Cut... and air

Updated on Sep 16, 2008 07:01 PM IST

Thirteen people, 24 hours summed up in 44 minutes. Not everything that the camera captures is shown, writes Neha Sharma.

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Thirteen characters and 24 hours summed up in 44 minutes. Not everything that the camera captures is shown on TV though. And not everything that is bared is meant for your eyes.

As producers choose to show some and hide other aspects, reality show contestants reveal how they don’t always play the game.. the game plays them.

Channel in charge
Sanjay Nirupam recently shown the door on Bigg Boss, says the producers air clips that go with their strategy. “It is against the format of the show to discuss a vote-out, but I openly told all the contestants to vote me out. That clip was not shown,” he says.

He adds that Payal (Rohatgi) and Rahul (Mahajan) are definitely seeing each other. “Rahul took off his mike and sneaked into the girls’ room at night. It was a known fact in the House,” he asserts.

Had they been really open, Nirupam says, the channel would have aired the girls using foul language and the contestants puffing on their cigarettes.

Says Bobby Darling, who participated in Bigg Boss last season, “The inmates of the House were abusing all the time. That was why I wanted to get out. But the channel did not air my frustrations.”

What they feel
Sexually explicit content should be censored, but in the spirit of a reality show, intimate scenes should not be chopped out, says model Aryan Vaid. Many of his “moments” with Anupama Verma on Bigg Boss Season One were were snipped out. “You cannot show people making out but you can show them holding hands,” he argues.

Actress Maninee De Mishra, who was in Season One of Nach Baliye with husband Mihir, says that reality shows can be quite cruel to the contestants. “After one of our performances, one of the judges made a very scathing remark which hurt. Such cutting sarcasm should be edited out. No one has the right to hurt the feelings of another,” she insists.

Iris Maitis, winner of Get Gorgeous 5, the reality show aired on Channel [V], says that such programmes offer an insight into the personal lives of the contestants. And since people relate to an individual’s on-screen persona, they tend to view participants in a particular way.

She says, “Bitchy comments are always hyped by the channels and this can affect ratings because the viewers believe what they see.”

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    Neha Sharma writes on Bollywood and television, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City

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