Anjar Khan, a 22 year old participant almost drowned in water and was put on a ventilator while participating in a show in Indore. Shinjini from Kolkata was paralysed after being rebuked by the judges of the TV reality show titled ‘Dhoom Macha Le Dhoom’. Elesh from ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’ did not get married to Rakhi even after winning the show and a participant died after slipping into depression because he failed to bear the humiliation from another reality show called ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’.
Well, what do you think? Am I informing you about the tragic news related to reality shows? No, not at all. Rather, I wish to highlight the negative effects of reality shows.
The regular menu of reality shows includes hyped sexual references, profanity, cursing, glorifying party life and fighting till the security guards intervene. Reality shows make you forget about your surroundings, or the project that you need to complete, “Just one more episode, promise, this is the last one. Will get up as soon as this ends.” Yea, been there, done that.
Just imagine how little girls today have their parlour appointments, babies having their portfolios shot, kids missing out on school and their childhood as well. All of this just to enter the captivating and vicious world of television. Can you imagine a child cracking jokes with sexual innuendoes only to make the audience laugh? Well, nothing to surprised at because these are just a bunch of segments of reality shows. Today’s reality shows are making us passive consumers whereas we should be active enough to find out why such programmes are made and why do we get tempted to watch them?
‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’ and ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’, umm, well who is this Rakhi anyway? A so-called entertainer with no academic qualification who capitalises by tearing down other women in the competition for publicity and hell, she is going to serve justice by forcing a participant to die due to humiliation. God, spare us the horror!
The abnormal use of abusive language and the visuals which are marked as adult content have been ordered by the court to change their time slots to 11 p.m. and after. Roadies, Axe Your Ex, Big Boss, Splitsvilla and many other shows highlight teenage affairs, break-ups, ‘battle of the sexes’ and sordid tasks to gain immunity; all pointing to the low-morale of the Gen-Y. The contestants of these shows are incited to use atrocious language which truly does impact the audience. Due to this, the moral fabric of the society is on the verge of extinction.
When I was 16, I asked a friend of mine about her ambitions and what she aspires to be. The unfortunate answer was “a Roadie”. This was so stupid on every level because it shows how programmes like these lure youngsters in and they cannot resist the charm of a few moments of fame and a little bit of money. Saddening.
There are now a growing number of parents and psychologists who believe that these shows are highly exaggerated and intensely manipulative. Many believe that these ‘scripted realities’ are somehow responsible for stimulating unhealthy competition, voyeurism, and a sadistic sense of achievement. But despite the increasing criticism, these ‘reality’ shows are very much growing to be a part of our realities. The need of the hour is to draw a line between reality and these flaunted realities of television because these ‘realities’ are definitely not the ones that we would normally find ourselves in.
Just think about it. The choice is yours and moreover, the remote is in your hands.