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Violent reality TV show shocks viewers

A group of young men eat tube lights, beat up each other, lie on a bed of nails and run bikes over their head on television. And, they win the reality show they’re part of, flashing a ‘V’ with fingers covered in blood. VIDEO INSIDE

tv Updated: Nov 27, 2011 15:55 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

A group of young men eat tube lights, beat up each other, lie on a bed of nails and run bikes over their head on television. And, they win the reality show they’re part of, flashing a ‘V’ with fingers covered in blood.



Warriors of Goja, a group from Punjab that was recently declared one of the winners on a talent show on Eenadu TV, is the new sensation on the Web for their violent act gone viral. Their death-defying feats, which were aired on Adhurs: The Ultimate Talent Show last month, saw the group performing six-minute daredevilry that left the judges agape, and viewers aghast. Soon after its victory, the YouTube video of the episode saw 5,159,072 views and grabbed the attention of the international press.



Man on nails

Huffingtion post reported, “A video of a brick-smashing, glass-chomping troupe of dancing Sikhs has gone viral after the ‘Warrior’s of Goja’s’ shocking feats on an Indian talent show impressed audiences around the world.” UK’s Daily Dot reported that the video is a huge hit in China: “Hundreds of copies of the video have recently been uploaded on China’s popular video sharing websites, and many copies having already accumulated hundreds of thousands of views.” The Daily Mail wrote, “The Warriors of Goja made the judges wince with their performance, which saw a man smash a sledgehammer over bricks over his colleague’s head.”



Many comments on the video question whether such a dangerous feat makes for uncensored public entertainment that is being consumed by children and teenagers too. “The group’s acts are interesting no doubt, but their performance is very sensitive; we’d not consider it for public events,” says Sonal Nayyar, a Delhi-based event manager.



When we contacted the makers of the show, Malai Mala Entertainment, the production executive, Edukondalu told us that what they aired was a refined version and required a lot of editing before the final version was aired. “We thought that they were really talented and it would have been unfair to drop them just because of their violent acts.” The Warriors of Goja remained unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.



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