Indian TV right now is all about reality shows, and major chunk of it is made up of music, dance or any other kind of performance oriented competitive stuff. Young talent from different parts of the country gets a platform and all of it makes good entertainment. You know the drill, I do not need to elaborate on how some even have artificial drama, arguments, tears and ego clashes between judges.
Many participants find work in projects run by the very same judges and all that is praiseworthy. I ended up watching some episode of a music talent show and was struck by the praise showered on the participants. Some were repeatedly told ‘you will definitely be a maestro soon’ (tum zarur ustaad banoge), and most of the appreciation was on the lines of such extremities. Very few talents have made it big out of such shows, that’s another reality.
Do I have a point? Yes, while it is good to provide platform to newbies, why indulge in such an extreme fake positivity? I was thinking on the similar lines while an interview struck a chord. British stage artist Bonnie Langford may not have any connection to Indian entertainment industry but what she says in this interview about reality shows definitely makes sense in India.
“They’re a great platform for new talent, but it does worry me that they sell a celebrity lifestyle that doesn’t really exist – and they can be very cruel. People either become deluded, or they get taken to a certain level and then dropped. Perhaps they should start an after-care programme,” says Bonnie.
I wonder if these talent shows are just miniature versions of competition in life in general. Life is definitely no walk in the park, but it seems much kinder.
Interestingly, if they do start an after-care programme in India, it might as well be in the Big Boss house..