We've all run into stories of how Farah can make people cry on the sets.
Last week Farah made a couple of girls cry and had everyone else hanging their head in shame. Before I go on I'd like to thank Farah for saying what everyone really wants the judges to say on these shows. Farah, shukriya for being Anu Malik but one who makes sense.
So what happened? A week or so ago, Farah dug into Neha Kakkar for putting on too many airs. This move - called putting a sister in her place - got to the point where Neha had to stand with a veritable poker face while receiving comments from the judges. Even a slight tick of the lips and Farah was on her in a flash. Much amusement!
Then this week Neha Kakkar bombed. Yet again. (She was eliminated last week). The judges tore into her. Neha left the stage sobbing, red flags waving in her face.
Next it was Himani (and the entire champions' section) who was reduced to tears. Its too complicated to explain how it happened but Farah wagged fingers at everyone and essentially told the champions to zip it and sing. Heads were hung in shame. More amusement!
We haven't hit Summer yet and JJWS has already turned out to be the best singing competition show this year. How so?
For one, it has some pretty terrific singers. Importantly enough, they all sing consistently well. The judges are focused enough that the show doesn't become a parade of nonsense (although I loved the nonsense on SRGMP).
Here Farah plays an important role. Both Vishal and Shekhar focus on the music. But because the music of a film starts its journey with the director, Farah has a lot of credibility to decipher tunes.
This she does by analyzing the mood and ambiance of the performance. On JJWS, the judges vote as a cartel. On the few occasions they disagree, they don't question each other's judgment and move on.
Still there are a few things JJWS could do better. For one, Mandira is doing a fine job by squeezing the lemon just right and keeping the show moving at a fine clip. But she's started screaming into that mike - thus making me feel like I've done something wrong (call it desi conditioning). It wouldn't hurt to stop that.
JJWS could also try to take a leaf out of Indian Idol's book and infuse more Realty TV into their competition show. Its a worthwhile experiment because JJWS relies on its competitors to drum up the drama - an essential component of any show. And given these fine talents (and some nifty egos), there is plenty of drama to be had.
So instead of creating fake black and white sankat moments at the drop of a hat - last week we even saw some fake lightening - put some backstage cameras in front of these hugely entitled singers and just sit back.
Come on producers, do it already!
More: Richa Sharma on JJWS last week