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TV Review: Dance v/s drama


tv Updated: May 04, 2012 17:24 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Show: Dance India Dance Li’l Masters 2
Time: Saturday-Sunday, 9pm
channel: Zee TV
Cast: Three mentors, lots of kiddie dancers and Mithun Chakraborthy

When a show is as good as this one, it’s tough to point out which season was better. Last season, the novelty of the idea got the show a rocking start. This time, it’s purely the talent.

The talent is beyond brilliant. Most kids dance very well and don’t fail to make an impression. The judges seem to have a lot of fun, even with those children who don’t make it to the next level. It’s heartwarming to see
how kids who don’t make it to the final auditions are told to leave.

The judges are not rude, they’re polite and kind.

Mithun Chakraborthy’s opening lines get you hooked on to the show instantly and then the kids and mentors take it to the next level. All in all, an excellent show to watch. But sadly, it airs on Saturdays and Sundays at a time when we could be just about anywhere, not necessarily in front of the TV set.

What we like
Quality of dancers
Packaging, including the editing

What we don’t like

Time slot


Show: Phir Subah Hogi
Time: 9.30pm, weekdays
channel: Zee TV
Cast: Narayani Shastri, Varun Badola and Gulki Joshi

It’s supposed to be a hard-hitting teleserial, inspired by real life stories from a tribe of dancers from Bundelkhand. In parts, the show hits you, but in big parts it fails to impress as well. Until last week, it was all fine. The interest levels peaked with the lead actor (Gulki Joshi) almost ready to be fed to a ‘Thakur’ for his night’s pleasure. But at the moment, the soap’s going through a downslide in terms of the story, that basically revolves around a dancer whose daughter doesn’t want to follow her mother’s profession.

Narayani Shastri and Gulki are impressive. So is the rest of the cast.

Of course, there are moments when the cast overacts. But can you or we help it?

switch channels when you find the non-lead actors turning into hams. Otherwise, not a bad show to tune in to.

What we like
The concept and casting

What we don’t like
Instant low points in the show


No weight issues

With television going berserk over grand weddings, it isn’t a surprise to hear that actor Adaa Khan will don a 65 kg lehenga for her show Amrit Manthan on Life Ok. Apparently the outfit cost Rs 1.25 lakhs, and needed two people to help Adaa carry it around the set when she shot for the wedding sequence of her character Amrit’s wedding. Ignoring the discomfort, Adaa is enjoying getting decked up in finery for the sangeet, mehendi and wedding ceremonies in the show.

Jab they met
Actor Karisma Kapoor and judge Archana Puran Singh met after 16 years on the sets of Sony’s Comedy Circus. The ladies shared screen space in Raja Hindustani but had lost touch after the film. Soon the two were laughing and giggling and even had a competition of sorts on who could laugh the loudest at the acts of the contestants in the show.

First Published: May 04, 2012 13:54 IST