The Remix

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively, mildly sexy Bollywood-themed music contest.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series showcases popular Indian music and the country's native talent. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The judges are honest and direct, but not mean. 

Violence
Sex

Some sexy dancing; dancers wear short skirts and show off their midriff. Lyrics occasionally refer to "being sexy." 

Language
Consumerism

Popular Bollywood tracks featured. References to Instagram and other social media platforms. Apple computers visible (but logo isn't prominently featured). 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Remix is an Indian music competition series featuring singers and music producers performing remixes of popular Bollywood songs. Some of the lyrics talk about being sexy, and some dance moves are suggestive. But the overall show is family-friendly, and offers a fun opportunity to experience India's popular music scene. There are references to social media platforms like Instagram, and Apple computers are sometimes visible. 

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What's the story?

THE REMIX is a music competition series that highlights the new sound of Indian music. Hosted by actor Karan Tacker, it features 10 teams, each consisting of one singer and one music producer, showing off their unique singing, scratching, and remixing skills by putting their own spin on popular Bollywood songs. Each week they must re-create music to a different theme, and then give a larger-than-life performance in front of a studio audience and a panel of judges, including singer Sunidhi Chauhan, Bollywood music composer Amit Trivedi, and music producer Udyan Sagar, aka Nucleya. They score each team on singing and music production, and at the end of each episode, the team with the lowest score is eliminated. The winning team is crowned The Remix champions. 

Is it any good?

This lively series features lots of popular Bollywood tunes being performed and remixed in various styles. The contestants, who range from classically trained artists to singers and DJs from India's underground music scene, are briefly shown, singing and rerecording. They also touch on the challenges they are facing while preparing for that week's competition. But it's the colorful and energetic presentations in front of the studio audience, which feature singing, scratching, dancing, and other elements, that are the most fun to watch. 

Fans of popular Indian music will most likely find themselves singing and dancing along to the remixed versions of their favorite tracks. But viewers unfamiliar with the Bollywood tradition, in which lyrics are mostly sung in Punjabi, and the performances are larger-than-life, may find it a bit over-the top if they compare it to Western-style music competitions. The conversations and critiques, which are spoken in a mixture of English and Hindi, are sometimes hard to follow, too. Nonetheless, if you enjoy music, The Remix offers an entertaining opportunity to experience India's domestic music scene.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bollywood. How is it similar to Hollywood? How is it different? What makes it so well-known around the world? 

  • Families can talk about music competitions. Why are they fun to watch? 

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For kids who love competitions

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