The Asianet Star Singer in its 6th installment provided with a variety of singers. Usually, I do not watch them since the entire process is long and arduous, however insanely talented the singers are. But this season’s finale had a terrific performance by Merin Gregory, who later on won the contest. Watch the video from 38:06 to listen to Merin sing the popular song Mere Dholna from Bhool Bhulaiya, originally sung by Shreya Ghoshal and M G Sreekumar (incidentally a judge in the above show).
The amount of hard work and rigorous practice is visible in her rendition which is absolutely breath-taking. This performance shows that practice, indeed, makes perfect. TriviaBhool Bhulaiya is a 2007 Priyadarshan Hindi movie, a remake of the classic 1993 Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu. Priyadarshan was one of the 5 directors of the movie, others being Fazil, Siddique-Lal and Sibi Malayil, legends in their own rights. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and fetchedShobana her 1st National Award for Best Actress at a young age of 23. Later remade, in rather uncreative manners 3 times in different languages – Kannada (Apthamitra – Soundarya ), Tamil–Telugu (Chandramukhi – Jyotika) and Hindi – the movies met with astounding commercial success. While the original Malayalam movie features the lead character suffering from the split personality of a Tamil dancer, Kannada and Tamil features a Telugu dancer, Telugu featured a Tamil dancer and Hindi featured a Bengali dancer. Still wondering why no ghost dancer ever spoke Malayalam!
Mere Dholna – Bhool Bhulaiya
Oru Murai Vanthu – Manichithrathaazhu