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It’s about consistency

Both the shows are trying to be as nice as they were in their last seasons, writes... Rachana Dubey

tv Updated: May 29, 2010 12:41 IST
Rachana Dubey

Sony
Boogie Woogie
Time: 9 pm, Wednesday-Thursday
Cast: Javed and Naved Jaffery and Ravi Behl

Thankfully, the show hasn’t lost its charm. It went off air for six months and returned with a bigger ‘Boo’ this time. The dancers, kids to begin with, are tremendously energetic.

This show comprises only dance acts. There’s no drama, no tears and no staged walkouts. The show comes across just as genuine as it has been for 15 years.

The judges — Ravi Behl, Naved Jaffery and Javed Jaffery — are still as enthusiastic as they were when the show first went on air in the late 1990s.

Their comments, jokes and one-liners pack a punch. But eventually, you end-up feeling that the show looks and feels nothing different from what it used to be. And that’s also where it lacks.

You find other shows in the same genre working better as packages than this one. The time slot allotted is also not exactly great. You expect the show on weekends and not in the middle of the week. That can make it difficult for the audience to choose between their favourite daily soap and this show.

The opening episodes brought back some of the show’s best dancers, some of them had actually started off as kids on the show and last participated on it in the Mother’s Special Competition.

Talent-wise, the show rocks, but as a package, it needs to buck up because there are others that at least, look better than it.

What we like
The fact that the good ’ole dance show is back without any nakhras whatsoever.
Ravi-Javed-Naved work brilliantly as a trio on the judges’ panel, as always.
The quality of dancers is fabulous.

and don’t like
The slot allotted to the show kills it.
There are plenty of dance shows on air, packaged better than this one.
Boogie Woogie continues to look like what it did in the 1990s, that makes it a little dull and, to an extent, even boring.

Sony
Comedy Circus Ke Superstars
Time: 9 pm, Saturday
Cast: Archana Puran Singh and a bunch of stand-up comedians

Rib ticklers are here again. One season makes way for another. Naturally, if one weren’t told the names of these seasons, it would be difficult to say one season from another.

Anyway, from the time you tune in, you’d find one funnyman after another, making funny statements and remarks with his or her partners. The punch-lines are quite nice most of the time. The writers must take a bow because it’s their third season in a row.

A similar show on the same channel once had soapstars as co-contestants with comedians. This one makes you feel that the channel has brought that show back with younger daily soap actors. While some may laugh at the wise-cracks, some may find it regressive to watch the same bunch of stand-up comics perform again and again, on a show with a similar format.

Sometimes, the lines actually don’t induce laughter at all, because the jokes are the sort you may have heard when you were in kindergarten.

Overall, it’s a funny weekend watch, but it needs to take a breather soon. Maybe even the comic writers will find it difficult to invent as many jokes as needed from season to season to season.

Rohit Shetty was sorely missed on the judges’ panel.

What we like
Quite a few punch-lines are actually funny.
The comedians look energetic, despite it being a continuous move from one season to another.
It’s the only existing laughathon.

and don’t like
The idea of combining soapstars with comedians is a repeat from one of their older seasons.
Occasionally, the punch-lines fail to even bring out a smile.
Archana Puran Singh can laugh less loudly.
You can’t say one season from another if the names weren’t told.