‘REALITY SHOWS KILL INNOCENCE’
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar finds TV talent contests for kids ‘inhuman’
You’re making fun of a [young] boy or girl, you are body-shaming them, and then putting the kids out to get scrutinised SHOOJIT SIRCAR, FILMMAKER
Until recently, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar never had the chance to sit and watch a talent reality show with child participants. When he did watch a couple of them, along with his daughter, he got a big shock. With just one tweet, Shoojit has started a debate on the topic.
On Tuesday, he tweeted: “Humble request to authorities to urgently ban all reality shows involving children. It’s actually destroying them emotionally & their purity.”
He tells us, “I thought, with the way these kids compete, just to please those so-called intellectual [judges], they end up losing their innocence. There is so much anxiety in them, their faces fall when waiting for a judgement.”
Shoojit believes that the child contestants may be treated properly by the show organisers, but the content they are made to present is appalling. “First, it’s the fault of the parents, who can’t decide if it’s right or wrong to send their kids to such reality shows. There’s no limit to this insanity, insensitivity, and inhuman approach. It’s not always [about] the way the show-makers treat a child, but also about the content. The way you talk and joke creates an environment, and that matters,” he says.
The filmmaker is unhappy with his Bollywood colleagues who judge these shows. “They call themselves artists. How can an artist do this kind of [a] show for money, where they say that they’re nurturing talent?” he asks. Channel officials and judges were unavailable for a comment.