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Singers work, not weddings!

It’s a fabulous show that, in all likelihood, should become a stiff competition for existing singing reality shows.

tv Updated: Jun 09, 2011 15:17 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

It’s a fabulous show that, in all likelihood, should become a stiff competition for existing singing reality shows. The best aspect is that it allows singers between 16 and 80 to participate in groups, duos, and solo, a concept not yet seen on desi TV. The combination of judges works well too.

Sonu Niigaam makes a comeback to television after a short break. He’s unusually funny and lively. Shreya is always laughing and smiling. And Mr Bhansali is subtly witty and excellent with his one-line comments, wordless reactions and facial expressions. It’s also fun to watch and hear Shreya and Sonu sing without any music. Now if only Mr Bhansali would join in.

The talent, in comparison to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, is varied. There are bhajanmandlis, bands, and even husband-wife duos. However, in terms of quality, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has always produced exceptional talent. Also, at times, the show does remind one of Indian Idol and the other similar franchise in the passing. Overall, a good watch…

What we like

The combination of judges

The set

We don’t like

Format reminds you of other existing shows

Anchor doesn’t work

Show: Ratan Ka Rishta
Time: 8 pm, Weekdays
Station: Imagine
Cast: Ratan Rajput and a host of wannabe grooms

This one is a riot. As much as the un-Imaginative broadcaster wants the audience to take the marriage, the show and the procedure seriously, it fails to impress. The grooms are not even exciting.

You’ll shudder because they’re really boring, especially when they’re trying to impress Miss Goody Two Shoes, Ratan Rajput, who claims that the show can help her find her Mr Right. Ratan is outstanding as an actor but fails to make a mark here. You don’t want to see your Laali (her character name in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo) fighting, and at times, even bitching about the boys.

At times it’s fun to watch the wannabe grooms because they know how to have fun. The participants have been chosen carefully, so there is a good mix of boys. Hindi movie songs are generously used to arouse ‘appropriate’ emotions in the viewers.

What we like
Funny moments between the boys
Sheer pleasure of watching one dud appear after another

We don’t like
Unimpressive grooms
Over-hyped bride

First Published: Jun 09, 2011 14:46 IST

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