Thanks to the overdose of reality prank shows on Indian television, people seem to have become a lot more cautious. Any incident, conversation or humourous situation, which seems slightly out of the ordinary, has people looking around for hidden cameras within minutes. That’s one reason the second season of the show Date Trap has shot most its episodes at weird and unpredictable locations. Unlike planning practical jokes in a rigged restaurant or coffee shop, the crew has gone to places like a dance bar, a hospital clinic and even a busy shopping mall.
“When we started off, our biggest concern was that there are too many reality shows and too much exposure that every time anything funny happens, people start looking for a hidden camera,” says Aaliyah Khan, who reprises her role as the host in this season too. She adds, “The biggest challenge in doing a season two of a prank show such as this, is that people should not recognise the actors, sets and the entire set-up.”
But Murphy’s Law of ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ always proves to be true in situations such as these. Recalling an incident where the victim did recognise an actor who was part of the crew, Khan laughs, “She kept looking at him and saying ‘you look really familiar’. And then, at one point, she got really angry and ran for the door, because things kept going wrong. But we apologised and she calmed down. We’re good recovery agents.” Baring the risk of shooting in a city dingy dance bar, the crew even got an uptight girl to believe she was there for a harmless date, until “she realised that she was auditioning for a place in the bar, at which point she freaked out a little,” says Khan, adding, “This is an outrageous and obnoxious show. I’m more part of this evil team that’s enjoying the show.” The UTV Bindass show launches on August 26 at 7pm.