December 17, 2005

Supriya-Sachin won Nach Baliye!

Yippie! I have not lost my money. Sachin and Surpiya won the `Nach Baliye' competition. But I was really dissapointed after seeing the final episode of `Nach Baliye'. It was pathetic to say the least. We all know that reality shows such as this are fixed and it is not done spontaneously the way the channel would like us to believe. But yesterday, there were too many flaws in the show and the fact that everything that is spoken on the show is rehearsed a zillion times became very obvious.

For one, the comperers were given too many lines to speak and suspense was maintained on occasions when there was actually no need for it. And the final dance competition between the two couples reminded me of competitions between two kids. It was very amateur. The two couples were on the dance floor simultaneously dancing for around 12 minutes. Ideally, I would have liked to see the couples perform 4 dances, a solo each by the performers and a couple dance each by the couples.

Worse, the dance sequence was replayed twice on the show. Maybe the logic was people who missed the first half of the show would get to see their fav couples dance. But for people who were following it from the start, it was very boring. The only good thing about the show was all the couples who were eliminated earlier performed again. Interestingly, most of the couples except for a few who cant dance for the life of them, performed really ell. So, were the couples deliberately asked to perform badly during the actual shows?

It was quite obvious that Sachin and Supriya would win the title of best celebrity dancing couple. This couple was natural when it came to thanking people while accepting the title. But I guess the losing couple, Manish and Poonam forgot the lines that were given to them. For instance, when the mike was handed to Poonam, she said I am happy that we came this far and then.....she said please be kind to animals. By god, what has loving animals got to do with losing a title?

In the end, the 3 hour show was a waste of my time. :(

December 12, 2005

Goodbye Nach Baliye

`Nach Baliye', the very popular celebrity dance show on the channel Star One is coming to an end this thursday on December 15th. I am heartbroken and truly saddened. Watching `Nach Baliye', on every Thursday had become a habit. It was something I looked forward to every week.

Credit goes to `Nach Baliye' for making me a TV addict on Thursday's. The show is a wonderful concept. It is somewhere between a dance competition for small screen celebrity couples and a reality show. It is not purely a dance competition because the participants bitch, crib and complain just the way people do in reality shows like `Indian Idol'.

Although I hate reality shows, `Nach Baliye' captured my heart. It was so much fun to watch couples like Supriya and Sachin (of the `Tu Tu Main Main' serial fame) and Rajeshwari and Varun Badola (who became famous after his role in the serial `Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand') give mindblowing performances. The chemistry between some of the couples like Poonam and Manish for instance sizzles and it is so heartening to see the couples console each other after a bad performance.

The couples have their own choreographers who come from ace choreographer Saroj Khan's stable. The choreographers are too good and the show turned out to be a great platform for these guys to show their talent. I liked Rajiv Surti in particular. His choreography on Rajeshwari and Varun Badola was just amazing. Best thing about the show is that the winning jodi's choreographers get to take home a cash prize of Rs 20 lakhs.

The judges-Malaika Arora, Farhan Akhtar and Saroj Khan rock. It helps that all the three are super cool dancers themselves. Fact is I didn't know that Farhan was a dancer till I saw him on the show. Oh god... I can just go on raving about `Nach Baliye'. This thursday is the grand finale of the show. Sachin-Supriya and Poonam-Manish will be competing for the coveted cash prize of Rs 50 lakhs. I am putting my money on Sachin and Supriya since this couple is extremely versatile and both of them are equally good dancers. Can't wait to see who wins. But with the final, the show will come to an end. I will miss you `Nach Baliye'!