Anil Thakraney: Sach Ka Saamna: A new low in TV programming

06 Jan,2012

By Anil Thakraney

 

I watched two episodes of Sach Ka Saamna (SKS) Season 2, and I must say in contrast, Bigg Boss feels like a house of angels. SKS is a completely debauched and exploitative format, where the poor and the desperate are encouraged to wash their dirty linen in public. And in return, they could take home a crore of rupees. A few lakhs in the bag is almost a certainty.

 

Some of the questions put out by the host would make even hardened souls cringe. They range from cheating at workplace to hatred for parents to adultery in marriage. And all this as the contestant’s family sits in the audience. Hottie host Rajeev Khandelwal sweetens the bitter pill by complimenting the buggers for being courageous, and that’s total bullshit. There is no courage out here, only exploitation.

 

Remove the prize money, and no one would want to appear on the show, that’s the hard truth. So careers get destroyed, families get broken, marriages lie in ruin… but all justified under the garb of ‘speaking the truth’. Wow!

 

The show’s TRPs for season 2 are quite poor. But that could be because this time it’s being aired on the channel Life Ok, Star One’s new avatar. More people will discover the channel and the pathetic show, so with time the ratings will go up. Who on the earth would want to miss out on such depraved programming? It appeals to the ultimate sadist in all of us.

 

No, I am not being moralistic out here. And I am aware that desperate for viewership, channel heads would push the envelope on programming. But how can anyone justify blatant exploitation? I would be okay if they only featured loaded celebrities on the show. Richie-rich people who want us to enter their bedrooms only because they enjoy the trespass. But feeding on people’s poverty cannot be condoned at all. Hope Sach Ka Saamna dies a miserable death. Sooner the better.

 

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PS: Must read for all creative people. Great tips on how to energize inspiration and battle creative blocks.

 

Link: http://m.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jan/02/top-artists-creative-inspiration?cat=culture&type=article

 

Former editor and ad man Anil Thakraney is editor-at-large, MxMIndia. The views expressed here are his own

 

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3 responses to “Anil Thakraney: Sach Ka Saamna: A new low in TV programming”

  1. Salil Khetani says:

    The show makes me cringe! But I absolutely disagree that it is ‘exploitation’ – nobody is being forced to participate. In addition, this show runs in the US as well, contestants there too don’t seem ‘poor’ or ‘exploited’.

    All I can say is, the contestants are ‘greedy’ enough not to mind washing their dirty linen in public.

  2. Norman says:

    Anil, simple do not watch it. It will die a natural death.

  3. Shilpa Raheja says:

    I totally agree. I have never ever wanted to watch a single episode of any of these reality shows, fortunately! I honestly think they are pathetic! Even if you are highly bored and vela Im sure there are better things that you can engage in! And the link was lovely… Some lovely perspectives there!

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