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Real Face of Reality Shows!!

Musical reality shows are supposed to showcase the reality when it comes to the singing prowess of participants.. But what is the present face of reality shows? And what does the future have in store...

2008-07-15T13:58:00Z
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Not so long ago, a Musical Reality Show meant a platform where new talents showcased their talents and treated viewers to a wonderful musical treat and were also exclusive.

But today, such reality shows are a fad that has gripped every channel possible. These shows are dime a dozen, and almost every channel has such a reality show to offer, some presenting new faces while some are recycling old faces that had caused a stir when they had come the first time. Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar (JJWS) ended this week to be replaced by Star Voice of India while Indian Idol fourth season is scheduled to get started shortly. The age old SaReGaMaPa by Zee TV has already rolled out its latest SRGMP Challenge 2009 for this year. Waar Pariwaar on Sony TV, Junoon on NDTV Imagine are few others that are on air at the moment.

Some channels have even gone on to capitalize on the past contestants’ popularity to belt out few more shows mixing singing with dancing like Chak De Bachche on 9X and Ek Se Badkar Ek on Zee. But do the shows offer anything new? Do these shows really have any aim? How much do these shows really help in giving the music industry the much needed playback singers?

Moreover, how real are these ‘Reality’ shows? With respect to the script, the many reality shows pervading our television don’t really qualify as reality shows because they are supposedly scripted with participants coached to act in certain ways by off-screen handlers, and events on screen are manipulated through editing and other post-production techniques. SRGMP this week saw Ashaji putting down her mike after making a statement which through sound effects and video editing was made to look as if she was banging the mike. Was that what really happened?? Mentors or the judges’ fighting have become part and parcel of all these shows. Junoon started with an envious judges’ panel but even that has taken the same path of showing controversy among the judges. Waar Pariwaar tries not to end any week without some drama or the other. But worse being that such shows are started in haste without proper planning or format structuring leading to sudden change of formats midway.

Whatever we are seeing on television is nothing new, including the selected songs by the contestants. A country like ours that boasts of such a vast musical heritage sees a recycle of the same songs time after time in different reality shows of different channels. Most of the organizers of such shows seem to be looking to make money out of viewers who send daily SMS to keep or evict contestants. Mostly this voting is dictated by the popularity of a contestant among the masses rather than quality of singing. The sustenance of such shows hinges on the involvement of viewers who vote to keep the show going and most feel aggrieved at the end of such shows. Either they are found complaining about more of drama and less singing or about the amendments made on the show of which they are oblivious.

Keeping all these aside, the saddest part of these shows are when the essence and objective of such shows get defeated as in most cases the winners fail to a make an impact in their field of reality. What is the future of this fad? Shall we see better, improved shows, or will a singer coming out of such shows be able to carve a niche in the musical world in the coming days? Will there be something interesting to look forward to? This is a question only the producers and creators of such shows can answer, provided they have an answer...

Author: Barnali
 


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neelamSDlover
neelamSDlover 13 years ago koooooooool......................
plz do come with ur fav costar & best friend.......JUHI.................
SRKJUHI............ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Too_Much
Too_Much 13 years ago Song seems to be picturised damn well
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prettyasjen
prettyasjen 13 years ago I saw the promo in indiafm.com... it's looking hot hot hot!

SRK rocks
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*kuch na kaho*
*kuch na kaho* 13 years ago OMG! srk looks sooo damn hot man! faint! especially in white!
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siumi
siumi 13 years ago haila, SRK looks so hot and happing man!!!!
love him lol
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msuns
msuns 12 years ago Completely agree with you yaar...so true...these shows has become like drama serials more than reality shows...why these shows should have script?...why the clashes and problems will be highlighted...when it should be highlight the talent....these are nothing but craps now....
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simpleone
simpleone 13 years ago Thank you Barnali di for writing this article. Hope t those producers and channel pundits read these lines and make an effort to revive the real objective of bringing and promoting real talent. I am tired of seeing unrelated drama and seeing the deserving candidates and true talent being side railed for some quick money by deceiving passionate viewers to spend money and time for supporting real talent but only to see them exiting and losing to less talented competitors.
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arayq2
arayq2 13 years ago It's a race to the bottom, as the knock-offs of the original idea get cheaper and cheaper, limited only by the limitless acceptance of substandard nonsense by the Indian viewing public. Limitless because Indians don't like to admit that they've been taken for a ride, as has definitely been the case with JJWS. Easy money!
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outbreak.27
outbreak.27 13 years ago I completely agree with you...well said.
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-KingAragorn-
-KingAragorn- 13 years ago This is blatant exploitation of people's love for music, the organizers walk away with easy money. Making money has never been so easy!!!
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