By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: The entire team of Junior Indian Idol is giggling and cracking up with laughter, all thanks to Telugu superstar Ram Charan Teja’s major goof-up at the music contest’s grand finale last week.
Ram Charan, new to Mumbai and its vibrant versatile and often contradictory entertainment industry, put his foot firmly in his mouth when during the recording of the finale he turned to the Junior Indian Idol judges music composers Vishal and Shekhar and told them in all sincerity that he loved their music in Chennai Express.
“Specially the Lungi dance.”
An eerie embarrassed hush fell over the gathering. Ram Charan’s co-star Priyanka Chopra apparently didn’t know where to look.
For those who came in late, the aforementioned Lungi song was actually composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh. Vishal and Shekhar, who had done the rest of the Chennai Express music, were deeply affronted by Honey Singh’s interpolation.
Says a guest from the Junior Indian Idol finale, “For a minute everyone went deathly quiet when Ram Charan congratulated Vishal-Shekhar for the Lungi dance number. And then Priyanka Chopra was so embarrassed she spoke very fast and rushed out of the set with Ram Charan. We are sure she gave Ram Charan a mouthful because when they returned he looked red-faced and apologetic.”
Needless to say, Ram Charan’s lungi faux pas was duly edited from telecast.
In his defence, a friend of Ramcharan says, “Ram is new to Mumbai and Bollywood. He is still trying to find his bearings here.”