Be it mastering techniques of flirting, seducing, or getting married onscreen, TV reality shows have already tried to explore varied shades of relationships.
Capturing yet another side of love, Splitsvilla is back with its fifth season with the theme, Love Gone Wild. Chatting with the reality show’s host, VJ Nikhil Chinappa at the Villa which is being set up at the Solluna resort at Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, we learn how the show’s latest season has shaped up.
Ask him about what to expect from season five, and Nikhil says, "The emotions are all out there as our show is as real as the crew. It’s fun as we are shooting in Jim Corbett — a raw and rustic location. The quality of all the 18 contestants and the intensity of tasks is something to watch out for."
He adds, "Every show is good or bad depending on the contestants that feature on it. This time, they are ready to find true love, rather than fame."
Question him about the criticism that the show has received, and he says, "Our focus is on making a good show. You can’t please everyone."
Talking about being a contestant on a reality show like Bigg Boss, the 38-year-old adds, "I enjoyed watching Sid (VJ Siddharth Bhardwaj) on the show. I would love to see how I would react if I’m locked in a house, with people I don’t know."
Action, live from the task area
We got to witness the shoot of a Splitsvilla task, live on the sets. After safety checks, the task called Line of Fire, began at 3 am. Battling the cold, the crew made sure that the task which involved guys walking on wooden poles, with fire underneath, went well. After a ‘dry trial’, which did not involve fire, the final task took place. The shoot got over at 5 am.
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The writer's trip to Jim Corbett National Park was sponsored by MTV India