Today, we are in an era of reality television, a place where fiction meets reality. These reality shows not only provide the audience with live unedited, unplanned and unscripted conversations and actions, but in many cases allow viewers to participate in the shows. Following in the footsteps of the international television scenario, Bangladesh has decided to catch up with this new trend. The first reality show, “Uttaradhikar”, has arrived on the scene – much to the delight of the audience – and looks like it is here to stay.
“Uttaradhikar” sees 10 celebrities locked up in a luxurious palace, where cameras keep a relentless eye on their every move and record their conversations. Though the zamindar ensures that their stay in his sprawling palace is comfortable, the celebrities are virtually under ‘house arrest’ as they are completely cut off from the outside world, which includes their friends and families. Each participant has a different attitude, thought process, behaviour and lifestyle but requires the ability to survive individually as well as a cooperative team member in order to carry on the game and come out as the winner.
The show reveals how they support one another and even yell and get angry at each other or engage in heated arguments. To add to the excitement, there is also a room where they can communicate with the zamindar and get an opportunity to voice their true feelings for and against each other. The show has managed to quench our innate curiosity about some of the celebrities of the entertainment industry, revealing the best and worst side of each contestant.
Gradually, each housemate will be evicted from the palace and the last contestant remaining in the palace will be declared the winner and will go on to become the heir or the “Uttaradhikar” of the 100-year-old zamindar bari. The participants on the show include actors, singers and models like Shimul, Shahriar Nazim Joy, Tushar Khan, Fardin Khan, Jon, Elora Gawhar, Emi, Shanu, Lora Lotus and Shimla.
Talking about his role in the show, actor Shimul commented, “It’s an incredible story and really interesting like the stories we heard as kids which is why being involved with ‘Uttaradhikar’ has been so exciting.”
According to actress Elora Gawhar, “It is like an adventure for us to be a part of the show and an adventure for the viewers to see us on screen.” Model Emi stated, “I have to agree, this is a once in a lifetime chance which is why I had to say yes, plus with a great prize who wouldn’t want to be a zamindar?”
The reality show has managed to put these celebrities in real life situations, allowing fans the exhilaration of watching them. Simply put, it is a reality show, which has truly entertained and touched the audience.
As the old saying goes, “Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.” Well, all the viewers glued to the TV better be prepared to be surprised or even shocked as something far more real and far stranger unravels on the small screen.
Writer Syeda Shamin Mortada is a freelance contributor