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India’s first officially scripted reality show?

Rachana Dubey, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 01, 2012
First Published: 13:03 IST(1/4/2012) | Last Updated: 14:12 IST(1/4/2012)
If you miss the first 30-45 seconds of this show, you are quite likely to feel that you’re watching two genuinely aggrieved parties battling it out in public domain, and that their case is being heard and judged by a jury comprised of people from various walks of life.

In the most unlikely situation, you may stumble upon a disclaimer, run in a tiny point size, that the show is a work of fiction and everything from the tears to the fights put up by parties (comprising junior artistes seen on various other shows) is dramatised. 

Colors’ show Zindagi Ki Haqeeqat Se Aamna Samna is what the channel and the producers, Freemantle India, claim is India’s first ever scripted reality show where the issues discussed are real but the rest of it, including the participants, investigators and those investigated are fictional.

Accoding to the channel and the production company, the show is based on a not very well-known format called Confrontation, where a host of actors are hired to discuss, moderate and decide on issues.

The show, which airs on weekends at 10 pm, debuted with approximately 2.8 TRP points, which is higher than the ratings Rakhi Sawant’s Ghazab Desh Ki Azab Kahani, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zor Ka Jhatka and Akshay Kumar’s Masterchef India Season One opening episodes managed.

Have there been complaints from viewers who’ve assumed the show has real cases and real people? Vidyut Bhandari of Freemantle India says, “We’ve never attempted to con the audience. We run disclaimers in different parts of the show. And we don’t think anyone will be confused. These are real problems, but we have hired actors. In fact, unlike other reality or non-fiction shows, we’re actually claiming that it is India’s first scripted reality programme. Everything is on paper first, and then executed, including the dialogue.”

Considering the show has opened well and maintains a decent rating even now, would there be a season two? “Which producer wouldn’t be happy to have multiple seasons of his show?” exclaims Vidyut. “It’s one of our registered formats, so if it’s accepted by viewers and the channel commissions us, we’ll have another season.”
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