In this digital era, the TV channels rely on reality shows to boost their TRPs. In India, there is a big race among the channels to outwit each other in wooing the audience through reality shows.
There are many reality shows, which are generally fake and have a malafide intention. It's not easy for the viewers to distinguish between the good and bad. Thus, we have listed five top reality shows, which are worth watching even though some of them are controversial by nature.
1. Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)
KBC is the best reality show till date on Indian Television in terms of popularity, TRP, conception and presentation. Over 50 Lakh people participated in KBC 4 auditions only. The show has also achieved the maximum number of awards.
This show has successfully completed five seasons and now heading towards the sixth in 2012. KBC is a reality/game show which offers a maximum cash prize of Rs. Five Crore on the hot seat against the answers, whose questions are put by the host.
Actor of the Century Amitabh Bachchan is the host of KBC since its first ever season. Undoubtedly the outstanding success of the show is backed by the presence of Bachchan as the host.
The Fifth season of KBC was the most popular show on Indian television. Sushil Kumar, a computer operator and tutor from a small village of Bihar went on to win the top prize of 5 Crore rupees in the show which was the biggest event of KBC, aired on 2nd November 11.The season established a new record in TRP with comparison to any TV serials in India so far.
2. Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss, which is claimed to be the biggest reality show in India has also successfully completed five seasons till now. In this reality show celebrity contestants stay in a single house for about three months, with no connection to the outside world.
They are watched over by an unseen person through the surveillance cameras fixed at different points of the house. The person is known as ‘Bigg Boss’ whose only presence in the house is through his voice.
The show has gradually got momentum with bigger and better stars hosting it. The latest season was hosted by Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt.
Although the show has been criticized by many for the in house quarrels and odd developments, it is undoubtedly the most discussed reality show on Indian television.
3. Comedy Circus
Comedy circus is another top reality show in Indian television. This is the show that brings India's TV celebrities to perform with professional comedian partners on a highly competitive and challenging stage.
So far, comedy circus has completed 11 seasons named differently like - Comedy Circus 20 - 20, Dekh India Dekh, Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka, Maha Sangram (2010), Comedy Circus Ke SuperStars (2010), Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo (2010), Jubilee Comedy Circus (2010/2011), Comedy Circus Ke Taansen (2011), Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur (2011), and Kahani Comedy Circus Ki (2012).
Till date, the most consistent performers of this show have been Krishna Abhishek and Sudesh Lehri and judge is Archana Puran Singh.
Besides the contestants, celebrities like Shekhar Suman, Shreyas Talpade, Arshad Warsi, Tanushree Dutta, Arbaaz Khan, Divya Dutta, Rakesh Bedi, have performed and earned top appreciation in the show. However the top performers of Comedy circus are - Kapil Sharma, Bharti Singh, Krushna Abhisek, Sudesh Lehri, Si,ddharth Jadav, Rajeev Thakur, VIP, Ali Asgar and Swapnil Joshi.
4. Dance India Dance (DID)
DID is now India's largest dance-based reality show after completing two tremendously successful seasons. The top awaited season 3 has begun from 24th December 11 and now going on with full swing.
Besides the three seasons, DID has also been telecasted as Dance India Dance Li'l Masters, Dance India Dance Doubles, and Dance Ke Superstars.
The show is choreographed by some of the top Bollywood choreographers, such as Terence Lewis, Remo D'Souza and Geeta Kapoor. They are also the mentors and Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty is the grandmaster of the show.
The dance styles performed in DID includes almost all styles mainly including – Locking and popping, ballet, acrobatics, shadow dancing, mid-air dancing, Broadway theatre, contemporary, Bollywood and hip-hop.
The show gathers dancers aged 15 to 25 from all over India through auditions at some major cities of India. Once selected in the audition, they are trained by professionals and compete against each other in the show.
‘Roadies’ is a youth-based popular reality television show on TV. After completing 8 successful seasons Roadies season 9 has started from 7th January 2012. The show involves 3 types of tasks: Money Tasks, Immunity Tasks & Advantage Tasks, which are generally mentally and physically too difficult to perform.
Roadies have been shot in India and abroad including Australia, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia and Africa. Raghu Ram and Rajiv [Twins] are two people who usually take the personal interviews for this reality show.
They are well known for their frank behavior and free usage of slang and abuses with the interviewees and the contestants. They claim that it is to motivate them and get the best out of them.