Reality shows have always been one of the favorite topics of discussion for Indians. Today, there may be as many as 100 reality shows being aired with innovative concepts, huge and extravagant sets, and legendary personalities in the judge’s seats. But hey! Think again. Are they even half as good as the reality shows that we grew up watching?
Who can forget these?
1. KHULJA SIM SIM
Remember the time when all of us were hooked onto Star plus at 9 p.m. sharp to watch this unique game show?!
The first season was aired in 2001, which was hosted by the popular film actor Aman Verma. Later came the second season with a different host altogether- Hussain Kuwajerwala. The show had only one motto: The more you trade, the more you win!
The show was an Indian adaptation of the US show- “Let’s Make a Deal.” Like the latter, the Indian adaptation also gained tremendous popularity and was liked equally by people from all age groups!
2. THE CADBURY BOURNVITA QUIZ CONTEST
None of us can deny that this has been one of the most famous Indian quiz contests ever, can we?! With Derek O’Brien’s spontaneous hosting, it was simply a treat to watch this show. It certainly enriched our general knowledge in fun yet interesting way.
Did you know that the show pulled off air in the year 2007 was made to return to the television in the year 2011. And the reason? A group of fans reportedly launched a Facebook campaign stating how badly they wanted the quiz contest to start again!
3. THE GREAT INDIAN LAUGHTER CHALLENGE
It was undoubtedly the first-ever stand-up comedy show that India had produced. It provided a much-needed platform for many budding stand-up comedians to showcase their talent in stand-up comedy. It had two eminent personalities from two different fields: Shekhar Suman and Navjot Singh Siddhu as the judges.
It’s interesting to know that the now-famous comedians like Kapil Sharma and Raaju Shrivastav had once been contestants in the show!
Indians welcomed the show with open hearts as it gifted them with a daily dose of laughter and thereby, taking all of their stress away after a tiresome day.
4. BOOGIE WOOGIE
It was once of the first dance shows that India has ever had, which welcomed dancers from all age groups to participate.
And besides, who can ever forget the chemistry between the three judges Javed Jaffrey, his brother Naved and Ravi Behl?! With just the right amount of humor and their funny interactions with the contestants, they made the show a huge hit.
5. SACH KA SAAMNA
Hosted by Rajiv Khandelwal, a famous Indian television actor, the show’s format was inspired by that of “The Moment Of Truth.”
In the show, each contestant had to answer 50 questions related to their life. The answers were constantly being checked by the polygraph machine, which measures the contestant’s pulse rate and blood pressure to decide whether the received answer is right or wrong.
Sach ka Saamna had obviously come into controversy due to many reasons, especially when the celebrities were called on the show.
Later the show invited common people and particularly aimed at revealing both the corrupted side of the man and our country.
The last season was aired in the year 2011. The show was received well on an overall basis by the critics and the audience.
India has a vast population, and we sure enjoyed these reality T.V. shows. Today we have a series of new, more innovative series, but they have lost the essence of reality. Noting can compete with the shows that were aired back in the days. I hope you liked this list of the top 5 reality T.V. shows.