When fiction failed to entertain the new generation of television lovers, reality shows saved the television.
Reality shows are the ones where random strangers or in some cases even celebrities are filmed in a way to deliver entertainment to the audience. The events are supposedly unscripted and the sole purpose of these shows is to bring entertainment, only entertainment.
They gained worldwide popularity after the mid 90’s. The success led it to the Indian television sets and it blew away the whole country. They not only became widely popular but they are making huge money these days.
Here is a list of 10 popular reality shows on Indian television
1. Comedy Nights with Kapil
The popular reality show blends comedy skits and celebrity interviews. The comedic formula, especially the delivery of the lead cast Kapil Sharma, became the very staple of comedy.
They have been visited by every prominent figure of the entertainment industry so far, and they are not planning to halt yet.
2. Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss is one of the most controversial shows on the Indian television. There is a reason behind that.
The show involves participation of celebrities to stay in a home that is 24*7 under surveillance. They are prohibited from carrying any electronic item; even pencil, pen, and paper are not allowed. The participants are evicted each week and the last contest is hailed as the winner.
And, did I mention Salman Khan is hosting the current season.
3. MTV Roadies
Talking about controversial reality shows, many names will hit the mind. But nothing can compare to the number of controversies ignited by the Roadies.
The vigorous activities and tasks are designed to test the limits of the contestants .
4. Dance India Dance
Channel: Zee TV
Dance India Dance (DID) is a dance based reality show where ordinary people are given a chance to become a celebrity through their phenomenal dance. There is a panel of jury, they filter out the candidates in the initial few rounds, and then the top 12 are selected through public voting.
Even after so many seasons, they haven’t stopped coming up with innovational acts.
5. Kaun Banega Crorepati
Channel: Star Plus
This is probably the first act where a major movie star hosted a television show for the first time in India. Amitabh Bachachan, hosted the first season of the quiz show that gave a chance to the people to become a millionaire. The task was easy, answer few general knowledge questions and that is all.
The show gained a huge fan following. The major reason was the presentation of Amitabh Bachchan.
He was later replaced by Shah Rukh Khan but Amitabh Bachchan eventually returned to this throne.
6. Jhalak Dikhla Ja
The show was a dance reality show but it involved the participation stars, rather than ordinary people.
The celebrities were paired with their respective choreographers and they were judged by a panel of jury. The voting of public is give equal importance.
The candidate scoring the lowest are eliminated.
7. Indian Idol
This is one of the most popular singing based reality shows. It gave some of the most amazing playback singers to the world.
India is the first country to start Indian Idol juniors.
The panel of jury involves some of the most known singers of the Bollywood music. If someone can impress them and the whole country at the same time, you need to be really talented.
8. Khatron Ke Khiladi
If you feel your life is out of adventures, you need to try out this one. Khatron ke khiladi challenges the participants to do activities like eating maggots to take part in adrenaline pumping activities.
The show has some innovative challenges that may help Jigsaw lay out his next traps.
9. MTV Splitsvilla
This is dating based reality shows. The boys/girls are paired with one another and they are put through various tasks.
The tasks are either performed as a couple or they are needed to do it for their respective partners. If you can’t find love in real life, you may find it here.
10. India Got Talent
This is a talent based reality show where the ordinary people are given a chance to prove themselves. There is a panel of jury, they filter out the initial candidates and later the final remaining candidates are put against public voting. They are later further filtered out based on the public voting.