At one point in time, my roommate and I used to wait earnestly for MTV Roadies. I really liked the show cos it was like watching an adult’s version of Mr. Bean, with all due to respect to Rowan Atkinson, of course. What I meant to say is that, it’s something that cracked both of us up, irrespective of what went on on screen! Ranvijay was doing this incredible job of being the leader of the pack of these idiots who would always come up “strategies” and “winning partnerships” and whatnot. Just very technical names for backbiting and snobbery and bitching and plotting and lots of bullshit along the same lines. But that fun unfortunately for me, had to end when I moved to Madras cos of the horrible set top boxes.
Splitsvilla, I hear fills up the void that was left behind by Roadies. Before I let the steam out, here’s a short write up about the show from the site itself.
Two dishy men. Twenty sexy ladies. One villa in gorgeous Goa. And the torrid game of love…
MTV brings you Splitsvilla, the newest, sexiest, naughtiest reality show on television. Two steaming-hot hunks get to pick and choose from 20 sizzling-hot girls based on certain ‘tasks’ they have to perform every episode. (Now, now. Behave!) Obviously the ladies are going to go all out to grab their attention. We mean ALL OUT.
It’s a dirty fight to the finish. We’re going to be lucky witnesses to some unbelievable drama, treachery, sabotage, cat-fights, politics, back-stabbing, bitching and scheming. Watch the girls undergo stress, fear, exhaustion, depression. Watch them try to outdo each other with their womanly wiles (flaunt their stuff and how!) as the two lucky guys sit back and enjoy the show.
“All’s fair in love and war”? You bet.
It’s going to be fun. Lots of fun…!
2 Guys. 20 Girls.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
No brownie points for guessing that the head of this retarded pack happens to Ranvijay, yet again. Basically, it’s an extended cat fight. Two guys get to watch a parade of women claw each other out and identify the supposed “love” of their lives. This is snap my fingers and say ‘this didn’t just happen’ bizarre. How retarded and emotionally scarred must a woman be if she must even for a split second, consider putting herself through something as degrading and disturbing as this in the name of quest for love. Ok, I’m being idealistic and taking it at face value. Even I put that aspect of this show aside; and agree to be materialistic; they’re still humiliating themselves in the quest of name and fame. I can’t imagine them living with the image of clawing it out with another woman for a man who’s judging to see if at least one of the twenty is the ‘love’ of his life. The more of think about this show, the more my head spins. WTF, seriously!
I remember going to a zoo and seeing signs that encourage people to be kind to the animals and not prod them or throw things at them. This show promotes it self as a kind of zoo where two lucky (I have lots of adjectives for them and trust me, I do not want to use any of them on my blog for very obvious reasons) men prod women who’ll show fear, depression and flaunt their womanly wiles. Sounds worse than a badly maintained zoo to me. The promo shows 2 bikini clad images punching and clawing each other, manga style, to overpower each other and get to a man. In one of the challenges, women roll in mud and fight to win it. If girl on girl action increases TRP ratings, why waste money in producing a new show. Just download some American porn on the internet and air it during prime time. You get to keep all the money from the sponsors. Where are all the women’s lib organizations and the pseudo feminists in the page 3 circle?
Our idea of entertainment is progressively getting scary by the day. With shows like Big boss and Roadies and Spiltsvilla, sadism seems to be the latest fad. It’s the in thing! Then we’ll have school children being awarded stars for bullying other kids and peeing on their own homework.
PS: Roadies is coming out with a special DVD with cheat codes that will help you crack the next audition and give you and edge over others and help you skip a round or something like that. God help us all!