Do you dream big? Do you intend to walk the road 'much' travelled? Do you yearn for quick fame? If all these thoughts hover over your mind...shed those inhibitions in you and you can be the next REALITY star!
The reality van is on its way to stardom to pick some and drop others. The reality series, much believed to be an eclipse on the famous saas-bahu operas is latest fad on the idiot box. Such shows have witnessed a colossal success of late, as every other channel you flip has some REAL treat for your eyes. The reality series though acceded from foreign, but is exalted by the Indians. Much to viewers amusement, the TV channels have grappled the nerve of the audiences as each one of us today is ardent and keenly inquisitive in peeping into others' personal lives. And why not? Its such a relief from the K- saga that had been ruling the small screen for years. Its then, where plebeians find reality shows a breather as they can unfold the day's fatigue by smirking on wanna be grooms in 'Rakhi ka Swayamvar' to keep tabs on the mud slinging among the contestants with the beep covering their abusive language and of course the rabid demeanors as seen in 'MTV Roadies' and 'Splitsvilla', which apparently masses enjoy and feed on the tidbit for gossip, chased by round of cackles in their living rooms.
We witness many reality series flocked with a bunch of young lads and lasses in aspiration of that quick fame. The boys and girls next door in no time become part of our colloquy, the discussion on our dinning tables & topic of our office conversations. We find ourselves betting on the most promising combatant and praying for our favorite one to win. After a thorough scrutiny and running the potential candidates under a scanner, the contestants pass the toughest of challenges to reach the summit, vying for fame, name n money. After all.. the road to stardom is not that easy.
A recent name to join the bandwagon of reality star was Salman Khan from 'Dance India Dance'. With his tremendous win he has qualified to join the likes of Abhijeet Sawant, Qazi Taukeer, Ashutosh, Nauman Saint. Besides his drudgery to make a place for himself, it's the people who bridged his route to victory. I often wondered who are the ones who vote for these guys? Are these voting numbers fake to flaunt a show's TRP; till the time i found myself running my fingers on my cell's keypad to vote for Ali Mughal from SKD. He could not win the game show, that's another story. Its me & you who ajudge the rising of a star. The show and the crew, decked up with emotional touch-ups leave the audience swirling on the emotional swing to vote! The show's success is evident from the fact when millions of people vote for their favorites. Audiences get sensitive to the contestants' sufferings and their triumphs. In a way, we love them, we hate them and we make them.
From combatants planning the plots in SKD to celebrities burning the dance floors with their toughest of moves in 'Jhalak Dikhla Ja'. From roadies performing the tasks that skip your beat as mere spectators, to the cute 'Gangu bai' grinning, leaving us appalled at her abundant talent and spontaneity to perform. They have entertained us and have won accolades and name for themselves.
Such ventures for sure give a complete platform to the aspirants, who till yesterday, were nobody from no-man's land but win an abode for themselves with sheer hard work, a winner attitude and their hunger for fame. While these shows with flamboyant sets, glitz and glamor mesmerize the common people to lure for the showbiz, the hardships borne by contestants cannot be brushed off. Living on the theory of “Survival of the fittest”, they crawl each day. The criticism by the judges, the common anguish among the peers often leave them bedazzled as they put their image on stake. The perpetual fear of embarrassment leading from such encounters which is not confined to them but reach thousands of viewers, leave the contestants in turmoil. While some apex to the fame n success, the others drift in the crowd. But realize they must, they are the chosen ones; holding onto the path, with their persistent endeavors they dream of success and a few out of the lot are blessed to hold the reins and govern the hearts of masses. With dreamy eyes and ongoing inquest, they welcome their role reversal from a common man to a much celebrated celebrity!