Something funny is happening on JDJ. First, it's turning a bit Freudian. And second, Judge Heehee has appointed herself the moral police of the show.
Remember how Gauhar and Hanif had verbal sparring matches on every show - and it eventually resulted in the ejection of Hanif at the hands of the judges ? That happened a couple of weeks ago.
Now paired with her new choreographer - Himanshu - Gauhar executed the following dance.
Gauhar is on the phone discussing wedding anniversary plans with Himanshu. (Stay with me here - its a dance so the phone is a fake one). Suddenly she hears a loud crash on the line. WTF? she wonders. Just then the doorbell rings. Himanshu has arrived.
"Ah you made it!" she exclaims. "How could I not for an occasion like this" says fake husband trying to cock his head cutely. Dancing ensues. Both strike numerous poses and execute a bunch of ballroom moves cocked like dancers in a Paso Doble. Then Himanshu melts away in the background. Phone rings. Gauhar picks up. "Your husband is dead!" the voice at the other ends says. Gauhar executes scenery chomping acting and crumbles to the floor.
And thus, Gauhar killed her choreographer on the show. Tremendously absorbing stuff.
"Who said models can't act" remarked Saroj Khan.
On to the whole moral police bit. Earlier this season, some dancer - I forget who - did a hugely romachuk dance on JDJ. At the end, Judge Heehee, aka Juhi Chawla, picked up the microphone and said "I loved it but you spread your legs a little too much in one move". Her implication was that the vulgarity of that move took away from the romance of the dance.
This was hilarious - the equivalent of Asha Bhonsle roasting some poor girl for singing "I wanna make love" on SRGMP - an annual event.
Ever since then I've been watching dances with bated breath, whooping with delight whenever some woman scissors her legs a little too widely. Surely, I tell myself, Judge Heehee will pounce on the poor girl! But no! Judge Heehee has not been very obliging on this front.
However, on last week's show the moral police swung into action from an unexpected quarter - and it was just as much fun to watch. Nicole Alvares, who is paired up with Karan Singh Grover aka The Hulk, danced with a blindfold (don't ask).
No sooner had the dance finished when Judge Heehee went: "The dance was great!" (waved hand around like patting down a bed sheet) "But you were peeking from under the blindfold weren't you? Come on, put your hand on your heart and admit it!"
Poor Nicole was flabbergasted. "No, No!" she insisted. Karan came to her rescue by suggesting they do the dance again to lay all doubts to rest. On hearing this Judge Heehee swallowed hard. But she kept on at it. Saroj Khan joined in. A delicious awkwardness settled in that was dispelled when Vaibhavi Merchant told everyone to take the choreographers word and get on with it.
"We used to do it when we were kids so I can tell!" continued Judge Heehee finally revealing where all this was coming from - personal childhood trauma!
What did I tell you? This show has psychological layers waiting to be peeled back like there's no tomorrow.