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Reality shows: A successful TRP Strategy?
Reality shows may be a great TRP strategy but they cost the participants a lot. A disrupted social and family life and having their most intimate selves revealed on national television is traumatic for many, especially young children.
TAKE YOUR self back a few years, into times when Doordarshan was the only channel on TV and Ramayan and Mahabharata were the only mega shows. Could you then have imagined a serial like BIG Boss running successfully on Indian television?

But reality shows are the sad reality of today. Look at how the entertainment has changed in India. First there were didactic serials like the two epics. Then people thought it would be fun to see their lives reflected in serials and with the coming competition of channels there was suddenly a mushrooming of serials like Sansar, Yug etc.

With our economy growing and lifestyles improving, the TV became common and a part of people’s daily existence. Now it was no longer enough for people to see middle class struggles on TV. The need for drama was quickly understood and catered for by TRP hungry producers. In came the army of K serials. But that drama palled too eventually. Fiction ceased to please the audience and TRP mongers produced reality to entertain the fickle masses. Now the common man had a chance to become a star. Now there were singing competitions, dancing competitions, laughter competitions, adventure competitions and then Big Boss.

But what kind of entertainment is this where defeat is made far more sensational and sold with such a doze of emotion that one begins to wonder if it is about winning at all. Producers are basically making money out of people’s failure. The case of children is especially worrying. These shows cost little children their innocence. Child labour laws should be applied in such cases. Also this kind of wallowing in failure can damage the psyche of our future leaders. This entire business of reality shows needs a check. Such exploitation must be stopped.

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