Joined: 15 August 2009
Yes, you might have noticed that Eliminated-contestants
complain in media about the show, just after coming out of it. But then they
become totally silent. I am sure about the warning from legal department, not
for criminal proceeding, but for penalty, money, defamation and breaking the
contract. They can't even talk about their experiences in detail. They
talk about the other contestants, but never about shooting details, or their
deals with producers.
When these people left the show, and came back (or were brought back in the show), Their body-language told a different story. The feeling that 'you have to pay a hefty amount of money, and a legal proceeding, which you can't win.'
Yeah, you are right, that strategy of keeping disliked-candidate may backfire. I think, they don't decide it from starting. They choose some potential candidates, (palak,aman,fiza etc. ) and hope for some reactions. And when they find, that some viewers are loving to hate someone, and some other people are loving him, coz some other people are hating him. Then Channel keeps that person, because in this condition, people don't stop watching.
It is a question of 'good-but-Boring-show', OR 'bad-but-interesting-show'.
Yeah, there are 'good-and-interesting-shows' too.
But this can't be made good-and-authentic. All people look so healthy, and well groomed. It looks like as they are living in 'big-boss-house' with trees all around, and getting secret things.
And if you know the insects are cleaned and boiled ( as Marc told once) , you know snakes are not poisonous. You have experts, who tested everything. You know that there is a tested-harness. You know that bugs don't bite much, and experts assure you that it is not deadly, and you have doctors at your side. And someone else is going to pay for everything. Then where is 'the thrill'? They have less risk and bigger-motive.
This show is more about the fights and conflicts. If contestants don't fight then channel interferes and asks them to oppose each other, gives them task to vote against each other. Forcing them to choose a person, who will face the MJC with the lowest-vote-getter, was a strategy to initiate fights.
I watch the show for those conflicts, but I want them to handle in a better and intelligent way.
Some people don't know this, if we won't win a contest, we may not get anything. But if celebrities go to a show, whether they win or not, they always get 'appearance-money' and extra facilities. We may think that certain celebrity doesn't care about the jackpot. But all celebrities are not equal. They get different packages. A person who stayed for one week may earn more than the person who stayed for two weeks.
Sometimes you can spot the persons, who are getting less money, and are desperate to stay there, even if there is no chance of winning the jackpot.
Joined: 11 December 2005
An interesting thing to notice is more than the winners of reality show the runner ups and others get more work and succeed in carving a career.
Joined: 15 August 2009
Thanks :-) I am just writing anything.
I have read many of your comments, you are expert, and even your choice of username suggests that :-)
I didn't notice this resemblance earlier; you said correctly that it is 'poor form of Big boss'.
Choosing another contestant among them for MJC, and bursting each other balloons, it is same like Big-Boss.
I too suspected that there is something fishy going on at
weekends. Massages, grooming rest, food etc. haha :-D .
TV-Reality is different than 'Reality-they-want-us-to-believe'.
Recently I was watching 'grand finale' of 'hans baliye'. And they showed some candid scenes of Judges. Generally we see, judge's comment just after the contestants' performance. But in those candid shots, Judge (Karishma) was commenting, and kept forgetting her words, and started laughing. Then they must had shot that judgment after few takes. But we saw only the finished version. (which gives us the impression, that judges are very good, they don't make a mistake, and judge so efficiently. When we think that both of the judges are giving marks without consulting each other, they do consult and discuss.)
And many times we notice that, they shoot two episodes of a reality show on the same day ,and telecast it on Sat-n-Sunday, But the contestants and host, will keep referring to 'yesterday'. The singer, who just sang one hour earlier, will say,
"yes, sir, kal mere gaane mein problem thee, maine practice nahi ki thee"
Yes, they do this for audience's convenience. But they change this reality to some 'relative-reality'
Or They will shoot a lot in a day, but later they will separate scenes, and can make 'Day 1', 'Day 2' out of it.
And, Don't we know: Many times (mostly in dance-grand-finales), we see judge's performances too, about which they tried to make us believe that this was shot during the show. But we can catch many times that this performance was shot earlier, (without any audience, with lots of retakes (giving time to change clothes too) , but it is being shown to us as it happened during contestants' performance. They even mix audience shots with it.
This is 'fake-reality', somewhere between the 'reality' and 'fake'. :-)
I read this interesting news yesterday in newspaper. Let me see, if online version is available.
We talk about, how 'Editing' changes the situation. But if only viewers and contestants complain about this, people don't believe them. (you complain, because you lost)
But this is what , one person from the other side has accepted:
Here is a part of that article.
Sandip Sickand, freelance creative director, Balaji Telefilms, believes that creative heads have to keep pace with an audience that's still to grow up. He justifies the twists on the longest running soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi..., which bumped off characters and brought them back to life on 'popular demand' , "It worked and viewers tuned in. But, the show ended when it had run its course."
On Bigg Boss contestants claiming that only certain aspects of their personality were highlighted to net TRPs, he accepts that a lot of the spicing up happens on the editing table, with certain quotable quotes being retained and highlighted.
He adds though, "The public ultimately knows what's true... you can't fool them. And unless there's a connect, things don't work."
Wow, I didn't think about it earlier,
As you wrote, "There is one more thing the winner must have acceptance amongst the TV watching audience in terms of middle class dreams concept. A winner wld never be the one who is rich and happy.
An interesting thing to notice is more than the winners of reality show the runner ups and others get more work and succeed in carving a career."
There must be some reasons. What can be the reasons for that
second part ?
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Joined: 11 December 2005
Thanks Ranjan4u, you have been very appreciating. Oh me! not an expert, just analyze what is shown. Together we have deciphered quite lot of hidden truths of reality television.
I started to notice the uncanny resemblance once they continued showing mediocre and repeated tasks and the tendency to create rift, appointing leader, sending Kash etc. Yeah it does seem that the contestants go for a weekend outing to mainland Malaysia! They are so well groomed in a jungle despite carrying a light luggage?
Bursting each others EGO balloons
Regarding combining shoots of different days can becoz of a professional roadblock. To manage date of celebrity judges and contestants, shooting contestants performances, meeting the episode deadline, costume, make up etc, are quite a lot of things to assemble together. They may be shooting the performance earlier and Judges giving marks from video recording. Judges aren't really watching with keen alacrity to articulate near perfect comments, capturing every movement and flaw. It's pretty much clear that the judges are there for money and publicity. The comments seem scripted and rehearsed as if the creative team/ writers wrote them down to be stated out by the celeb judge. In fact in some shows the selection of judge itself invites questioning. Some judges are into judging everything from singing, dancing, comedy, how multitalented of them!
Very nice article, thanks for sharing.
Editing is the MOST imp tool that the reality show produces have. With this they either create something as per viewer's demand or show format or they enhance a particular incident or words to build a story.
I found this very interesting article from TIME which gives lucid egs of how editing is done to enhance an effect or build a story.
I have no idea abt the shows mentioned but the explanation is good.
Now when we relate to what was mentioned in the ET article link u gave, it makes us believe and understand how "spicing up" is done at the editing table.
If the trend is observed seen across all channels and shows the winner will always be someone with whom the great middle class can relate to. These shows to cater to the fantasy world and dreams coming true. Its about real people and how they react which matches the viewer's feelings.
There is a surge amongst young people to participate in all kinds of reality shows emanating from a deep desire to become a celebrity notwithstanding the category or stooping to lower levels of ethics or unacceptable personality type.
Just as movies are a medium to escape to realize their fantasies similarly the reality shows are a medium to experience the same albeit differently. The reality shows give a chance to react to somewhat normal or real life situations like relationships, competing, threatening, lying, flirting, bullying etc. Besides the participants are able to show their bad side too and the audience's need for voyeurism is met too.
The middle class drives the TRPs and is channels take care to craft content around their dreams, values and problems. Their aspirations drive the shows. If they connect with a contestant then he must win, and that's why the contestants back ground matches those of viewers and the reason to win is always for parents, siblings, house, treatment etc all which are common to every middle class household. Some where this make them vote for the contestant and help him/her realize the dream, this may act as catharsis too. The votes make the competition tilted towards bias arising out of regionalism, caste, religion, social strata etc and hence the winner is not the most deserving one but one who has a vote gathering combination. Hence the most talented one doesn't win and it's the favorite or favored one who wins. Now with the requisite lack of talent the ones who are either runner ups or amongst top 10 achieve more success professionally.
Here is my take on it!.
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