She is the product of a talent hunt show herself, but national award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal, says the ethos of reality shows in India has undergone a huge commercial twist and the visual appeal of a show matters much more now.
The singer was first recognised when she won the 75th Children’s Day special episode of TVS Sa Re Ga Ma. She is currently one of the judges on Sony Entertainment Television’s X-Factor. “Sa Re Ga Ma... was not a reality show. There was no system of SMS voting and stuff,” says Shreya.
“It was a big thing to sing in front of judges like Ustad Vilayat Khan
and Anil Biswas. Where would I know what to wear and all? That concept came when TV became so big. Today it’s a big commercial ball game. Many people are involved and have to see how attractive it should be visually as well,” she adds.