Are reality shows a boon or a bane?-Admission Jankari
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Are reality shows a boon or a bane?

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Published : 30 Sep, 2011 By: Admission Jankari
  • In the past few years, the way the reality shows have come up in the television industry is tremendous. While on the one side, many people criticize this sudden hike of reality shows and consider it a bane, on the other side, for many people reality shows are no less than a boon. 

    The strongest example is of the singer Shreya Ghoshal who in 1996 won the Challenge Trophy of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” just at the age of twelve and today, is one of the leading singers of Indian Film Industry. For her, the reality show certainly proved to be a blessing, a boon. It’s not only Shreya Ghoshal but many other personalities who are doing tremendously well in their respective fields because of the reality shows like Sunidhi Chauhan and Aishwarya Majumdar, a 14 year old girl who after leaving her mark in “Amul Star Voice of India Chote Ustad” is now going to undertake a 34 city tour and three album deals. There are also many other people like Shakti of “Dance India Dance” and Toshi of “Amul Star voice of India” who are doing extremely well in their respective fields.

    Seeing these examples, it would not be wrong to say that these reality shows are certainly a boon and not bane. The singer, Shibani Kashyap expresses her views on this and says, “It is definitely a faster route to success. What about all those people who don't have a reality show as a platform? Most of them end up just going from door to door and waiting in the wings all their lives.”

    But, other than these singing and dancing reality shows there are also some other reality shows on TV like “Big Boss” and “Emotional Atyachar” which are being criticized vehemently. Many people have the objection that the kind of content that such reality shows showcase has an adverse effect on children and also pose a threat to the values of our society. But the pace with which westernization is getting absorbed in our society, whether such TV reality shows remain or not the old values of our society will change and infact, are changing. The main reason for this is the invention of internet. Thus, such reality shows do not pose any threat but like other TV reality shows give a boom to the falling careers of contestants. Also, such TV reality shows teach us a different aspect of life some of the ways of human behavior.

    To conclude, TV reality shows are in no way a bane but certainly a boon. They are a short cut to success as they aggravate the pace of the career of the contestants who participate in these shows. According to Farah Khan, a renowned Bollywood director and choreographer, “The reality shows, even if someone doesn't win, it makes the contestants household names."

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