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Now, you can swap parents

The second season of the reality TV show, Big Switch, went on air Friday, but instead of trading lifestyles, bratty kids will now be swapping parents.

tv Updated: Nov 20, 2010 01:18 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

The second season of the reality TV show, Big Switch, went on air Friday, but instead of trading lifestyles, bratty kids will now be swapping parents.

Last season’s Big Switch, hosted by Genelia D’Souza, saw 10 well-off contestants swapping lifestyles with 10 slum dwellers. This season, a troubled kid gets a chance to live with a new set of parents for a week. Parents who are having problems with their child also get to swap progeny. The aim is to see who survives the switch the best. Celebrity guest judges will appear on the show to offer suggestions for stress-free relationships.

The host of the show, Gaurav Kapoor, feels the concept will work because it addresses the problem of the generation gap. He says, “It’s edgy, but not about breaking families up. It’s about bringing them together, helping them see each other’s points of view.” Adding that he was never a troublemaker, he says, “You get a lot of freedom when you are financially independent. I started working at 17.”

Nikhil Gandhi, business head of the host channel, UTV Bindaas, says, “We do a lot of research on a regular basis and take insight from the youth. One thing that cropped up is the gap that exists between kids and their parents today, so we came up with this idea.”