Proud to be Indian

When it comes to entertainment, our Union Minister for Railways, Laloo Prasad Yadav does not like anything other than the desi stuff. So, before he accepted the offer of being a special guest on Zee’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, he made sure that all the participants would only wear Indian attire. Even the show’s theme, which was earlier a western one, had to be changed to an Indian theme on Laloo’s insistence.

Says a source, “The creative team of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa were quite apprehensive before approaching Laloo. They were wondering if he’d accept their offer. But, they were pleasantly surprised when the Laloo agreed to be a guest on the show. But, he had just one pre-condition. His public relation officer told the creative team that Laloo wants none of the female participants to wear western clothes.”

“As the team did not want to take any chances, they changed the show’s theme from western to Indian. All the participants, including anchor Aaditya Narayan and the judges, will wear traditional costumes,” adds the source.

Payaol Patel, creative director of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, confirms the news and says, “It was easy to approach Lalooji’s as his PRO is an avid watcher of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. As the episode’s theme is UP-Bihar, all the female participants will be wearing ghagra-cholis while the male participants, judges and anchor will be wearing dhoti and kurta. Getting the Union Minister for Railways as a guest on our show is a big achievement for us, so we are also transforming the set into a village.”

The show’s judges Ismail Darbar, Himesh Reshammiya, Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani and Bappi Lahiri

The security measures on the show have been made tighter for Laloo’s arrival. The security arrangements were already very high after Himesh Reshmamiya, who is a judge on the show, got threats from the underworld.

“Lalooji will be arriving on a charter plan from Delhi. He will also have his special security from the Union Ministry. We also have arranged for special security on the sets,” Payaol says.

The creative team of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa was really surprised when they realised Laloo Prasad Yadav’s popularity. “Everyone from the Pakistani participants, Amanat, Junaid, and Musarrat and Mouli from the US is a big fan of Lalooji. I guess he is one political personality who is popular across all age groups,” adds Payaol.

Ranjib Mazumder


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