A Rendezvous not to remember!
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A Rendezvous not to remember!

Simi Garewal's second coming in the new Rendezvous is less fascinating and more hackneyed, writes Uma Nair.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 18:27 IST
Uma Nair
Uma Nair

It's a comeback chat show that soundsmore like slurp and gush! Halting conversations hanging like a cloud of emotional honey over the Bollywood soundstage.

The second run of the Rendezvous reincarnation with Simi Garewal is far from a fascinating and revealing journey into the mind, emotions and persona of a mega-celebrity, neither is it an intimate one to one conversation, because most of it has already been said. Perhaps because in the year 2005, Karan Joharand Pooja Bedi have given Simi more than a run.

Chat shows are welcome, but in an age of choices and obsessive surfing, viewers look for a unique conversation where media-savvy celebrities almost forget the camera and reveal their innermost feelings and share confidences with a concerned and empathetic host.

John Abraham, no doubt, is the coolest dude on both the big and small screens but sugar talk stuck in social cliches can get boring. Why does Pooja win over Simi? She is best known for her cleavage-baring tops that look more than robust and sit well on the screen; but then Pooja is not overt or exacting, but comfortable, thoughtful and sometimes naughty in an age of peek-a-boo raunch.

Then there was Karan Johar,who blended schoolboy fetish into a somewhat charmingly eccentric rhetoric.However, the interview with Gauri and Suzanne was feisty enough.

"Three years ago Simi's cool austerity was fresh and since there was nothing else around it took off. But now common folk don't really want much to do with the niceties of polish, sharp creases and obsessive grooming. They want a bit of fun", says Mita Gupta.

"The problem with minimalism is that when it repeats, it lacks the energy and becomes simply being boring", says yuppie Daniel. Let's face it today viewers are faced with myriad choices and a modicum of dignity. The classic is always striking, but in an age of retro style and enjoyment you want change.

Rendevous has no cohesiveness, no message. Itis a bit of this and a bit of that and a whole bunch of smiles and sighs. It ultimately adds up to unassailable evidence that not every chat show needs -- or deserves -- a second life.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 18:23 IST