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Records better than videos!

tv Updated: Mar 25, 2011 14:06 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Show: Guinness World Records — Ab India Todega
Time: 9 pm, Friday, Saturday
Station: Colors
Cast: Preity Zinta, Shabbir Ahluwalia, adjudicator Kris and contestants

This desi version of an international format has turned out at par, if not better than the original. Co-incidentally, Guinness World Records’ American version is also on air on an English channel right now. But ours is more colourful and fun, thanks to hosts Preity Zinta and Shabbir Ahluwalia, and adjudicator Kris who takes the cake with his funny commentary in anglicised Hindi.

The hour-long show may not appeal to those used to the regular song and dance. Of course, there are those high-on-emotion moments, but that’s bound to happen if you make it into the big book of world records. What’s nice is that the moments aren’t over-the-top. The show’s flow is tight. Every capsule has only four acts, but not every act is a winner. A balance is maintained and patriotism doesn’t become jingoism in the course of the show.

Priety is a riot. She’s vivacious and knows exactly when she needs to be serious and when she can crack jokes. Shabbir is a perfect aid to the dimpled star. The acts are shot well and keep one on the edge of the seat. Only one thing on the minus side — why introduce star-hosts with a Bollywood song-and-dance exercise? Can’t we try something new please?

What we like
Preity Zinta! Period!

We don’t like
Monotonous song and dance start to show.

Rating: ****

Show: Dekh Video Dekh
Time: 8.30 pm, Saturday
Station: Colors
Cast: Sunil Grover

Whether anyone admits or not — this is the Indian version of America’s Funniest Home Videos! Watch it, and you will agree. The show struggles to make you laugh. The running commentary with the videos isn’t as funny.

Javed Jaffery’s voice in Takeshi’s Castle can become an inspiration for shows like this. The scriptwriters need to work harder and not make an effort to create humour. Host Sunil Grover, who is usually funny, doesn’t hold after a point.

Videos featuring the general public are the saving grace, but only when seen on mute. The broadcaster smartly uses the show to promote its daily soaps and characters by showing behind-the-scene videos. Not impressive!

What we like
The videos featuring general public.

We don’t like
The drab commentary.

Rating: **