NDTV imagine launched a new program last weekend titled ‘Junoon kuch kar dikhane ka‘. None other than Hrithik Roshan promoted the program by appearing on stage the first day and setting the context for the show.
The program is similar to other programs in the sense that there are participants who sing, judges who score them and at the end of the show, there will be a winner. It is still different because it is not just film songs the participants are singing. There are three houses – Folk, Sufi and Filmy. Each house has a set of participants who sing there genre and they compete with the participants of the other houses. Ila Arun is the mentor for the folk group. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan mentors the Sufi house and is definitely one of the star attractions of the show. Anand Raj Anand mentors the filmy house. None other than Annu Kapoor hosts the show. And before you ask, this show is the brainchild of Gajendra Singh. We can expect a lot of glycerin usage, right?
The first two episodes were wonderful. Though I didn’t enjoy the folk and filmy rounds that much, I heard some new gems in the Sufi genre. Most of the singers are talented with a few participants being exceptional. Akbar Ali with Mera Piya Ghar Aaya and Ali Abbas with Mast Kalandar stole the show.
This show definitely comes across as a fresh breeze amidst the myriad reality shows we have. It is up to Gajendra Singh to keep it simple and straight and not get lost in emotional tangles which is usually the case with his other shows. Let’s hope Junoon plays a part in spreading Sufi and folk music. The show is aired on Friday and Saturday at 8.30 on NDTV imagine.