I know its been a while since we went to shoot for the Farhan Akthar show, ‘Oye Its Friday’. And this time round, I have been waiting to make this post till today very intentionally! This is to announce that we are featured TONIGHT on ‘Oye Its Friday!’. Watch it on NDTV Imagine at 10 PM.
Now for the long story!
We landed up at the magnificient ‘YashRaj Film Studio’ in Mumbai bright and early and ready to shoot for the first time on a talkshow on National TV! We were hustled into one of the many changing rooms where we just about managed to keep our luggage and had to leave to the studio for a sound check!
The sound check passed off without incident and was quite a breeze actually because of the lovely Nitin Joshi who was handling sound that day and also photography! infact, all these photos that you see are courtesy him! He is a total case of a man who is torn between two passions and is excellent at both!
Back to the story, After sound check we met everyone from ‘Jazz Junction’, the in-house band for the show who are capable of so much more than you see them play on the show each week! and each of them is a brilliant musician and singer in his/her own right. They informed us that we were infact, the first band that ever played everything live on the show and we were sounding good that day! it was a HUGE pat on the back! To go on National TV with the confidence that we can nail our stuff live!
Once that was done, it was time for us to go get some ‘make up’ on and come back down totally transformed for the show. By now, the man himself, Saurav ‘Dada’ Ganguly was on set finishing his part of the show before he left and we could go up on stage! Dada though had to leave early and was not on stage with us for later part of the show or to watch us perform!
We had to do two songs on stage and they would pick and edit our performance later to suit the format of the show. So we went up and belted ‘Mysore se Aayi’ and ‘Hey Bhagwan’ and the people from the show said it was a wrap after the first time itself! and we were just warming up and thought it was a run through! However, we were not so happy with the rendition of Hey Bhagwan and chose to repeat that song.
At this point I must make a mention of the lovely audience! These guys are extras who were brought in to the show and were strictly instructed to “Clap and show energy when the band is playing live!” but honestly, looking at them that day, I don’t think they were going wild just because they were instructed to
In all fairness to them, they put a whole lot of excitement and enthusiasm in us and it was just plain fun to play for them!
We were then called back on stage for the finale of the show and met Farhan Akthar who remembered us from the ‘Rock Gig’ that we had played months back! he chatted us up before going up on stage to do the end credits along with all the performers of the night and the ‘Oye Girls!’.
So the Moral of the story – The show airs tonight, Friday, 27th of February between 10 and 11 PM on NDTV Imagine. Make sure you tune in! and please do tell us what you thought of our performance!
Thanks in advance and I just have to do this .. “OYE!!”