The third season of Indian Idol goes on air tonight. The judges are Javed Akhtar, Anu Maliik, Alisha Chinai and Udit Narayan. Their distinct personalities are expected to create the necessary drama to get viewers hooked onto the reality talent hunt show.
Me and judge? It’s the first time that Narayan has agreed to be part of a television show. Saying that he was apprehensive about accepting the offer to judge a reality show, he adds, “I had seen the earlier seasons of the show. I felt that I didn’t have the temperament to be a judge. But my family and friends convinced me that I could be soft spoken and still convey my feelings to help select the winner.”
He recounts, “I came to Mumbai in 1978 and got the offer to sing for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988. Youngsters nowadays, have it easier because of these platforms that make them a household name overnight. Once a winner, it all depends on their destiny.”
Difference of opinions About the other judges, he says, “We do have discussions, which may look like arguments. But it’s never a personal attack. Earlier, all felt that I was too quiet. But now I’m improving and enjoying myself.”
So will we see a vocal Narayan in this show? He laughs, “I’m essentially a playback singer. It’s not easy to comment on another person. I make it a point to criticise without causing hurt to anyone.”
What is he looking for in the winner? He says, “I’m looking for a voice that touches hearts and the manner he/she emotes the song. Added to it, though secondary, if he/she has a personality, then I’d take notice of it as today’s showbiz demands talent plus attitude.”
Family matters Narayan's son Aditya has been chosen to anchor Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge on Zee TV.
Interestingly, Aditya’s show will also premiere tonight at 10 pm just after Indian Idol on Sony.
How does it feel to be on competing shows in the same genre for different channels?
The father replies, “It’s a very peculiar situation but we’re happy that we’ve received these opportunities. I’m very happy for Aditya. I went unannounced to see his first day shoot. Watching him on the monitor I felt he was doing a good job. For a kid who is yet to turn 20 years of age, he’s come a long way from singing Oh, I love you daddy. As a parent, I just want him to do well.”
He also owns a production house UD Movie in partnership with his wife Deepa Narayana Jha. Their first film, Kab Hoi Gawna Hamaar, was the first Bhojpuri film to be shot abroad (Mauritius). His second film, Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You, will be released on May 11 and has been shot in Darjeeling, Gorakhpur and Mumbai. This month has many new highs for us as a family,” ends Narayan.