This show will surely click
unconcerned president of the Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee, a bunch of MLAs, cutting across all party
affiliations, willing to sell their votes so that certain people
can get into the Rajya Sabha, and the home minister of a state,
trying his best to avoid charges of an encounter killing, and
you have the perfect ingredients of an original, homegrown
reality show, called Indiaís Got Corruption.
Yes sirji, the
show is there for all to see, and for all to get repulsed ó
nationality not withstanding. TRPs are ensured because there is
nothing more real and brutal than this reality show of political
whodunit. It beats the new season of Indiaís Got Talent
(Colors), and even the final leg of Americaís Got Talent
(Star World). See how news channels are now following the
misdemeanours of the CWG karta dhartas with all the
instincts of media bloodhounds.
Suresh Kalmadi has denied that the cost of holding the games has gone up 17 times. He insists it has increased marginally
Times Now sent the
indefatigable Navika Kumar to London to sniff the murky trail,
while NDTVís Swati Maheshwari, now stationed in London, in a
more sotto voce way, did the same. Also on NDTV 24x7, Barkha
Dutt succeeded in getting Suresh Kalmadi for an extended studio
interview. It was absolutely amazing how complacent the
suspiciously black-bearded Kalmadi looked in the face of a
litany of accusations.
have died during the course of the construction of CWG
facilities, he was told. "Fortytwo?" questioned
Kalmadi, without turning a hair, or even looking amazed, or
distraught. "Yes, that should not have happened." As
for the issue of cost overruns, Kalmadi denied that costs for
holding the games had gone up 17 times. It was only two or three
times, he insisted. When our neta didnít have an
answer, he said he would get back with one. I doubt if there was
one viewer who felt that Kalmadi had truth on his side. I only
wish that Dutt had put more pressure on Kalmadi, pinning him
down on the big picture rather on the exorbitant costs of ACs
and washing machines.
This week also saw
buzz being created on a succession of rebooted reality shows.
Season two of Indiaís Got Talent Khoj 2 appeared
once again ó same format but different judges. Kirron Kher and
Sonali Bendre remain, but Shekhar Kapur has been replaced by
actor/producer director/humorist Sajid Khan. Having seen the
first episode, I donít know whether it is a wise switch. The
craggy Kapur, despite his teary eyes, used to give wise and
wonderful responses. As for Bendre, some things donít change
like off-the-shoulder little black dresses.
I much prefer the
sari-clad, so heavily-jewelled Kher. She probably goes shopping
in heavy duty kanjeevarams and exotic baubles.
What we see is
what she is. In the first episode of IGT, she was wearing
a thick gold necklace that would have made a knight clad in his
metallic armour shudder. Still, give her marks for originality.
As for the talent show itself, it started slowly. But slow is
not shorthand for bad; slow does not translate to mediocre; it
simply means no adrenaline pumping.
reality shows imported into India include a fresh season of Kaun
Banega Crorepati. The show, which will be telecast on Sony
later this year, is being re-anchored by the Bachchan, Amitabh
Bachchan, that is. Promos for participants are being aired every
evening by the star. The Biggest B may have defined the show in
its first season, way back in 1990, and in the process also
himself, but it is unlikely he will continue to have the same
anchors have come and gone, and the novelty of having stars on
the small screen is wearing off. No doubt Sony is hoping that
this new version will spike its flagging fortunes. Indian
Idol has certainly not attracted the same kind of viewership
and interest it did earlier. But only time will tell.
told on Rahul Mahajanís dulhaniya Dimpy. I hate saying
"I told you so." Actually, I lie, I love saying it.
What were Dimpyís parents thinking when they allowed her to
marry Mahajan Jr., especially since his first marriage had
floundered because of domestic violence in the reality show Rahul
Dulhaniya Le Jayega. What is amazing is that Dimpy, after
having whined to the television cameras that Rahul beat her for
not showing a text message, is back with him, demurely visiting
temples, very much in the media eye. At what price? Fifteen
seconds of fame? May be the show should have been called Rahul
Dulhaniya Ko Mardega..