Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sony TV"s Indian version of 'Dancing with the stars"- 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" has been publicized as being bigger and better this season, with participants from various fields. The line up is interesting in a way but what bewilders us is the influence of Balaji that seems to be running really high in the second season of the show.
When her one time good friend and colleague, Sandip Sickand had joined Sony last August, Balaji Czarina Ekta Kapoor had allegedly decided not to do any show for Sony for almost one and half years. But as luck would have it, Sickand"s programming skills were a total flop and Balaji became a trump card for Sony even before that set period got over
Now you don"t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how as many as three Balaji stars find place in 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" in its latest season- Ronit Roy( countless K serials), Jay Bhanushali('Kayamath") and Ekta Kapoor"s new blue eyed girl after Anita Hassanandani, Prachi Desai ('Kasamh Se"). To top it all there is Kapoor"s dad Jeetendra who is out of his semi-retirement stage and is in the esteemed panel of judges along with Urmila Matondkar and Shiamak Davar replacing the more exciting line up of last year -Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Farah Khan who enthralled all and sundry with their intelligent comments and the super hot Shilpa Shetty. Looks like bosses at Sony TV are trying no end to impress Ekta Kapoor who is reportedly scheduled to make five shows for them.
In the telly world, it"s not a hidden fact as to how having the right connections and the right influence matter a great deal. The Balaji darlings here too have imbibed these qualities pretty well. And ahead of old timer Ronit Roy who is working hard on his dance and newcomer Jay Bhanushali, Prachi Desai has been very forthcoming on this front. She is supposedly Bollywood bound and has already made all the right moves (now she not being movie star material is another story altogether). In a short period of time the smart cookie has been actually able to find a powerful God mother in the form of Ekta Kapoor who is working for the betterment of her career and giving her the best social circle to mingle in.
Her antics onscreen on the show have not been helping her put on image either. Since she claims to be a 19 year old (never mind the fact that she looks 29), she tries very hard to prove the same with a whole lot of outrageous actions (watch the rehearsal footages of Prachi where she is seen jumping around and talking in irritating childish voices something which even actual 19 year olds don"t indulge in).Maybe after agreeing to play an elderly character on 'Kasamh Se" that gave her all the name, the fame and the much wanted dough, she wants to seriously do something about her mature looks and prove to the world how young she really is. Some one should tell Prachi that people only keep repeating things (like the way she mentions her age countless times) which they want don"t really believe it, which they are trying to hide.
It will be really sad if because of that Balaji clout or by managing to garner sympathy votes (from people who are foolish enough to believe), someone like her pips more deserving candidates like Sandhya Mridul and Mini Mathur to the top spot. Or if the likes of the classier Tapur Chatterjee, Cyrus Broacha get a raw deal because of something of this sort. Also would be unfair for ones who actually deserve the sympathy votes for their exceptional will power, the kind Mir Ranjan Negi and Sudha Chandran have displayed.
Just the way Sony mascot Mona Singh managed to finally score over the far superior dancer Shveta Salve last year in the show. It would be really good if fair methods are applied in the game and it is not reduced to some stupid circus of petty politics.