The Great Indian Massacre … (Indian Idol)

All these television channels … are just bastards …

( phew … had to get that out … )

Just caught the last few minutes of the Indian Idol today … on Sony today for the first time …

There has been a recent spurt of all these reality shows on Indian television of late … The Indian Idol, V Super Singer and there is one more … can’t remember …

Anyways, what sickened me beyond belief was how these shows … just to get their TRPs higher, a few more ads in, behave like scavengers … vultures … just flying above people who are gonna die … so that they can rip off the flesh and feed on it … even before he has breathed his last …

The part on which they use people’s emotions … just sickens me …

And I am not even getting started on how the judges … Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam behave with the participants …

Well … they are meant to do that .. so I wont delve into it …

Here is what I saw …

In this episode of Indian Idol ( I dont know how far it was coz I am not following it ) … 3 finalists had to be chosen for the last round …

So, just to stretch it for one episode more … here is what they do …

All the finalists were decided by what people ( the viewers voted )

Anyways … they had to select 3 out of ( 10 ? )

So, they take each participant and they run them down on their previous day’s / week’s performance and remind them of how those 3 cartoons humiliated them …

Here, they select 4 people … ( I dont know for whatever reason )

And when the last guy has to get selected, they show ads … and these might be the maximum ads I have seen in any TV serial …

And mind you, this was a repeat telecast …

So, finally, they select 4 … they make them sit on 4 chairs … away from the rest of the crowd …

Out of these 4, they send one back again … to select only the top 3 … but wait … before choosing the last one … guess what ? … again hundreds of ads …

And when the hostess ( Mini Mathur ) announces the winner, she goes something like this :

And the third person is … Mr. B … you’re not … but Mr. A …

Imagine what the guy ( Mr. B ) might be going through …

And what was the whole point of getting 4 people on stage when you want to select only 3 ???

More ads ???

Get the participants’ hopes high … then screw them over … then turn them around … and screw them again …

Just sickening …

The other show which I caught a few glimpses of was the V Super Singer …

This is a more subtle show ( on stage atleast ) with Adnan Sami playing the nice guy …

Now, channel V people are the biggest haramis …

They cant afford to compete with the bigger channels … so they come up with their own, cheap, sidey rip offs …

Remember V Dares you ?

In which they made people bathe, strip, and do what not on the streets for a paltry 2 grand …

And this was mimicking Who Dares Wins … which was a far superior show … no comparisons can be made whatsoever …

Anyways, getting back to the Channel V thingy …

Of the stage, they take the cameras around all the frustrated participants, who have come from all over India … probably, sitting on the floor of trains coz they might have not got reservations … and probably who have not eaten for hours …

They go … and finger them … and when they revolt, and abuse … they catch it on camera and use it as an advertisement propaganda …

Sick bastards …

Then, there was this big thing about the Ambani brothers …

It was blown out of proportions …

Now, no news which we see is without hype … but this was just mind boggling …

Every news channel was screaming with the fight between the brothers …

I mean … whats your problem ?

There are fights in all the families … even if it was Reliance … they should just lay off …

My respect for Anil Ambani rose … when he decided to just keep quiet … than giving the media more to chew on …

Mukesh Ambani was an idiot by comparison …

Anyways … Zee News … handled this entire thing in the most uncultured and gauche manner …

It was like Laloo’s Bihar compared to other states … metaphorically speaking …

They were covering news … in which 8 brothers and sisters get married together in some village and they were comparing this to the entire Reliance episode …

No words …

Except just goes to show … how these people are like vultures … nothing else …

5 Comments

  1. Reality tv is the new “in thing” in television programming right now….and the bad news for us indians is that its just starting here!!!!

    Indian idol is a direct rip off of American idol(i mean a TOTAL replica).These are milder versions of reality tv series’ which just exploit peoples anger and disappointment and other “real” emotions.There are shows which are much much much worse,for example:

    Who Wants to marry a multi-millionaire:Where women compete with each other to marry a guy whoz got money but is such a huuuge loser that he had to resort to doin a tv show to find himself a wife.

    For love or money: pretty much the same thing as above….just involoving more “sexed up” situations.

    The top tv show right now in the usa (believe it or not!!!) is called desperate housewives. i have no idea what the show is about and have no inclination towards finding that out,with such an apalling title.

    There are a million “reality” shows right now which test peoples relationships,their marriages,their patience,sees if people will eat dogfood for 1000 bucks(or for that matter sees if people will eat dogs!!!!!).
    A person participating in it forgoes any little bit of integrity he ever had….just shows you what people do for money.

    Cant blame the networks…its a tough world and to be on top,u have to give people what they want.And so if the viewers like to watch other people suffer,then that is what the network will provide!!!!

    Its a just a mentality of the common man….u cant help it..most of the people in the world are idiots!!!
    A person who knows nothing about music but makes a music video with 50 “item girls”,remixing a classic old number will make tonnes of money.While an original artist will suffer because he is “stupid” enuff to take the high road and not go in for gimmicks.

    its been a long comment:):)…so ill just end it with something seinfeld said about reality tv:

    “Reality TV……Where is the reality in Reality tv???
    I mean….do you know anyone who hangs upside down on a rubber band tryin to eat bull anuses!!!!…Where is the reality???????”

    cudnt have put it better!!!!

    -nithin

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  2. i completely agree with nithin ..

    thats why i say – watch Amazing Race, one of the best reality shows currently runnning in its 6th season. it doesnt try to exploit human emotions to that extent.. simply amazing.. timings – 6 pm on sundays …

    enjoy watching

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  3. good blog sourabh! completely agree with everything u said.. blog made even better with an apt comment from nithin.

    you would want some sort of dignity from TV dont you. well sadly the truth is if it didnt sell they wud cancel the show which means it sells. which means in the end people suck too!

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  4. Yup …
    As I said before … I don’t mind reality TV …
    Its good … its probably a phase …

    What I hate is these channels eating of people’s feelings and dignity …

    How long do we have to wait before we have The Trueman Show running ?

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  5. Hey man

    I found your blog really interesting…
    But amazed at how do you get so much time to watch so much TV…

    I am Yatin Sethi.
    Final Year – Bachelors (ICT) – DA-IICT Gandhinagar
    Got your reference from Imagine Cup – Short Film forum.

    I belong to DA-IICT….the only Reliance Institute in India …. also personally met Mukesh Ambani this Saturday…. He was in our college for convocation ceremony… and there was huge crowd full of press reporters… created a lot of problem… i took agree by your point…

    cheers

    yatin.sethi@gmail.com

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