Antakshari – Singing game on Zee Tv – Annu Kapoor, Pallavi Joshi memories
Antakshari was a hit with family viewers who loved to sing their old favourites and novel hit movie tunes. It was hosted by Annu Kapoor from 1994 to 2005, lengthways with co-hosts such as Rajeshwari Sachdev, Pallavi Joshi, Durga Jasraj, Renuka Shahane, and Shefali Chhaya, between others.
The 1993 display Antakshari brought the nation together. Relations waited for the show to sing their old favourites and new hit film tunes each workweek.
The music-based show was held by Annu Kapoor from 1994 to 2005, along with co-hosts such as Rajeshwari Sachdev, Pallavi Joshi, Durga Jasraj, Renuka Shahane, and Shefali Chhaya, between others. The show was the idea of Gajendra Singh.
Recipe for the success of Antakshari
Pallavi, who was on display for five years, feels it was sure to be a “success.” She says, “It had intrinsic Indian values. But today, such informal have taken a backseat.” Pallavi was a bit sceptical about singing on the show.
“she didn’t know if I could sing on stage,” she says. Before shooting the first episode, Pallavi was nervous and “couldn’t leave the makeup room.”
She adds, “she sang ‘Tohra Mann darpan kehlaaye,’ but my mother, a music instructor, expressed to me that she sang badly.” She later got suggestions from a musical group on the songs that suited her speech. She would sing three tunes per incident and rehearse for two days before the new growth.
Pallavi textures her equation with “Annuji was the best.” She says, “We pretended a lot, but the nastiest part was when he sang. Once, he ongoing singing ‘Ishq Ishq,’ which was a 13 to 14-minute song. Extra time, he sang ‘Saj Rahi Gali meri ma’ and turned to me. I sang the chorus line,
In Loop Mode in Antakshari
Pallavi recalls how Gajendra once required them to intone the song ‘Mere Dil ka woh shehzada,’ which neither needed to need then to. “Annuji expressed to me that we will sing the tune for so many years that he will never need to hear it again. We shot for that event on a stage created on a pond. Annuji skipped into the pond while I was singing. They had to keep singing the song till he repaid,” she says with a laugh.
Ask him around how it keeps on to effort with multiple co-hosts, and Annu says, “I adjusted with everyone. They do not ever try to patronize or overpower anyone, contrary to the reports in the media. Only Rajeshwari and Renuka spoke in my favour back then.”
Apart from the regular Alphabet antakshari of songs, you can play the word antakshari, where you as the host can pick any random word and give it to the teams who have to sing a song early from that word. For example, if you select ‘Aaja’ as the word. Groups can sing ‘Aaja sham hone payee or Aaja Aaja main hoon Pyar term or ‘Aaja Piya the Pyar doon,’ etc.
A variation to the above could be picking a random word from the ongoing song, and the next team sings a song starting from that word. For example, from ‘Aaja Aaja main hoon Pyar there उ select and give ‘Pyar’ as the word to the next team and they sing ‘प्यार किया नहीं जाता हो जाता hai.’
You can also play a celebrity round where the team will sing songs of only one star. You do variations with Music Directors, Singers, even Movies too.
If you can arrange chits and buzzers. you can put different words in each chit and distribute it amongst the teams who will say the word one by one. And a team that identifies the song can hit the buzzer and sing it.
If you have a DJ system or someone to play songs on the laptop, you can play prelude/interlude music round where you only play instrumental music of a song, and teams have to identify and sing the song.
Rounds of the Game in Antakshari
The show is very recently joined an antakshari competition, and as a matter of fact, it was quite a tough competition. Here are a few rounds that took place which may be helpful for you as well:
Opening Roud: A set of 15 Bollywood knowledge requests; for example, which is Amitabh Bachhan’s first movie?
Pieces can be using some apps.
Round 5 (Tune identification round): Here, as the name suggests, some tune part of a song is played, and it can be a buzzer round where the first team to identify the song by the tune gets the point.
Round 6 (Dialogue identification): Here, dialogues from two movies are synchronized and played. and also the team to identify both films gets the point.
A few thoughts that came to my attention are
1. One idea is to prepare chits with the names of songs. One person from the team will enact the music, and the others will guess it. Once thought, they must sing another song picturized on the song’s actor and actress.