Posted: 12 January 2011 at 4:32am | IP Logged
New Delhi, Jan 12:
Noticed the surfeit of Bollywood
singers and choreographers on TV? Not only are music and dance reality
shows giving them a good source of income but many say the recognition
they get from the small screen is a big add-on.
Singers like Shaan and Sonu Nigam ruled the small screen for years with the music show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa".
Singer Richa Sharma, who has been a contestant on NDTV Imagine's
singing reality show "Dhoom Macha De" and also appeared on "Jo Jeeta
Wohi Super Star" as a guest judge, says judging reality shows has become
an additional source of income.
"Definitely, the small screen plays a very important role and a
stable source of income. It adds on to the bank balance," Richa told
She insists that industry people take up these shows to kill time.
"I think they take up a show to kill their time. When they have
free months, they think of opting for such shows and make money," she
On the other hand, choreographers Bosco-Caesar who judged Color's
dance reality show "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" think that apart from money, it
"People may put it the way they want to, but I think we work hard
behind the (big screen) cameras and our identity gets buried," Bosco
"The TV format has given raw talent a chance to showcase their
abilities and also provide a stage for professional people like us to
make a mark in the glam world," he added.
Many new talents like Geeta Kapoor, Remo D'Souza, Terrence Lewis,
Rajeev Surti and Pony Verma who were not known earlier have now become
"We work hard with the big names. They know us, but still somehow
the world doesn't recognise us by name or face. But now people know us
and that is what is more important," Bosco said.
Big time singers like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Daler Mehndi,
Sajid-Wajid, Vishal-Shekhar, Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Anu
Malik, Sundhi Chauhan, Ila Arun, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan have been
quite consistent with appearances on the small screen.
Internationally-renowned choreographer Sandeep Soparrkar said money is not the driving factor.
"I don't think gaining moolah is a concern for any of the singers
and choreographers. We are all established in our fields and people
know us across the globe," Soparrkar said.
However, he feels justifying the seat is the prime responsibility.
"The time constraint and the format are what grabs our attention
and pushes us to take up a project. One needs to have the right amount
of time to do justice to the seat," Soparrkar said.
Richa agreed: "People who take up a seat should justify their
position. They shouldn't sit as statues and give diplomatic comments."
Choreographers like Saroj Khan, who has judged quite a few shows
like "Nach Baliye", "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa-3", and Bosco-Cesar, Ahmed Khan
and Pony Verma in "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" have made their presence felt.
The trio of Remo D'Souza, Terrence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor was
seen in Zee TV's "Dance India Dance". Others like Farah Khan, Marzi
Pestongi, Rajeev Surti and Vaibhavi Merchant have also come up on
"A revenue add-on can be considered for those who come up again
and again with seasons of the show. Getting paid for your work is not
wrong, I guess, and by bringing new faces and talent, we give so much to
the world," Soparrkar said.
Bollywood actresses like Karisma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Malaika
Arora Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Juhi Chawla, Sonali Bendre and Kiron Kher,
among others, have contributed to the trend. (IANS)