Alka and Adhesh cross swords


The television music talent show “Voice Of India” is facing a crisis after one of the judge singer Alka Yagnik decided to quit the show. She has been having problem with another judge Aadesh Shrivastava.

But the flashpoint was reached last week when Shrivastava objected to the show’s producer-director Gajendra Singh referring to Yagnik as the “Melody Queen”.

Yagnik did not take this intervention lightly and decided to walk out.

Shrivastava said: “It’s true I objected to Yagnik being called a Melody Queen. As far as I’m concerned there’s only one Melody Queen, and that’s Lataji.” Programme producer Gajendra Singh is now caught in a fix.

“Alkaji is upset. I think addressing her, as a ‘Melody Queen’ is fair. Look at how successful her innings has been. If I can call Aadeshji the ‘Nayaa Naghmon Ka Nawab’ on the show, why can’t I call Alkaji ‘Melody Queen’?” He added: “Alkaji isn’t reachable right now. But she’s under contract with us and is professional enough to know she can’t walk away so suddenly.” However, on being questioned about the issue, Yagnik replied: “Lata Didi is immortal. She’s the Melody Goddess, far superior to all other singers. And by the way what’s Aadesh Shrivastava’s problem?” Yagnik added, “I’ve decided to quit as I felt there was a lot of misbehaviour and uncalled-for chillum-chilli (screaming and shouting). I feel the judges will lose the respect of the public with such conduct,” she said. “I’ve decided to quit the show, but gracefully.”