Squirmworthy moments ensue when parents are dragged on the stage by their kids and serenaded with recycled Bollywood sentiments. Fortunately, back to back episodes of The Office on long flights have schooled me in humor that can be derived from awkwardness. Plus I never thought I'd say this but sometimes I miss Nirupa Roy.
And thus it was that while the Drift Memsaab emptied cartons of Kleenexes, I chuckled through the entire Mother's Day special of JJWS like a twerp. But more on that later.
JJWS has three judges who appear downright straitlaced by SRGMP standards: the composer duo of Vishal-Shekhar and their newest filmi benefactor - new mom of triplets - Farah Khan. These three seem to be a balanced lot: Shekhar focuses on the music, Vishal makes sure the BS is down to a minimum and Farah provides the no-nonsense gut feel type of feedback. So where does the drama come from?
Turns out JJWS has a curious format. Contestants are divided into two lots: champions and challengers. And every week, after the judges scores and incoming SMS votes are tallied with equal weight, the lowest ranked competitor is booted off the show. But the highest ranking three are put in front of the reigning champions. The champions cast a ballot to decide which of the three will join them.
This seems to result in a lot of emotional dhishum dhishum - jealousy seems to abound, cliques might be forming. And the judges and host Mandira Bedi - who keeps the nok-jhok to a minumum - have no problems fanning any small sparks that may arise between the contestants into a full fledged fire. Last week a rather cocky kid called Vineet joined the upper ranks after much teeth gnashing that resulted when Mandira revealed the voters behind the votes.
This is entertaining enough to carry the show because the singing is excellent - the best I've heard since SRGMP was mothballed.
Back to the rona-dhona. Copious tributes were offered to Moms. The judges joined in making appropriate noises about mamta. Everybody ki aankhen nam hui. Mandira Bedi bawled her head off. When it was her turn to say something nice about her mom, she bawled some more and said: "I'm sorry I fight with you Mom!"
- anu g is back and has tales of Mother's Day ambivalence
- Bitterlemons is amused by the Mother's Day channel blanketing and is off Reality thanks to RNR Family
- .m.a.n.o goes from emotional to mortified
- What's reality without rona, asks girlie girl
- Lin is hating the proliferation of Mother's Day in India
- Over Rated accidentally watches JJWS
- Mind Rush analyzes the Mother's Day reaction
- Joules on the homogeneity of the American experience and her Tuscany vacation
- Why girlie girl doesn't need Mother's Day
- The JJWS judges seem to be helping with technicalities says Lin
- Only Debojit made Cinderella emotional
- megan is turned off by Rahul, Prajakta and Amit Sana