- The famous singing reality show ‘Indian Idol 12’ has been recently criticised for a special episode on Kishore Kumar.
- Amit Kumar, son of Kishore Kumar who was a special judge for the special edition of Indian Idol also said he didn’t enjoy the show and wanted to stop it midway.
- He also said that the creators of the show asked him to praise all the contestants.
The contestants and judges on last week’s episode of Sony TV’s singing reality show Indian Idol 12 paid tribute to the legendary singer and actor Kishore Kumar. Over the course of the two episodes, they sang 100 songs by the singer, and the creators also invited his son, singer-composer Amit Kumar, as a special guest.
However, viewers were dissatisfied with the episode’s quality. Many people said that the show’s contestants and judges, Neha Kakkar, Himesh Reshammiya, and Anu Malik, had ruined Kishore Kumar’s songs.
The son of legendary singer Amit Kumar agreed with the netizens and said that he, too, wanted the episodes to be paused in the middle. He, like the audience, was dissatisfied with how the show’s creators chose to honour his father.
Kumar was asked about his thoughts on the episode in a recent interview with The Times of India, and he said, “Frankly, I wanted to stop the episode,” adding that he was asked to praise every contestant regardless of their performance. “I followed the instructions. Sabko praise kamana hai, I was told. Since it’s a tribute to Kishore da, I was told that jo jaisa bhi gaaye usko uplift karna hai. I expected it would be a tribute to my father. But once I arrived, I simply did as I was told. I had asked them to send me parts of the script ahead of time, but nothing came of it,” Kumar explained.
Ho gaya na mausam awesome #IdolShanmukhapriya ki performance ke baad? Dekhte rahiye #IndianIdol2020 Sat-Sun raat 9:30 baje, sirf Sony par.@iAmNehaKakkar @VishalDadlani #HimeshReshammiya #AdityaNarayan @fremantle_india @The_AnuMalik @GangulyAmitK @ShanmukhapriyaO pic.twitter.com/taIGGk1teR— sonytv (@SonyTV) May 10, 2021
“With all due respect to Amitji, it is never easy to honour the legacy of a legend in an hour or two. But, considering the circumstances, we still try our hardest to put on a great show. Due to the pandemic, we were forced to film in Daman with a small crew, minimal rehearsals, and a different set. Week after week, we continue to release new episodes as most other channels broadcast reruns of their programs,” host Aditya Narayan told Spotboye in response to his remarks.
On Monday, a Twitter user expressed his dissatisfaction with Anu Malik and Neha Kakkar’s performance on Kishore Kumar’s song. “#IndianIdol2021 #indianidol #SonyLIV please spare Kishore Kumar’s songs..this is the worst singing I’ve ever witnessed of Kishore’s songs.. @iAmNehaKakkar @The AnuMalik and all participants have screwed all my favourite songs,” he tweeted. “Neha Kakkar, do whatever you want with your songs,” another user wrote. Please don’t ruin Kishore Kumar Sir’s songs #IndianIdol #100SongsOfKishoreKumar.”
Check out how viewers reacted to the latest episodes of Indian Idol 12:
Sorry to say, but Himesh is murdering the legendary Kishor Kumar songs on #indianidol. The contestants are so much better.— Nitin Deshpande (@nitingdeshpande) May 9, 2021
“I didn’t enjoy the episode at all,” Amit Kumar said when asked about Kakkar and Reshammiya’s poor singing.
Indian Idol 12, hosted by singer-actor Aditya Narayan, is being filmed in Daman because filming in Mumbai is prohibited. Apart from Kakkar and Reshammiya, the show is judged by Vishal Dadlani, who has been replaced by Malik before the team returns to Mumbai.