I have always been a huge fan of my gujju brother Himesh Reshammiya. And no one misses him more since the lights went out on SRGMP.
Recently there was an impromptu - lets call it homage - to Himesh on JJWS and it killed two birds with one stone for me.
First, let's dwell on this Vineet Singh character - or as I like to call him: Gattuman. (For those not fortunate enough to know Gujarati, Gattu is slang for short). Most of the time he runs around being annoying. He's hugely entitled, doesn't think much of his competitors and generally ends up issuing psychotic Heathers-like giggles.
Fortunately for him he has a terrific voice and a nascent understanding of how to essay a tune. And thus, he survives (Vishal once tried to cut him down to size and ended up having to eat some humble pie - which he did honestly and without fuss)
But last week on the comedy episode - after clearly haranguing fellow-singer Debojit - Vineet got perfect scores. And thus encouraged, he giggled some more and launched into an imaginary song called Jodhaa Akbar as it might have been done by Himesh. Vineet did a terrific job - he sang some of it to the tune of Aashiqui (36 China Town) and got most aspects of Himesh-style right: the baying into the mike, the left-arm googlies and the stateside roll of the R.
Not only did this make a true-blue Himesh fan like me really happy, but now I think of Vineet differently - annoyingly entertaining. Everyone: welcome Gattuman, the new Aneek and my new phavoreet.