Of Reality Shows…..

August 9, 2009 at 10:23 am (Views)

“Reality Shows” are a sham. A sham I say.  A lot of hooblah and opinions have been raised about it, and I’m thinking of voicing mine now.

It’s a shame to what lows can a TV network sink to just to get lazy ass nuts to watch the idiot box all day, and that’s a nice way of putting it. From the reign of KBC and “Kyunki Chaas bhi Kabhi Dahi Thi”, to just hour after hour after hour of jewellery /makeup/saree/scantily clad soaps that even defy a sane human being’s logic, let alone those who watch such shows, reality TV came as a welcome change. (phew?)

The problem with the those who run these networks is that if they find even one small glimpse of improvement in TRP due to a show, they bombard you with many such shows in a small time frame. Take the year 2000. It was the intro of serialz andz KBCz. On becoming a hit, all other networks try to mimic ze original, leaving us in a state of utter confusion. They flopped (why wasn’t I surprised?) and had to be shelved, one by one, though many serialz stillz remainz to this day. The same goes for reality showz.

Most reality shows are local remakes of big labels, quite successful abroad (keyword here is abroad).

Rakhi Ka Swayamwar reminded me of a 2-3 year old show called “Who want’s to marry a Millionaire” or something like that, where a groom had to select prospective brides. Here it was vice-versa (or was it?)

Sensing opportunity, Star Plus remade “The Moment Of Truth to Sach Ka Saamna. This, was not even close to the American label, where there was absolutely no line that wasn’t crossed. That was entertaining. This, was tweaked to a great extent to suit the “social needs” of the Indian audience. Even so, that doesn’t distinguish the fact that even in India, people would do anything for money. And I thought only the Japanese would do crazy things to come on TV.

India’s Got Talent is a remake of a very popular international label. To be honest, it’s the only one that (for now) is better than most it’s just the same as other “Talent” shows. It really doesn’t matter whose got talent. Heck even playing 2 chords on the keyboard/guitar is talent these days (those who used to watch the show will know to whom am I referring too). All you need is contacts OR a photogenic face. If you’ve got any of the two, consider yourself the winner of <insert any shit in the name of talent> show.
I dont have any incentive to vote for the person performing, other than losing 3-7 rupees of my prepaid talktime. So unless I know the person really well, or if the person is relatively photogenic, it just might be worth the 3-7 bucks. But in most cases no case has my mind swung to pick up the phone and lose my 3-7 bucks of precious talktime. So, you can whine all you want about “that” guy who had “this” talent deserved to win (heck even I did) but it’s not going to change the fact that only the prick with the most contacts will win. Period.

There is absolutely no comparison between Fear Factor and Khatron ke Khiladi. The former would send a chill down your spine with a dash of suspense, while the latter, I dont need to elaborate. (and the so called “babes” are in no comparison to any Indian/international actresses/models)

Dont even get me started on those lame shows hosted by kids and jobless “original” composers. I rather watch myself suck at CounterStrike(yeah I do)  than put up with those freakshows.

In conclusion, reality TV is highly over-rated. And I thank my stars that the new football season is about to kick off.

PS. This is my first post without smileys, AND I haven’t watched more than 10 minutes of any of the above shows at any time altogether.

Also, do let me know what you’ll think about the new lite theme I’ve applied.

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