It's a TV classic. A prime-time show, where celebs come, bitch, make 'friends', let out their 'secrets', have flirtatious relationships... all in front of the prying eyes of millions of viewers. Out of these, some get famous just like that; others fight for their 15 minutes of fame. Yes, what else, we're talking about Bigg Boss.
If you don't know already, it's that time of the year again! Pre-Bigg Boss time! The time when rumour mills set rolling and work overtime to come up with a list of likely housemates who'll be locked inside the famed house for the 'journey of their life'.
Contestants expected on Bigg Boss 8
And now we have so many tongues wagging that former child actor Shweta Prasad Basu could be one of the contestants of the show, after she hit headlines for her involvement in a prostitution racket. Why? Because she promises drama, both in and out of the house! A relative newcomer to the fame game, it is immaterial whether she'd indulge the more experienced celebs in the house -- and the audience -- and tell her side of the story. But, going by Bigg Boss tradition, she will no doubt grab eyeballs, and that's a win-win situation for the channel's bigwigs in their battle for TRPs.
Here's what we feel: Shweta Prasad Basu should not be a contestant of Bigg Boss 8 because we don't want to see her go the Anita Advani or Rakhi Sawant way and parade herself in front of millions in order to get sympathy. The point is simple: Whatever her circumstances, needs, or the compulsion, before she decided to demean herself, this girl does not need our sympathies.
Honestly, who are we to judge? She did something she thought was the right thing to do and it should be none of our business. Anybody's business, for that matter. And if a few stubborn ones among us insist it is, here's a question: Would Shweta Prasad's presence in a group of bitchy, politicking, hungry-to-win contestants help identify the men who didn't have any moral qualms before they went to her? Sure, the world will not change even if we hear who they were, what they do or how 'connected' they are to people who matter. If nothing else, at least it could give us all a sense of closure. No?
Again, the world will also not change if we don’t find out who these men are. Will any action be taken against them or the men who are involved in running the racket? So, why do we need to see Prasad on our TV screens every night? What will she get by coming on the show?
Just because the entire world seems to be interested in knowing what-the-hell-went-wrong with what we thought would be a famous actor some day, doesn't mean she should get bullied by greedy television executives hungry to create drama and drive up ratings and sell her story.
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Just because we suffer from extreme narcissism doesn't mean Shweta Prasad should validate herself by having everyone watch her all the time. We don't want to see her look like a broken soul, who needs a TV show to show people what she truly is, and what she isn't.
Reality TV is one funny place -- it puts immense pressure on contestants, who don't always know exactly what they have signed up for. Prasad might already be psychologically fragile, add to that the pressure of 'looking good', 'sounding right'.
No, Prasad doesn’t need to go through this whole attention-seeking journey of proving something to god knows whom, reacting to the 'games' of other housemates, trying to make them like her, and in the process trying to win our hearts. No, we don't want to see her pouting, posing, primping, preening on Bigg Boss. We want the whole sex racket episode to end and end now. Because, once she's on Bigg Boss, there's no ending this sex racket saga!