Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Regional Drama on Star Voice of India

Since SRGMP was so boring this week and my blasted DVR started acting up again (give humans something simpler to use and they'll find a new way to screw it up), I decided to tune in to Star Voice of India. And I must say, if I had time I would be watching this show every week!

Why so? Hold that chai a little tighter while I explain. We don't want any stains on the sofa.

Last year VoI played the regional card willy nilly down to the finals, issuing pukaars to the home states of the contestants to send in SMS votes. This year if you can believe it, VoI kicked it up a notch.

In its current format, VoI has contestants picked from each state called "Voice of this-state or that-state". Having established home (and vote) base as part of the premise of the show, VoI then allows itself to shamelessly play the Regional Vote drama.

Often someone on the show (like the host Shaan or an audience member) will take on an admonishing tone, implying that the people of a state are not patriotic enough or maybe they are just plain lazy.

Sweet Mother of God! Is this what India has come to? I mean people who won't be bothered to pick up a mobile - a mobile I tell you - and not punch in a few buttons to vote for their brother or sister? In the time it would take them to roll their eyes and switch to a different channel, someone could just as easily get suckered, continue to watch the show and spend hundreds on SMS votes!

Last week the Voice of Punjab (let's dispense with names shall we?) didn't get enough votes to keep him out of trouble. A bunch of people shook their heads and admonished their fellow Punjab ke vaasi. "Kya ho raha hai!" yelled one. "Its shameful" another shook his head.

Yet, I must confess this drama gave me pause. I even stopped eating my aloo bhujiya for a while. Judge Monty Sharma picked up the mike and declared: "Why Punjab!? All of India should vote for this boy!" Everyone shook their heads solemnly - the boy himself nodded vigorously - and applauded.

Monty laid down his mike and looked around as if the point had been made for the first time. And then it was back to more State-mongering. This bit of amusement made up for the fact that Monty did not say "Attack!" even once while I was watching.

Finally, in my opinion it is unforgivable for a show that is a singing competition to have its contestants lip sync. Sure SRGMP does it, but only for the opening act - and I can't say I like that either. But when the show kicks in, everyone sings live and lives and dies by it.

But it was Disco Night and the producers of VoI decided to have their singers jump and shimmy around in the name of top class entertainment. And in such a situation, we all know that singing properly is like chewing lohe ke channe. So every single contestant mimed - even the handicapped guy who sat it out.

Often someone would be caught napping and try to catch up with the words - they would dart off a guilty look and then immediately execute some exaggerated move to try and deflect attention. The camera would helpfully move quickly to a wider shot.

This provided continuous fun - I even rated the contestants on their ability to dupe the viewers. Voice of Delhi - great work!

38 comments:

m said...

hahaha this show is a joke.. i watched it a couple of weeks ago (fast forwarding 95% of it).. Voice of Punjab dude shamelessly appealed for votes saying "Ishmeet veerji is dead, and it is upto you junta to vote for me because it was his last wish.. i have a huge responsibility because of his death" etc etc

how insensitive and rude can someone be? like seriously.. disgusting! Shaan and the voiceover guy are also exploiting the situation... like don't people have conscience and a heart anymore?

it is just disrespectful... i hate this show

Anonymous said...

yep its ablsoulte junk....
The ishmeet thingy is disgusting

my fav Sukhiji wats wrng with him...y was he dancing lustily wid dat masum....
and that ryan fella was equally painful.... the only way to focus on him was to close ur eyes...his dance was horrible...all pansy movements...luks like a gay...n smell darbar found his purphormance mosht besht...rofl...

Aspi m glad dat u coght the lip sync...how sick!!!

hard corr said...

Aspis ma mahn
I luuvv his sexy tann
I m his bigges fan
U r so hott GODDAMN

YO!!!

Vvitchal Chudlani said...

Hi guys this is Vvitchal of Vvitchal-Chahekhar

U guys rock man!

Hard's here too :-)

Came to tell you how much I love Pancham Da

Aspi Lucky Boy is a mindblowing song. Wht's wrong with it?

Whay say Hard?

Bapida said...

Bichal ne thoda bhool gaya likhne ko. Uska matlab tha ki he lubs Bappi da and Pancham Da.

Bichal or Aspi mera dono phavorite hai

Chaheker Luvjiani said...

Aspi tum kharaj ki practice karo...nahin to bathroom singer kaise banoge

guddi bachpan said...

Aspi tum hindi mein blog likho

Sharuck Than said...

Big B what's the name of your dog again

Amitabh Bachpan said...

Ain tum mere blogs nahin padhte kya.

Saala Aspi ke blog ki wajah se mera nuksan ho raha hai

Listen SRK this is what I wrote on Day 145
Shanouk my pet dog, the piranha dane, excited beyond belief, slobbering all over, tail refusing to stop wagging and loads of affection pouring out. Such devotion

Hamir Can said...

Hehehehehe

Kya Shanouk!

balman can said...

heheheheheheh mazaa aa gaya hamir

Boobiza Basu said...

Drifters I aint got any boob jab done yet!

So stop the crap!

maharashtracharaja-raj said...

Sagle marathit liha.......nahitar

Riktes Kesmuc said...

Can som1 tell me why the US customs tore my jackets?

Sukhsinger Sing said...

This is my first time as reality show judge and I love dancing on the show

Monty iZZZZ Back said...

Aspi you have always supported me.

Mein autowalon ke liye gaata hoon aur tum autowale ke confession collect karte ho

Bhagwan tumhe roti or biryani de


JMLR JMLR JMLR

Bimu Harimya said...

My new movies Madh Madh ke na dekh and Mad Island will be releasing shortly.

My fortune teller son has not yet given me the dates

Pooza and I have done a smoooooo scene also but it was shot in closed door

Shiamak Power said...

My Parsi bro pls continue to write in English only. I dont understand A of any other languague

Thank you Big B for the unforgettable tour. You gave me a chance to dane on stage with Shilpa

KjoE said...

\m/ muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaz to Aspi.

I love your sexy smile. Very inviting.

Comover to my house sweeto even Adi and Shanuk oh sorry Sharuc will be there.

Bye honey

amitabh bachpan said...

Ain ammacin kahan gaye aaj aayen nahin

ammacin said...

are main shiamak ke saath hon uttar pradesh tour ke liye shilpa ke saath thumke lagaa raha hoon

balman can said...

phirse bolo phirse bolo kutte ka naam

Aspi said...

Holy shit! I checked Day 145 of the blog and there is a reference to Shanouk the dog.

Clearly Bollywood Junkie - you are in India, most likely Mumbai. Otherwise you are even bigger genius.

Who is ammacin by the way - my brain has a gap hereabouts.

bappida said...

tum sab fake jokes marke mera phavorite Aspi to tang mat karo

Mein Aspi ko philm song mein chance doonge

bollywood junkie said...

Amar Singh

And dont try to trace me.....please.

Let me have some fun


I m not from Mumbai but from India

Aspi said...

bollywood junkie, we don't trace anyone on the blog as a rule. I am hugely comfortable with fake identities.

I am enjoying how plugged in you are.

Bollywood junkie said...

Goodnight Aspi


You will find me again here next month

Aata tu marathit lih...ok?

I hope my parents never find out that I was here....hahahahahahahah

They never will. They think I am studying hard. Hahahahahahahaha

Chhappan Chhura said...

Megania
You are right here but the people at VOI do anything for Papi Pet ( Tummy)

Lin said...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was laughing as I kept scrolling down the page.


SVOI. Aspi, what has happened to Irfan from last year's SVOI? I liked him. He had a pretty nice voice.

I had read something of one of the Bhatt's giving him a song to sing in a movie, but I don't think that materialized.

So any news, anyone?

Also, to anyone that watches Junoon. Where can I see all of the clips online. Youtube doesn't have everyone and everything. Though some of the vids do say to join the orkut community. If that community has a good collection of every contestant's (or most contestants') songs from most of the episodes, I will sign up to Orkut right away.

maxdavinci said...

I agree totally.
lipsyncing during the opening act itself is a bore but they atleast do live renditions. How else wil our boy fighter-fareed get to goof up a song thrice! Also it gives apna tarun sagar to matha-tekkify to mata rani and all that jazz..

VOI is blatantly supporting regionalism and inciting it with comments like dash-state-ke-logon-ne-inka-saath-chod-diya. Dont get me even started on that mujhpe-poore-punjab-ka-bhoj-hain guy...

Lin said...

About Junoon. Nevermind. I found what I was looking for at apni community. Though It will take some time and probably won't have it till winter break to go through, and watch all of it.

My question about Irfan still stands though. :)

Aspi said...

Lin, just about to shoot you that same note. Apnicommunity.com is your best bet.

No idea what happened to Irfan - I check a good 80% of all songs that are released in Bollywood so either he is not getting work, cutting stuff that is not out yet or is trying to make his name in another Wood - like Tolly or Kolly.

If Parveen is around, we might get more news of Irfan.

Pitu said...

Kya yaar Aspi? You actually expected singers in a singing competition to sing? If lip-syncing is ok for Ashlee Simpson to hamare Pappus ke liye bhi theek hai na? And the Punjabi singer has an ace up his sleeve with Ishmeet. Usko use karne do! Also we all know that jo acchha disco dancing karega usiko Himesh jaisa hero banane ka mauka milega! Jame raho ;-)

womb for improvement said...

Aspi, I'm sure this is not the best place to ask but I can't find your email address and I really need your help. I am looking for a cd of cover versions done in a bollywood/ bangal/ punjab style of classic Uk American pop or rock tracks. Do you know if such a cd exists? can you give me any tips? If anyone can I'm sure you can! Thanks

My email address is womb4improvement@gmail.com

Teddy said...

the comments are as funny as the post...hugely enjoying myself.

Aspi said...

bollywood junkie is a genius. Hope s/he doesn't flunk the test and have to actually study next time around - otherwise no more fake posts for us.

Cinderella said...

LOL!
that was exremely funny....all the comments,especially...


i never saw this show..that regionalism is soo rude and sick!
Himesh shd have been on this show....im sure he'd be shouting abt his chela's staple food and culture all thru...

*~mad munky~* said...

ryan is hilarious....

what's that guy called - looks like a bad version of aftab shivdasani, and can never stop talking? he sang 'rangde basanti chola'....i want to tape his mouth shut :o|