Laughter Challenge

I had been lamenting for long that Indian Media (Hindi Music/Movie & includes other regionals ones too),lacks innovation barring very few exceptions there has been absolutely no innovation in these medium. Thats why I stopped which hindi movies, serials, stopped listening to songs. Anything that I liked turned out to my utter dismay a ripoff(imitation) of something else. Now some of my friends being very touchy about this would say thats all crap and how does one “explain the huge boat loads of money all these movies, serials make.” Well there are only two great strategies one is innovation and other one is immitation. So yeah they are using a good strategy to succeed, but then that is not sufficient in the long. And advice to the media companies, take a leaf out of the note of the success of “Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in Star One. Rashmi had once blogged that among the new entrants in TV channels , Star One is the better than others out there , ( a lot better than zoom) , she is quite right. Laughter challenge is a good testimony to that.
There is absolutely no doubt that this program fall in the innovation category. It is unbelievably good, its additictive, You have to watch it to believe it, it is so good that every one that I recommend it to everyone I know with the gaurantee that they would love it. Well while all other channels are busy creating dismal reality shows like Indian Idol,Gurukul , blah blah and whatever other crap , Star One did a very smart thing and came upwith this show. They recognized the very simple fact that “Everyone likesto have a hearty laugh” and created a platform where a talented few where chosen and given chance to showcase their talent and make the audience laugh.I wait with great eagerness for friday to come to watch a TV show.(It is surprising to me considering that I never watch any of the these TV show). You have to see it yourself to believe. Check out these clips which I got hold of from somewhere .(link may expire soon).A simple but a very good innovation after a very very long time from an Indian channel. Kudos to Star one for that.
Well those who keep track of itwould know that the finals of this show ended last friday and from today onwards it would be called the”Great Indian Laughter Champions” but will it be as good as the “LaughterChampion” was. It is relatively easy to innovate once but to repeat that isone hell of a task, the expectations or bar gets set very high. Lets seewhats going to happen tonight at 10.00. Even google did not innovate much after first time the way it did with search.
I like the show but I have my complaints too, something which the bigmedias will never understand is transparency. Audience ( atleast the one’slike me) like transparency, but transparency was not there at all in theshow. For Instance Sunil Pal won the finals in the challenge ( i agree with shekhar & siddu that this guy is frickingenius no doubt about that) but on the finals day Ehsaan Qureshi’s performance was the best. Ehsaaan has unique style he repeats itagain & again there is no variety but inspite of that he makes people laugh. Sunil content & variety is breathtaking but I still felt that by judging on the performance on the final day Ehsaan should have won. Another thing that I don’t understand is that why is notEhsaan goingto be a part anymore and whom Googi ( a brilliant comedian but was shelved earlier) is being taken , what is the basis ??
Nonetheless this show really kicked ass.
PS: One subtle thing that I like very much about this there is not much ofartificial background laughter in this show unlike any other comedy show.
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53 thoughts on “Laughter Challenge

  1. True, I too felt Ehsaan Qureshi could be the champion. On the other hand the one from Bombay(Sunil is it? the one with takes on bargirl?) was better than the winner.

    Anyways, whole on whole quite a great programme to hit the tv screens lately. Btw, watch out for Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, quite a watchable one too.

    Comedy is def coming of age.

  2. The ‘bar girl’ was Naveen Prabhakar. I liked him a lot but he ranks according to me at no 4 🙂

    Sarahhai did not generate the same kind of excitement as GILC did.

  3. Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai sucks (it is good occassionally). The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is good. Rankings should go this way.
    1. Ehsaan Qureshi
    2. Sunil Pal
    3. Navin Prabhakar
    4. Raju Srivastav
    5. Bhagwant Mann
    6. Parag Kansara

    For any right thinking and intelligent citizen, the true champion is Ehsaan Qureshi. Although Sunil Pal was good (in fact, too good), he won it on the strong backing of Johnny Lever. Yet again, after Indian Idol, we do not have a worthy champion in our compeitions. Sorry to say, in India true Chapions always lose.

  4. Don’t agree with Mayur with regards to Ehsaan Qureshi being the true champion. No doubt he was good but his style remained the same throughout the competition. I think Raju Srivastav should have been the champion. Although his jokes were not very outstanding, it was his facial expressions that had the audience in splits. Additionally, I also think that Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai is an excellent comedy show.

  5. sunil pal sucks!! i think the clear winner shud be raju bhai bcoz he has gr8 innovative ideas and brings out newer topics every week…..pal can only do some light mimicry .ehsaan is good in a way…..but i think on the basis of fresh comedy, i vote raju as the winner

  6. @vijith

    I agree that his style is very routine, that way the best variety is only brought out by Raju, not even sunil does justice to variety that much.
    But the thing with ehsaan despite his style being the same , you still can’t stop yourself laughing from his antic.

    @rakesh

    Raju is no doubt very good, my suggestion of ehsaan was just purely based on the final day’s performance. I think in the episode just before the finalone , raju was most brilliant ( of all). “The goonda doing pravachan”.

    I don’t find sunil pal sucks that much but it is ehsaan who is my favourite.

    Cheers,
    Rajan

  7. Hi All,
    I know Sunil Pal has won the competition. Can anybody tell what were others position(Rank) on the final day ? Because I had missed the final.

    thanks,
    Ashish

  8. Ehesaan Qureshi is the best.
    The moment he says ‘mallika sherawaaaaaat’… you understand lots of fun is coming you way.

  9. Ehsaan Qureshi rokks
    Raju also is very good….
    wat i cant understand till now… is …. how the hell did Sunil Pal win the championship…its still a mystery to me
    navin prabhakar also is very kool
    however.. Ehsaan Qureshis shayaris makesone swing with happiness

  10. hi nka_cool,

    I do think that Sunil Pal is brilliant and some of his stuff is really genius but as I said my personal favourite is Ehsaan Qureshi 🙂

    Rajan

  11. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is good. Rankings should go this way.
    1. Raju srivastva
    2. Navin Prabhakar
    3. Sunil pal
    4. Ehsaan Qureshi
    5. Bhagwant Mann
    6. Parag Kansara

    pls send me clip of anyone in the list………..Thanks

  12. hi guyz…
    this second round of the chapionships is great!!!
    wats more special is that… this time round.. we hav our dear neighbours … a few ppeople from pakistan too participating in it…
    weather our politicians can do it or not…. our film and tv faternity are surely taking the olive branch across the border… its very heartening… and very satisfying to see it all happening..
    hav a nice day….
    enjoy!!!.. with the laughter challengee!!

  13. hi naveen.
    chaltee hai kya.
    ha ha ha ha ha ha
    hey i m your very big fan.
    i m crazy about your comments on bar girls .
    i realy very much like you

  14. My Name is Sanjeev Khurana from Noida. I can do mimicry of some actors and also of these laughter challenge guys. I also want good clips of Ehsaan Qureshi, Raju Shrivastava, Suneel Paul, Naveen Prabhakar, Parag kansara, Vinod kumar- Dhaniya ka baap Baniya , Wali Sheikh from Pakistan etc.

    I am doing a show today in Delhi. So please send me these clips as early as possible at my id sanjeev.khurana@xansa.com

  15. please send the videos of naveen prabhakar(every of his episode)& raju srivasthav.im a big fan of naveen prabhakar,so plz kindly do this favour.also send me the videos of sunil pal , jimmy moses & deepak raja.thanx a lot

  16. hai this is prathyusha and i’m a great fan of all the old champions no no no no they are always new i mean Gajodhar bhayya,julee,ratan etc.
    i love shekar and siddu saab and one more thing that i love pari’s anchoring.
    and
    please send me some video clips so that i can enjoy them with my family ever ever ever.
    and this is prathyusha saying good bye and hope more laughs from you.bye

  17. HI all im fan of Raju Sharivastu is the best he is the winner
    plz any have 9 sep video or audio i cannot see it on 9 sep
    and i have audio of Sunial Pal, Raju, and Navin PAHCHAN KON ?
    and many more any need conted me amjoyo@hotmail.com
    muhammad_joyo@yahoo,com From Pakistan

  18. thx rajan i got it yar but there is a flas player problem but i vil download it… n mohammad joyo sahab y dont u mention any site yar.. welll i need navin clips.. plzz give me..

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    We are the LIONS CLUB OF BAHRAIN. We are very keen to host you all so that we can continue to undertake our social activities. Our motto is to serve. Please do respond to me at the above E Mail for further discussions on the subject

  20. make up man!make man app bhi bohot bada gajab dhate hooooooooooooooooooooooo
    parijat ki make up karwane main 1 ghanta lagwate hooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    aur sidhuji ko 1 min main niptate ho

  21. HI

    Raju Shrivastav is the Ultimate King of All Comedians.
    Every Episode he has created and come out with a new concept.
    The best thing of him is… he explanin the characters and bulids the environment such that we will feel that we are experiencing …..

    I dont think SUnil pal is as good of Raju as He always comes with the concept of being as a drunken man and create the jokes.
    Thanks Jyothsna.
    Jyothsna

  22. Raju Srivastava is the best.
    what a funny moment when he says majak majak mein bahut log aa gaye hain……..
    he has also given his gretest performance in sholay plays ……..
    thakurwa……….

  23. i want a clip of Raju Srivastava is the best.
    what a funny moment when he says majak majak mein bahut log aa gaye hain……..
    he has also given his gretest performance in sholay plays ……..
    thakurwa

  24. hi…..hansi ka maha dose, yes friends laughter challenge !!!! but I have heard that LC part 3 is gonna begin soon!!! Is it true?. Well the older ones, Yes the laughter challenge 1 and 2 !!!!!! u can always get the clips on http:/broadband.indya.com, this site have downloadable clips .

  25. Raju is a wonderful actor & he can’t be matched by anyone . he is an born entertainer.
    keep it up buddy .
    You rock!!!!!!!

  26. Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai is an excellent programme . This is the only show worth watching. Monisha has done fabulous acting with Sahil , Satish Shah & Pathak

    Pls start showing again at proper timings 9-11pm & repeat telecast sundays

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