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Sex, violence and incest on TV. In India?

Reality TV sweeps the subcontinent. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

 

Producers of reality shows say the programs are a television milestone and serve to rip open Indian hypocrisy.

“'Sach ka Saamna' explores the real lives of real people,” says Keertan Adyanthaya, executive vice president and general manager of STAR India. The show attempts to get willing contestants to shed their masks and display their integrity and strength of character, he says.

Indian audiences have certainly embraced global television trends. The Indian versions of hit shows such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Big Brother" have turned out to be huge, multi-season hits.

Ratings of hyped-up reality shows have soared. The first episode of "Sach ka Saamna," for instance, got STAR its highest opening for a non-fiction show. Thirty million Indians tuned in.

Still, that begs the question critics say: Should television channels continue to air unregulated content to the remotest Indian villages? In many rural, single-television homes audiences are not so discerning as to vote with their remotes.

But India is going through a transition and things are changing rapidly, says Shailaja Bajpai, a television writer with the Indian Express newspaper. “Talking openly about controversial topics is something whose time has come,” she says.

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