There’s something about dancing in public that evokes fear in most of us. And everyone loves an underdog. So we’re bound to root for some goofball fumbling over ten left feet to dance on TV. Even if that goofball’s is one of India’s best chefs or a film director or a cricket star.
On the other hand, TV stars and starlets doing the same thing doesn’t quite evoke the same enthu, does it ? Come on, we know they’ve trained and can dance. They’re paid to do that. And hey, their show’s a sequel; sequels tend to..you know like…suck.
That’s probably why I’m enjoying Jhalak Dikhlaja (JD) on Sony TV more than Nach Baliye 2 (NB2) b on Star One.
Both have celebrity (or at least vaguely well-known) couples dancing for top slot. Both shows have three judges, one choreographer, one film director and one..well..item girl.
Both shows have one couple eliminated each week. Both shows make such a ‘song-and-dance’ when a couple is thrown out, you’d almost fling your remote at your TV. Both are benefiting like hell from the ridiculous ban on Star Movies and HBO.
As for the hosts of both shows.. Dude, forget that remote and hand me that flower vase.
But there’s something to watching an awkward Pooja Bedi/ Rati Agnihotri/ Sanjeev Kapoor/ Mona Singh/ Shweta Salve on JD. The first three have already been eliminated and that list is my guess on who will exit in the coming rounds leaving the (hot!) Ms. Salve as the winner. Although she does face competition from the heavier Jassi…
And if ever there was a graceful acceptance speech on exit, it had to be of dear old chef Sanjeev Kapoor: “I came here just so I could learn to dance. So that I can now dance with my wife”. Awww, indeed. Hankies ahoy.
On the other hand, I have no idea who the couples on NB2 are. Hell, you can’t make out a Kusum from a Kum Kum from a Kesariya Vilayati. But I can tell you, that Bhaktyaar and Tanaaz are bound to win just for their histrionics (are they on a caffeine/coke drip?) .
Both shows also suffer from a range of sweet clichéd judgements: “Your expressions were wonderful, but hand/feet movements can improve”, “When I choreographed this song, I never knew it can be done in the manner you did.” blah blah.
The only exception is the lethal Saroj Khan in NB2. The other judges on both the shows are pretty much yawn – Sanjay Leela Bhansali (on JD), gushes too much and Kunal Kohli (on NB2) – man, who chose him? Except of course Malaika Arora on NB2 and Shilpa Shetty on JD. But I mean, come on, you’re not really interested in the marks they give, right ? They’d be 10 out of 10 on our scales anyways.
We like celebs to face the heat sometime. Hell, they better dance well to get my vote, and I don’t care a damn if he scored a ton in that match. But come on, he’s also a chef. She’s really plump but she’s at least making effort na…saala, ekdum dhinchaak jhakaas nachta hai, tapori-style…In the end, I guess we’re a kind, forgiving audience.