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Flex appeal

tv Updated: Feb 04, 2009 17:55 IST
Janaki Viswanathan
Janaki Viswanathan
Hindustan Times
Highlight Story

Dance India Dance promo, Zee TV
An aspiring dancer in the state-level auditions is like one of those rubber men from the Russian circuses. He shakes a leg.. does a couple of whacko moves.. and suddenly tosses one leg over a shoulder.

A second later, he does the same with the other leg. The judges look on, jaws dropping. Hope they take this guy on. He could give Prabhudeva a complex!

Spoof poof
Hum se Hai Muqabla promo, Bindass TV

The first thought that pops up: why go through such pain to advertise a movie being telecast on TV?

The promo spoofs Nach Baliye (Nach Kaliye.. huh?), Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa (Lachak Dikhhlaa Jaa.. get more creative, please!) and then says, the best dancing jodi.. nope, not a new reality show, but a loser movie. Poof!

Promises to keep
Aathvaan Vachan promo, Sony TV

Dead wife’s funeral. The husband’s eighth promise at their shaadi (to look after her mentally challenged sister) is
under scrutiny. A bitchy bhabi passes a comment on the inappropriateness of the situation.

Hero consoles screaming sister. His mum suddenly appears and drags the sister away. Hero looks on. Probably wondering when his wife will return from the dead. But something tells me that’s not going to happen.

Crime and punishment
CID Water Crime Stories promo, Sony TV
A girl on a bridge is being attacked by one man.. then another.. then another. They thrash her, beat her and finally toss her in to the water. Very disturbing.

What’s strange is that the visuals appear as if they’ve been scanned.. the colours are very comic-book. Finally, a stern voice booms, “Paani jeevan nahin.. maut hai!’ Could they get more morbid!

Tearing up
Woh Bewafaa album promo
Ought to pick up this video album just for a laugh. Man spots wife hugging another man. He drowns in drink, croons “Woh bewafaaaa.. bewafaaa.. bewafaaa,” screaming his lungs out on a bridge, his eyes overflowing with glycerine.

Cut to another song. Shaadi ka mandap. Bride is sobbing while the words, “Hum bewafaa hargis na the” play in the background. Devdas-type boy is watching and crying. Suddenly, bride flees from the mandap and runs into her Devdas’ arms. He embraces her and lifts her up.. all in fast-forward. Hilarious!