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It might be on a decline the world over, but there’s no stopping the reality shows and talent hunts in India. A reality TV success can translate into good returns on several other shows.

tv Updated: Sep 25, 2009 17:09 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

It might be on a decline the world over, but there’s no stopping the reality shows and talent hunts in India. But, ever wondered what happens to winners of these shows once the arclights and cameras are switched off?

Simple... they go on to participate in another reality show or talent hunt... and, if lucky, even win those shows. We’ve seen it happen time and again, in show after show.

MTV Roadies participant Vishal Karwal became a celebrity of sorts on MTV Splitsvilla, another reality show by the same channel. And Chhote Miyan winner Saloni Daini has almost become the laughter mascot of Colors.

Dhaba-owner Ashutosh Kaushik, shot to fame with his win on MTV Roadies III and also landed himself the big ticket Bigg Boss II. And since then, there has been no looking back. Though he shies from giving details, Kaushik says, “I’m looking forward to something big in the coming months in Bollywood.”

Winning India’s Got Talent on Colors was a dream come true for Prince Dance Group. From remote Behrampur, this motley band of boys has truly danced its way to national stage. The 11-member troupe of daily wagers says winning the show has indeed changed their lives. “The kids don’t have to work to earn their bread and butter now. We are instead make a living by giving dance classes,” says Krishna, the troupe head. Though the group has been performing at big events across India, what’s important is that they’re now looking forward to invitation for some other dance reality shows on television. Sanchita Chatterjee grabbed Ek Se Badhkar Ek Jalwe Sitaron Ke immediately after her win on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, which, in turn, has led her to lucrative offers of films like Bal Ganesha and Bhiksha. She is also doing stage shows in India and abroad.

Sourabhee Debbarma, first female winner of Indian Idol 4, sums it up succintly, “I never expected this win. Talks are on for a singing contract with International Brand Barbie Doll, but a reality show on an Indian channel is more appealing.”