The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The bridge, the river and kids' play. Brilliantly captured by Sujay Kumar Das.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A different show for 'Boudi's

Many must have been inquisitive since the news about the second edition of the popular dance-based reality show Dance Pe Chance on Rupashi Bangla came out. Named Dance Pe Chance Boudimoni, it was, as the name suggested, for the 'Boudi's (married women). A show where married women, nurturing a dream of showing their dancing talent, would set the stage on fire before Raveena Tandon and danseuse Sutapa Talukdar and a surprise judge in each episode.

The first three episodes (December 16-18) were designed to show what was in store, how this show was different and its audience connect. Married women of a medium age range and all sizes participated. Some of the observations:

a. The participants are mostly from a middle/ lower middle class background.

b. Some of the participants have support and motivation from their husband/ mother-in-law apart from families. Indeed interesting to know going by the Bengali middle class values. The world and everything in it is changing, hmm?

c. Some have the guts to have defied the family resistance against participating in such a show.

The audience connect is obvious. It should get the show a flying start at TRP.

The second episode had a lawyer, Sarika Some and a domestic help, Sunita Adak competing. Sunita had been left behind by her husband for daring to take part in the show. She went ahead despite the strong opposition to secure a better future for her small child who was brought on stage by her grandmother. Hats off to the woman.

Rituparna Sengupta, the producer, was the surprise judge in the first episode, Dona Ganguly in the second and Jaya Sil in the third, making her comeback to showbiz after the film 'Hothat Neerar Jonyo' released years back. Jaya added spice to the episode by her impromptu jig on stage along with the contestant after her performance on a special request from the host-director Shibaprasad Mukhopadhyay. Riddhi, the popular Big FM RJ, is the other host.

Sutapa Talukdar was fashionably graceful and made a good judge, neither too pricky nor lenient. Raveena was sweet and encouraging, besides looking gorgeous. A small hitch was prominently mentioning the sponsors for Raveena's and hosts' clothes by the hosts at the end. Couldn't it be sensibly presented?