‘RE­AL­ITY SHOWS KILL IN­NO­CENCE’

Film­maker Shoo­jit Sir­car finds TV tal­ent con­tests for kids ‘inhuman’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

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.

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