Updated: June 20, 2014 1:00:24 am
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By Dhwani Mody
The much awaited dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 7 aims to recreate the spell that it wove in its earlier run. What sets Jhalak… apart is that unlike the other dance reality programs that showcase the dancing talent of the common man, this is a complete celebrity laden show. Apart from having high profile celebrity judges— Madhuri Dixit Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza, actors from both the big and small screen hit the dance floor with their choreographers. While in the previous season, Drashti Dhami took away the crown, this time round she has donned the host’s mantle with actor Ranvir Shorey— who make their debut as anchors.
The show premiered with the cast of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt joining the team to promote their film. As expected, it had all the ingredients of a filmy event, with high octave drama, in Johar style. It was fun to hear and watch Shorey rap while introducing the judges as they walked the red carpet. The energy levels of the thirteen contestants was amazing as they burnt the dance floor with their introductory performances. And if this was the precursor of what the future episodes will be about, the audience can expect some novel, breathtaking visual feats, that blend both creativity and talent.
The contestants had to perform on a particular theme called, ‘never seen before’. Needless to say, all the participants did a good job, but one noteworthy of mention was the act by Ashish Sharma and his choreographer Shampa. The duo blended dance and technology to create a beautiful visual, working on the premise of a video game. This year, it looks like the bar has been raised once again, with novel and out-of-the-box ideas gaining precedence. While, it is always a feast for the eyes to watch the performers come up with innovative and sometimes dangerous steps, the performances always surprise the viewer. Thus, we had Purab Kohli perform his first aerial act in the outdoor; Sophie Chaudry and her partner, Deepak were good in the romantic dance number that was performed on a revolving palace set up. The foreign import, choreographer Elena Samodanova showed some neat steps as she led Karan Tacker on the stage. With Lauren Gottlieb joining in the fray with Salman Yusuff Khan, one can sure expect fireworks on the dance floor. Singer Sukhvinder Singh, who is not too good on his feet, however wowed the viewers with his singing. But as, this is a dance competition, we think the show should concentrate on dancing skills rather than shifting focus.
Since in the first episode, the contestants had to show novel acts, imagination did run wild, with some of them using the harness, doing the trapeze, dancing in the middle of a lake and the hologram acts, that indeed fell in the ‘never before seen’ category. What I like about Jhalak…, is that though the celebrity contestant stays in the limelight, equal importance is also given to the choreographer.
While, the performances are a visual treat to watch, one hopes that as the show progresses, the anchors, both Drashti and Shorey pull up their act and pep it up a bit with interesting punchlines. No doubt that they will constantly be compared with Manish Paul and Kapil Sharma, who were absolutely amazing with their comedy, but then that is how it is in showbiz. As for the judges, Madhuri’s performance this time was below expectation.
Verdict: Good performances by the contestants, but the anchors need to pull up their act.
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