I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Reality Shows

Reality shows

Here's a show that takes reality shows to a whole new level. 'Breakthrough with Tony Robbins' is a show where Tony Robbins guides people in real life traumas or problems through an extraordinary journey to rediscover themselves and their worth. When I watched the first episode I was mved to tears. I was so happy to see that there are people in this world who selflessly go out of their way to use their talents and skills to fix other people's lives - people they have never even known! Apparently this show got only a 4.8 rating on IMDB, and after its 6th episode the TRP went so low that NBC decided to discontinue it. Here in India, the most nonsensical and pointless reality shows like 'Spitsvilla', 'Roadies', 'Big Boss' and 'Rakhi ka swayamvar' get high TRPs! So why does such a meaningful show like Breakthrough go so low on audience?

Amir Khan's done his own breakthroughs in India with 'Satyamev Jayate', bringing to light some of India's most harsh and truthful realities without any exagerration. At a first glance I thought it was overly dramatic. I was also disappointed by the fact that it was more of a talkshow like 'The Opra Winfrey show' than a travel and documentary show; that's what the promos had got me to expect. After a few episodes I felt it was insightful and quite hard-hitting. Some of the educated classes who watch films might consider it another drama, but guys! compare this to the countless meaningless programs that have aired on channels like Star Plus, MTV, [V] and Colors? btcih please! Also we have not realized that this is meant for the common masses that generally have no awareness about the laws and their human rights! There are things in the show that even I wasn't aware of, being brought up in such an educated society. Amitabh Bachchan got us KBC (a copy of the american show 'Who wants to be a millionaire'), Shah Rukh got the game show 'Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se tez hain?' (the indian version of 'Are you smarter than a 5th grader?), Akshay Kumar hosted a badly scripted 'Masterchef India' I think Salman Khan also hosted one such money-making show like 'A minute to win it'.

What is really wrong with people today? Does entertainment mean only funny stuff that is light-hearted and makes you forget about it in an hour? Do we want to be ignorant and heartless? Unfortunately TRPs are not counted by the number of youtube downloads or playbacks. Since I do not have a cable connection and a TV that's the only way I can watch it and share my support for these amazing breakthrough shows.

I urge you to watch shows like Satyamev Jayate, and please increase the shows TRP to encourage the hard efforts of such wonderful producers. Be aware, be helpful and kind, and always empathize! Do you really want to watch more crap like Rodies and Spitsvilla??

Alok NR for introducing Tony Robbins to me
Youtube (where you will find full free episodes of both the shows - 'Breakthrough with Tony Robbins' and 'Satyamev Jayate')


Alok N R said...

Tony Robbins is godawesome.You should listen to his talk on TED too. ! Satyamevajayate is kinda getting better with every episode i feel.that rupiya song at the end of one recent episode was crazy. Dont see why people are after all these millionaire making shows.I guess they want something larger than life i guess,just like how bollywood caters to their fantasy dreams more than reinforce their bleak realities.but thats no excuse for staying ignorant nor for turning a blind eye towards the cruel truths of society.

oh and thanks for the credit btw,hope it increases my blog's TRP ;)

Nikhita said...

Well said, and I couldn't agree more. Will check out the TED as soon as possible.

Lol! You don't need my credit anyways.