Face the Reality!!

Today’s blog is not about Bigg Boss, Roadies or any other reality tv show in India. It is about the level to which show makers and promoters can stoop to, so as to gain TRPs (Television Rating Points) and see their shows’ gaining top position. Today’s front page news of Hindustan Times’ supplement paper “HT City” took me by shock when I read-

A contestant was raped on a reality show by another contestant while she was apparently asleep and this was shown on live television. The night cameras of the show Big Brother (Brazilian version) covered the entire episode where Model Daniel Echaniz forced himself on Monique Amin who had passed out after having alcohol in a party. When Amin was asked next day about the incident she had almost no clue what happened.

Back home in India all reality show makers have condemned this act and have given statements like “the rules are much stricter on our show”, “we don’t allow alcohol on our show to avoid any such happening” and many other. But the question is still the same. How far can these reality shows go to gain so called ‘TRPs”. Bigg Boss Season 5 that recently ended depicted a lot of violence between the contestants even though it was not in physical form too much. Other shows like Roadies and Splitsvilla on MTV are ill-famous that the contestants who are aggressive, violent or abusive are given a chance above other contestants who want to participate in the show.

The problem with today’s reality shows is that it is ok for the producers to show anything until you get under the knife of censor board or other active bodies that control the content show on television. We can easily see loud and violent behavior, nudity, crime and many other negative aspects of our society on television mostly through these reality shows.

Also are we as audience getting too easy as to what our younger generation especially kids watch on television? Can we let them watch a male hurling demeaning accusation on a female’s character? Can you let your kids watch violence to the most inappropriate level? Is there a shortage of freely available porn on internet that we need to see a female getting raped on live television?

Let me ask you a bigger question instead- Do you think even in Indian reality shows incidents like this might have happened but producers might not have guts to telecast them yet? Do you think this incident will make TV producers bolder?

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Top 10 shows on TV during 2011

We are just two days away from 2012. So in this special blog post iDubba brings you the 10 most popular shows/events of 2011. The ranking and popularity has been taken in consideration on the basis of activities done for these shows on iDubba in 2011.

  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: There is definitely no surprise to see this event on top because 2011 as year is the biggest for India as we witnessed Indian team winning World Cup after 28 long years. Sports channels had the highest TRPS ever.
  2. MTV Roadies (Season 8): The longest running reality show with eight seasons in its kitty it is already in news for its ninth season starting next week. There has been a lot of speculation about the show being scripted but it still remains one of the most watched and favourite among the younger lot.
  3. Indian Premier League 2011: Another cricket event. So that makes the score 2 in total and that is definitely not astonishing in our country where second God is cricket despite being hockey as the national game.
  4. Splitsvilla (Season 4): Another reality show of MTV channel that targets youngsters. This reality show based on dating certainly knows how to turn heads. Bunch of hot girls and boys put together in a house to woo each other. What will you expect? 😉
  5. Koffee with Karan (Season 3): This chat show is my personal favourite and the only chat show that I can sit and watch without getting impatient. This one undoubtedly has a fresh and witty appeal to it. The show began to air in 2004 and has been a huge success since then.
  6. Bade Achhe Laggte Hain: Produced under Ekta Kapoor’s banner of Balaji Telefilms, who is undoubtedly the queen of Indian soap operas, “Bade Ache Lagte hai” which was launched in second half of the year, has Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor in the main lead. This show has millions of viewers across the country glued to the shows.
  7. Bigg Boss (Season 5): Another controversial reality show that is in news always for wrong reasons but manages to gain one of the highest TRPs. It is full of masala and entertainment.
  8. Man vs. Wild (Season 3): Finally a documentary cum travel based show in the list :). Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild is hugely popular especially because of its daring presenter Bear Grylls who is seen at ease at the worst places possible in the world.
  9. Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma: This sitcom is based  on the column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chasma’ (which loosely translates into “Seeing the world through upside-down glasses”) written by Indian columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for the Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha. In August2010, it beat one of the top shows to become the most watched TV show in India.
  10. Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 5): This game show has been a massive success since it was first launched on Star Plus in 2000. However Sony TV bought its rights from third season onwards and the recent season 5 that had its first ever contestant winning the prize money of 5 crore rupees.

Keep watching your favourite shows! 🙂

What do Roadies, Bigg Boss, Emotional Atyachaar, Spiltsvilla, Comedy Circus have in common?

Whenever I even think about reality shows in India I can only think about getting embarrassed if I have to watch them with my parents. Yes, that is the bitter reality of reality shows and that’s what I’m going to talk about today [I’ll still end up on a positive note about few “healthy” reality shows which are on-air].

The first show that comes to my mind (and eyes, ear, tongue) is obviously Bigg Boss Season 5 as this is currently the most controversial and over-hyped reality show famous for its not-so-famous celebrities (amazing isn’t). The show has recently received lot of flak from its viewers as the 10 days old season have only one male contestant this time with 13 female contestants. Very interestingly one of the female contestants, Sonika Kaliraman recently made a voluntary exit as she couldn’t take the chaotic atmosphere in the show with all the cat fights among other housemates. iDubba also posted a tweet about the same on 3rd October, just after a day Bigg Boss was launched and proved clearly that these shows are indeed scripted to get attention and apparently gain TRPs. The show has now got another male contestant actor Amar Upadhyay to give company to Shakti Kapoor, the solo male member in the house. Of course we can expect more male contestants coming in with its “wild card” entries. The show has always been in debate as they keep or remove any contestant to manage their TRPs.

Emotional Atyachaar is another show that has raised some eyebrows as they have shown adultery and disloyalty to an extent that I can’t remember even one episode where the so called “Suspect” came out clean. It is funny how my couple friends talk about their relationship and say to each other in a rather light manner-

Don’t you dare go anywhere without informing me otherwise I will have EMOTIONAL ATYACHAAR test conducted on you

Roadies (Roadies season-9 coming soon) and Splitsvillaon MTV were few of my favourites that I followed religiously. However these shows have depicted violence, ensuing abuses, inappropriate sexual content so much in the last few seasons that I can’t remember when I switched to MTV Channel last time to tune in to these shows.

Language is another problem that these reality shows have these days. I remember switching to Comedy Circus ka Naya Daurthat is aired on SONY channel currently when I was having a nice Sunday breakfast with my dad. The obscene language and remarks used by the contestants, which is supposedly aim to make others laugh, made me leave the room with a disgust feeling for the show. I missed the clean and wonderful jokes that the original “Laughter Challenge” had, that gave us some incredible stand up comedians like Sunil Pal, Ahsaan Qureshi, Raju Srivastava and Bhagwant Mann.

There was one positive impact that I could find was that there are few dating shows that have helped LGBT community by featuring gay couples and showcasing to Indian society that we need to come out of our mind shackles soon.

In midst of all these shows I could find one show, Axe ur Ex on Channel V that I can enjoy with a great laugh and without worrying about obscenity. This show has concept of irritating (to hell) the ex boyfriend/girlfriend with some great ideas that are harmless and fun to watch.

There are many popular shows that sell and cash on adultery, violence, sex and fraud. Most of the reality shows in India are poor imitation of their foreign counterparts from where the ideas are adopted and used blindly in India. These fail to gain TRPs normally and thus thrive on controversies and scripted plots. However if we look closer we can definitely have shows with less embarrassment for us to watch along with parents or kids.

Any one who wants to play Devil’s advocate here?

iDubba Recommends- This week’s show dubba(box) for Lifestyle/Fashion loving girls!

Yes, we are back. And this time recommending shows for our Fashion loving girls. If you’re young and hip, college going and like to watch Idiot Box, here are some of the top recommended shows for you

MTV Style Check 1. MTV Style Check. Channel: MTV, Next Airing- 25th Mar 2 PM.

Get latest updates from famous designers and Fashion gurus. Watch this show everyday and to set SMS alerts you can go to this link- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/MTV/Style_Check.aspx

im too sexy form my shoes NDTV goodtimes 2. I’m too Sexy for my Shoes. Channel: NDTV Goodtimes, Next Airing- Thurs 5:30 PM

I’m Too Sexy For My Shoes is a high fashion show that looks at the subject beyond the obvious. The episodes highlight different ways in which a trend can be worn. We tell you about various stores and brands that stock the current trends. Apart from the trends the show offers unlimited supply of tips that will make you staggeringly stylish. It gives you hair and make up tips and also tell you about the right footwear that will make or break any outfit. The show travels across the country from Kashmir to Pondicherry, to give you a flavour of Indian fashion that is as diverse as the nation’s food palette. The new series helps you realise how fashion has been influenced by various aspects and that’s why Architect Hafeez Contractor shares with us his take on subject. It makes the intimidating fashion from the runways of Sao Paulo, Paris and Milan user friendly and easy to digest! Don’t believe us? Well… just tune into the new series!!

To set SMS reminder for this show- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/NDTV_Good_Times/I_Am_Too_Sexy_For_My_Shoes.aspx

americas next top model Zee Cafe 3. America’s next Top model. Channel: Zee Cafe, Next Airing- Thurs 3 PM

14 aspiring girls will battle it out for a prestigious modeling contract on the streets of high fashion. With a new judge and a new location, this season will sizzle more than ever before.

You can set reminders for next 5 appearances of this show here- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/Zee_Cafe/Americas_Next_Top_Model.aspx

friends zee cade 4. Friends (Season-10). Channel- Zee Cafe, Next Airing- Thurs 5:00 PM

One of the best Comedy series of all times. And you still love it :).

Never miss this show via- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/Zee_Cafe/Friends.aspx

so you think you can dance axn 5. So you think You can Dance. Channel- AXN, Next Airing- Fri 12:00 PM (Episode- 6 down to 4)

A very popular talent hunt reality show where contestants compete to be named America’s favourite dancer. Each week contestants dance with a different partner to test their versatility. All types of dance backgrounds are encouraged from salsa to hip-hop, jazz to ballet. The two couples whom the viewers at home decide have performed the weakest are eliminated each week by a panel of judges until only four remain. In the end only one couple will be crowned the winner and receive a grand prize. This is my personal favourite 🙂

http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/AXN/So_You_Think_You_Can_Dance.aspx

emotional atyachaar bindass 6. Emotional Atyachaar. Channel- Bindass, Next Airing- Fri-7:00 PM

One of the controversial shows on TV. Emotional Atyachar takes the fidelity test of lovers and showcase them on National TV.

In case you haven’t watched it yet, set reminder for same- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/Bindass/Emotional_Atyachaar.aspx

dance india dance zee tv 7. Dance India Dance. Channel- Zee TV, Next Airing- Thu, Fri 9:30 PM

India’s version of “So you Think you can Dance?”. A talent hunt show where we can see some awesome Dance talent 🙂

http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/Zee_TV/Dance_India_Dance.aspx

splitsvilla MTV 8. Splitsvilla. Channel- MTV, Next Airing- Tomorrow 10 PM (Finale 1)

When allies of 5 hot couples and an axis of 10 super hot singles clash, the result is bloodshed and broken hearts. World War III has been declared and the battle field is a luxury villa in Asias most popular beach destination, Phuket. With sizzling hot generals a.k.a hosts VJ Nikhil Chinapa and VJ Deepti Gujral and a brilliant new format, Vodafone MTV Splitsvilla 3: The War For Love Returns, is back. All arms used in this war will not only be for hugging!

Set alerts for this show here- http://www.idubba.com/idubba_tv_shows/MTV/Splitsvilla_Season_3.aspx

Let us know lovely ladies how you find these recommendations. Your feedback will help us improving this feature. And yea if you’re interested in recommending us shows you can do that by sending a mail to contactus@idubba.com.