Monday, November 28, 2005

REALITY TV,hot or not?

Is Reality TV really happening?

I know this sounds pretty out of place at this point of time, but I have blogged about this because I have been thinking about this funda for quite a while now. Let me sum up, few things for the readers. Indian televison history has got various eras per se. With the advent of television in India in mid 60s, it could hardly create a stir in the society, ‘coz it was only the rich who could afford erstwhile “Dyanora”, “Bush”, “Murphy” and what nots. Slowly the TV started casting its spell, and by the end of 70s the stage was set. Excellent Oeuvres like “ Buniyaad”, “Tamas”, “Nukkad”, “Intezaar”, “Hum Log”, “Mirza Ghalib”, provided the maturing society some food for thought. 80s saw a similar surge of good programmes like “Talaash”, “Ek kahaani aur mili”, estended runs of “Hum log” and the actual milestone of Indian Television. Roads looked deserted, the scorching sun beating the tars of Indian roads to pulp, Inflation was still a cause of concern for the middle class, which wasn’t as resurgent then, but yes they had got something which could make them sit glued to the TV screen. Poor neighbourers thronged the homes of rich , to have a peek at the black and brown box where deities played adventurous games with their bows and arrows. You guessed it right, Epic serials from Ramanand Sagar’s stable “Ramayana” and “ Mahabharat” were the brightest success stories on the Indian Television till date(Tsk,tsk heard that Bobby Bedi is producing a series of movies based on ramyana and mahabharat on the lines of The Lord of the Rings)
80s gone, these epics gradually lost their sheen and were closed down and then numerous such followed but few got counted. Then came the advent of satellite television in India, Doordarshan was immediately pushed out of the driver’s seat and a new game ensued, one with maximum TRPs won. Star Plus, ZEE, and flurry of such channels bombarded the Indian Viewer with varied choices. After opening up of the economy, “Kaun Banega Crorepati?” was the biggest welcome change, it brought good fortunes to both, Star and apunka babu moshai, Amitabh Bacchan. Then there was this most intriguing phenomenon of “ saas-bahu” soaps, in which I am least interested! KBC is ruling the airwaves again, but amidst all this lies a chaos, which throws up silly questions on the windscreen of my high speed cruise through these visual enrichments! Reality TV sounds big, but is it really that hot?

Reality TV e.g. Indian Idol, Super Singer, AXN’s dozen shows, MTV Roadies, Now, Nach Baliye, Indian Idol Season-2, even KBC for that matter. Are such real time entertainment or say emotional tours really happening?

Let this question remain here for some time, and move ahead. Indian Idol, Super Singer,Fame gurukul all offered a lucrative career to the winner with almost a crore of rupees and various hot deals, like recording a cd and all that stuff. But while on this tour towards this ultimate goal, the viewers were subjected to immense atrocities, according to my personal opinion. First the viewer identifies with most of the participants, he is excited at the selection of his/her liked candidate and rues their elimination accordingly. But how does the viewer feel when he sees his liked guy or a gal tumbling out bucketful of tears for having missed supposedly a deal worth one crore. I mean is it really, the unfulfilled passion that left them bereaved or hurt, or is it the money that really mattered? I always feel, still, I should have given a try to at least one of these shows to see what actually happens there, but something stopped me everytime. Fame gurukul was the best of all these tear jerkers, every now and then, you would see participants holding hands,hugging, and crying like small babies. And most interesting of all is the viewers taste, they vote in Abhijeet Sawant, Tauqeer Qazi, Rooprekha Whatever, That silly teacher Upadhyay of super singer, despite of all of them strictly average. I mean you are choosing the best in the nation yaar, and how come it doesn’t show. Judges on these shows are equally ridiculous, look at how impressed Farah Khan was with Rahul Saxena, despite of him singing so badly throughout.
By the way, I was severely hurt when even Sa Re Ga Ma Pa changed its format, just to catch up with these guys. It was really and is the most genuine talent show, but only one request, please go back to your old penchant.

Coming back to my question, are these Reality series’, all of them really hot? May be the answers lie with those who never chose to participate in them and just be engrossed in their own world of music and knowledge. I believe the entire experience with music is an inward process, I has nothing to do with money, as such.Any comments?

1 Comments:

Blogger blah_blah_blogger said...

I WONT FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS...I WAS JUST PLANNING TO WRITE ON THE SAME TOPIC...YOU ASS...YOU STOLE MY TOPIC...BUT I WILL STILL WRITE ON THE SAME...FOR ONCE, I AGREE WITH YOU...ISN'T THAT A SURPRISE...BUT YEAH, REALITY TV IS NOT ABOUT TALENT, IT'S ABOUT SHOW BAAZI...A LOAD OF BULL CRAP...

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