Help­ing youth re­con­nect with our cul­ture: Son­akshi

Not an un­usual show for her to judge, Sinha ar­gues that Om Shanti Om draws masses to­wards In­dian bha­jans

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AT a time when Bol­ly­wood’s lead­ing ladies are strug­gling to ac­com­mo­date films in their busy sched­ules, Son­akshi Sinha has been jug­gling her Bol­ly­wood out­ings with tele­vi­sion shows. Al­though she has shows like In­dian Idol Ju­nior (2015) and Nach Baliye 8 on her re­sume, Sinha took her fans by sur­prise when she agreed to be part of a de­vo­tional mu­sic show, Om Shanti Om, ear­lier this year. “I am a spir­i­tual per­son,” Sinha rea­sons about the show that sees con­tes­tants belt out con­tem­po­rary ver­sions of bha­jans. “The con­cept ex­cited me. It is an in­ter­est­ing way to en­able the youth to re­con­nect with our cul­ture. To­day, we pri­mar­ily lis­ten to rock, jazz and other gen­res.”

As though Sinha’s ap­point­ment on the judges’ panel was not sur­pris­ing enough, the mak­ers also caught view­ers off-guard by rop­ing in yoga guru, Swami Ramdev. Sinha re­veals that it was Ramdev who “found the divine voices [par­tic­i­pants]”. “He is lively and in­spir­ing, be­cause at his age, he is healthy and fit. He has a great sense of hu­mour,” she says. The dis­cus­sion on the de­plet­ing qual­ity of con­tent on tele­vi­sion is not lost on Sinha, who in­stantly draws at­ten­tion to­wards in­ter­na­tional shows for in­spi­ra­tion. “The scale on which Western tele­vi­sion se­ries are be­ing mounted make them syn­ony­mous to movies. Prob­a­bly, peo­ple want to see such shows be­ing made in In­dia. Bet­ter con­tent is the need of the hour, and with the tal­ent avail­able here, it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore our shows also make a mark glob­ally.” Cur­rently busy film­ing for the se­quel of Happy Bhag Jayegi, Sinha says jug­gling work for the big and small screen leaves her with lit­tle time for other com­mit­ments. Yet, the tube en­ables her to con­nect with a wider au­di­ence. “Tele­vi­sion has a wider reach. I can con­nect with a lot of peo­ple.”

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