We as a society are degenerating into cynics and getting to be voyeuristic by the minute. Nothing reflects this better than the reality shows fast becoming the hottest serials on air. What are these reality shows? Just a documentation of tears and fears of vulnerable participants, frustrated judges venting and heightened drama thus staging a SHOW that keeps India enthralled ..I know I know.. it happens in the west too and in fact is a copy paste of those shows.
The Producers of such shows or the Channels hungrily airing them would be considered ‘FLOPS” if their show is bereft of histrionics in the emotional front. As much as the talent on show what holds center stage is rebukes, insults, climaxing denouements, sarcasm, ego wars and the resultant drama that ensues. It would be an unimaginative producer who fails to provide the above . Therefore often, wars are instigated, judges instructed to create a ‘tamasha’ either among themselves or with the contestants. The audience apparently LOVES it you see.. so anything goes as along as TRP’s follow!!
Presently one presumes ‘cash flow’ is in direct proportion to ‘tear flow’.
Needless to say the ‘nerves of steel’ then becomes the chief criteria for enrolling in these shows. For those who enter guilelessly imagining it will open up doors of fame and fortune sans critical price are simply put, naive.
One such was Shinjini Sengupta a budding dancer from Calcutta who participated in a reality show ” Dhoom Macha Le Dhoom” and was in for the shock of her life literally when judges losing all sense of balance and compassion, rebuked her unanimously in so harsh a manner that she lost her speech, was in a semi paralysed state and hospitalised.
I just saw her performance on a channel and she was spectacular!! I am a kathak exponent and can spot an above average show. She danced on the song ” sat samundar paar”. Now please go the link provided below and watch the remarks made by the judges
Something is always amiss when participants react so drastically. The shock of being eliminated or given a harsh judgment can be devastating. The judges ought to stop reacting as if it was a nuclear test she had failed. Not to forget that 16 is a tender tender age. To be able to withstand the crudities that life offers requires a slow acclimitization.
I recall when I was that age or abouts, it was the final year of school which happened to be a convent. I was someone who had seen fame soon in life but hated it. As such I had closed myself to the world except for a group of us six friends. Among the nuns there was someone called Sister Hope and believe me her name as a misnomer if there ever was one. She provided no hope and nor did she evince any. Quite hopeless in fact To cut a long story short, one day whilst rehearsing a western group dance for the school Annual day , I was awaiting my turn in the wings. I accidentally pulled down the curtain string. It was no big deal really.. It wasnt a regular school day . But all the participants were present in the School hall…must be a hundred or so from various events.
But Sister Hope thought otherwise. she gave me a tongue lashing in full glare, such that I have never ever heard ..been subject to was out of question. I broke down completely. reached home and told my family I didnt want to go back to school. The point is that apart from personal demoralising what matters most at at that age is what peers think of you. Its most upsetting to be a butt of jokes and sniggers and cruel remarks which Always is the case.
My Principal Sister Patricia, became my saviour. When she heard from my father that I had decided to leave the school ( this wasnt the first instance of abject ridicule I had to face from Sister Hope and her clan) she requested me that I meet with her personally. I was afraid,unsure and terribly confused. Why would Sister and a Principal want to back me against her faculty? But to my surprise that is what she did.
She apologised on behalf of sister Hope when she heard what exactly she had told me and went on to explain that she was rude in her manner as was her nature. Now why I bring this up is that this was a school affair ( and by the time the whole school was buzzing with it, some enjoying it thoroughly) while in the case of Shinjini it was on television with the whole of the country watching!!
The extent to which it must have shattered her is explicit from the reaction physiologically! How do the judges imagine they have the right to break somebodys self esteem, uncaringly mow down her self respect, irrascibly expose their trivial values and spoil a budding life, when they can play no role in embellishing it if need be?
Give anybody a ‘chair’ and the inner truth of the person emerges!! Be it politics or a mere judge in a reality show!!
‘Judge not lest ye be judged!’ Bible