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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 9:05pm | IP Logged
Gone are the days when your
favourite TV actors were
hunky businessmen, or funny
clerks in government offices.
They now line up for auditions,
practice their moves and show
their skills in 'reality' shows
which are sub-plots in ongoing
stories. From Indira of Hitler
Didi, who takes part in a dance
competition, to Sooraj of Diya
Aur Bati Hum, who wins an international cooking competition, most of the daily shows
are introducing a reality TV
"Reality shows are now a
part of a common man's life.
And that change is what is  reflecting in our serials," says
Sukesh Motwani, fiction head,
Zee TV. Indira, the protagonist
in Hitler Didi, recently won Rs
25 lakhs for winning a dance
competition. Most of the contestants who take part in reality shows are from 'chote shehar'
and for them these shows are
no less than a lottery ticket.
And when their favourite actors do the same, they love it.
"Sooraj is basically a very good
cook, but stays in a small town
like Pushkar," says Sumeet
Mittal, producer of Diya
Aur Bati Hum. He adds that
with Sooraj taking part in an
international cooking competition, they're trying to take the
story to a larger platform. "It
increases the reach as well as
their connect with the audience," he says. The protagonist
Sooraj recently battled stiff
competition, family resistance
and won the Singapore's
World's Top Cook hat.

Taking part in a reality
show and showing your skills
on the telly tube is almost like
the next career path for many
youngsters. And keeping that
in mind, Channel V came up
with  Dil Dosti Dance, a show
where the characters who
play college students
preen, practice and even
pick sides to win the coveted dance competition,
'Footloose'. In the meanwhile,
they also attend college and
deal with strict parents. "Combining fiction with a real event
is a good move, doing that gets
us both the audiences — ones
who follow reality shows and
who love fictitious stories,"
says Palki Malhotra, fiction
head, Cinevistas.
Though these reality twists
in daily soaps have been successful, the show  Aasman Ke
Aage on Life Ok which was
based on a dance reality show
of the same name was taken off
air due to low TRPs. Promoted
with a tagline of 'the reality behind reality shows' it revolved
around contestants who participated in a dance reality show.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 9:19pm | IP Logged
Thanks a lot for sharing the article. Hug
Nice concept of DABH to introduce a reality show like WTC which helped it to connect with the audience. The Vijay Yatra was also done for the same purpose as well. Smile

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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 10:08pm | IP Logged
Thanks for sharing.

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