I lay low yesterday...had been food poisoned !!! Rather food poisoned myself due to stray eating, somehow i couldnt resist with!!! While i did take a day off from office and was spread across my bed, i continued with medication and my frequent visits to the hot seat, decreased, bringing me back to normalcy. I couldn't bring myself to playin my new DVDs widout company (was rather plain lazy !!!) and my fingers were sore and didnt want further exercise on the play station. I tried switching to the idiot box for a change and was then subjected to one of the most obnoxious and ghastly "reality" shows of all times - "DADAGIRI" aired on Bindass TV !!!
This show as they claim, has indeed taken adventure-reality shows on to the next level. When i say next level i do mean several levels down the pit. There are a bunbch of freaked out contestants who participate in "Tasks" or "challenges" proposed by the senior Gurus. These tasks are so fool hardy in nature, it makes your guts crawl. For example ther was this task of driving a cycle, without a seat on a river bed. The ground was so uneven that even with two feet firmly on the sides, movement looked difficult, forget two feet on the paddles !!! The contestants suffered and suffered endlessly, only to find them selves in another task which involved licking cowdung off some object, face endlessly in sh** !! Meanwhile forget words of encouragement, the "gurus" were egging them with endless bull sh** remarks, "abey dum nahin hai?", "pathetic", "mard nahin hai kya? ladkiyon se haar gaya?" etc etc... There were two of them if i remember correctly, the first one being a middle aged body builder with the diction of a toddler and constant grimace on his face, mouthing abuses. The second was a "babe" with skimpy clothes and vampish make-up and she tried being at her snooty best. Truly, i was testing my patience and after a while couldn't bear up anymore. This brings me to the question, why are we subjected to such mediocricy ?? This show truly is an insult to any average person's emotional intelligence. The bunch of kids participating in shows as such, either havent developed a sense of self-respect or are ready to sell their souls for "stardom" something they shall never achieve through this medium. Or lets just agree on a plain fact that they are ignorant. In that case, isnt it the channel's responsibility to not subject viewers to this melodrama? All this show case of torturing participants at initial stages of selection started off with Roadies, but well within limits, and even then Raghu Ram pushed it a bit too far. And these idiots took a leaf out of MTVs book and straight away designed their own version of Adventure reality !!! Its understood that you may need to be stern and strict with teenagers and young participants to keep their attitude in check for such programs or see if they prove their mettle, but Dadagiri's histrionics, has nothing to do with either. They are taming meek lambs and sending them to the fields to get jacked.
I recently saw a panel discussion on one of the news channels regarding the destruction of moral fibre of the society through airing shows such as "Sach ka saamna" (a meek version of The moment of truth, where anywhich ways REAL tough questions arent asked as they would prove to be unconstitutional) and the social activists went rant...rant...rant, leaving poor Rajeev Khandelwal and his 7 rehearsed lines of justification in agony !!! That is PRIME TIME, attracts attention and hence such a furore !!! How come nobody cares a rat's a## about what shows like DADAGIRI do to our youth, which is a bigger case of concern and issue? Forget viewership and fan following, the mindset is set to get hijacked !!!
PS - On a healthier note, "ISS JUNGLE SE MUJHE BACHAO" has Negaar Khan upping the TRPS and being enuf eye-candy to the bored participants and viewers to last atleast a week at bare minimum !!! Opps ...did i say "Bare Minimum" ??? Not for your attire Negaar !!! ;D