Samajwadi Party MP Kamal Akthar raised the matter in Rajya Sabha today, alleging that “obscene questions” were being asked about contestants’ personal life in front of their family members. He said the show was against the “Indian culture”- contentsutra.com
As I already said that today’s reality shows are expanding to new horizons and they are willing to experiment beyond our restricted mindset. And whenever we get a chance to see what is behind the curtains we are more than excited to watch it.
That’s the trend pertaining with Indian reality TV scene. We know that shows like “Rakhi ka Swayamvar” (Rakhi is the contentious word here), “Sach ka saamna” and “Roadies” are defintely not what Indian culture have allowed till few years back. That’s why today when we get access to such shows and that too in Indian lagauge with Indian people inacting, we get excited!
But my point is- if people are willing to see such shows no one (including I&B) could stop them. This feeling has to come from inside and we should start restraining ourselves from watching them if we don’twant to encourage Broadcasters to make more of such stupid shows.
What we are observing lately is extremism of reality TV concept in India. And you believe it or not we are slowly moving towards a point where everything will become meaningless and will still, sell!
When I used to watch original versions of shows such as “Survivor” or“Moment of Truth” few years back, I never thought they would be a possibility in India. But the shows which we see today are much more extreme (rather stupid) than their adapted counterparts.
I analyzed this trend for my blog post as a guest author for trak.in. Read it here.
Here is a list of initiatives taken by Indian Radio stations to market themselves. For e.g.
Radio Mirchi with Aircel announced Mirch Lift Kara De service in Mumbai (Read full news here.).
Back to Pavilion an initiative by BIG 92.7, Kanpur targeted students’ community in a very fresh way.
Read my complete analysis here.
Caminho Das Indias (India’s Way), yes that’s the name of the show that has got all the Brazialians hooked up to TV! The theme- “Upper-caste girl meets Dalit boy. They fall in love. Girl’s evil family objects and tries to marry her off. Boy decides he must fight for his ladylove.” That’s very much Indian, right?
What’s more interesting is that they haven’t tried to mix their culture at all. Set at Rajasthan the show even uses some Hindi terms and also uses Bollywood style filming (where kissing scenes are cut just at the right time :-)). The show has made Brazilians understand Indian culture better and they are just loving it. Read full story here.
Just as Indians are looking elsewhere to get a clue about other countries’ culture and incorporate them in Indian shows, foreigners are seeking India. This is a very good process which can lead to cross-culturism in a new and effective way. As more and more common people get to about other countries they will start understanding thier rituals and religions and will eventually help make this World a better place. Yeah.. right I may be too optimistic, but what’s the harm!
Watch out for trak.in media monday section for my 2nd posting as a Guest Author.
You can also read snippets of those posts here, once they are posted.