Hey guys,I have not written on this forum @all,but I was v taken aback by some of the criticism here.
First of all,this show is neither about professional dancers(not even sushant is a pro) nor about professional choreographers
But the focus of the choreo is to combine nritta as well as natya forms - whichever genre it be.So,the concepts appreciated are the dance drama forms
This is where Nishant-Anki r failing - Nishant is leveraging Anki's grace and beauty,but not using her for dramatics.She is a prof actress.Sushant and Rags scored 30 primarily bcoz they used their prof acting to the best use last week.
If 5 marks is for choreo,and 5 for the celebrity's aptitude and improvement in skill - then,mads,mal giving 9 to anki was correct - she gets the 5 ,nish the 4 - I cant believe nish put in a puppet show for 1 min - I mean,dance requisites organized movement and flow,stage coverage and expressions -puppet show was Remo must have given nish 4 as well.Remo cut 1 more pt coz -
Anki shud have done a full back bend in one of the stepsbut she did a half back bend -either she cud'nt do a full oneor nish dint put it in - for a fairly gud dancer,full back bend,splits etc.r expected normally - Remo noticed it,am sure.She did not come up v well either from the 1/2 bb
Her 26 seemed correct
Coming to Sushant-Shampa - the concept is not new,coz shobhana,PS,CV,M,Anu etc.have done Karan's story quite often - but it was well executed by SS for 21/2 min even without a prev classical bent of mind,the narrative was strong -biggest plus-
Sushant's expressions were fab,the dramaticism was v pro.Surprisingly,his thighs in V pose was superb ! Usually non-classical dancers tend to unconsciously move on their toes,to get the full V -he remained on his heels.Means,his CoG was on his navel,perfectHis Mudras were bang on,I was so happy
He had the ghambir gait,his chest was open correctly,shoulder shakes were masculine,his lines were good,his elbows bent correctly and high enuf. He made 2 mistakes,IMHOhis backfoot lift was not correct,but Shampa's was perfect.Also,he did only half sit-ups,not full sit-ups,while SHampa did the full ones - but that one is tough for a guy of his size,also it was a fwd moving sit up,requires regular practice to come up with balanced grace when moving fwd - so,I am sure Madz must have noticed it,but as he is not a pro classical dancer,she gave him 10 still - well deserved.
My standing ovation to Shampa the most though - as a woman,she did the masculine role near perfectI mean,so much appreciation for Krushna doing a female role,but so lil appreciation for SHampa doing the masculine,felt bad for her
Anyway her leg lifts,V pose,Mudras,the walking was terrific,Indra sly expressions v good. Also,her sword fight wasDespite being a foot lower than him,her shoulders were firm and her arm strength superbHer expressions lacked variety and charm,unfortunately.Also her leap was not good during the sword fight,while Sushi's leap was v good.But as he did a frontal leap,it was easier on him while she was doing a reverse leap,more tuf.The steps in the choreo were v professional,a good round of applause for Tushar too
Overall,their's was the best art form representation
Salman-Yana,in my honest opinion,did not deserve the 30.
@Bonne - Kalaripattu is a part of the Natyashastra forms dear,PS incorporates it.We used to start our classes doing suryanamaskar with Kalari
Yana's sword fight wasAnd her eyes were maskedhow stupid,they shud have deducted a pt for that - she gave no expressions except in the last scene,and that sexy breath intake
Salman's choreo was clever,he knows wat impresses Remo.He gave gud stage coverage,variety of moves and the song suited the theme.But the act lacked flow,organized dance movement and expressive dramaticism 30,no,noKalari also requires low crouching movements with leg aligned to spine and arching back flexes,Yana was poor in bothIf u watch Asoka movie,SRK learnt Kalari specifically for it,he fought like a pro in it.Also in Dil Se
Found Rags-Nirav the best dance performance - entertaining,expressive,dramatic as well.It being a freestyle dapankuthu,gave Rags flexibility and, her expressions and energy levels were terrificThe choreo was not very great,the original song had better steps but cant match the southie prof choreos on tv for sure.Perfect 30 for a tv show,sure
Am sorry if this was too analytical,but the leverage some contestants deserve and some don't shud be according to the theme,genre and their current skill.The choreo needs to evaluate their celeb for all the 3.Shampa picked wat was challenging for sushi I felt,and he did v well,no doubt.Rags did wat best suited her skill and best-ed it.Yana cud not rise up to the challenge but salman camouflages her cleverly.Nishant's choreo had complexity but lacked completeness of the dance form.Krushna was v v gud,but 10 from Remo,I mean,the choreo was not unique at all for a 10all others so,so.
2)Perf week bfor -
Nishant-Anki - very good perf.But the criticism by remo and malaika was correct.Marks seemed accurate.
Yana-Salman - was a rocking perf- salman is a terrific choreo definitely
Rags-Nirav - was disappointed.Rags had similiar expression thruout the act
Sushant - Shampa - the act was a bolt from the blue,so the surprise element gave them an edge I think.Concept was good for SS being non-professionalsSushant scored with his expressions,drama baaziHis dance steps were pretty average but he made no mistakes and carried it out with easeBut Shampa's role,and her steps were superb
3) Perf 1st week -
All perf were average and so were the choreos - sushita as well as Yana did wat they were best at and it looked quite ordinary,nothing exceptional.The flaw seemed to be that the choreographers were getting 'feelers' about their celebrity's skills,so were playing it safe.Marks seemed fine
Shekar perf was terrific coz Preethi did a great jobMahi and Savio were also v good.Jai was clever in the way he settled Renuka
Vote goes to Sushant on a cumulative basis