It’s official. The highest rated show of the week was the Rakhi Ka Swayamvar finale; in fact, that two-and-a-half hour episode turned out to be the best rated non-fiction show in the last two years!
These ratings should be music to the ears of executives at NDTV Imagine; I just hope they don’t make the redoubtable Rakhi Sawant their lucky mascot or (according to the current fashion) their brand ambassador from now on. As it is, she and her NRI fiancé will soon appear on the channel again, this time in a reality show based on a BBC format called Baby Borrowers.
The happy couple will have to look after infants and toddlers (other people’s, not their own) and I seriously laud the couple that’s agreed to give their babies for their exemplary courage because, try as I might, I simply cannot imagine a maternal Rakhi lovingly changing nappies or conscientiously preparing a feed.
In any case, are Rakhi and fiancé a happy couple? Aaj Tak coyly told us that already there are problems in the fortnight-old relationship — she doesn’t like the fact that she earns more than he does. Clearly, the Rakhi saga will continue to unfold in excruciating detail in the coming months — be well prepared with a properly charged remote (change the batteries now).
I saw the latest Dus Ka Dum (Sony) episode where Salman Khan’s guests were Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff. I was struck by the halting way in which Salman Khan read out the questions, as if he was having difficulty deciphering the words before him. Maybe reading is a strange, mysterious activity for Salman. (And going by the show, grammar is positively dangerous, fraught with peril).
Jackie spoke as if he was in one of those Mumbai tapori films, using the word bhidu every five seconds. And Sanjay Dutt spoke as if he wasn’t Sanjay Dutt but Munnabhai. But guess what? The show was fun, with crazy questions, equally crazy banter and plenty of dance and music (batches of dancers appeared at regular intervals, gyrating to ‘Choli ke peeche kya hai’ and other hits).
This seems to have been my week to watch stars. On Thursday I watched Prannoy Roy in conversation with Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar. It’s always good to listen to Shah Rukh or Karan — they are informal, articulate — and both have a great sense of humour.
There was some conversation about their new film, My Name Is Khan, but there was a lot that was personal too. Both of them confessed that they’re still insecure and nervous about their work, and answered questions about their long-standing friendship. Enjoyable viewing.
India’s Got Talent (Colors) has reached the semi-finals now, which is a good thing, because all the weird acts have been more or less weeded out (all the ‘I can burp a hundred times’ and ‘I can fart a thousand times’) and we’re left with the genuinely talented contestants. I’m looking forward to the finals.
I also watched the quarter finals of the World Badminton Championship on DD Sports and while it was very nice to see Saina Nehwal emerge as the winner, it was not at all nice to hear the commentary in the background. The commentators spoke non-stop.
Either they’re in love with their own voices or they were being paid by the minute/second. It might be a good idea to pay them for the time they don’t speak.
And finally. A discussion on CNBC about private schools being told to accommodate a certain number of disadvantaged children turned into a shouting match between host Karan Thapar and one of his guests, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari.
Thapar said that parents might object, because they may want their children to mix with children of a certain background only. This caused Tiwari to turn apoplectic with rage. “Your question is in violation of the Indian Constitution,” he shouted, promptly reeling off all the relevant clauses. Thapar yelled back and soon they were both talking at the tops of their voices — at the same time.
Half expecting to see sparks flying out of my TV set any moment, I hastily switched channels, happy to see all the new Hindi film songs (specially from Kaminey) on Etc.