Yes, I watch two reality shows: Jhalak Dikhla Ja and Roadies. This post is about Jhalak Dikhla Ja, which is a dance show on the lines of American show Dancing with the Stars.
I love watching dance performances like Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Cha cha cha, Hip Hop, Twist, Disco, etc. on this show, sitting right there in my drawing room. After a hard day at work, I can simply unwind watching dance-and-glitz on a Friday evening. I am your regular live dance performance audience too.
Monica Bedi dances to standing ovation in this one
I have written about Jhalak Dikhla Ja before and that post still gets me some hits. I had also crticized the show for celebrity contestants making voter appeals based on region/religion and caste that divide the nation on these lines. Surprisingly, after I wrote this, I haven’t had any reason to complain on this front. (I promptly wrote a victory post as well.) This season as well, no celebrity so far has asked for votes based on region/religion/caste, instead I remember some of them asking for votes from their teachers, classmates, fans and so on. Fair enough, ladies and gentleman! 😀
So what am I writing about this time? Bias (that is what it looks to me) and lapping up mediocrity.
This show has a history where medicre contestants like Mona Singh have won over far superior contestants like Shveta Salve. In season 2 as well, Prachi Desai won over Sandhya Mridul who was a much better dancer.
The show has reached its semi-finals with football player Baichung Bhutia, TV actor Karan, pop-singer Hardcore and model Gauhar Khan. Karan (He survives solely because he is a hot dude and his female fans vote in plenty for him) and Gauhar Khan are the mediocres on the show.
Thumbs Up on the show
Footballer Baichung Bhutia, who is certainly not a natural dancer. Yet his performances with his talented choreographer Sonia are commendable. I was fascinated by their dance performance about domestic abuse. I found this video for you to watch. Since video isn’t of good quality, you cant see the moves neatly for yourselves. Start at 4.14 minute in the video.
Baichung Bhutia is the dark horse of the show.
Hard Kaur too always has some scintillating performces. Though she can be very tom-boyish, she does manage to be graceful while she dances.
Hosts taking up Gauhar Khan’s cause! To explain this I must write a bit about this celebrity contestant.
Gauhar is a beautiful, stunning-looking chic model. She has unique capabilities of an actor: she can turn teary-eyed at the drop of hat. She cries when she is spouting malice (which she does a lot), she is happy, appreciated or written off.
It seems that because audiences dont vote for her, the hosts of the show have appointed themselves to champion Gauhar’s case as if she is the most worthy celebrity around!! They even go ahead and question the judge’s scores which were pretty decent. It was as if hosts were telling the judges, why didnt you give her highest scores! I wonder why judges went on defensive instead of saying directly that there were better performances around.
First Ms. Khan got rid of her flamboyant choreographer Haneef on charges that he wasn’t good at his job. (Funny no one else realised that on last 2 seasons ). I can’t comment how good Haneef was as a choerographer, but he was a great dancer. He shined through while dancing beside Gauhar. The new choreographer comes across like a mere fly (his small build adds to it) in Gauhar’s entire dance performance, his role is only to support or enhance Gauhar’s performance. There is no desired equation on display, rather its subordination. And perhaps this what Ms. Khan wanted.
It comes as no surprise that audience doesnt like Gauhar or her performances and doesn’t vote for her. So why do the host of the show kick all that fuss around every week when it becomes clear that Gauhar is the weakest contestant of all? When will show/channel stop lapping up mediocre performers? Gauhar is OK dancer, she is certainly not the BEST. May the best win, without any biases or manipulations. Period.
Image courtsey Jhalak Dikhla Ja official site