Doordarshan’s new reality show, Jhoome Naache Gaaye (JNG), is creating a lot of buzz for bringing a singer and dancer to perform at the same time on stage for the first time. “It has got tremendous TRPs, which has caught everyone by surprise,” says music composer Nikhil Kamath, who will judge the show with choreographer Saroj Khan. “Our show is no less compared to any other glitzy show on other private channels. In fact, the sets cost a whopping Rs 40 lakh. Earlier, the producers were planning to make 16 episodes, but thanks to the great response, the number might go up to 40 or 50.”
Stressing on how the show is completely fair, as opposed to other dramatic reality shows, Kamath says, “Our show is not scripted, rigged or manipulated. We are not cheating public of their money on SMSes. We want them to see genuine talent.”
Meanwhile, he has promised to guide the contestants, and even get recording deals for those who he feels have the potential to make it in Bollywood.
“We don’t favour any participants. Everyone is judged on their own merit,” he says. Saroj Khan too, apparently, has promised to help get the talented lot noticed.
With the extravagant set design and costumes, Kamath feels Doordharshan’s (DD) look will go through an overhaul. “We have pitched it as a glossy and up-market show. Not many people in Mumbai may watch DD, but it has great reach in small towns and villages,” says the artiste, who last composed music for Zeenat Aman-starrer Dunno Y… Naa Jaane Kyun.