Reality Shows : Time and energy to Confront Information.

Indian reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma, Indian Idol are gathering tremendous fan following and garnering hefty popularity for the channels airing them. The shows are targeted to showcase the hidden talent in the nooks and corner of this vast nation -a nation that’s bountifully endowed with gifted people. And these reality shows are simply a platform to pay tribute to the gifted people of this blessed land. How else can we ever come face to manage with hidden and obscure talent!

Right platform or not, something is sure that up to now there is no other equally effective alternative scheme that’s been presented before us to hunt and showcase genuine talent. We may not trust lot that’s happening in the name of showcasing talent in these programmes. A lot of gimmicks are resorted to by the producers of the reality shows which may offend the finer feelings of mind and soul. Not withstanding all that, one is compelled to acknowledge the fact that there is overall good being done to the society, maybe inadvertently. Lets take a deeper look at the pluses and minuses of the truth shows as platform to showcase one’s talent:-

  1. The entertainment industry in India has found its moorings in this century. Put simply it has come of age. Television is an essential element of entertainment industry. Television is also maturing in India.When we take a retrospective view, in the last century Television was languishing in India airing programmes linked to Indian Cinema only. But with the advent of Reality shows television viewing has brought a completely different dimension. Percentage increase of viewership has brought an exponential jump. With this increase in demand has come the logical increase in supply, building a virtuous cycle. The net result could be the magnetic draw of big style profit television. One must admit there are other genre of shows also which may have contributed generously to the current happy situation, but place of Reality shows in this plot is undeniably there for many to acknowledge.
  2. With big style money comes professionalism and that brings more competent people to participate force. The resultant is bigger, better and slick shows for audience to savour.Bigg boss 6 tamil vote
  3. Entertainment industry generally speaking and Indian Cinema in particular benefits greatly from such Reality shows. Talent hunt in such a geographically vast nation is a tedious and daunting task to state the least. So before Reality shows came into existence music directors took the shortest route and caused the exact same pair of singers you can count on your own little finger. And young singing talent in India went unsung (pun unintended). Very few talented youngsters may have such high motivational level concerning leave everything and come to Mumbai to exhibit their talent, knowing fully well that they could not be able to fix up an audience with music directors for years. Reality shows have given such talented youngsters a well known platform to showcase their talent and draw attention of music directors of hues.
  4. In effect such Reality shows aren’t only accomplishing the tedious task of ferreting out fresh talent, but also helping towards ushering in professionalism thereby enhancing quality in music industry. With high popularity rating comes better sponsorship. With better sponsorship comes bigger money which encourages talented youngsters to take music never as a pastime but as a vocation. That brings better quality, competitiveness and professionalism. This really is just the beginning. There is enough talent in India to take the world by storm. Don’t believe it? Just reflect on what A R Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh duo has been doing at the just concluded 81st Academy Awards.
  5. Popularity of such Reality shows probably will make producers to try out modifications to this successful model. In future we might see Western Music talent being showcased successfully. Then will happen coup d’etat as Indians storm to the professional Pop and Rock bastion of the West. That would be the last frontier.

Sometimes Reality shows may be accused of being biased in declaring the winners of the events. Or the producers may ignore blatant utilization of unfair means by participants ahead up trumps. So in the end the viewers may be left wondering whether the winner was the very best of the lot. Sometimes you can get emotionally upset to locate glaring anomaly in declaration of winner in such shows. When you lose heart and dump these entertaining programmes for good, take a dispassionate look at the following facts:-

  1. Simply because the result was rigged or unfair doesn’t take an inch away from the wonderful young talent that’s been showcased by these programmes.
  2. Who more than us Indians know for a well known fact that each aspect of our existence is coloured by unfair practices! There is unfair means being employed at every step that people take. Does that imply that we forsake everything that’s unjust and unfair. Don’t we still chug along? Then can we not take such practices in these shows in our stride. After all we ought to realise that ultimate winner of the shows could be the Music industry, the entertainment industry combined with the young talent and audience.So what if the producers, sponsors and maybe some cheats also win in the bargain.
  3. As conscientious audience we could voice our displeasure in abandon in several fora, in case we find something unpalatable in choice of winner. That’ll work wonders with the producers as they depend on us for popularity ratings, which in turn drives sponsorship. Such Reality shows have been in nascent stage of evolution in India and with audience opinion there is no doubt that numerous checks and balances is going to be put set up as we go along. That’ll ensure more transparency and better selection means of winners.

The need of the hour in India is to set up foundations for professionalism in most activities that people undertake. Professionalism comes through finances which sponsors bring to the table. Talent is in abundance in India, be it music, sports, research, any performing or fine arts. Magic lies in hunting them and showcasing them in proper professional platforms. Reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma, Indian Idol are doing just that. Keep carefully the ball rolling! Look out for the Indian Entertainment Industry in the next decade!!

Posts created 389

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top