Even though this channel’s last big attraction, Emotional Atyachar, landed itself in the middle of a controversy of sorts, their next show claims to be an “all out entertainer”. UTV Bindass’s Date Trap is the newest addition to the long list of relationship-based shows on Indian television, but Nikhil Gandhi, the channel’s business head assures that it is nothing like anything seen before.
“It’s a home grown format about dating. A show where friends can play pranks on their friends by putting them through difficult, yet entertaining experiences,” he says, adding, “It’s definitely not a relationship show. It’s not like Dare To Date either. It’s completely original.”The channel has short listed entries of people willing to trap their friends or foes for several reasons. Some will be seen doing it for revenge, some for fun while others to test their friends’ over-confidence in dealing with the opposite gender.
“The person who has nominated the contestant will sit in the studio and watch his friend get harrowed,” says Gandhi, adding that in the present scheme of ‘affairs’, they don’t have to worry about any controversies. “The contestants will be made to sign a Non Objection Certificate, so there should be no issue.”
Was this a controlled move to veer attention away from dramatic concepts? “No. The show was in the roster to be launched. And like all our concepts, this one too, has been inspired by the insight we get from researches.” VJ Gaurav will host the 10-episode series.
“He has his own connect as far as the target groups are concerned; also his impromptu lines and dialogue on a show is a value addition in the setting. He knows how to control people on television very well,” says Gandhi, on being asked why Gaurav was picked for the task. Meanwhile, the VJ feels it’s the light-heartedness of the concept that comes as a relief. “It sets the mood right for the viewers to tickle their funny bone. The format will not just have the participants, but also the viewers in splits,” says Gaurav.