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WATCH: Sur Kshetra Grand Finale on Saturday

Hindustan Times   December 28, 2012
First Published: 14:46 IST(28/12/2012) | Last Updated: 15:22 IST(28/12/2012)

Music lovers from across the world will be in for a treat as the Grand Finale of the Indo-Pak Musical Extravaganza – Sur-Kshetra reaches its epic climax on on Friday. The show which entertained and united music lovers from across the border for 15 weeks has brought together outstanding singing talent and legends from the music industry on one stage. 

The grand finale will see incredible performances from the finalists – Diljaan, Yash Raj, Nabeel and Mulazim. Mentors Himesh Reshammiya and Atif Aslam who were often at logger heads and aggressively driving their teams will also flex their musical strengths for the finale. Himesh Reshammiya sang a medley of 24 chartbuster songs including his latest sensation Hukka Bar while his counterpart from Pakistan - Atif Aslam charmed the audience with his unique vocal belting style on Pehli Nazar Ne.

Judging the musical flair of the contestants were popular celebrities from the Indian and Pakistani world of music like Ismail Darbar, Suresh Wadkar, Ghulam Ali, and Sajjad Ali along with the esteemed jury – the three legends – Asha Bhosle, Abida Parveen and Runa Laila. Host Ayesha Takia was seen keeping the spirit of the contestants high as the competition got fierce with a final face-off over a medley of songs between the contestants. The grand finale will also see a special performance from the ex-contestants showcasing the great talent line up that Sur Kshetra introduced.

Sur Kshetra Grand Finale

Runa Laila took to the stage and enchanted the crowds with her soulful voice in O Mera Babu Chhen Chabila. Speaking on his experience on Sur Kshetra, Himesh Reshammiya, mentor of the Indian team, said, “I know that I have been labelled aggressive in the show but the intent for my aggression was only for the betterment of the participants. I believe anything done for a good cause is justified.” When asked if his aggression put a lot of pressure on the participants Himesh replied, “ At such a large stage there is bound to be pressure, but I believe that there is a lot more pressure on the jury than on the contestants as now it is upto the jury to decide who is the most deserving winner. I wish the jury as well as the contestants all the best”

His counterpart from Pakistan, Atif Aslam said, “It makes me very happy when I hear that I am as aggressive as Himesh is, I take it as a compliment. After being a part of the show I now realize the reason behind Himesh’s aggression; I understand that it is his sincerity and the effort that he takes for the show which makes him aggressive. Although I have had a lot of fights in the show I still believe I am the laadla on the sets.” When quizzed about his favourite contestant Atif said, “Reaching the grand finale is a huge achievement in its own right; according to me all four of them are winners.”

Talking on her experience of judging the show Abida Parveen said, “I have been a celebrity judge on numerous occasions in the past but this was the first time I shouldered the responsibility of judging the entire series. The highlight of the show for me was Aasha, Runa and I sharing the same stage. The most difficult part for us has been to decide which contestant to give a 0 or 10 as the talent was so competitive. I hope we have done justice to our job of finding the best among the bests.”

Bangladeshi singing sensation Runa Laila adds, “My experience of working for Sur Kshetra was great and I enjoyed every minute of it. For me the highlight was observing the contestants while they were off air. The way they gelled with each other, shared tips and jokes made their coming from different nations irrelevant.”

Last but not the least actor-anchor Ayesha Takia who kept the spirit of the show alive by always encouraging the contestants said,” I am so emotionally attached to the contestants that I think got more nervous than them before every episode. The show has helped me portray myself, the real me, in the best way possible.”

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