After a tremendous national pride song and dance - in which one contestant had to suffer through pounding fake chillis on stage - Head trotted out and said something about how this Independence didn't feel right because we were a nation divided. A loose case was made for how SRGMP was blazing a trial no politician can. This was interspersed with a map of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh representing - and this is something people kept saying on the show - Akhand Bharat.
My respect for SRGMP shot up even more - if its possible. After all what show on this planet can make geo-political boundaries its bitch? In any case, Head dragged every Pakistani singer on stage and asked him that clunker of a question: how do you feel about being in India? Thankfully the Pakistani contingent is an articulate one and said wonderful and florid things.
Then it was the turn of Lahore's Sara Raza Khan - possessor of a dazzling smile, a woman-child voice and several redonkulosly cute performances. "I love Pakistan!" she said with enthusiasm, smiled at Head and compared India and Pakistan to two members of the family who didn't get along, went to live their separate ways, but still found time to meet and share the love. "This is a good arrangement" she said.
This seemed to wake up everyone on the show. SRGMP mein bagaawat! "I hate the word Partition!" Aadesh thundered. Anandji, guest mahaguru on the show and witness to azaadi, rebuked poor Sara for declaring her love for her country on stage. Sara gulped and nodded profusely. It was left to permanent mahaguru Kavita Krishnamurthy to save the day with some gracious comments. I know Partition is a touchy subject and a highly serious one, but because this was SRGMP, the whole thing left me very amused.
Yet, SRGMP has made invaluable contributions to South Asian togetherness. After all didn't we see how last year the show brought fans from across the border together worrying (about Mussarat Abbas's elimination), bickering (about Amanat Ali's loss in the finale) and agreeing (about Junaid Shaikh's hotness)?
And speaking of Kavita, can I suggest we replace Asha Bhonsle as mahaguru next year with Kavita? She handles those rowdy boys (also called judges) with detached aplomb, has a ready smile and a fair and even hand when deciding on singers. Besides she's got Mum's undying admiration. In fact, we should make her President of India. She could sing for all of us - something we don't get to hear often enough. Think about it: no more dozing off during Presidential addresses!
Moving on: the following day's episode was a Rakshabandhan special. Congratulations to the producers for dragging Ekta Kapoor along with brother Tusshar to the show. Ekta so looked like she didn't want to be there. How? For starters she wore an expression on her face that communicated boredom. She parked a honking purse on her lap and hid behind it. And you could see her tapping her feet with impatience on various occasions. This had the unfortunate effect of making the giant bag on her lap jiggle - allowing all of us to see how badly she wanted to get out of there.
But when some saas-bahu stuff came up, she perked up and said something dense that will make its way into a saas-bahu strategy book soon. She identified a Himesh song as her favorite, making the House of Reshammiya blush and break out into a terribly romantic song. She then commanded Shankar Mahadevan to sing. Soon enough, she high tailed it off the sets, leaving me hugely sad.
Happily, SRGMP in the US seems to have caught up with its Indian counterparts. In the interim episodes I must confess Pritam has become a personal favorite. His special episode was much fun to watch and that Pritam Puraan idea scaled the heights of tacky goodness. Who knew Pritam fainted at the sight of blood or that the cute insaan (Himesh's words not mine) once saved a caterpillar but threw his cell phone out of his window in the process, that he can't pour water into a glass (according to his lovely wife) and composed the Dhoom theme in a kitchen.
More Pritam on the show, I command you!
- Ekta for president! says j
- Tusshar seems to be a permanent house guest, says Over Rated
- Ekta annoyed Mind Rush no end
- j psychobabbles Ekta
- leera reviews the August 15 and August 16 episodes
- ~mad munky~ has a scheme for paying off her wedding
- Sara Fan hopes Sara's outspoken words don't result in vote loss
- svr warms up to Sara and digs Kavita
- Pitu is compelled to watch for Ekta Mata's sake
- Megan rolls her eyes at the joke that rakhi has become and rants about her least favorite themes on SRGMP
- What Sara has to do to fall from grace, according to j
- Ekta on her purse and shoes
- Deep goes JELR!
- The Tusshar-Sara rakhee moment? Fake! says Anon
- maxdavinci is bowled over by Sara
- Bappi and Obhijit fight over Adnan Sami
- Why was Sara dressed like an extra in Pakeeza? asks j