Reality shows are undoubtedly the next wave on
television. In the recent years, they've come thick and fast and, as
opposed to earlier,...
they are now keeping you busy on weekdays too. They needn't necessarily
provide the entertainment quotient, but they evoke a smile on your face
for their sheer stupidity.
Imagine TV has the distinction of
coming up with innovative reality shows like the Swayamvar series, Pati,
Patni, aur Woh, and Raaz Picchle Janam Kaa. B.B.C's Desi Girl is the
latest addition to this list. A show that exposes eight urban girls to
the arduous life of a village bumpkin.
The concept appears fine
but the problem though is where are the desi girls in it? The ones that
we see are women for sure, but how many of them look like girls? A
majority of them have long passed the age of puberty, two women have
tied the knot and the rest simply don't come across as desi virgins. Few
are totally out of shape, while those who aren't, have their ages
written on their wrinkles. According to TellyCafe, they are not desi
girls but desi aunties!
The internet doesn't have
her complete profile but, Sambhavna's birth date is listed 21 November,
1982. So by that count she is 28 years of age as of today. I repeat..
'28' years of age. Now, how many of you will buy that?
on a Bigg Boss forum, a member earmarked that Seth looks older than
Ketaki Dave and Ehsaan Qureshi. While that might be a little too harsh,
such is her physicality that Seth can easily run down a frail man.
Sambhavna epitomizes the typical Bhojpuri diva, who possesses both
beauty and brawn. Perhaps, she's has more fats than other erstwhile
Bhojpuri divas. Any man or woman will think twice before messing with
this lady. She carries a dictionary that contains the famous profanities
– English, Hindi, and Bhojpuri. Raja Chaudhary will testify to it.
Seth's intimidating attitude is evident in the show and that explains
why she was shown the door by villagers last week.
In true sense, Monica Bedi started off as desi
girl. Born in the small town of Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Monica shifted to
Norway before stepping into the big bad world of Bollywood. It was bad,
because she kept bad company. For a while, the world seemed to be at her
feet until it came crashing one evening in Portugal. The girl from
Hoshiarpur proved to be a bit too clever for her own good. Bedi returned
to the scene after spending five years in jail. Bigg Boss was tool to
redemption. With Desi Girl, Bedi finds herself in her home state, but
she returns not as a girl but a 35-year-old jaded woman with shattered
One thought that
Kashmera Shah will be older than Bedi, but to our surprise, Shah turned
out to be a 1975-born too. Mind you, replacing the 'i' with an 'e'
doesn't make Kashmera look any younger. Figuratively, she's maintained
herself well, but the pain of troublesome relationships has long taken a
toll on her face. She's confessed to going through a phase of severe
depression after her initial break-up. While she's madly in love with
Krushna Abhishek, their relationship hasn't been solemnized yet by the
the latter's erstwhile family members. Some time back, she'd given an
ultimatum to Krushna to marry her. Perhaps, the lady herself knew that
she was running out of time. Appearing on Desi Girl will simply not
bring back her wonder years, but who will tell her that?
Rucha Gujrati doesn't gel
with Aushima Sawhney because she thinks there is an age gap between
them. Surprisingly, she considers herself younger than Aushima. A close
look at the actress will suggest that she's not as young as she might
like to be. Gujrati started off as a child artist in the following films
Kanyadaan (1988), Hum Hia Kamaal Ke, and Shikari (2000). She's featured
in serials like Bhabhi (as Bhabhi), Kkusum, Rihaee, Waaris, Waqt
Batayga... Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya, Shh Phir Koi Hai, Saas v/s Bahu
reality dance show.
Bhabhi lasted for eight years and Rucha
featured for the best part of the show. She's been in the industry over a
decade, and assuming she was 20 at the start of the new millennium,
Rucha has got to be at least 30 now. Presently, the girl has shot that
charm on her face; often you'll find her hiding behind a cool shade.
When the glasses are off, Rucha looks like an over-the-hill actress
struggling to come to grips with the passing of time. Some even suggest
that girl has taken more than one appointment at a dermatologist's
She's a 30-year-old,
who got married to beau Siddhart Kumar a few years ago. Perhaps, the
lady was smart enough to know that not many plum opportunities will come
her way, and so she settled down at the right time. Like Kashmera,
she's still in great shape; just a few years into marriage, Chopra is no
longer looking like the suave girl that she used to be. She'd once
hosted Chak De Bachche. May be in another year, she'll be holding a
child of her own and the neighbourhood kids will say, "Hello Roshni
Aunty." Quite clearly, the roshni is wiped off Roshni's face. Forget
about being Desi Girl, this Leeds university graduate will perhaps do
well in Mrs. Universe contest.
Her mother Ila Arun
got married at an early age as it happens with most women from
Rajasthan. Ishita, a former funky VJ, too got married a few years back.
As it happens with most Indian girls, their looks suffer after their
marriage. Despite her Rajasthani roots, Arun has always been a
rebellion. She liked wearing short dresses, sported funky tattoos and
dark eye shadow. Her mother didn't speak to her for two days after her
first tattoo. Mummy was extremely livid on the second attempt and she
gave up hopes on her daughter after the third tattoo. Isshitta is
married to Dhruv Ghanekar – Maharastrian. Our Desi girls aren't supposed
to do inter caste marriage, and it's considered a sin for girls from
At 23, she's the youngest of all contestants and
befitting to be called the only 'girl' in the show. But is Anmol
looking the pretty girl we saw in Roadies 5? The answer will be no.
Perhaps, the grind on Roadies has taken a toll on her. She's put on a
little weight; the glow from her face is missing. One wonders what road
the girl took after Roadies that she's looking so worn out now. She's no
longer precious and nor is befitting to be called Desi Girl.
Who is this lady who Rucha consider older than her?
brought up in Bangkok, studied in Sydney, participated in Miss India
2005 before doing films like Dhokha and Yuvvraaj. Looking at her
profile, she's simply not eligible to be a Desi Girl.
Mayur Lookhar / TellyCafe.com