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It was an imitation of a TV show. Only things got out of hand. A man commits suicide playing Sach ka Saamna at home with his wife.

tv Updated: Aug 15, 2009 17:47 IST

It was an imitation of a TV show. Only things got out of hand. A man committed suicide after his wife confessed to having had an affair before marriage during a mock run of Sach Ka Saamna in their living room. He was found hanging from the ceiling the next day. The Parliamentary storm over Sach Ka Saamna had barely settled down when the news came out. Fans are aghast. “Obviously, India isn’t ready for such a bold concept yet. Perhaps it needs to be toned down,” says 21-year-old Abhilekh.

On a blog, Madhab posts, “Relationships are founded on trust. Once you become a part of such shows, that foundation is shaken. There’s too much at stake.” Another blogger, BJ, adds, “The show is meant to earn money from cheap thrill. Now it has taken somebody’s life.”The channel plays safe. “We’re investigating the matter. At this stage we can’t comment,” says a spokesperson of Star Plus.

Psychiatrist Anil Seth argues, “The show cannot get away with the justification that they are only urging people to speak truth.” Former contestants confess that what’s said on the show can have dire consequences. Actor Raja Chaudhary says, “The questions are really personal and definitely impact everyone associated with the contestant.”