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HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

5 things that need to be changed in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7

Soumya Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 16, 2014
First Published: 16:40 IST(16/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:55 IST(17/6/2014)

It's by far the best thing to watch on TV these days (of course, other than the ongoing Fifa World Cup), and with Comedy Nights With Kapil in a seemingly self-destructive mode, Colors' dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 is the newest reason behind most 'remote' wars at home.

However, its popularity apart, here are a five things the show must revamp urgently to get its act together. What's your take on the show: wildly entertaining or deeply disappointing?

1. Ranvir Shorey:

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Lame jokes, bad translations, terrible couplets... you name it, and he has it. Ranvir Shorey could easily be the worst anchor in the history of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa!

Without trashing his acting abilities (remember Khosla Ka Ghosla?), Shorey is yet another proof that being an actor can't always be your calling card to try out anything... everything. A good anchor needs to think on his feet and be impromptuly funny. In short, there can't be a dull moment under his watch. No, no lame jokes allowed.

Now sample this from Sunday's (June 15) episode when Shorey cracked yet another sad joke, and it fell flat on its face. "Drashti, when you leave the studio, take a left, then a right (…and a really elaborate chain of instructions that followed for what seemed like an eternity…) and you can get yourself checked from the psychiatrist there. C'mon Shorey, it doesn't take much to make us laugh, but let's try to be funnier.

Our reaction:
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2. Outdoor acts:

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The season-opening episode had two absolutely unnecessary outdoor acts: Mouni Roy dancing by a lake on an artificial platform, and Purab Kohli hanging by a harness and dancing on the walls of a building. We repeat, unnecessary!

Mouni herself started sobbing (days of soap operas are still not behind her) at the end of her performance because she was 'overwhelmed' with all that was going on.

Well, the feeling is mutual Mouni. You were confused and we too were: we didn't know where to look, what to watch out for! No Colors, we don't want to wait for Jhalak Dikhla Jaa telecast to watch dancing by the lakeside. Picking up a Yash Chopra DVD is much easier, no?

Our reaction:

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3. Gymnastics... and more gymnastics:

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Women swirling in air... men catching them with one hand... and 'extras' leaping from every corners of the stage! Guys, is this a dance reality show or Olympic gymnastics?

Worse, the choreographers are introducing these action sequences to traditional dance forms too. Now that is a stretch and cannot be pardoned.

Next week's theme, we are told,  is going to be 'Made in India' and here's a humble request: guys, please don't turn the studio into a gymnasium. Spare us the nightmare, please.

Our reaction:

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4. Movie Promotions:

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Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Sajid Khan, Sunny Leone, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Prachi Desai. No, we didn't just list the stars of this week's releases but merely the few people who came to promote their movies/ shows on JDJ7.

The rampant promotions and the rate at which we see movie stars per episode remind us off the Annual Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan. Everyone is trying to make their presence felt to make their businesses flourish.

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5. Mad over Madhuri:

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If we were to prepare a pie chart of the time spent over several activities on the show, the greatest surface area would be acquired by the time spent in singing panegyrics in the glory of Madhuri Dixit.

Every contestant wants to slow dance with her, every visiting actor wants to sing a song for her.

Enough of that already! So what if she is the most beautiful woman to walk the blessed earth... so what if her smile lights up a billion hearts... so what if her eyes look like the brightest stars of the universe… Wait a second.

The point is: there is a limit to everything. Haven't we had enough of making Madhuri feel like this every ten minutes:
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