Whopping 12.5 million SMSs for Sa Re Ga episode
The show has received a record-breaking 12.5 million SMSs in the audience poll section that has left only Debojit and Vinit in the race.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:29 IST
'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005' has received a record-breaking 12.5 million SMSs in the audience poll section that has left only Debojit and Vinit in the race.
Hyderabadi hero Hemachandra has been ousted in Thursday's episode, when Tabu was the star-guest.
The programme's producer and director Gajendra Singh says the show hit an all-time high of 12.5 million SMSs in the audience poll section.
Once again Debojit topped the audience poll this week, with nearly four million SMSs from the eastern region,Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, alone.
"It is a serious problem," said judge Aadesh Shrivastava.
"The motto behind 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' was supposed to be 'Aapki Choice India Ki Voice'. But how can it be the nation's voice when one sector corners all the votes for one candidate? I am worried," Aadesh says.
But Singh seems fine with the regional tilt.
"As long as it is the public's will, how can we question it? Debojit is a very fine singer. Both Debojit and Vinit are equally worthy of winning the finals."
Vinit cornered about 2.2 million of the audience vote this week.
Thursday's star guest Tabu, a keen student of poetry and music, was seen getting bowled over by the quality of singing.
"She reacts to the lyrics and poetry like a true artiste. Her rapport with fellow-Hyderabadi Hemachandra was instant," said Singh.
On Friday, Subhash Ghai was back on the show for the third time in a row, this time with his Shaadi Se Pehle leading man Akshaye Khanna - who not only interacts with the participants but also sings Nahin samne tu from Taal.
Incidentally, Akshaye loves to sing on stage. "I'd rather sing than perform live," he once told me.