Review Jhalak Dikhla Ja 2: Mona Singh Gets On My Nerves

September 29, 2007
Sakshi Juneja

I have been meaning to do a post on Jhalak Dikhla Ja, one of Sony Network’s popular reality shows, for a very long time now. But I just couldn't find the time to do so and yes, I have responsibilities in the off-line world as well.

Frankly speaking, Jhalak Dikhla Ja’s previous season was undoubtedly very impressive – Farah Khan was ruthless, Shilpa Shetty added the “oomph” factor, Farah Khan’s ex-boyfriend’s outburst was hilarious and for some reason, I find Archana Puran Singh’s face really very amusing.

But when I realized how heavily the channel was pushing one of their very own, which was totally unfair on the other contestants, I switched over to another tele-show. Television actress Mona Singh may have begun her career with a “glossy” bang that many aspirants can only dream of, but do you really think she has lived up to the hype that Sony Channel has (superficially) created around her?

Seriously yaar, I just can’t stand this woman. I find her holier than thou portrayal quite irritating and the whole “Look I am so bubbly” behavior is way too sugary, so much so that I am scared if I watch her for long I might end up as a diabetic patient. Okay, that was a lame joke but hopefully you get the point.

However, the worst for me was when she was declared the sole winner of Jhalak Dikhla Ja 1, while the most deserving contestant, Shweta Salve, was left empty handed. To this day I believe Mona Singh’s victory was a fabrication. Sony wanted to re-launch her and Jhalak Dikhla Ja was the perfect platform.

And it didn’t stop there, even with JDJ 2, initially Shweta was signed to host the show but without notice, my gal was again replaced by what’s her face, ya rite, Mona Singh.

 After watching the first episode last night, I have to agree that JDJ 2 is looking far more promising than Nach Baliye 3 but the inclusion of the Mona factor is a huge turn-off for me. I mean the way she was laughing (more like heehawing), it felt as if the Sony bosses had pumped up x amount of laughing gas into her. And matching her equally pathetic antics was her co-host, the extra-loud Rohit Roy.

However on the positive side, the new season judges are far better than the likes of Isha Koppikar and David Dhawan. Though I still can’t figure out why choreographer Shiamak Davar’s Hindi speaking skills are so c-grade considering the fact that he is from Mumbai city and works in the Hindi Film Industry. On the other hand, no matter how good Ms. Urmila Matondkar's Hindi diction may be, she still sounds so crass. Participants wise, I love Sandhya Mridul and having someone like Cyrus Broacha, the ever-ready-talking-battery, can only guarantee much more entertainment. The other 10 celebrities include the likes of Indian Idol host Mini Mathur, famous dancer and TV actress Sudha Chandran, Music Director Aadesh Srivastava and former Indian Hockey Coach Mir Ranjan Negi (the Chak De dude), actress Sonali Kulkarni and one other television actress. Oh! And did I mention, it also stars that “stinking blob of crap” named Mika Singh.

So yeah overall season two of Jhalak Dikhla Ja maybe better but as long as Rakhi Sawant is there on Nach Baliye 3, nothing else matters.

Saakshi O. Juneja is an active blogger, feminist and overboard dog lover. Currently working as a Business Development Manager for a sportswear manufacturing company in Mumbai, India. Did graduation in Marketing & Advertising from Sydney, Australia. As far as blogging is a complete Blog-a-holic.
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October 4, 2007
10:05 AM

sakshi pl count me among one of your gundies...i hope rakhi wins...she is real good entertainment should be there till the end!

October 11, 2007
06:03 PM

I agree, Mona is annoying as hell. Her forced 'bubbly' demeanor really gets on my nerves.

Apart from that, I'm really enjoying JDJ season 2 more than NB.

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