Thursday, July 03, 2008

Global Temper Warming comes to Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar

JJWS is about to enter its final round - which these days means three contestants remain. This week will see the elimination of two from the remaining champs and our exclusive little Drift poll on the side tells us its likely to be Abhijit, Harshit and either Rahul Vaidya or Harshit.

On form alone, Rahul should be in and Abhijit out - but the latter remains India's biggest non-filmi musical success of late and carries a significant vote bank with him.

Last week JJWS had a challenge episode. And one incident in particular made it highly worth watching.

Each contestant was asked to pick a particularly difficult song to sing for one of his mates. Everyone ran off to sabotage their singing brothers. Toshi picked Himesh's breathless uper-neeche hit from Aap Ka Suroor called Jhoot Nahi Bolna. But while explaining his choice to the judges he went a bit overboard with the trash talk. If I recall correctly he pointed out deficiencies in Debojit's singing using words like "never" and "always" - dicey because they tend to unfairly typecast a singer.

Debojit got pissed. Black and White sankat ensued.Toshi was stunned - he thought he was being muhphat cool. It was a Jai Matadi Lets Rock (JMLR) moment if I ever saw one.

The end result of all of this was that Debojit announced his sensitivity to one and all by taking Toshi to task. But not before delivering a game and entertaining performance.

Later Debojit returned the favor by making Toshi sing Suno Na (Chalte Chalte) - whose delicate softness put Toshi in some sankat of his own. Judge Vishal - quite rightly - ripped right into him.And then he castigated him for creating a bad vibe with Debojit via his earlier comments.

Here's the interesting part in all this. Often contestants who have been on these shows will tell you that just as much learning to sing, these shows teach you how to present and brand yourself in the world of Bollywood music. And Vishal - who has been constantly encouraging the contestants to speak their mind - was essentially saying this: your lesson on boundaries begins now. Its a tough but essential lesson to learn. Want to be bindaas? By all means do so - but it takes careful calibration and you have to know when to pull back.

But enough about lessons in the business of music. Just a few weeks after I mentioned that I enjoyed singers coming on the show instead of unappreciative movie stars - Harman Baweja showed up on the show. Not that I have anything against Harman - in fact, his little dance contest with the singers on the show engineered a moment of hilarity for the ages.

First Harman danced and then the contestants tried to measure up. And watching people try to dance is always funny in an endearing sort of way. But nothing prepared me for Debojit who shimmied and shashayed in slow motion and executed a move that can only be described as Helen doing a nagin mating dance. Hilarity!

Yet while Harman on the show might have provide a much needed boost to ratings - it didn't do much for me. I'd much rather have watched Sukhwinder or Kay Kay come on the show instead and grapple with the dicey sound on these shows.

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31 comments:

m said...

Team Toshi!

anu g said...

Oh, oh, I missed the Sankat episode. But thanks for the interesting post. I am a little confused, why is it that that 2 contestants r being thrown out in one week?
And debojit like Helen.....Lol!!!!

anu g said...

Breaking News!Just like Indian politics, the unexpected happens.The two u thought were safe, actually got out........Toshi and Debojit r out!!!

anu g said...

Heres the link:http://www.india-forums.com/tellybuzz/article.asp?id=2782

Aspi said...

Man our poll was such a good predictor, no?

Anonymous said...

i am kinda sad that debojit got out..he is better than harshit..:(

Pitu said...

I'm disappointed. I didn't think Toshi was way out of line. Yeah, he could have been thoda diplomatic but I don't think he meant any harm. And besides, how did Debojit do any different? The intent to provide a difficult, challenging song that might make the rival singer fall flat was there, na? Then why be so sensitive? Debo ne dil pe liya. Also, I didn't like how gleeful Debo looked when Toshi was singing. Whatev :-X

*~mad munky~* said...

*speechless* :o\ i think i need a new radar - this show passed me by too. how many years can the participants shuffle from one show to the next? i'm having visions of watching debojit et al with with my red-haired grandchildren. 'Jo Jeeta 2050'

p.s. unemployment forces me to resurrect my bolly blog. :o)

Pitu said...

Also, Abhijeet freaking ROCKED!!!!!!! I luv luv luv Abhijeet! Yeah!!

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maxdavinci said...

vaidya is gonna go through and thats all that matters.....

I smell a controversy in the ousting of that Aishwarya guy from the early rounds. Hez hosting the US leg of saregamapa, could it be Zee Tv commitments that made him bow out of the show?

Bella said...

Have two parties M... one to keep the family happy and one to get smashed :)

Tina said...

lol @ debojit nagin mating dance..lol..

Tina said...

lol @ debojit nagin mating dance..lol..

j said...

anon, put your foot down and have the kind of party that you want. Believe me, if friends of mine invited me to their daughter's twenty-first b'day I would'nt go. Why do parents want to subject other people to their contrived happiness? Its neither fun for the b'day girl or the guest.

Graduation parties, b'day parties (after the kid is three years old) should be enjoyed with close friends not with a room full of your parents friends and kids of all age group.

Basit said...

I am disappointed with the judges. They, most of the time, gave good marks (even if the comments were bad)to their blue eyed boys i.e. Vineet, rahul, Debo but always discouraged Toshi by giving him less marks (even with good comments). The so called judges showed double standards and kept changing their criteria.

I have the feeling that Toshi was safe due to public support but they engineered his exit by putting another round where only judges marks were counted and public were denied the vote chance just to stop Toshi going to the final 3. Its a shame, down with VS & F....

Basit

Pitu said...

I don't watch this show often (only when there are chatpata jhagdas to watch) but honestly Toshi's singing in this particular episode was so amateurish. He was the only one whose song was not up to par, and this is precisely the point in the competition when everyone shd pull up their socks.

Malz said...

I had a feeling Toshi was going to get out..his voice also seems to to sound li'l bit strained..even in Ustaadon ka Ustaad he seemed to have sounded better

Cinderella said...

i din't want debojit to go:-(
he was one of my favs......!!

Anonymous said...

aspi pls blog about saregamapa... first episode and i was already so annoyed with hr hogging the mike the whole time! anyone else managed to catch it?

jitendra said...

i feel sorry for HR..he is going to be ripped apart in yuor next post for his japanese looks :)

arvind said...

It looks like the outcome is being engineered. This thing started when judges suddenly decided to be strict on scores, yet at several occassions gave even 10 to a contestant who skipped lines and missed notes. In the last 3 episodes Debuji was given low scores (sorry, strict) even when there were no adverse comments. It became pretty clear when last Friday, they suddenly changed the rules again, by postponing elimination, giving more wieghts to judges' scores. Any game, where the judges keep changing rules of the game while the game is in progress, is subject to manipulation. It may not be judges decision. More likely it has to do with the moneybags who invested heavily on certain 'assets'.

sneha said...

aspi, time to re-start the SRGMP section of your blog. Just caught the first episode. On average I found singers better than I had found last year but there was nobody who really stood out in the first performance. Would love to hear people's comments on Himesh's Chinese hair cut and new look in general.

leera said...

Aaah Himanshu, how you pull off the 'Japanese boylove forum ka unkil poster boy' look!

As I set out to watch the first episode, I urge Aspi to sharpen his sword and dig into the 'mahayuddh'

Man I am in a mood for analogies!

Aspi said...

I'm so bummed I had to be somewhere out of town for July 4 and missed SRGMP! Not to mention being a lazy type of guy I didn't even bother to set the DVR to record it! Shame on me.

I will renew my SRGMP (and Himesh) love next week with vigor.

Aspi said...

I am agree with Pitu.

If you close your eyes and listen to Toshi he sounds out of tune most of the times. He may have been good on SVOI (and maybe Saritha can come back and tell us just how much), but on JJWS, most of the time he sounded out of tune and his voice sounded strained.

There are several things I've noticed. Toshi has severe problems breathing between notes. And he often seems to be in a hurry to grab the big notes, which wrecks his finish. He has a salty, raspy voice which needs to be pitch perfect to sound good. If its off, it sounds terrible.

And with his voice filtering in directly through those headphones, he probably sounded worst to the judges than to us.

But I did the feeling that the judges were compensating or protecting some of the singers by breaking ranks and sneaking in one or two points.

Mind Rush said...

My honest feeling is that the judges, the contestants and the junta ganged up against Toshi. He felt cornered and acted alternately bitter, arrogant and alienated. Bad situation all around.

Mind Rush said...

It is time once again for Mind Rush to strike...This time I have been observing Shekhar's body language on JJWS and have some deep psychological insights for him and his fans.
...Stay tuned...

m said...

toshi got treated like the red headed step child no one loves

srgmp new season is so annoying with himesh talking non stop.. and going on and on about his "chinese hair" WTF? chinese people should complain

BTW check this out

http://i32.tinypic.com/jhg13s.jpg

Anonymous said...

Funny picture, M. Though I would alter the caption to read "The second word war is here"; because that is what I expect with this loud mouth.

-- Texan

Anonymous said...

This is for Mind rush.... did u do the post on Shekhar's BL in JJWS? Very curious to see your insights as I also found some remarkable changes!!!!