The Good, The Bad, And the mediocre!
I’d rather let the pictures do the talking in this post. And yes, there are many. The five semi-finals of India’s Got Talent were held from 26th of July to the 9th of August. Each Semi-final episode selected two out of ten acts, hence sending ten acts to the Grand Finale. What was not expected, was that there will be a WildCard entry round which will be a battle between a few acts which the judges thought were deserving to be in the Finals. No idea which acts will those ones be, but am rooting for Aslam Khan and Group, from Rajasthan. I just love Qawwali, Sufi and Rajasthani Folk music. But for now, let’s see who made it to the top 10, and who did not quite make it.
Winners: Lokmanya Tilak Sanskritik Nyas, Ujjain
I believe this is the best that could and would happen to the group. They are in the finals, and it is not any small feat. But, frankly speaking, this is not a act to beat.
Sneha and Richard
For the Salsa duo, jazzing and burning the dance floor with their svelte moves and ravishing chemistry, this is just the beginning. They might not win this competition, but there are bigger worlds to conquer.
Disappointment 1: Viren from Ranchi, aka MJ Jr.
I really thought that he would at least make it to the finals.
Disappointment 2: Aslam Khan and Group
It was a WTF moment for me when Aslam Khan and Group were not in the Top 3 of Audience voted Semi Finalists. It is exactly what I had feared. This act is an act to beat, a world-class act which defines India’s beauty and richness. And if we, ourselves, the people of India do not appreciate it, who else will?
Semi Final 2:
Winners: Rajesh Amrale
Again a surprise winning act. Of course it is Malkhamb, but there was a similar act which won in the previous episode. Nothing against it, but hard to believe that this act will win it.
He is a genius ventriloquist, truly. His act was crisp and humorous and in every way entertaining. His charm comes across easily with his script, his puppet- Chhotu Singh and it was an absolute delightful watch.
Semi Final 3:
Winners: Mandeep Singh Dance Group
Its Bhangra. Period! Can anything go wrong? The vigour, the explosion of happiness and extreme colours come alive with this act, and its a joy to watch. Is it an act which can be considered as a contender? That remains to be seen.
M-Sonic from Guwahati
One of my favorites to win. They are pretty much the underdogs of this competition. The entire competition is overshadowed by glitzy performers and performances, from dancers to acrobats. M-Sonic is a plain-jane Rock Band, with vocalist Mainak Nandy’s flawless renditions of Teri Deewani and the Semi-Final winning performance of A.R.Rahman’s -Maa Tujhe Salaam. They surely have places to go, and winning this competition would probably be the beginning of their journey to success.
Semi Final 4:
Winners: Piyush and the Finetuners
This was a surprise as well. My problem is that their sound is a bit messy, and it is a bit all over the place. Maybe they do sound much better in the studio. But, another problem is that, I really do not appreciate much of the utensils-turned-into-instruments-kinda-fusion. I’d rather enjoy listening to Sivamani play the “Beat of Passion” in Taal, rather than see him perform it. But then, that’s me. India thought otherwise, and they are in the Finals.
Rohan Dance Group
As Shekhar Kapoor sez: From New York to Nala Supara. Rohan Dance Group’s Hip Hop is simply put- Brilliant. The perfect pauses, flips, b-boying are mindblowing and precise. The choreography is top notch and reminds me of Step Up 2, Jabberwocky, Kaba Modern and yeah of course, this years ABDC winners – Quest Crew. But these guys chose a very interesting mix of Madcon -Beggin [ one of my fav Hip Hop tracks ] and Dhan Te Nan from the Kaminey Soundtrack. It was just awefhum to see them win this round of Semi-Finals, and I can’t wait to see them in the Finale.
Semi-Final 5: The winners have not been announced yet. But I know for sure, who’s gonna get through to the finals from this Semi Final round.
1: Sadhya Dance Academy
Patriotism works. So does, fusion with acrobatics,and spandex and Kalaripayattu. Sonali vouched for them. And I trust her..blindly.
2: Prince Dance Group from Orissa.
I’d rather keep my mouth shut. And just let the images below do the talking.
They came, we saw, and they conquered our hearts with their audition performance.
As Ayushman correctly said, “Apne Viraat Roop se unhone humara Dil Jeet Liya”
And then in the Semi-Finals, they did this.
Need I say more, who’s gonna win those 50 lakh Rs! The studio audience cried out loud “Vande Mataram”, and the judges were overwhelmed by the enormity of this performance..yet again. We have the winner.
But yes, we do have the Wild Card entry round, in which some semi-finalists will battle it out to get a second chance to enter the finals of India’s Got Talent. I wish the following are included in that round.
Meher’s Belly Dancing; K Suresh’s Spine Chilling stunts, and Priya Raina‘s very delightful mimcry.
The little Vaishnavi Patil perfected emotional atyachar with the carbon copy portrayal of “Bhul Bhulaiya” – Monjulikaa; and she has the smile of a 1000 volts. Yes, I measured that with a Voltmeter.
Ameek Singh Raina from Jammu. He’s a kid with a great voice. Yeah, that’s the only reason why I’m vouching for him.
Amar Jyoti School from Delhi aka the act which made Shekhar Kapoor break into tears on National TV. The Semi Final round performance was very emotional, and actually quite beautiful. Not to forget the ever-giggling little angel.
Jasleen Royal. I know, I can hear a lot of WTFs. But remember, she was in the top3 voted by the audience. She’s weird. She’s weird.[ Not a typo, I said that twice] And I think India kinda diggs that weird chick appearance.
On a serious note, I can only see Aslam Khan and Group to be true competition to “Prince Dance Group”. I just want them in the finals…very badly. They SHOULD be in the finals. Are you listening Mr.Sidhharth Basu; I don’t care if you rig the competition or do anything. Just get them in the finals by hook or by crook.
But well,not to forget my favorites :
M-Sonic from Assam:
Rohan Dance Group from Mumbai
and Prince Dance Group from Orissa:
The only celeb guest judges, this season so far, have been Shruti Hassan and Imraan Khan, who were on the mission to promote their box-office loser Luck.
And finally, let’s not forget the real celebs on the show.
A) The ever smiling- Kirron Kher
B) The Emossanal Man- Shekhar Kapoor
C) And finally, the ravishing as ever, Sonali Bendre.
We’ll be back with the final winners post. Shout out loud in the comments. Cheers.
P.S. Special Thanks to Darshit (@dunkdaft) for his tweet tutorial on Arcsoft Photostudio. And sorry, I have not hyperlinked any of the videos of the performances; just search for them on YouTube or Dailymotion. If you can’t find them, tweet me @SujoySingha.