Oh my god, Simi selects India’s Most Desirable….really? I wasn’t a regular viewer of her earlier show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal (actually, I don’t know anybody who will admit to being so) but I had seen a couple of episodes, not to mention the (debatably more successful) MTV spoof, Semi Girebaal.
I was curious (yes, bite me) about how this one was going to be different. Besides the promos have been hitting me left, right and center over Star World. This week’s episode with Siddhartha (pronounce the ‘a’) Mallya seemed to suggest that the young heir to the UB empire was a bit of a cad. I’m not sure whether Simi took a dislike to the lad or whether the show’s organizers did that to up the TRPs. I actually watched the program and was appalled how a convenient scene cut-and-paste could change the context altogether.
The episode was rather insipid actually. Sid Mallya doesn’t seem to have great screen presence but in any case, he isn’t a performer so I don’t see why he needs it. On the other hand, he did come across as a rather sensible and focussed young man (well, from what I could gather from the show), which rather unfortunately casts the show in rather poor light for positioning his first ever talk show as so.
I’m rather surprised to find that the look and feel of India’s Most Desirable is tacky and outdated. The lights are too bright and glaring, the sets remind me of the sidey gameshows of the early satellite TV days, so popularized by Zee TV (Tol Mol Ke Bol, anybody?). I’m guessing the show wanted to appeal to a younger segment so decided to chic it down and cool it up. The effort falls flat on its face, I’m afraid.
Simi Garewal’s frozen smile that never reaches her eyes is cringeworthy, not entertaining. This is neither as sensational as a Jerry Springer, nowhere as relatable as an Oprah, not even as aspirational as Karan Johar.
And finally, the guests. Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Siddhartha Mallya and Sonakshi Sinha don’t surprise anyone by being on this list. But the toadying up to Simi (“You are the epitome of class” has been uniformly echoed by every guest so far) one can do without. But I guess being bullyed by Banshee Aunty and then having their parents simper over what perfect children they were, can kill anybody’s mojo.
In terms of guests, host and decor, India’s Most Desirable leaves only one thing to be desired – CHANGE THAT CHANNEL!
* I wouldn’t be averse to another Cyrus spoof of this, though. India’s most demented, perhaps? 🙂