(10 episodes and six weeks training) weeks,
kitty full of dreams and one destination
-- that's Nach Baliye!
This was not just a show, it was an opportunity
for twenty artistes to realise their dreams
-- dreams of doing something that they had
never tried before. But dreams seldom come
true! And who knows it better than Manish
and Poonam who toiled day and night to reach
the finals of this show that could have
made them richer by Rupees five million!
All shows come to an end, and there is always
one winner, and this time it was Sachin
and Supriya who took home the coveted prize.
Manish and Poonam faltered at the final
In the original version too the oldest
couple had come out winners, sources reveal.
Mere coincidence? But one can hardly doubt
their victory. The duo had a dream run on
the show -- seldom missing a beat, seldom
Age obviously in this case benefited as
Supriya and Sachin - who are parents of
a 16 year old daughter Shreya - danced with
consummate ease, grace and synchroncity.
The grand finale of the show had performances
that managed to glue the viwers to the box.
But there were moments of boredom when the
gigs of the finalists were repeated. It
was quite unnecessary given that the show
was gaining momentum and reaching a crescendo.
The finalists were spot on, with 12 minute
performances each, they showed the grit
and stamina of real fighters -- this, in
itself was a victory of sorts!
The highlight of the evening was that all
the eight eliminated couples made their
way back to the stage and put their best
foot forward. This was one night, when all
the mud slinging was a thing of the past.
They performed like winners and each one
of them justified their presence on the
show. In a surprise move, Sai and Varun
were awarded the best female and male performers
of the evening respectively (although we
hoped Rajeshwari would walk away with the
But perhaps the moments that made Nach
Baliye special were a results of the
follies, follies that make man human --
Varun's momentary lapse, Apoorva's misplaced
enthusiasm with the gun, Rajiv's inability
to stop yapping and Manish's repeated attempts
at mastering the art of dancing. These were
the moments that made these celebs one of
us and made the show stand out amongst the
many reality shows that have been on air.
But again the show would have been incomplete
without the choreographers -- they were
just great! To make people who have never
danced before perform on stage in front
of millions is an art that needs a backbone
of self confidence and determination. One
choreographer who stood out in the medley
of talent was Rajeev Surti (Varun-Rajeshwari),
who needs to be appalauded not only for
his moves on stage, but also for his ingenuity.
All in all, a great concept...a great beginning
and an even greater end!
The programming team at Star needs a pat
on its back for picking a show that had
all the ingredients of a TRP-topper. And
making it into one. Kudos to Deepak Segal,
Ravi Menon, Shailja Kejriwal, Sanvari Alagh,
and of course last but not the least Sameer
Nair. And who can forget the production
team of Fazilla and Kamna who go to make
By ANANYA SENGUPTA
on 16 December 2005 1:30 am