Fans of Indian reality TV were barely done fanning themselves after the various shenanigans involving Gauhar, Kushal, Armaan, Tanisha, Andy etc when Colors TV have foisted on the public another bit of TV that’s proving to be compelling.
‘India’s Got Talent’, whilst not quite in the vein of Bigg Boss 7, is fast proving to be gripping even for the most ardent members of the snobby anti-Reality TV brigade.
The Indian version of the omnipresent Simon Cowell’s even more ubiquitous talent contest features some heavyweight judges, including mega filmmaker Karan Johar, the languidly beautiful model and film producer Malaika Arora Khan and veteran actress Khirron Kher.
Not for India former TV stars with dubious singing careers, loud-mouthed wives of bat-eating rock singers, former Spice Girls or New York radio DJ’s whose studio guests mostly include Playboy playmates.
The 2014 season of India’s Got Talent, the fifth edition of the show, has already featured one-legged dancers, human fireballs, a man whose eye balls seem to exist in two wholly different postcodes and a plethora of dance troupes.
This week saw a performance by a pudgy little fellow who is sure to capture the public’s imagination.
Dressed in the dull-khaki of an Indian Police Service officer, Akshat Singh walked into the stage – looking like your typical overfed eight-year-old of an over-doting mother – and proceeded to blow the judges and audience away with a dance routine that combined everything from Michael Jackson to Bollywood’s finest “Item Number” girls.
The video of Akshat’s magnificent performance has already racked up nearly a million hits on YouTube.
Johar was so moved that he exclaimed: “I’m in shock, this agility for this weight, it’s just outstanding!”
Malaika Khan added: “Nobody can match your rhythm.”
Here’s a look at the fabulous routine.