Perceptions

The way I see everything!!!

Someone’s watching you…

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Current Mood: Having a headache

This weekend, I am home alone after a long time. Out of sheer boredom on a Friday evening, I was channel surfing and put on my favourite news channel to know whats happening in the country. Instead I see Shilpa Shetty giving gyaan on Prime Time News on (believe it or not!!!!) how to win the Big Boss!!! What a relevant piece of news, which I am sure the whole nation needed to know.

See, my blood pressure rises takes over when I see BULLSHIT on TV. And Reality Shows today are not helping the cause. I really don’t think the nation was interested in knowing that to survive in the Big Boss, one needs ‘to be yourself’. In which case Madam Shetty, its a miracle how you won the Big Brother!!! A super fake accent and this almost benign voice from a vampirish person, giving philosophy about Life! This is what CNN IBN has been reduced to!

The problem with boredom is, it arises curiosity after 15 minutes. And I was no different. I really wanted to see what is this Big Boss show all about. (I had not seen Big Boss 1). I was also wondering Shilpa Shetty had improved marginally as an actor. Boy! Was I in for some trouble!

So, I switched on Colours (the channel in which this show is being aired) and I see Madam Shetty sitting on this chair and spouting cheeseball lines with no conviction, making the Sun Music VJs look like experts in the art of ‘talking to the viewers’. The show by itself is cheap and voyeuristic in nature. So, Rahul Mahajan (god bless the man, for he has lost his way) and Sanjay Nirupam (A joke for an MP), and some Sambhavna female (the sluttish, vampish irritant) are having a very mature discussion about how many girlfriends Rahul Mahajan has. After that extremely profound conversation, Shilpa Shetty makes a few attempts at humour by showing Rahul Mahajan cleaning the bathroom floor. Is it just me, or was there nothing funny in that scene at all??? Well, for one full hour, Shilpa droned on and on putting up a plastic smile about the ‘house-mates’. And finally the omni-present voteout!!! Are people in India actually bored (or rich for that matter) enough to send SMS votes at 3 Rs per message? Shilpa tried to raise the suspense with all her acting skills (rather the lack of it!!!) and it was hilarious. Oh, her habit of telling ‘sooo sweet’ for the most irrelevant thing is probably more funnier than her failed attempts at humour!!! Ketaki Dave says, ‘ I miss my milk wala tea’ ans Shilpa Says ‘Sooo Sweeet!’. The politician says I am ready to be voted out, and Shilpa says, ‘Soooo Sweeet’…

Anyways the audience’s verdict (This is a show for the people, by the people and of the people, an epitome of democracy) was Sanjay Nirupam (the politician dude) had to leave the house!!! WHOA!!! What a result! Hitchcock could not have written a better thriller!!! And then this dude rambles on and on about how he wanted to be in the show just ‘to understand the mentality of the normal people who are not from his strata of life’ and that ‘he gave hints to his people from the show that he was no longer interested in being a part of that society, and that the cause of the aam admi is more important!!!’ Crap that made me shed silent tears!!!

You know, this sorry excuse for a show is getting extremely high TRPs. All reality shows cash upon the voyeuristic streak in us, and this show leads the way. As a nation, we have become obsessed with a sneek peek at the ‘life of others’. And that is sad. I forgot to mention the part of the show where SS was introducing the participants once again, and for each participant, a separate hindi song was being played. And they showed the part where Jade Goody was informed about her Cancer, they played the K3G’s title song. Is this how insensitive TV Channels have become? To actually cash in on someone else’s misery? And we, the so-called-educated middle class, are providing them the fodder for such insensitivity? I don’t mind reality shows like Fear Factor. But this… this is a sham which is a shame to us. The news channel actually had this broadcasted as Flash News once the show was over!!! The news channel have a responsibility to the people, and they are promoting sucnh a show! Accept it guys, we have become a nation of peeping toms. Someone is watching you!!

Cheers!!!

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Written by shivnarayan

Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

8 Responses

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  1. AAh! I couldnt have said it better sir…. It’s disgusting … why te other day some bloke films what he thought was sheshnaga near kedarnath and India today had a 1hr program covering it .. I was like .. Mom .. they are commercializing god and thos guy who feels blessed is cashing in on his blessing ??? God save me from such blessings…esterday itself india today had a promo which said ..” Ek car ne 2 bacchoon ko ghaseeta sadak pe.. blah blah and background music reminded me of themes in movies where the hero transforms into his heroic form .. I was like …!!!! Pathetic .. I have given up watching news or reading news papers
    now i rely on trusted friends for my current affairs… they filter out the crap and save me the effort
    😛

    descryingtheshadows

    Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 5:08 pm

  2. Finally some intelligence on this issue! I salute thee. The only news channel worth watching – without this reality nonsense – is NDTV. Even they’re biased with their political news, but at least it’s an intelligent channel.

    P.S. : The posters thing was a *link* I specifically sent you, not my GTalk status message 😀

    Raghuvansh

    Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  3. @Sid: I guess I am a little too addicted to NDTV and CNN IBN to give up on them 😦

    @Raghu: Well, NDTV promotes their NDTV Imagine channel. That is the root cause, isn’t it? But yeah, I prefer NDTV on TV and IBNLive on the net.

    Cheers!

    shivnarayan

    Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm

  4. You have a fav news channel??? good work though.

    Nava

    Monday, August 25, 2008 at 2:06 am

  5. now this is an unfair way of passing on your mood with that moody a blog 😛

    been away from television programs too long now.. like those relevant portions of google search substituted tech books, the clips in youtube/meta cafe fill in for television pro(blems)….

    dude watch out your expletives.. there would be some jobless shilpa shetty fan do file a defamation suit against you.. and in your case google won’t ven have to defend your privacy rights..

    shash

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 4:49 am

  6. I totally agree. there are about 5 reality shows on every channel n the K3G theme is really irritating, they put it on these shows , on sans bhi kabhi bahoo thi ,on indian idol…god!!…i wont be surprised if it becomes the national anthem.

    i can’t believe u wasted an hour watching that crp 🙂

    debs

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

  7. I think more than the news abt these shows, the ads on them (or rather promotive ads) are irritating in between!!

    Madhuvanthi

    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 1:18 am

  8. ah, the luxuries of being too poor to own a tv!

    RukmaniRam

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 3:56 am


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