A few days ago, Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar, who had appeared on Indian Idol 12 as a guest, said in an interview that he was told to praise and uplift the contestants no matter how they sing. The show faced some criticism after that, and now, Indian Idol 1 winner Abhijeet Sawant has criticized the makers of the show for focussing on the contestants’ tragic stories, more than their singing talent.
While speaking to Aaj Tak, Abhijeet Sawant said that these days the makers of Indian Idol focus more on the contestants’ tragic stories. As opposed to this, he said that the regional reality shows never highlight the background that the contestants come from, to ensure that the focus remains solely on how they are singing. “These days, the makers are more interested in whether the participant can polish shoes or how poor he is, rather than his talent. You should watch regional reality shows where viewers may not know anything about the background of their favourite contestants. Their focus is only on singing, but in Hindi reality shows, the tragic and sad stories of contestants are shown. The focus is only on that," he said.
However, he feels that not just the makers, even the audience who enjoys such drama, is responsible for this sort of content. He recalled that when he was on Indian Idol, he had forgotten the lyrics to a song, but the judges unanimously decided that he should be given another chance. However, Abhijeet Sawant believes that if that were to happen today, it would have been shown with ‘full dramatic effects of thunder and shock.’
“But the viewers are also responsible. Hindi language public is always hunting for more spice," said Abhijeet. ALSO READ: Indian Idol 12: Singers Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Roopkumar Rathod Bring The 90s Back For The Romance Special Episode, Anuradha Paudwal Credits Madhuri Dixit For Dhak Dhak Song
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