The sixth season of JDJ started with quite a bang as all the three judges grooved on the prestigious dance platform
This time around stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma monkeys around with Manish Paul on the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 stage. And for the grand introduction episode there was Ranbir Kapoor to give some serious competition to these two clowns. While RK claimed to be plain bored of doing the towel dance on sundry shows, he got a tad innovative on JDJ and replaced the towel with a bar of soap that he gave a ludicrous name (the Sabun dance) to, even as Shaan crooned Jabse mere naina – the track from Saawariya, that first film that had some contribution in catapulting RK to fame.
But apart from silly one-liners and ridiculous jokes, we would love to list the highlights of the show – moments that would want to make us want to tune in to Jhalak again, and keep a tab on what’s happening on that star-studded grooving podium. Madhuri Dixit dancing with Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj left us mesmerised. Remo’s tribal dance act, acquainting the viewers with all the choreographers, was a high-octane performance, fierce and fabulous, with the raw appeal that made it an energetic hip-hop jungle jig. Drashti Dhami and Salman Yusuff Khan – the eye candy couple – opened the show with their romantic performance waltz. The Madhubala babe needed to be lighter on her feet, remarked the king of technique Remo D’Souza, who reassured her that when a choreographer like Sal is with her, there’s absolutely nothing to fear.
The Deols – Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol made a dhamakedaar appearance on the show to promote their new film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. While Sunny and Mads recreated the Tridev magic by shaking a leg or two on Main teri mohabbat mein, veteran star Dharmendra spiced up the episode by dancing with contestant Shweta Tiwari.
Aarti Chhabria was all irritating as she kept repeating ‘I’ve worked super hard’. So what gal, everyone has! But her saucy bachata was enough to overlook all of that. And as for firangi Loren…as Karan says, she danced like a typical Bollywood heroine despite arriving from the land of milk and honey, the USA. She is without a single trace of doubt a strong contender, but this strong dancer might lose votes because not many know her, except perhaps as the heroine of Remo’s ABCD and a contestant on the American TV show So You Think You Can Dance. But if you have noticed, she’s playing her cards quite right; in fact, she’s started to shuffle and scatter them in the right direction. “Hum Jhalak mein ek baar aate hai, ek baar perform karte hain, aur jeet te bhi ek baar hi hai,” she said, gazing in KJo’s direction, with her own version of the director’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai dialogue. Great way to get noticed, gal!
And for God’s sake, what is Suresh Menon doing on the show? Is he here to fool around and be the comic element? And Shaan, stop killing us with all that cuteness – unfortunately all that charm is working like black magic, more than enough to put us right off!
Wethinks the fun and spontaneous element is missing; and by ‘fun’ we don’t mean Manish and Kapil’s unhinged stupidity. The contestants should loosen up, stop the ‘I have worked hard’ thing a 100 times a minute business and everyone needs to get down to some serious rivalry and dancing.
Reviewed by Deboshree Ghosh
**** Very good