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Sad Stories in Reality TV Shows

Shipra Chaudhary

ByShipra Chaudhary

Oct 2, 2020

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Melodrama or mellow on drama?

Reality TV in the beginning, may have been an unacted actuality. But, as it started to gain popularity, the producers loved to create more and more of it not only because it was comparatively less expensive to whip up but also as it made them rich. As the shows became more common, the makers of the shows started to look for ways to make them more popular, it was then that absolute reality slowly gave way to a more “manipulated” and “controlled” variety. A variety which is unfortunately far from reality. However, true as it might there are shows that despite being scripted offer some amount of originality because the people are real and so are there stories. So maybe instead of trying to find what is wrong with the shows, one must analyse what is right with them.

In shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati, people might be selected on the basis of their stories but they win and lose on their own merit. Is it so wrong that the only people they take are actually needy and poor who have more need for the money than most? That they have a sob story? Maybe their intention isn’t humanitarian but that of business, but still due to this a section of people benefit in ways much more than anyone can imagine. 

Taking the example of a former KBC winner from season 6- Taj Mohammed  Rangrez from Kanore, Rajasthan, who won 1 crore rupees of which he probably got 70 lakhs, he used this prize money in the treatment of his partially blind daughter. Not only that he later used it to pay for the marriage two orphan girls from his village. With the money he changed the lives others and brought a little more colour in his daughter’s life (literally). 

Kaun Banega Crorepati brought happiness in the lives of many Indian citizens with the utilisation of prize money in getting their dreams to come true and fulfilling their necessities. The program successfully hooked the people and enhances their knowledge capsule. The show is prime examples that even a scripted show that only takes people with sad stories can cause a major change in the lives of people.

Another reality TV show that changed lives despite the fact that even its building blocks were based on script and sob stories is Satyamev Jayate. From an opening amazing statement by host Amir Khan- ‘Hindustan Badal Raha hai, Ek Laher si Chal Rahi hai’ to brave but sad survival stories, Satyamev Jayate is a unique reality Television programme as it highlights the root problems in our society through a refreshing cocktail survival and fights backstories, critique of legal bindings, pioneering efforts by people who became the emissary of change, statistical analysis, audience feedbacks and measures to curb the menace. The cherry on top was that almost every episode came with a soothing musical spectacle. The show also provides us with viable solutions on how to build a better our society, it teaches the people on how to conduct themselves more like people and less like an animal. The people brought in the show are only those who have real tear-jerking sad stories. This show brought changes in the lives of many people individually as well as a whole.  

For example, in the words of Arpan Mishra “I watched Satyamev Jayate Season 3 Episode 6 ‘When Masculinity Harms Men’ and it completely changed my perspective especially about controlling my rage. Some time ago I met with an accident where the mistake was of the other person but instead I was the injured one. I received a deep cut in my leg which got me three stitches and was unable to walk for a month. A huge crowd gathered and was ready to beat the man but I resisted and told everyone to keep quiet. The man took me to the hospital, paid my bills, offered apologies, and pays me visit regularly. He is a nice man and we are good friends now.”

So not all things are as they appear on the surface. One must live life with optimism and the ideology that the glass is half-filled up not half empty.

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