KBC and other such reality shows are the trend today.Millions of viewers want to take a chance at the wheels of fortune. Be it a dance contest or a singing one, the mantra is to at least try once. Nothing ventured, nothing won, but is it all that easy? Ads for Indian Idol focus on the sacrifices one's near and dear ones make to enable a contestant to succeed. It doesn't end there. There are so many rounds to reach the pinnacle of success that if one falls out in the eleventh hour, it's almost as bad as a snake and ladders game.
But on the bright side, It gives one a certain focus to upgrade one's skills, be it in quizzing, or singing or even overcoming fear. And there have been many winners who have got the career break they couldn't have, otherwise. Maybe, reality shows are games of opportunity.
KBC, for instance, has made millionaires of a housewife as well as a Government clerk. These serve as inspirations that feel like rain on a dry and dusty day. Even among people who neither send SMSs or know the answer to a single question, the excitement while watching the show is palpable.
Compared to other reality shows, it is a test of one's knowledge of current affairs and history. It encourages the audience to stay abreast of the news and students to test their GK.