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Tune into yet another marriage on the box

The overwhelming verdict on the 1994 hit movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was that it was more like an extended wedding video than a film.

tv Updated: Mar 11, 2011 23:51 IST

The overwhelming verdict on the 1994 hit movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was that it was more like an extended wedding video than a film. The same can be said of many of the entertainment channel serials which insist on showing us every single function associated with a wedding. And since these days nobody has a wedding without a least 30 different functions, that accounts for a lot of airtime.

But now comes the baap of wedding shows — Shaadi 3 Crore Ki — on Imagine TV (which incidentally can easily call itself India’s first matrimonial entertainment channel. Think about it — before Shaadi 3 Crore Ki, the channel telecast Rakhi Ka Swayamvar and Rahul Dulhania Le Jayega, and is now ready with a third such show featuring TV actress Ratan Rajput. They may like to leverage this shaadi USP even further and bring us some sequels: After Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, they could have come up with Rakhi ka Separation. For Rahul Mahajan, they can always do a Shaadi Ke Baad or Shaadi Ke Baad Ki Ladayi Pitai Ke Baad).

So what is the latest show, Shaadi 3 Crore Ki about? Well, a young, about-to-be-married couple (the bride is from Haryana and the bridegroom from West Delhi) get three crore to spend on their wedding. But this doesn’t mean that the happy couple dash off to make sure they are stocked with endless supplies of wine and beer (in case of nuclear attack, it’s best to be prepared), or booked for four or five holidays in various places (Rio? Rome? Vegas?), or at least that they never run out of chocolates. No sir, in this case, both the happy families — the Sehgals (‘the boy’s side’) and the Gabas (‘the girl’s side) — shop and eat and dance with frantic enthusiasm, not to mention fat purses. Incidentally, both ‘sides’ include armies of relatives — buajis, phoophajis, mausis, jijas, the works, all dressed to the nines, and with apparently very little to do except participate with hearty delight in all the shopping sprees, singing-and-dancing sessions, etc.

For instance, one of the episodes of the show featured a Bollywood Night wherein a procession of unclejis and auntyjis came dressed as movie stars and danced vigorously to the stars’ popular songs. It was a sight to inspire awe even in the hardest of hearts. The bridegroom’s mother, if I remember correctly, came dressed like Madhubala-as-Anarkali, while the bridegroom himself was Akshay Kumar-as-Singh in Singh is Kinng. And there were many Chulbul Pandeys, Gabbar Singhs etc etc. Incidentally, Shaadi 3 Crore Ki is anchored by Mona Singh and Ali Asghar, who never fail to repeatedly mention the fact that the two families have three crore to spend. That’s more money than most people would earn in years and it’s been given — just like that — to these families to spend on a single wedding. (Despite all that I’ve written on the show, in actual fact the idea leaves me pretty speechless).

What I did rather enjoy was the finale of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa (Sony), in which Meiyang Chang was announced the winner. There was lots of great dancing (Remo D’Souza did a jaw-dropping performance), plenty of humour (some of the participants did a great job mimicking the three judges — Remo, Madhuri Dixit and Malaika Arora Khan — and the hostess Mona Singh) and a general air of cheery fun (no tears thankfully, Chang just grinned delightedly when he was declared the winner). Mona Singh and co-anchor Ali Asghar excitedly informed us that Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season Five is on its way. Can hardly wait.