On Indian television, nothing sells like reality shows. They not only break the monotony of drama series, but also serve as the perfect tool to satisfy voyeurism and, for some others, the irrepressible temptation to get their 60 seconds of fame. Though, some of them had their fair share of controversies and their credibility has occasionally been questioned with allegations that they are not as real as they claim to be — they are often well rehearsed to grab more eyeballs and higher TRPs.
Hitlist recalls some reality shows that have often reeked of pretension and orchestrated drama…
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Manveer Gurjjar, Winner of Bigg Boss-10, was reported to be married and having a 2 and a half year old daughter, this was never revealed in the whole season and this news was heart throbbing for all the female fans of Manveer. Ashmit Patel and Veena Malik’s PDA bordering on obscenity on ‘Bigg Boss 4’ became the talk of the town. The Pakistani actress would often claim that her love for Ashmit was real. However, when the show ended, they went their separate ways.
Monalisa Antra married her boyfriend Vikrant Singh on the set of Bigg Boss-10 but according to sources they were given 50 lacs just for the sake of TRP. Celebs like Mallika Sherawat and Rakhi Sawant found ‘prospective partners’ on national television, courtesy ‘The Bachelorette India’, ‘Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika’ and ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’. Though they never made it to the altar, the show opened the doors for many grooms to-be to gain instant fame.
Telly actors Megha Gupta and Naman Shaw teamed up for the fourth season of Nach Baliye and managed to win the runners-up title. The hit jodi, which seemed to be madly in love while performing together on stage, parted ways soon after the show. Later, rumours rolled out that the duo had faked their relationship to participate in the celeb reality show as Megha was then apparently involved with a director.
‘Emotional Atyachaar’, a reality TV show based on the theme of testing the loyalty and infidelity of relationship partners, was much criticised for alleged orchestrated drama. Some of the participants claimed that they had been paid by the channel to appear on the show. The portrayal of incidents and the dialogues caught the attention of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Commission, an industry watchdog. The channel was ordered it to run an apology every two hours for four consecutive days for airing ‘questionable content’. Emotional Atyachaar was reportedly based on Cheaters, a US show that started in 2000. Two years later, in an exposé, several participants claimed that they were paid $400 to act in the show.
Well, this is just the game of TRP and the people who have been brainwashed won’t understand this.. 😀