back-up dancers, decent clothing, little confusion or chaos, periodically inserted crane views – all this made Voice Of India’s Grand Finale lot classier than I’d anticipated given that the other two shows II3 and SRGMP ended on such tacky notes.
Most interesting aspects
Watching the rest of the ‘Bemisaal Barah’ perform on stage was the most delightful part of the show, which perhaps was one of the reasons why many might have watched it in the first place. The prerecorded voices, that matter the most, were finally heard on the big day and clearly, Arshpreet and Irfan came out winners. To my surprise, Toshi screeched more than Alka did and Sumitra looked (and sounded) out of place - as if she didn’t want to be there.
Madhuri (probably wearing Manish Malhotra) showed up with hubby Sriram (who never got introduced), spoke about ‘Aaja Nach le’, sang Richa’s ‘Show me your Jalwa’, plugged her ears when the confetti blasters went off, mouthed the ridiculously line ‘I think both are winners’ before helping Lataji open the all-important envelope.
Lataji gifted Harshit and Ishmeet diamond studded watches designed by the Mangeshkar sisters – how I wish someone had gifted me something like that
Moments sponsored by the Jury (?!)
The Jury decides to give an award to their choice: Jatin even mentions that he convinced the rest to do so and the award goes to, ahem, Abhaas! Abhilasha gets the award (a car, in fact) for potential. No surprise for anyone who's followed VoI this season. (And if you didn't, good for you!)
Abhijeet either didn't care about the eventual winner or might have been in Dubai for you-know-what. Who knows? His absence was conspicuous.
Ismail Darbar, looking a lot younger after a John Abraham type hair cut, Anandji in suit-boot, Pritam, Shreya who showed up to talk about the upcoming VoI Chotte Ustad ( which never happened) and Shveta Salve who was spotted with Aadesh’s family. Here I was hoping to see Shveta dance again, but no dice.
Of all the celebs, Madhuri, of course, got the most attention. I only wish she had used a hair spray because her hair refused to behave after 3 hours of blaring music.
Why didn’t the girls sing their best numbers, just like the boys?
From where do they get these gori back-up dancers? Foreign Exchange students working part time?
A question I always wanted to ask, how many people who voted (day-in and day-out) for their favorite contestant will actually go and buy their album when it hits the market?
The Penultimate Episode
Just like many shows that would spruce up before ending as a damp squib, VoI stimulated the dull atmosphere with the graceful Kavita Krishnamoorthy, Kunal Ganjawala and Gayatri Iyer. The ‘Goal’ team joined them, and they forgot to shill for a while enjoying the music like they would do in a concert. John for once spared us his ghasi-piti line about his love for soccer and bikes.
Boman sang brilliantly, director Vivek was in need of a shower and Bips and John behaved like roommates who share a katti-meeti relationship, more like you are pissed that your roommate didn’t do the dishes today, but happy that he paid for the gas when you both went out.
Any show that is losing it’s momentum should rope in Kunal to arouse audience interest with his zingy singing - I want to do what Bipasha did to him, hug him while he is singing - a huge singing teddy bear, what more can one ask for.
And by the end of the show I’ve become a huge fan of Shaan and here’s the last phaltu Drift advice for Shaan - you have contributed more than just playing the role of the host to this show and now, if you are asked to sign the contract for Season II, ask for a raise. You deserve it and if you need any more lessons on how to deal with the situation, please don’t hesitate to write to us here.
- The winner of VoI doesn't surprise Leera who reveals that Abhaas might be the next host
- anu g wants Saritha to cover VoI Kids
- Sidekick reviews the VoI Finale, points to a new promising reality show - Mission Ustad and asks: How was Aaja Nachle?
- Leera is intrigued by Mission Ustaad
- Sania reviews Aaja Nachle (hopefully she'll do an extended one for us soon)
- Saritha links to the VoI Chotte Ustad hosting drama
- Joules is unimpressed with the dance in Aaja Nachle