What to expect from D.I.D Season 3 Grand Finale !! iDubba has the answers

Dance India Dance Season 3 was launched on 24 December 2011 due to the grand success of seasons one and two and now all set for the Grand Finale. As you all know that the show is choreographed by India’s most popular choreographers: Terence Lewis, Remo D’Souza and Geeta Kapoor and who can forget the Grand Master Mithun Chakraborty. It’s been more than four months that the show has been on air and has managed to move your hips and feet. We are just hours away from finding out the winner of Season 3. So are you exited to find out what to expect from the Grand Finale? Hang on… We will surely disclose the details, but let’s first look at the 5 finalist and what is in store for the winner.

Here you go….. We have Mohena Kumari Singh and Sanam Johar from Remo Ke Rangeelay, Rajsmita Kar from Geeta Ki Gang, Pradeep Gurung and Raghav ‘Crockroaz’ Juyal from Terence Ki Toli.  News is that all the fifteen contestants will be performing and would be joined by all the three masters. Terence Lewis will do a Jim Morrison act, while Geeta Kapoor will make a grand entry on a huge crown and Remo D’Souza will do a hard-hitting hip hop-freestyle act to the song Zara dil ko tham lo.  And not to forget the hosts of the show Jay Bhanushali and Saumya Tandon, as they will also try to impress the audience with their performance. So what will the winner get as reward!! Well the winner of season 3 will be presented with prize of Rs. 3 lakhs, a Maruti Ertiga LUV car and a two-year contract with Zee TV. Interesting right?

Let’s go back in time and find out the winners of the previous seasons. The winners of the 1st season and 2nd season were Salman Khan (Mohammed Y.K. Ghouse), from Bangalore and Shakti Mohan, from Mumbai. So who do you think will win the ‘Taqdeer ki Topi’ this season? Will it be Mohena – princess of Rewa ! Or The  Dehradun boy “Slow Motion King” Crockroaz aka Raghav ! Or The dance teacher from Guwahati “Pradeep” ! Or The Hip-Hop queen from Bhubaneshwar “Rajasmita”! Or The Delhi boy “Sanam”!! Who is you favourite dancer? So are you all set to watch the Grand Finale!!

Did we mention what will be the Finale Act of each of the finalists? Not yet!! So here you go:

Mohena : Will be dancing to Man Mohini with a huge Venetian mask.

Raghav: Will dance to the tunes of Chamak challo and Tenu main love, and will teach the audience how to do a slow motion dance!

Pradeep: Freestyle and parkour routine with 40 kids doing a shaolin dance

Rajasmita: With 24 dancers doing an aerial act, hanging above the audiences

Sanam: A mirror ball act replete with free style and contemporary dance moves

Hang on its not yet over, the show cannot be compete without the Celebrity Guests who will present the ‘Taqdeer ki Topi’. Anil Kapoor , Ajay Devgan and Sameera Reddy of movie ‘Tezz‘ will be a part of the finale and also will promote their movie and motivate the final 5.

Happy Dancing !! And Happy Viewing.

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Can 19 Actors make a movie “Housefull”?

Yes 19. Not 4 not 10 not 15… There are 19 actors on the screen who will try to make a movie ” Housefull “.  Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen is an upcoming Indian action comedy film directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. It is the sequel to the 2010 hit, Housefull. Well we all know that Housefull received mixed to negative reviews upon release, but was a huge success at the box office. This film was a remake of Tamil Blockbuster Kaathala Kaathala with changes in the plot.  It is the story of four fathers, four daughters and four prospective son-in-laws and as the second half of the title suggests, they are the dirty dozen.

So can these 19 actors make Housefull 2 a bigger HIT that the 1st movie? As they say “If Two Actors can’t do it… then 19 might make it worse”. So do you really think that 19 actors can pull it off on the silver screen? You might be eagerly waiting for find out who these 19vgb fine actors would be. Well, here you go:

  • Asin Thottumkal as Henna
  • John Abraham as Max (Jolly)
  • Jacqueline Fernandez as Bobby
  • Ritesh Deshmukh as Jwala (Jolly)
  • Zarine Khan as JLo
  • Shreyas Talpade as Jai (Jolly)
  • Shazahn Padamsee as Parul
  • Mithun Chakraborty as JD a.k.a Jagga Daaku
  • Rishi Kapoor as Chintu
  • Randhir Kapoor as Daboo
  • Boman Irani as Batook Patel
  • Chunky Pandey as Aakhri Pasta
  • Johnny Lever as Vishwas Patil
  • Neelu Kohli as Dolly Kapoor
  • Ranjeet as Dr Ranjeet
  • Virendra Saxena as Mr. Babani
  • Malaika Arora Khan in a Special appearance in Item song “Anarkali Disco Chali”
  • Vindu Dara Singh
  • And Mr Khiladi ie Akshay Kumar as Sunny (Jolly)

This is truly an exhaustive list of actors for one movie.  The sequel was confirmed by producer Sajid Nadiadwala on September 30, 2010. Filming of the movie started on 9 June 2011 in London & Peterborough. The second schedule started from late October 2011. Housefull 2 hired a Hollywood action-set for Akshay Kumar’s character, which is announced to be a comic inspiration of James Bond. Malaika Arora Khan Features in an item-number song and the music is composed by none other than Sajid-Wajid.

So are you excited to watch these 19 actors on the screen? Are you ready for a mega star, multicrore movie? Don’t worry; you will not have to wait for long. The film is scheduled for release on 6 April 2012. Do send in your views and feedback about this movie.

Happy Viewing 🙂

What makes a reality show work?

With so many “Reality” shows in today’s time (both nationally & abroad) it’s very important to understand why and how a reality show clicks. There have been so many mega-successful shows in US/UK and their counterparts in India (and so many flops) that it is necessary to learn what works and what doesn’t. In this post we try to analyze deeply as to what are the different elements of a reality show and what should be taken care of while creating a new reality show.

Almost all of the reality shows in India or elsewhere are localized versions of already popular US or UK shows. Here are some of the shows which have worked (in India) and some which haven’t. We’ll then analyze all the aspects to understand what it takes to make a successful Reality Show:

  • Mega-successful shows-
    • Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who wants to be a millionaire)
    • Indian Idol (American Idol)
    • Dance India Dance (So you think you can dance)
    • Bigg Boss (Big Brother)
  • Successful Shows-
    • Fear Factor India (Fear Factor)
    • Jhalak Dikhla ja (Dancing with the stars)
    • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
    • Boogie Woogie
    • Masterchef India (Masterchef US/Australia)
  • Flops-
    • Zor Ka Jhatka (Wipeout)
    • India’s Minute to Win it (Minute to Win it)
    • Survivor India

Contestants: No doubt contestants are single biggest asset of a reality show. Wrong selection of contestants can make or break the entire show. Contestants can be broadly categorized as- “Common man” and “Celebrities”. Depending upon the format of show creative team may decide to have common man or celebrities or a mix of both as contestants. For pure talent based shows like KBC, Dance India Dance, Indian Idol etc it’s  imperative to have common people as main contestants otherwise it looks too dramatic and unreal (remember how we feel when a celebrity wins 50 lacs in a KBC episode?). Celebrities as contestants work very well for reality shows in which drama quotient needs to be high. Questions have been raised about such reality shows being truly “real” but now audience have kind of understood that reality shows involve either good “editing” or good “drama” to look exciting on TV. Some such shows are Bigg Boss, Survivor India, Zor Ka Jhatka. Example of shows having combination of both “common man” and “celebrities” as contestants include Fear Factor (India) and Jhalak Dikhlaja.

Drama: Television is all about drama and not having any drama in a reality show is a sure shot way to kill it. An emotional story can become an important part of show’s success. KBC is known for creating dramatic situations based on a contestant’s profile or based on the question “What would you do if you win a Crore?“. Shows like Bigg Boss rely too much on drama which is demanded by its format. “Zor Ka Jhatka” couldn’t impress audience even with Shahrukh Khan because it lacked both good contestants and drama quotient. If you actually see original “Wipeout” it’s one hell of a funny show and it does it without SRK type host.

Host: Even though host is 3rd most important thing it indeed plays an important part in taking the show to next level i.e. from success to mega-success (like Amitabh in case of KBC), Khatron Ke Khiladi (with Akshay Kumar as host) or from utter failure to moderate success (Dus Ka Dum could have bombed badly if Salman wasn’t there). But in case a show lacks above 2 important characteristics chances of it failing increases- SRK could never save Zor Ka Jhatka and even KBC with SRK couldn’t attract audience as much as Big B. My tip: Get a host with good sense of humor or with lot of character- Raghu/Rajiv and Rannvijay are known for their tough/macho characters and they don’t need Akshay Kumar.

Plot: Borrowed or not, plot does play an important part in a reality show’s success. How? Well first thing is it identifies your target audience. KBC had a national appeal, Roadies & Bigg Boss have youth appeal, Dance India Dance is liked by a specific set of audience and so is Masterchef. Plot helps a production house lay its marketing plan and execute it. Beware! If top 3 things are not in place, plot will never help you win your audience.

Editing: Editing is an important part of any reality show, specially of those shows in which cameras roll continuously. In my opinion India’s Minute to Win it suffers from really bad editing as against its US counterpart. Dance India Dance is edited very well despite it being a talent reality show. There is always a connection between the contestants, Mithun da and 3 judges (Remo, Terence and Gita). Good editing is evident from a show which keeps you glued during the program, bad editing gives you enough reasons to switch 🙂

Connection: Well this is second last part of “what it takes to create a good reality show” but trust me, unless your audience feel “connected” with your show, you CAN NOT make it work. Connection happens if you get all of the above things “just” right for your show. There is no formula for this, it just happens!

Audience: Audience may include either studio audience or audience watching at home or both. In KBC, studio audience is well trained before shoot- they are told when to clap, how much to clap, when to laugh, who sits in front, who sits in background, what should be your facial expressions.. everything! It’s like a controlled backdrop scenario which is very important taking into consideration the plot of the show. In case of shows like Minute to Win it studio audience is supposed to be very energetic (which sadly doesn’t happen in Indian version). In talent based shows like DID or Indian Idol studio audience makes singing or dancing more enjoyable by clapping and dancing along with the contestants. Shows like Wipeout expect audience sitting at home to be their real audience and the host directly tries to talk to that audience. Audience is important because it makes or breaks your show- understand your audience!

These are the key elements of a reality show, there are many other like sound, camera, direction which are important but they are common to all TV shows.

Do you think there are other important aspects? Please comment..

Are you a Born Dancer…Dance India Dance is Back!

Well in my opinion we all dance to the tunes of life. We all manage to move our feet the moment we hear our favorite song. No matter who you are, where you are, everyone at some point of time has danced.
Some are good, some are better and some are exceptional Dancers. That’s what season 3 of DID (Dance India Dance) is all about. People might call it a reality dance show but its not just a dance show, it’s a festival of various dance forms that we have, right from our traditional Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam,Odissi to western dance forms like Salsa, Hip-hop & Funk dance, Latin dance and an endless list. DID is a dance show where it’s not just a test of talent but also a show where the judges try to teach and educate the dancers and the audience. You might have noticed that after every performance they tell the audience about what is the dance form, where did it originated from , what are the different ways to perform it. Hence this makes this show not just a dance show but a complete dance show.
So Are you ready!!!!!!!! Yes your guess is right; the 3 judges are back with a bang. India’s very own MJ, Mr Remo D’Souza aka Gabbar of Dancing is all set to choose India’s top dancers. To help him do that, we have Geeta Kapur aka Geeta Maa and the charming Terence lewis. All three of them have different style of dancing, all there have vast experience in this area. But the most important thing is that they have a common passion and a desire to present the top performers to the world. The future episodes will surely be filled with some amazing dancers, some amazing stories about how they managed to reach this level.  Am I missing something…? Oh yes Kya Baat Kya Baat. I am sure that you all are excited to hear these words from the man himself…. Our very own GrandMaster, Mithun Chakraborty.Not to forget Jay (Host) of the show who is hot favorite of the Judges for his comic timing.
The auditions have started, and Delhi is the 1st city to face the test. You might not agree to it but I too witnessed few contestants who tried their luck in the previous 2 seasons but failed to impress the judges then. Their passion for dance brought them back to this stage and here they were trying to impress the judges for the third time.Looking at the comments from the 3 Judges one thing is clear that DID is back looking out for exceptional talent, average or good performance has no place in this competition.It’s not going to be easy for the contestants; they have to work their heart and soul out on the dance floor to please the audience as well as the Judges.
Highlights of this first episode of DID was undoutedly the 3 Remo’s dancing together..surprised??? Yes , there were 2 contestants who look alike to our Remo but unfortunately their dance failed to impress him.
Lot more to come on this show and certainly like very other season weekend evening will be booked to watch this show..So guys.. get on your dancing shoes and don’t forget to watch Season 3 of Dance India Dance.  As always we are looking forward to your views and reviews about season 3. You can follow us on Twitter – @idubba and also visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/idubba.page
Happy Viewing 🙂