Small Victories at Jhalak Dikhla Ja

I am pleased to write this post. It was due since this Friday, 26 October when 10th episode of Jhalak Dikhla Ja was aired.

I had written earlier in my post Jhalak Dikhla Ja: Stars and Duds, that for me there are two eyesores on the show: Mona Singh and Mika.

The two reasons I disliked them was they were not good at what they came to do: Mona Singh is a awkward host in a stylish show as Jhalak while Mika hardly danced well. On top, Mika did not have enough spirit to take any constructive criticism. He never missed an opportunity to shun judges and their judgment.

So what is the victory that I am talking about? It was about the other reason why I despised both Mona Singh and Mika: they made voter appeals based on region or community. 😦 It is condemning to divide people on basis of region/community in simple matters as that of entertainment.

But in this 10th episode, not once did Mona Singh make a regional voter appeal. πŸ™‚ Not only that, she was less forceful in pushing her Punjabi stereotype identity. For once, she looked like exuberant (yet gawky) host Mona Singh, and not a Punjabi girl next door.

Even Mika, who is these days very pompous about getting viewer votes, said that his several fans (does he really have many?) had emailed him to say why does he ask votes only from Punjabis, he would rather ask votes from entire India! I was gaping with surprise, what brought the change. I hope this trend continues into later episodes.

Suggested Links:
26 October episode video

Jhakal Dikhlaja Show Blog: Your resource to preview, videos, and updates
Jhalak Dikhla Ja Blog

Jhalak Dikhla Ja: Stars and Duds

8 Responses to “Small Victories at Jhalak Dikhla Ja”

  1. 1 dinsan October 31, 2007 at 7:56 am

    but I have seen many people on different reality shows, asking for vote for their community.. or region… or language…

    Its something we need to discuss seriously I believe…

    Poonam: That’s true..Dinsan these shows do make such voter appeals…Ishmeet from a show called VOice of India stays there only because of number of votes and not talent..and people in Darjeeling had riot over Prashant Tamang..that is why I despise Mona and Mika. There are other Punjabi in various other shows, none of them reinforce the stereotype. Look at Jeetendra in the same show..he told Mika..dont say you are Punjab ka Sher.. say that you are India ka Sher… But in this 10th episode, they corrected it..I hope it lasts for long.

  2. 2 Ashish October 31, 2007 at 8:25 am

    You’ve been tagged!

    Poonam: Hey, I found about the tag before your comment while innocently reading your post in my reader. Will try to do it soon. Mine post, I am sure, would be boring! 😦

  3. 3 Nova November 1, 2007 at 6:03 am

    Thats great news πŸ˜€

    Poonam: Certainly, it was good! Especially when Mika changed his voter appeal, otherwise he is really bad dancer with less spirit. I thought that this was worth a mention. πŸ™‚

  4. 4 Ann November 25, 2007 at 9:10 am

    I am an Indo-American. Thank god that my mom left india a long time back coz you indians will never improve. Indians always like to point fingers on others. Let people do what they want to..their job is to get maximum no of votes inorder to survive in the competiton. Just watch the show…if u like it vote for them orelse just dont care.

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma November 30, 2007 at 7:15 am

    @Ann: “Thank god that my mom left india a long time back coz you indians will never improve.” Such an generalization of all Indians is offensive, lady!

    And yes we all vote for whom we like. That is not a problem!

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