Its been spashed all over the print media and news channels dont seem to be getting enough of it.’Big Brother’ the UK based reality show has now become more than just a show.It has not only prompted several dormant associations to wake up and smell the coffee and given them an oppurtunity to make hay while the sun shines and get some PR but also caused a debate in the British Parliament.Phew now thats quite a stir.For those who are unaware of the whole issue – Shilpa Shetty was paid a fat sum to participate in the show by the channel to attract Asian viewers , but the trick seems to have done the trick in more than the expected way.Supposedly, racist remarks were passed at Ms.Shetty who like Rupali(a celebrity on the Indian version ‘Big Boss’) cried and gained sympathy.No blames because at the end of it all its a game show and a test of how good one is at surviving .The British Media(one of the strongest and most vocal in the world)lapped up her tale of woes.Being an Indian,Shilpa Shetty has faced all the snide remarks made at her with a lot of courage and dignity.Kudos to her for that but I wish she puts up a braver front the next time around so that the other C-grade celebrities realise that she is a popular public figure back home and not disgraced like Daniele Lloyd – the ‘ex’ Miss United Kingdom stripped of her title or Miss.Jade who is hardly a celebrity!!
Another thing that amazed me was even in the so called ‘enlightened western society’ things like race and colour are predominant factors in defining a person.Cultural differences are still acceptable but to call someone a dog or comapare them to parts of Human anatomy is pathetic and speaks volumes about how well brought up we are in comparison to a lot of people on the show who know they are on international platform and yet cant maintain a certain level of decency.For God’s sake its a game show.
Chuckling fact again is that Big Boss – airing on Sony which is a take off on the above mentioned show also has had its share of controversies with Rakhi Sawant being a victim because she has the tag of ‘item girl’ and because she is not fluent in english.Hmm..so much so for 50 lakhs that one does not mind being under public scrutiny 24/7.
The good thing that comes out from all of this is that the channels are smiling their way to the banks with increased viewership and rising TRP’s.Brace up the Ekta Kapoor’s ,Aruna Irani’s and other melodramatic soap opera makers because its time of the reality shows now!!
PS:Apart from Big Boss the other very good reality show is MTV Roadies.It rocks!!