Kids’ re­al­ity show judges are con­scious par­ents first: Anurag

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Film­maker Anurag Basu, di­rec­tor of Jagga Ja­soos, has been quiet about the tirade di­rected at him by Rishi Kapoor, father of the film’s lead ac­tor and pro­ducer Ran­bir Kapoor, fol­low­ing its fail­ure.

How­ever, that’s not be­cause he shies away from speak­ing his mind. While he didn’t re­spond to Rishi out of re­spect, Anurag has plenty to say about an­other hotly de­bated sub­ject: whether TV ta­lent shows ruin child­hood or not. “Hon­estly, what Shoo­jit is think­ing from an out­side per­spec­tive is ex­actly how I used to think as well, four years ago,” says Anurag, re­fer­ring to film­maker Shoo­jit Sir­car’s tweet ear­lier this month, bash­ing chil­dren’s re­al­ity shows.

Anurag, who is father to two girls and has judged two kids’ re­al­ity shows, Su­per Dancer and Sabse Bada Drame­baaz, be­lieves that even judges are “con­scious par­ents”. He says, “I tell kids that your dream should not be to win or bag a role in a film. Your pri­mary goal should be to be­come a bet­ter per­son, which means go and study.”

Rather than di­min­ish­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of child­hood, these shows help chil­dren learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures, says Anurag. And, he adds, it’s up to the par­ents to en­sure that los­ing in a con­test doesn’t af­fect the kids. ■ monika.rawal@htlive.com

There’s a very healthy, homely at­mos­phere, where kids stay to­gether, be­come friends, dance, get ex­po­sure, and feel happy about it all with­out any stress ANURAG BASU, FILM­MAKER AND RE­AL­ITY SHOW JUDGE

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