Posted: 14 March 2006 at 6:23am | IP Logged
I got news of Amey's exit( cant thank connie this time around. sorry
connie) even before I watched the gala round episode. I had an
intuitive feeling that this was the result of Sonu's judgement
not just from that infamous last gala, but from quite a few galas.
Right since the start of the galas, Sonu has never been generous in
heaping praise on Amey. He has been unconditional in his praise towards
karunya, harsh towards Sandeep, and looked like he couldnt care less
about Anuj. These might have made any difference in the initial galas,
but as the finale approached, Sonu's approach stayed the same. Even
when Amey sang breath taking songs like Laga Chunari, Satrangi Re, Sonu
was restricted in his praise, but whenever Karunya sang a mind blowing
song, he would load praises on Karunya. I completely agree with anyone
on the fact that Karunya's voice is like Amey, but that was no reason
to praise Amey's voice equivocally. Both have their range, and excel in
their respective range of songs.
Comparing Amey with Karunya in the last gala was no means of judging a
contestant. That was extremely poor judging from Sonu to say the least.
And in today's gala, Amey was so terrified about what Sonu was going to
say on his rendition of what I truly think is the most divine song ever
composed, that Amey came out admitting that he couldnt manage taking in
breath in between lines. At that point I felt so sorry for Amey, and
also I knew this was the defining moment in this gala with
respect to the votes coming in. The audience , our public, would think
, 'oh here is a singer who is critical of himself, admitting that he
coudnt keep pace to the song', where in fact he sang Satrangi Re , the
best anyone could have done after Sonu.
Now leaving apart Sandeep and Karunya because they both thoroughly
deserved their spots. Sandeep does truly look like the dark horse
in this race for the crown. His rendition of ruth aa gayi re was
splendid to say the least. If I was to compare Sandeep and Amey in this
round I would go for Sandeep. Truly deserves it. And moving on to Anuj;
To be honest , his
rendition of Rang Barse would have made Amitabh skip a few heart beats
out of shock. I have not seen a more 'thakela' rendition of the energy
boosting song. If I was in Sonu's place, going by the way he has been
judging Amey, he should have ripped apart Anuj. He didnt.
In the second part, Amey truly gave his heart and soul . His voice did
strain in one line, but then you can definitely pardon anyone making
one teeny mistake singing satrangi re. To his credit, Anuj sang most
part of Chaiyya Chaiyya well. But who would think that Amey would be
overtaken by an amateur like Anuj.
And Sonu and Farah allegedly walking out, I would love to ask them a
few questions on their way out. Like when Farah said ,'Anuj, your songs
touch my heart'. ( insert teary eyed Farah). Or Sonu critcising Amey
more severely( no matter how much he insists that its construtive) than
Well all said and done, II2 has lost a golden voice. Its loss. And
ours. Fans who love Amey's voice( coming from a guy who is into
I am sure he will cut an album someday soon. And this is to you Amey,
for once we wont download..
Edited by rosho - 14 March 2006 at 6:49am