Reality Shows in India

Those times are gone with the wind, where housewives used to be stuck to the television sets at prime time waiting for the conventional `Saas- Bahu’ dramas. It’s the time to welcome the era of Reality television which is a place where fiction meets realism and where the monotony of the ultra-dramatic soap operas is broken. These history of these shows traces back to international television and in India, the first ever reality show was Channel V’s talent hunt for a musical band.

Reality shows are gaining popularity with the Indian audiences and are attracting their attention by random scripts, thrill, excitement and connection with celebrity’s day to day affairs. These reality shows are following various formats like game shows, talent shows, quiz shows, comedy shows, celebrity shows etc to provide the viewers a taste of everything.  Shows like Big Boss, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Roadies, Splitsvilla, Kaun Banega Crorepati and many others have made a deep connection with audience’s day to day lives. Further, these shows also allow the audience to judge and vote which keeps them involved all through the process till the end.

With these shows reaching the milestones of success, it is quite obvious that the audience is deeply impacted by the glamour of reality television. Generally, these shows are not based on any intelligent concept; they unnecessarily keep the audiences glued to them. They also don’t provide any useful information; infact some reality shows focus only on disagreement and fights and create negative energy in the viewer’s mind. On the contrary, some shows also develop positive attitudes in the audience’s mind like achieving a goal or following a dream.

The reality shows have given a break to the audience from the regular life and also gives a chance to the common man to express his or her opinion and participate. This has evolved as a platform for the youth to showcase their talents depending upon the concept of the show. On the whole, reality shows are definitely a very good source of entertainment and are also earning exceptional revenues for the television industry. They are also providing a platform to the struggling youngsters to achieve fame and recognition in their respective area of interests. But on the other hand they are also diverting the viewers from the other important and intelligent issues.

Suvidha Bhatnagar

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