Bindaas Channel Reality show “Dadagiri – Beat the bullies” recently came into news with a contestant slapping one of the bullies (a girl). The contestant justifies the slap by saying how can the bully slap him on a national TV and that’s why he immediately replied by returning back the slap. Immediately the show organisers, other bullies (there are four bullies and one host) came into rescue and the poor contestant was showered with blows and slang languages. Strange enough there was no beep beep sound on those words (see video below). Where are the censors? Are the producers and organisers taking everything for a ride just to be ahead of its competitors and gain popularity?
Dadagiri – Beat the bullies was conceptualised to boost the confidence of the youth and to fight against ragging. While the initial few episodes was more on asking mind-boggling questions, slowly it went rough with use of slang words and ultimately the slap incident which triggered controversy. The bully “Esha Bhaskar” was labeled as “bi**h” by the viewers who did not like the concept of the show. They said that they were earlier intrigued and attracted by the show but they felt frustrated after watching contestants perform the task. They added that you simply can’t perform the task they ask you to do and the way they embarrass the contestants by using the words like f**k you and other slang languages does not do better. This show cannot be watched with your family. One of the viewers added that her mother questioned him is that what you do and use at college? Was shame for me!
“The show teaches you to be violent and aggressive” says Divya. She adds that you need not be violent to raise your morale and confidence. The show seems to be using dirty tricks to catch attention of the viewers. Moreover the losers are asked to eat awkward food from smelly containers, which is disgusting and how can these increase your confidence? When spoken to a counselor, she says the show generate much animosity. There are better ways to boost confidence. People getting slapped on the show teach children to be ruthless. There are positive ways of making youngster confident. The task on the show makes you harsh and bitter.
Similar incidents were reported from “Kaun Jeetaga Bollywood ka Ticket” where Chetan Hansraj allegedly slapped a fellow contestant. In Star Voice of India – 2, Ismail Darbar broke the coffee mug in anger when his favorite contestants were voted out of the show. There are similar tricks on other shows and with their publicity footage they tend to draw the audience, many of which seem fake. We are not against fake publicity or drama; however there should be some standard, morale and censorship to avoid such dirty tricks on television.
Warning: The Video is uncensored version of Dadagiri slap episode and contains slang words.