Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Update on NDTV Imagine

I saw NDTV Imagine last night - it's available as part of the existing package on Tata Sky for now. But it is a huge, huge disappointment.

The 'Shava shava' show being advertised all over town is faltu. A bunch of semi-known TV stars are competing as singers. Kind of like a Nach Baliye with vocal chords. Karan Johar and Simi Garewal are the judges.

Even my 8 year old daughter, who loves all singing related shows is unwilling to watch. She thinks they are all besura.

As for Ramayana... it makes me shudder. First of all the show seems to be shot with yellow filter paper on the camera lens. The TV screen looks an orangey-yellow throughout.

The actors are the usual can-barely-act types stolen from K serial sets. The characterisation is weird. Kaikeyi is giggling like a schoolgirl as Manthara fills her ears with poison... The idea is to show she wasn't all that 'evil' but surely she could do it with more dignity.

All three queens are overly dressed, overly made-up. There is no power in the dialogue or presentation. It's melodrama and song sequences all the way.

Reviving the Ramayan was a great idea but the execution totally sucks.

The one silver lining in this cloud is Nachle Ve - a show where Saroj Khan teaches absolute novices how to dance. This, I think, will find an audience. Saroj ji is practical but makes the show interesting with her comments and observations - mostly on mistakes students are making on the show. But from time to time she addreses the home audience and even throws in asides on the stars who cannot dance to save their life - like Sunny paaji and Sanjay Dutt.

The show I caught, Saroj ji was teaching you how to do the 'Choli ke peechche' dance. And with her instructions it actually seems doable... :)

Chalo, ek show mein NDTV Imagine ne kuch imagination to dikhayi!

11 comments:

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  2. Thanks Rashmi, I have already sent it!

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  3. Hi Rashmi,

    As usual, a very insightful post. I was looking at the SKOAR! Expo passes when I noticed that JAM will be there.. nice :) Hope to catch up with you there? I will be over at the Digit counter.

    regards,

    Asfaq.

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  4. There always is a silver lining in the darkest clouds. Atleast they won't torture us with the boring reality shows for long. They say that the singing contest will be 11 episodes long???

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  5. haha..most of the current hindi tv channels are like this. I wonder who are willing to watch these programs.

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  7. Hi Rashmi, I dont think shava shava needs judges like KJ or Simi, a kid can do the job of judging(Ur daughter is right).. I happened to watch the episode once and decided not to anymore.. Am sure somewhere they knew that more than 11 episodes are unbearable.. I am keen on watching nach ve though..

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  8. 'Shava Shava' has created much hype before the telecast, but the quality of the program content was not even 25% of the promotion. I think NDTV Imagine started without enough preparation, and relaying only on Karan Johar's star value.
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  9. Hi, I agree with your comments whole heartedly. I am yet to see such a poor packaging of a brand new TV channel, one that's aiming to create a niche amongst an array of well established (or at least claiming to be) channels.
    It has nothing new to offer either in terms of shows or content.
    Shava Shava is a toture to the ears. The concept was also no longer interesting after Jhoom India and you can't pick up actors who sing, sorry did I say sing??? Well, I meant actors with zero popularity quotient who do such a sad job of croaking!!
    Hopefully they read these comments and act fast before the channel turns from reality to only their ex-imagination!

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