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Reality shows getting too personal?

tv Updated: Jul 25, 2009 16:14 IST

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Did you ever have an affair with a married man? host Rajeev Khandelwal shoots the question to a teary contestant in the reality show Sach Ka Saamna while television's docile 'bahu' Shweta Tiwari shocks audiences by stripping to her bikini in Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao.

Welcome to the new age reality shows which compete with each other for the "meanest" tag and where nothing is personal anymore.

The latest trend in reality TV is that the shows are based on international formats and as the channels struggle to edge past in the war of TRPs, the new mantra of success is "the more provocative, the better".

Sach Ka Saamna the show which sparked the entire debate asks 21 questions of the contestants which probe into their personal histories, the answers to which are immediately verified by a polygraph test ruling out any scope for a lie.

It has irked a Delhi-resident so much that he went to the High Court here alleging that the show is "obscene and against Indian culture and ethos". The case has now been referred to a division bench and a hearing is scheduled for July 29.

The matter also caused a furore in Rajya Sabha with Kamal Akhtar of Samajwadi Party raising objection over the content saying obscene questions are asked by the anchor of the programme.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued a show cause notice to the channel, which has to reply by July 27.