Mix and match

Annu Kapoor on hosting the battle of genres

He literally anchored the format called talent show on Indian television. Remember Meri Awaaz Suno? Those were the days when talent was not judged by text messages, there were no squabbles among the judges and no romantic angles between the participants. And most importantly, talent was not muzzled using the excuse of reality TV.

But today Annu Kapoor, who has returned for another talent show, Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka on NDTV Imagine, is apprehensive.

Produced by his old friend Gajendra Singh, it is a contest among three genres — Sufi, folk and Bollywood.

“I am confident about the format but how the content will unfold is anybody’s guess. I accepted to host the show because the concept is different from what we have seen in the past. As it is a contest among genres rather than participants, people will vote for genres and not participants, as has been the case in the past. But the issue is whether our audience is qualified enough to understand the difference between these genres. During the show they have to be explained the nuances of each.”

Annu, with his vast knowledge of all three, is game to do the needful but for now the channel has given the responsibility to three mentors — Rahat Ali Khan, Ila Arun and Anand Raj Anand.

“I don’t mince words. There are chances of it going off balance because Bollywood music with its popular image has the advantage, but at the same time the good thing is that the format rests the responsibility of eliminating the participant on the mentors. If, for instance, Sufi gets the least votes in one episode, then Rahat has to pick the weakest link in his team and he would be eliminated.”

Annu will be soon seen with Farhan Akhtar in Fakir. Then there is Do Dilo Ke Khel Main followed by a Bangla film with Kaushik Ganguly.