Now in its ninth season, MTV Hero Roadies, India’s longest running reality TV show, has something new to offer. Raghu Ram, the founder and more importantly, the face of the show, plans to write a book based on the show.
“I’ve been planning on writing this book forever,” says Raghu. “Initially, when Roadies started, I wanted to see my name in the credits of the show. Later, I did a radio show for the series, apart from writing columns in newspapers about it. But writing a book is the ultimate thing for me.”
Will the book be a tribute to the show that will complete a decade next year? “The book will trace my journey and my experiences on the show,” says Raghu. “It will put together everything about Roadies, from its conceptualisation to what it is today, including all the highs and lows. It’ll be the making of Roadies.” When the book will be available to readers is a question mark right now, he adds. “If I’m around for the next season, I will wait for the show to complete 10 years and then I will publish the book,” explains Raghu. “But if I’m not there next year, I will get started right away. I’m already talking with a publication house about it.”
So what separates Roadies from other reality shows? Raghu says, “Roadies is an original concept, unlike other shows that have been international concepts remade for Indian TV.”
So far, the only other Indian reality show that has translated into a book is Highway On My Plate. The book recently won an international award.