It's funny that in a country whose motto is Satyameva-Jayate (Truth Alone Triumphs), lawmakers feel that some truths are better unsaid.
Until a fortnight ago, people confessing to questions like how much would they pay to get their wives bumped off, or have they ever wanted to kill their sons, on television were in the realm of imagination. But now these questions are being asked day after day every day at 10:30 pm on Star Plus.
And over 30 million are tuning into watch the programme that dares participants to speak the truth and the channel is flooded with requests from people wanting to be a part of the show. Since the show went on air the channel has received 5,000 calls and over 12,000 queries from people eager to be featured on TV.
Star's latest reality show Sach Ka Samna, which went on air July 15, was meant to take on the rivals Colours. But instead the show’s provocative content has left Star staring at the face of controversy, with questions being raised in Parliament on whether the show should be allowed to go on air at all.
The show based on the American hit game show, the Moment of Truth, invites people to confront their demons on national television. It's not unusual for the participants to be asked questions like if they remember the name of all the women they have been to bed with or would they cheat on their husbands if they knew the husbands would never find out.