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MTV Roadies: The journey continues...

Raghu Ram, the creator of MTV Roadies, reveals hidden truths to HT City and promises exciting viewing ahead.

tv Updated: Jan 02, 2009 20:11 IST
Raghu Ram
Raghu Ram
Hindustan Times

I don’t like the

Roadies Hell Down Under

episodes anymore. I mean, not that I don’t find them entertaining, or that the interactions that are shown are not interesting. But, to me, the stuff that ends up not being shown seems more interesting. Of course, we can’t show everything. But increasingly, I see that a lot of people around me, even in


, are not very comfortable with the content and tonality of the show.

I can understand their misgivings up to a point. After all, the views, opinions and philosophies aired on the show are mine and Rajiv’s, and not necessarily subscribed to by the channel. But if someone were to get offended, the consequences will have to be borne by MTV. Fair enough. But I fear that, in our effort to make it less offensive, we might end up affecting the very personality of the show, and water down the content to a point where there is no impact left. <b1>

And, more selfishly, I find that I’m not able to make half the points and send out half as many messages to the youth as I would have liked to. Anyway, coming back to the episodes, the one coming up next, the Mumbai auditions, which is also the last one, is my favorite. It has quite a few moments that will shock most viewers. And, in spite of all that I’ve said at the beginning of this column, I would have listened to my colleagues and avoided showing it. But those incidences are too integral to the interactions, and are necessary to understand what follows after that.

A word of caution, though. While watching the episode, keep in mind that a lot of times, Rajiv and I are playing Devil’s advocates and saying stuff that is opposite to what we believe, just to see how a person reacts to it, like we did with Sunny Thakur.

With this episode, the

Roadies Hell Down Under

auditions are over. They have been the most watched and appreciated, highest rated audition episodes till now. But I’m glad they’re getting over, as now the journey can be shown. And that is something I’m very excited about.

First Published: Jan 02, 2009 18:00 IST