Thursday, September 4

Splitsvilla: TRP game play – Laying foundation for growing sick trend in media!

By Shilz

I’m seriously losing any respect I had for the MTV India crew. Granted roadies was a series of bleeped out sound bytes and mind numbing cat fights with added masala of changing rules and re-entries. However, the challenges were nevertheless good enough for it to be rated a ‘reality adventure show’. But MTV’s Splitsvilla, was the worst show I have ever seen. It was just a shameless skin show being proclaimed as a rocking reality show!

I never thought that people can go to such extent for grabbing TRPs! Yes, this reality show looks like just a package created to grab as many TRPs as possible, and nothing else. Viewers craving for humiliation (of others) and skin show can be happy with such shows and they may criticize my views, but I seriously want to address this sick trend, which is growing! 20 something girls going all the way – from dressing low, wooing the boys, boys figuring who has the “best” and worst” body, belly dancing of gals to bathroom tub caressing – they are letting nothing hold them back.

While watching this show, I recalled my friend, Rocksta’s thoughts about responsibilities of mass media. Please find below an excerpt from his article titled: “Mass Media and its responsibilities”:

“The extent of reach which Mass Media in this digital age commands, is truly amazing and eye opening; both in terms of viewership and the ability to influence a person’s thinking. But why do I get the feeling that Mass Media is misusing this power, misleading people, creating unnecessary hype to increase circulation numbers. With absolute power comes great responsibility. Mass Media has acquired absolute power, but lacking in the responsibility department.”

I really don’t get the fascination (some) youths have developed for this “Splitsvilla” show. In a nutshell Splitsvilla consists of 20 women vying for attention of two young men. The folks behind this reality show would like us to believe that the concept of the show is the search for ‘True Love’. (along with a fetching sum of 5lakhs!) Each week one girl’s fate rests in the hands of the two men, who have the power to vote her out of the show.

In splitsvilla, all the contests (the supposed search for qualities) seem to be aimed at one thing alone. Getting the girls to wear the least possible amount of clothes! Think of it, the best body contest, the dare (sadly didn’t work out as planned I suppose), the sensous dance/ lap dance, the bubble bath, the mud wrestling, the beachwear photo shoot??? and many of their dates are somehow near some water body or other ( the pool, spa jacuzzi, beach, man made lake) just inviting them to don their swimsuits yet again!

I fail to see the point behind a show such as this and that too being heavily promoted by a channel responsible in so many ways for shaping the minds of our youth.

What makes matters worse is the reason behind such crass behavior - two men, worth nothing. And I mean nothing. Thin, squirmy, ugly, all backed by high headiness – that seems to be their only qualification. Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow it is revealed that the boys belonged to the sponsor’s clan or the production/channel’s household. So here we have two absolute losers tossing girls around as per their whims and fancy.

The show preys on the desire of young girls to make it big in showbiz. There is absolutely no competition, just puppetry and I think it is sending out the wrong signals to a lot of young minds over there.

Every time I watch the girls on Splitsvilla, I really feel bad for those gals, why they are letting themselves to be used like that! Guess this is one instance when a parent would not proudly proclaim “meri beti TV par aa rahi hai!”

These are young beautiful girls, reasonably intelligent and well spoken and obviously from well to do families. They have everything going for them. Why they would opt to do a show of this sort is beyond my reasoning. And if u think the reason is money, judging from their outfits and demeanor, I seriously doubt any of them is in danger of running bankrupt in the near future. Besides weren’t they told about the money only on their first day in the villa!

Which gets me to the most important point - while the channel, viewers and the boys are having a gala time at the expense of the participating girls – is 15 seconds of fame a good enough reason for these contestants to completely demean themselves?

Not looking at it from a feminist view point, as a life lesson I believe nothing is worth more than one’s own self-respect let alone mortifying yourself on national television not once but umpteen number of times. While MTV may call their creation as ‘testing of one’s character’, I simply see it as TRP game play, being done at all costs.



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  3. @ Shilz

    Applause...i was thinking of writing about the same stuff...gez you beat me to are right to every word..."Splitsvilla" is the crappiest show i've ever come across. i'd watched the initial episodes to see what it was all about, expecting something to take off in the episodes to come..Then i realized that there was nothing at all to come...This show was seriously about a bunch of girls trying to woo a couple of losers.Where is Indian television heading??? And the fact that such a show actually has decent viewer ship is utterly depressing.

    Its not just this particular show..its Indian television on the whole... with Reality TV being the buzz word in entertainment today

    I remember the show sa re ga ma a few years back.It was only about talent and genuine music with legends judging the contest.Now with the judgment passed on to the viewer's hands (handsets rather)the equation has turned ...for the worse.Another one that's come up recently..."BIG BOSS"...which i believe is nothing but glorification of hypocrisy,back biting and pathetic life styles...Sadly, many people enjoy this new face of indian television... as the TRP ratings show...

    For now i can only be glad that i am not one of them...Bring on the good ole' Tom n Jerry for vote still goes for them...

  4. Hi Niyad, first of all thanks so much for being the first to comment :)and im also glad u agreed to my views and feel the same :)

    Yes, I completely agree with the change that has happened to sa re ga ma at present...these reality shows have become so Star Plus Chote gal (who was sitting along with the audience)..she came on the stage, kissed imraan hashmi...this could have been edited but Star plus created big scene for this highlighting this n making all viewers wait for the show to see wat exactly happened..this was just an example...not only Indian Television..even the youngsters are inculcating sick attitudes n lifestyles...

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  6. @ Shilz

    "Splitsvilla”…. Oopzz….

    I wanted to write on this show “SPIT-villa – a Dreadful show”…
    20 girls..2 guys….1 host… 1000s of audience…

    I seriously don’t know why these gals did this show. All come from good family background…well educated….
    Bitching each other…. Skin show in th name of date, task and ramp….
    Th highlight of th show is…

    “Splitsvilla UNCENSORED”.. Catch on… Don’t Miss It!!!

    After seeing this commercial on th show – I was astonished that there is UNCENSORED version also… I was thinking th MTV show was UNCENSORED …

    Was that CENSORED show on MTV… OoooohhhhH…
    Imagine th UNCENSORED version…
    There shud be a committee – Committee of well educated YOUTH crew.. with all th rights to ban such reality shows which is leading youth in immoral direction..

    Youth wants to do many such things…. I and you wanted to do good to this society….but we are not able to do….
    Sad to know that we are helpless.. What is Government doing…
    Aren’t we Government… Can’t we take action on such activities….??
    “Splitsvilla” is just an example…. As Niyad mentioned ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ is another program that lost its value that it used to have when Shan hosted th program..
    There are many more TV shows that are driving youth off beam …

  7. Right on guys... I rarely switch on tv nowadays, and the other day when i did tune into MTV - there was splitsvilla playing, i looked at my bro and he looked at me and we laughed like the idioticity of the show... Come'on was this some kinda modern day "swayamvar"....i have stopped tuning into MTV...for that matter into any TV channel...good riddance to bad rubbish...


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