Friday, July 17, 2009

Money, Money, Money!

In the last few weeks, one has been subjected to teasers and promotions of yet another reality show: Sach ka Saamna. It’s a program inspired by the very popular western show, The Moment of Truth. The promotion includes very provocative slogans like, can your truth tear asunder your marriage, your family! Can you face the truth!

Another popular reality show is the much publicized Rakhi Sawant ki Swayanvar, in which Rakhi Sawant (who needs no introduction) chooses her groom from a list of wannabes who go through multiple rounds of qualification, including a horoscope-matching round (or something similar with a Brahmin priest going through the palms of the guys and Rakhi).

Both these programs will undoubtedly have an enormous number of viewers and hence will prove to be great money spinners! And, that’s all that matters to the producers, to the actors, and everyone involved in this despicable attempt at entertainment!

Let’s look Sach Ka Saamna first. What does it promote? Or, what does it exploit? One word that comes to my mind is voyeurism. The perverted pleasure that a person experiences by being privy to the intimate lives of other people! So far, we have been told not to read other people’s letters, diaries, and ask ‘personal’ questions even to partners! And, here, you go before the whole world and talk about your ‘affairs,’ and also go through a lie detector for some money! Are the participants of this show so hard up on cash? Then, the viewers! What kind of mind will want to watch such crap? Or, have we all really lost touch with our real selves? Pornography is still banned, but Sach ka Saamna is aired on prime time! So, it’s all about money! More and more and more money! It’s really scary beyond point; where are we all headed at this rate?

Next, Rakhi Sawant ki Swayanvar. Here’s a young woman who wants to get married, and wants to make money in the process of her selecting her better half, after subjecting him through multiple rounds of tests! I have heard some flippant talk about this being feministic! It’s one of most ridiculous things I have heard in the recent past. Just because a woman comes on screen, shoots off her mouth, wears skimpy clothes, and declares her wish to go through a traditional, Hindu marriage, does it make her a feminist? Or, should it be considered as a victory for the woman’s movement? I really would like to hear what the women groups have to say about the Rita bahuguna’s anti-woman and anti-dalit statements! Coming back to Rakhi Sawant: one is subjected to the processes involved in a traditional Hindu marriage, which in itself is highly derogatory to women, preceded by equally despicable ways in which Rakhi chooses her groom! In one of the episodes, the wannabe groom’s are made to write and read their ‘love’ for Rakhi! And, Rakhi evaluates each one on the basis of how she feels about each of them! Now, I really don’t know why one should choose a TV program to talk about such things! All for money! In the face of money, everything ceases to remain sacred or even human! Only the following came to mind as a fitting end to this story.

The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.
The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.--- The Communist Manifesto


Anonymous said...

Didn't Marx almost predict this? His theory of alienation. There are several levels. One of them is on labour. In increasing industrial societies a.k.a capitalist societies, workers are alienated from their work because their work becomes a commodity in the market not a social relationship. A reality show seeks to sell a commodity: sometimes it's song, dance, acrobatics, etc. Rakhi Sawant has herself explored these territories. She is just taking it to the next level. And she can because she herself has become a commodity; she recognizes that too. And those who aren't Rakhi Sawant, sell their histories. Again, it's a commodity available for consumption.
The reality show as such has no social value. Remove it from the present and it is nothing. Nada.


Anonymous said...

Do you enjoy 'Iss jungle se mujhe bachao'?

Anonymous said...

Your point is very pertinent. What a trashy programme! Just saw it yesterday.

A father is asked before his daughter if he had sex with a girl younger than his daughter or

if he had a sex with any prostitute?

Leave aside the producers of the programme, but how can one let the producer play with his

or her personal lives and that too in front of millions of viewers? How come one sell

himself/herself in front of a camera.

What is most astonishing is that a person does not mind revealing himself/herself for money,

money and more money.

A day will come when such characters will dance in front of their children naked for money.

(And,I am sure you will also find a large number of people supporting such action by virtue

of freedom to express! :) )

If you want to reveal, reveal with all grace and humility and not for the sake of money.

The Rakhi Sawant programme is still better. At least, she is getting to use her discretion

and power to choose her bride. I like this programme for its newnes, its commercial aspect.

Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao is the best of the lot.

Well, one thing is very sure that none of these reality shows are actually 'real'. It is

ruled by the commercial-success mantra.

I hope we use our discretion to judiciously choose programmes to participate and to view.

As it is a democratic country, it will be difficult to stop others from expressing


If we fail to exercise our power to influence, let's use the exercise to choose.


Happy heart said...

Hi anonymous, thank you for your points; could you please leave at least your initial? So that I know who you are? thanks.

Anonymous said...

YOu don't know me, happy heart. Anyway, what's in a name. :)

You write well... I do like to read your write ups. And, I read them.

Hope you don't mind me commenting on your posts. Actually, I comment because you said... FEEL FREE TO COMMENT.

Be Jubilant.

Anonymous said...

Happy heart,
Why are you not posting any new posts? Keep writing.
Just wanted to tell you this: Preserve your write ups. You might write/create a best-selling story one day. :)
All the best to you!

Robin said...

Happy heart...

Hope you did not mind my anonymous tag, for which you are not posting any new write ups. Neither you know me, nor I know you. I ended up on this blog from Rudhran's blog.

Now, write again!


Happy heart said...

hey robin...just that i have been busy with few personal issues...will be positing soon...:) thanks!

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