Thanks to the overdose of reality prank shows on Indian television, people seem to have become a lot more cautious. Any conversation or humourous situation, which seems slightly out of the ordinary, has people looking around for hidden cameras.
That’s one reason the second season of the show, Date Trap, has shot most its episodes at the most unpredictable locations. Unlike planning practical jokes in a rigged coffee shop, the crew has gone to places like a dance bar, a clinic and even a busy shopping mall.
“When we started off, our biggest concern was that there are too many reality shows happening already and every time anything funny happens, people start looking for a hidden camera,” says Aaliyah Khan, who reprises her role as the host this season too. “The biggest challenge in doing a season two of a prank show like this, is that people should not recognise the actors, sets and the entire set-up,” she adds.
But Murphy’s Law of ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ always proves to be true. Recalling an incident where the victim recognised an actor who was part of the crew, Khan laughs, “She kept looking at him and saying ‘you look really familiar’. At one point, she got really angry because things kept going wrong. But we apologised and she calmed down.”
The UTV Bindass show starts from August 26 at 7pm.