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Reality shows are anything but real

Payal Rohatgi
Reality shows have taken the Indian television by storm in the last few years. One reason for their success was they made heroes out of common man and these shows were not scripted. But time and again the rules of these shows are being bent to bring back contestants who may bot have fared well but have better TRP values. The producers of these shows go to any extent to protect these participants even at the cost of deserving participants.

The return of Sambhavna Seth and Payal Rohatgi to the Bigg Boss house proves how unfair these reality shows are. The audience will easily understand the reason behind bring the two big talks of the show. Bigg Boss which started with a very high TRP saw its rating slide down once the controversial ladies Sambhavna and Payal were evicted in back to back episodes. The other eliminated participants might be wondering what should they have done to get a second chance.

In the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2 last year Rock On star Prachi Desai was brought in on a wild card entry and went on to win the show leaving Jay Bhanushali and Sandhya Mridul utterly disappointed. In MTV Hero Honda Roadies 5.0 Simran and Varun who were eliminated in the first episode reappeared on the show when the other participants made it to Bangkok after some grueling competitions in the earlier rounds.

In music reality shows many candidates have lost out as they did not have proper camera presence. The producers should realise that for too long they cannot fool the audience this way. If the shows need TRP boosting participants why not have a reality show with all the item girls in Bollywood in it. If these shows are to be scripted than why call them reality shows.

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