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Road’s tenth turn

Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times   November 17, 2012
First Published: 10:50 IST(17/11/2012) | Last Updated: 10:51 IST(17/11/2012)

MTV Hero Roadies X — Battle for Glory opened its gates for auditions on October 31 with the first stop being Pune followed by Delhi and now Chandigarh.

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The brain behind the reality show and its producer Raghu Ram with VJ-turned-actor Rannvijay Singh, in city to pick fresh roadies for their tenth season, talk about the show creating ‘history’.

“Roadies has already entered the annals of history as it is the longest-running reality show on television. People will find ready data about us even after 50 years,” smiles Rannvijay, a former roadie himself, at Café Coffee Day in Sector 16 on Friday, announcing the latest battle edition.

Raghu chips in, “The show, which is a blend of adventure, thrill, drama and survival of the toughest, is said to be the only Indian show to have ever won the most ‘social TV show’ at Mashable Awards 2011.”

“This year, it is a clash between two schools of thought. It’s old versus new; Raghu will be leading the old roadies’ team (eight in all) and I will guide the new roadies (four girls and four boys),” informs Rannvijay. 

“It will be a battle of ideology. I being a realist have accepted that politics and manipulation is required to survive in here, but Ranvijay has a youth-centric and revolutionary approach and feels youngsters can go ahead and make changes with hardwork also,” says Raghu. 

But, of course, their battle isn’t real enough? They clarify, “Friendship is one thing and ideological clash another. “Moreover, it was time for a change,” says Rannvijay, adding, “Roadies’ DNA will be completely different in the next season, and this tenth edition will define that change.”

But hasn’t the 10-year span diluted the craze and passion for the show amongst youth. “Honestly, no,” says Raghu, adding, “It has only increased. I have just got news from sources that a Delhi boy is walking all the way to Chandigarh for auditions to prove his passion to be a roadie.”

What makes the show go on? “Me,” laughs Raghu, while he puts in on a serious note: “We believe in making what we want to and not what people want us to. The other major factor is that it is our baby, and thus, we can fiddle with its format. If I compare it with other reality shows, their format is in control of various hands that leads to format fatigue; we add freshness to the format and content every year.”

Raghu says that the selection of the team of eight old roadies will be via online poll on MTV. “Our fans will give us suggestions; eventually we will decide the final eight,” he says. On decade-old lessons from the reality show, Raghu says, “We are bull-headed, we do not learn from our mistakes. But yes, with age comes maturity, thus we have reined in the abusive and the violent part a little.”

“But if I get to know that senior citizens and politicians have started liking my show, I will stop making it,” he laughs.

Roadies’ auditions today at Indradhanush auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula, 9am onwards

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