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Stuck in the reality rut

Reality, oops, reality TV, seems to have got the better of some of tinsel town’s not-so-big faces. Free from first-grade film assignments, these starlets are seen on every second reality tamasha on the tube, and can’t help but do their dramatic best to rake in all those TRPs.

tv Updated: Apr 15, 2011 01:28 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Hindustan Times
Sambhavna Seth

Reality, oops, reality TV, seems to have got the better of some of tinsel town’s not-so-big faces. Free from first-grade film assignments, these starlets are seen on every second reality tamasha on the tube, and can’t help but do their dramatic best to rake in all those TRPs. Rakhi Sawant, Kashmera Shah, Sambhavna Seth ... blink an eye, flip a channel, and they’re still stuck to your screen.

These so-called queens of reality shows are now richer and more famous, of course, but it’s the viewers who’re getting tired of their repetitive appearances, as much as it seems they enjoy it. But the channels have little choice, say experts. “Every channel wants to grab attention and these starlets create controversies,” says ad guru Prahlad Kakkar. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says, “I don’t think there is anything wrong in it. They’ve got the skill.” Presenting the ever-there drama queens.

Name: Sambhavna Seth
Age: 28
Popular Reality shows: Bigg Boss Season 2, Dancing Queen, Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl

SambhavnaSambhavna Seth, who has worked in Bhojpuri films, has become a staple for reality shows and is now set for performing stunts in Khatron Ke Khiladi’s upcoming season. Many feel that her tendency to pick up fights when instigated makes her the perfect reality show material. "Bigg Boss has made me a household name. It is because of reality shows that I have two houses in Mumbai. I owe a lot to the reality shows I’ve done," says Seth.



Name: Shweta Tiwari

Age: 30

Popular Reality shows: Nach Baliye 2, Jhoom India, Bigg Boss 4, Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao, Comedy Circus

Though her character of Prerna in serial Kasauti Zindagi Ki made her a household name, it is now her participation in various reality shows, that keeps her in the limelight. From showcasing her dancing talent to her comedy timing, she has done it all. But winning Bigg Boss season 4 can certainly be said to be the biggest highlight of her career.

Name: Rakhi Sawant
Age: 32
Popular reality shows: Bigg Boss Season 1, Nach Baliye 3, Rakhi Ka Swayamwar, Pati Patni Aur Who, Zara Nachke Dikha, Ye Hai Jalwa

lt probably won’t be an over exaggeration to say that she is the reality queen of Indian TV. Rakhi even did her much hyped swayamwar on TV in 2009 wherein she chose Elesh Parujanwala, a Canadian businessman from Toronto, as her future bridegroom. Though the relationship did not last for long. Talking about her journey on the reality shows, she says, “Reality shows have made me what I am today. It is my bread and butter. Reality shows have given me position, popularity and success. The fact that I’m straight forward is why people choose me.”

Name: Kashmera Shah
Age: 40
Popular Reality shows: Bigg Boss, Nach Baliye 3, Kabhi Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar, Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao, Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl

Kashmera Shah has been in the glamour industry for years but admits that reality shows have got her more popularity than films. Bigg Boss made me realise that people love the ‘real’ Kashmera.

I speak my mind and that’s why people take me for shows. More-over, reality shows pay you much more than films,” says Shah, who will be seen competing in Khatron Ke Khiladi season 4.

Name: Pooja Bedi
Age: 40
Reality shows: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Mum Tum Aur Hum, Nach Baliye 3, Khatron Ke Khiladi and Maa Exchange

Pooja, known for her bindass attitude, speaks her mind. The daughter of actor Kabir Bedi, she has participated in quite some reality shows “to try different challenges” as she says. “I’ve been choosy about the shows I do. The main reason is to do shows that can push my limits and test my endurance. Also doing reality shows is quite lucrative. I would love to take part in survivor,” adds Pooja.