It’s definitely known that it’s the Era of Reality shows which are definitely taking over the entertainment and movie industry a bit by bit. Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors, although in some shows celebrities may participate. It differs from document television as the focus tends to be on drama, personal conflict, and entertainment rather than educating viewers. The genre has various standard tropes, including "confessionals" (also called talking heads or interview segments) used by cast members to express their thoughts, which often double as the shows' narration. In competition-based reality shows, a notable subset, there are other common elements such as one participant being eliminated per episode, a panel of judges, and the concept of "immunity from elimination."
Why are reality shows taking over?
The main reason for reality shows keeping the watchers hooked is mostly the episode to episode suspense and the intense drama within and the twists they introduce within it to keep the audience hooked to it. A great example of it is the “Impractical Jokers” which is probably the highest rated show in today’s time with a rating of 8.7 by IMBD.com. It is one of the most popular movie's websites all over the globe.
Whereas in our county a wide range of reality shows have taken over the television over the past years such as “Big Boss”. They have successfully released their 10th seasons. “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and many others have kept up their legacy but it has been seen that most teens have a different taste for reality shows such as “Roadies”, “Splitsvilla” and others. It’s been seen that teenagers basically have a draw towards reality shows related to Social happenings , rage, and stunts.
Does the popularity of celebs is affecting their wins in Reality shows?
There has always been a debate to this side of reality shows, that does the popularity of celebs actually matter on the reality show? I think it does to an extent but not totally. After all most of the reality shows are based on the voting system where the contestants are evaluated on the based of votes they receive, but In many cases it has been seen that the one with no recognition can develop a good personality image in the show too with millions of hearts and turn out to be the winner.
Endemol India came up with Bigg Boss and Fear Factor on SET India in 2006. It turned out to be India’s most popular international adapted show after KBC. It was moved to Colors TV making it India’s most watched Hindi Television. Due to its backing on Bigg Boss, Fear Factor and social issue-based fiction shows which made it India’s most-watched newly launched GEC in the Indian Television era. A great example of this was the Big Boss season 9 where Prince Narula turned out to be the winner among all the celebs who were well recognized and he was a nobody who had won 2 minor tv reality shows just watched by minor teen but that could also be considered a boon as a minor popularity too can affect your winning status in a reality Tv show. The more you are liked and followed by people the more are your chances to win the show after all.
The reality shows remain the part and parcel of the small screen these days. Talk of any domain (singing, dance or cooking) you have one show or the other. However, some of these shows have become the base of giving good talents to the industry. The small screen has given a good number of stars both to the small screen as well the silver screens. Some names that made it big though reality shows include Arjit Singh, Ayushman Khurana, Rannvijay Singh and much more.
Be it a small industry but still, reality shows prove to be the staircase for the young aspirants who are willing to make their name in the Bollywood industry.
Hence, it would be right to conclude that reality shows are in their golden era and have a brighter future in the years to come.