So finally Hrithik Roshan appeared – in person, not on a video screen — on his show, Just Dance (Star Plus). This is after Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant had waded through several auditions in order to shortlist 52 dancers.
When Hrithik appeared before all the shortlisted dancers, they practically swooned there and then on the studio floor — after some frantic cheering and clapping of course. Then began the process of Hrithik, Farah and Vaibhavi further narrowing down the shortlist.
So how was Hrithik in his maiden outing on the small screen?
In one word: sweet. He was warm, encouraging, appreciative, kind. He danced with the dancers. He hugged everyone who didn't make it to the final list, murmuring reassurances and giving little lectures on Life and Hope.
He spoke about 'lines' (apparently the lines of the body while dancing are of critical importance) and 'connection' (between the dancer and the audience, also apparently of critical importance) and the like. (And here we were thinking that the first criterion was that the dancers in question shouldn't have a single bone in their bodies — otherwise, how is it possible to twist and jump and jerk about in that fashion?)
Obviously there were plenty of tears. But as far as tears are concerned, it was the Father's Special on X Factor (Sony) that took the cake, bakery, flour mill, wheat field, everything. Everybody wept. Fortunately, there was some good singing too.
There was entertainment of a slightly different kind on TLC. The channel has just started Oh My Gold, a show on jewellery, anchored by Lisa Ray. In the episode I saw, Lisa was in Delhi, which, according to her, is the bling and diamond capital of India.
Her first stop was at Hazoorlilal Jewellers where she (and therefore we) saw the most extraordinary collection of dazzling diamond jewellery. But what was even more extraordinary was what Lisa saw next: bathrooms with sinks and fittings made of pure gold, malachite bathtubs, crystal showerheads and goodness knows what else.
She also visited a gentleman who made the sort of jewellery you're not likely to encounter on anyone (at least I don't think so). Are you likely to see a neckpiece with an enormous dragon which actually spews tiny (not that tiny either) flames? Or a thingie that you drape on your shoulder with three fairly large dolphins on it? I thought not.
Lisa Ray as an anchor is so vivacious and enthusiastic, she's almost exhausting. She makes a big show of drooling over the jewellery (elaborately patting the sides of her mouth with a scarf every few minutes, and who can blame her), talks nineteen to the dozen (enquiring about what jewellers mean when they talk about the 'fire' in a diamond, what is clarity and cut, etc etc).
There's only one thing she omitted to tell us — how much everything costs. On second thoughts, maybe that's a good thing. (Can one pass out just by hearing the price of something?)
But if bling is your scene, you may want to repeat Lisa's favourite line from the show: 'Bling it on!'
And finally. I believe the redoubtable Rakhi Sawant will soon return to our screens with a new chat show on Imagine called Gajab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaniyaan. I'm holding my breath.