Friday, March 28, 2008
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The next milestone in the saga of city tours of the Chhote Ustaad soiree turns out to be Kolkata. This Bengal dominated rendezvous was studded with a glittering star this time, in the form of the Bollywood Enchantress from Bengal; Rani Mukherjee who left the audience spell-bound with her dazzling smile and charming persona.
Rani Mukherjee had the crowd going gaga over her, as she was thrown a Grand welcome by Abhaas singing the Saathiya title track for her. She mingled with the crowd in no time as she addressed them in Bengali. Her ecstasy on returning to her home town after a long gap was too evident to be missed. She was no doubt warm and encouraging to the girls, as she danced, sang and lip-synced with them. She also dragged the judges up on Stage to shake a leg with her in the girls' jugalbandi round. As the girls sang song after song in this Rani Mukherjee Special Episode, Rani could not resist requesting Pritam to use the girls' voice for her in her next movie.
The Bengali dominance of the episode was an overpowering flavour of the Kolkata homecoming. Even our very own Aishwarya couldn't help becoming the (style)Ben of Bengal as she delivered a beautiful performance in Bengali while magnificently draped in a Bengali saree. Our very own pride of Bengal – Anvesha was also at her melodious best and had the crowd and Rani going in a trance with her mesmerizing performance. Both the girls were overwhelmed by the encouragement they received from her, as she confessed how difficult it was for her to decide who was better of the two. She also compared Aishwarya's voice to Alka Yagnik's while the girl was elated at the complement. Rani reprimanded the judges when they were being tough on the girls. In fact, after that, the girls were feeling very relaxed sang even more beautifully.
This event became a complete thriller, as Rani herself crooned on a sweet Bengali folk song as the crowd applauded her. She also sang a Bhajan for the crowd. Even the judges couldn't deny Rani's request to perform on her favourite songs from her films.
But the question still remains who will claim the coveted title? With the girls outshine their own performances episode after episode, it is only going to be a dilemma for the audience to select the best out of the two. May the Best Woman Win!!
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