Season 1 Episode 11

A Sitar is Born

Aired Thursday 10:30 PM Jan 20, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Todd hears Madhuri's singing in the bathroom, he is taken by her beautiful voice. Hoping to get her to enter a local talent contest, he offers pay the entrance fee for anyone interested in signing up, which leads to the unintended outcome of Gupta taking up his offer.

Meanwhile, Jerry insists on the hold music being changed. When the repairman arrives, Todd is forced to face an Indian custom which he finds unscrupulous and 'un-American.'moreless

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  • Garbage

    This show is example of the Ignorance of America.With unemployment over 16%, All of G.E. Manufacturing in India.This show is a slap in our face.How could you support this? Guarantee there isn't any fans out looking for jobs! Disgraceful!! Shows how detached people are.Next will be a show about all the Homeless that lost their jobs to outsourcing.I think i will pitch that.It will be number 1! Or a show about China owning us!!Those two shows will be the truth.So people need to wake up and pay attention to whats going on.A show about outsourcing American jobs,Seriously are you really thinking this through..moreless
  • They can sing & dance too!

    This episode was a great showcase for the cast's varied talents. What I want to know is: was that Anisha Nagarajan's (Madhuri) actual singing voice, or is she a consummate lip-syncer? Great choice of songs and a stunning performance of "Eternal Flame". And what about Parvesh Cheena (Gupta)? Usually he portrays an awkward geek, but in this episode he really shakes it up! Finally, the scene where Charlie gets caught up in the circle of bribery is hilarious. "I need to go to the ATM." It's good to see Outsourced back after the long holiday hiatus. Looking forward to more crazy episodes. Let's see more Tanya (Pippa Black)!moreless
  • My Favorite Episode so far

    That was great - and very different. It was great to see the talents of the cast on display, and what a talented group they are! I really, really enjoyed Anisha's performance and the voices of the others, especially Rizwan, we a treat also. The opening number was a surprise, a very well done surprise!

    The Susan Boyle allusion got me to listen to some of her work on YouTube. It's playing while I am writing this. She's got voice of angel and could easily be a member of the heavenly hosts who sing Alleluia in Silent Night.

    Anyway, back to the show. The side story of the crossed telephone wires and what it takes to get such things fixed in India was a great compliment to the main storyline.moreless
Shay Naqvi

Shay Naqvi

Stage Performer

Guest Star

Keith Lal

Keith Lal

Phone Repairman

Guest Star

Thushari Jayasekera

Thushari Jayasekera


Recurring Role

Guru Singh

Guru Singh


Recurring Role

Sharmila Devar

Sharmila Devar

CC Worker #9

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Rajiv: Sir, I cannot tell if you are being deliberately obtuse, but in India it is customary for service repairmen to receive a small sum of money before they commence work.
      Todd: What? So even though we have a service contract with this company, we still have to bribe him?
      Rajiv: Bribe? That is an ugly, ugly, entirely appropriate word.

    • (watching Gupta dance)
      Rajiv: Shall I call the authorities? It appears that a dancing bear has gotten loose in the call center.

    • (trying to convince Madhuri to enter a talent contest and be discovered)
      Madhuri: Sir, I'm already living my dream. I have a great job, I make enough money to provide for my family. I'm happy the way things are.
      Todd: Really? That's great. You know, not a lot of people can say that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music
      Bachna Ae Haseeno (Kishore Kumar, Sumeet Kumar & Vishal Dadlani)
      Ajeeb Dastan (Actress recorded on camera)
      Maar Sutiya (Anu Malik)
      Rooth Na Jana (Kumar Sanu, Anil Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 20, 2011 on Global
      Czech Republic: December 25, 2011 on Prima COOL


    • The title is reference to the 1954 movie A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland and James Mason. The title has been used in other movies as well, including a 1976 film starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

    • I think she could be the next Susan Boyle
      Todd is referring to the Scottish Grammy Award-nominated singer who became an overnight sensation in April 2009 when she sang I Dreamed a Dream on the reality show Britain's Got Talent. Her videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times on the internet.