Let me quickly tell you why Indian Idol is becoming such a compelling show. Yes, it is the train wreck that happens when everyone starts to sing. But its way more than that too.
Take last Saturday for instance. Both hosts Hussain and Chang kick-started the show with hazaar enthu introductions. Disco lights flashed. Everyone perked up.
After a rather complicated introduction, Hussain brought on the first contestant - Kuldeep Singh, who instantly appeared embarrassed at the welcome. Dressed in a pathan suit that looked a little leprachaunish, Kuldip launched into Jee Karda from Singh is Kinng with an Irish jig.
Instantly Anu Malik narrowed his eyes - deep in concentration about what he wanted to say about this guy when he finished. Often you sense that the judges commit to their comments well before the delivery has left the bowler's hand. In cricket this is called pre-meditated slogging. If it connects thats great, otherwise it looks comical - and II4 is no exception to this rule.
Kuldip continued, his pacing and pitching careening around the set. The camera focussed on a swaying Tullika Ganguly who has been appointed one of the hotties of the show - the producers constantly cut to her on the sidelines. More groanworthy amusement.
Cut to a shot of Kailash Kher looking like someone was torturing him slowly - which might just have been the case. And may God strike me down if I lie - but Kailash let loose a belch (at 3:12 in this vid). You couldn't hear it above the music, but his body heaved ever so slightly and settled down with satisfaction.
This reminded me of K. K. Shah in our neighborhood who would announce the end of dinner in the Shah household with a series of carefully punctuated, loud belches which would reverbate across the colony.
For jogging my childhood memory thus and making me all teary eyed and reminiscent, I burrp, I mean thank you, Indian Idol!