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Abstract

Reality shows were the next big thing to happen in the history of Indian Television channel. The concept of reality shows which was first conceptualised and seen in the US in the late 1940’s took the Indian television viewing public by a storm in 2004, when the first reality show ‘Indian Idol’ was broadcasted. The show gave an opportunity to aspiring singers to showcase their budding talents. Since then, there was no looking back. Many reality shows came in different genre across various channels and brought instant name and fame to the participants. Apart from that, these shows attracted a new set of viewers and boosted the television rating points of the respective shows and channels. But on the flip side the shows came under severe criticism as well from various walks of society for violation of human rights, causing mental and physical trauma to the participants and meting out biased judgments and results favouring particular sections of community, etc. It was also argued that most of the shows were scripted and were not as real as they claimed to be. The popularity of most of the reality shows went down in the successive seasons over the years. This led to a debate whether reality shows really depicted the true picture or was a mere publicity stunt to play with the emotions of the Indian audience. In the backdrop of the above scenario, it remained to be seen whether reality shows were a boon or a bane for the television channels, participants and the society at large.
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Abstract

Reality shows were the next big thing to happen in the history of Indian Television channel. The concept of reality shows which was first conceptualised and seen in the US in the late 1940’s took the Indian television viewing public by a storm in 2004, when the first reality show ‘Indian Idol’ was broadcasted. The show gave an opportunity to aspiring singers to showcase their budding talents. Since then, there was no looking back. Many reality shows came in different genre across various channels and brought instant name and fame to the participants. Apart from that, these shows attracted a new set of viewers and boosted the television rating points of the respective shows and channels. But on the flip side the shows came under severe criticism as well from various walks of society for violation of human rights, causing mental and physical trauma to the participants and meting out biased judgments and results favouring particular sections of community, etc. It was also argued that most of the shows were scripted and were not as real as they claimed to be. The popularity of most of the reality shows went down in the successive seasons over the years. This led to a debate whether reality shows really depicted the true picture or was a mere publicity stunt to play with the emotions of the Indian audience. In the backdrop of the above scenario, it remained to be seen whether reality shows were a boon or a bane for the television channels, participants and the society at large.

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