Pink Producer Shoojit Sircar requests authorities to ban kids’ reality shows, and he has a valid reason

Shoojit Sircar known for films like Piku, Pink, Madras Cafe and others has requested authorities to ban reality TV shows that have little ones as participants. He feels such shows play with the purity and emotions of children.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 4:57 pm
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Reality TV shows, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs, Sabse Bada Kalakaar, Indian Idol Junior, Super Dancer, Junior Masterchef India and many others that have aired on the Indian television over the years have attracted huge viewership and ratings on the charts. major credit for this goes to the overtly cute and adorable kids who come to participate. Though the shows claim to explore the talent of the little ones, there are many who believe, putting children through such stressful situations in the early years of their life have an adverse effect on them.

One among the many who showed concern about such shows playing with the purity and emotions of children, is filmmaker, Shoojit Sircar. He is known for films like Piku, Pink, Madras Cafe and others has requested authorities to ban reality TV shows that have these little ones as participants. “Humble request to authorities to urgently ban all reality shows involving children. It’s actually destroying them emotionally and their purity,” Sircar tweeted on Wednesday.

In his last award winning production Pink, Shoojit Sircar highlighted upon women safety. Earlier in the year, Shoojit dealt with the issue of the pressure children go through during exam season in his short film, #ReleaseThePressure. With the film, he hoped a discussion would trigger between kids and parents. In the film, sorrowful and stressed kids tell their parents through a letter not to demotivate them in their otherwise stressful phase of life. And now, by bringing up the issue of exploitation which the kids are subjected to in reality shows, Shoojit is hoping that the concerned authorities will take note of the matter.

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    Sara Chainan
    Jul 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    Many children in India on these shows come from low economic strata. Think about them. At least they don't have to beg, or wash car windows. These shows give them a platform, a goal where there was none. Many of the people who coach them also come from similar backgrounds. 100s of coaches must be blessing these shows! Not everyone is blessed with academic skills. So for some these are the only outlets to show talent. Understandably its the elite class whose kids fortunate to go to school, are concerned with the additional pressure these shows bring. But kids have boundless energy, can handle much more than adults give them credit for. I am a teacher in a western country but of Indian origin. Here kids are molly-coddled using the 'Let kids be kids' phrase, resulting in bad behaviour, disobodience abuse of teachers/ parents. I marvel at the way kids are brought up in India, please let them be, as long as there is no exploitation or ual abuse. Focus on more pressing issues instead
  2. N
    Jul 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm
    Yes , right thought !! Lots need to be stopped , especially Kapil sharma show , crime patrol , certain news channels movies too.... it's coz more more people nowadays are too much hooked to media than it was 17 yrs ago.... there's no wisdom relativityleft in any....
  3. S
    Jul 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Pink director?? How difficult is it to get the facts right? Such mistake puts a question mark on your credibility!
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    vinita colaco
    Jul 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    Absolutely agree with this...#release the pressure. Competing in inter-class or inter-school is still fine as kids can showcase their talents. Every child is gifted in their own way. Lets not destroy our children's emotions and purity...and say 'No' to kids reality live-shows.
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    AK Dubey
    Jul 5, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Totally agree with Shoojit. A drama is on in SAREGAMA these days wherein a five year old is made to love one of the anchor. Is anybody realising what will happen to the tender sentiments of the kid once this Tamasha is over. But who cares in a world where TRP is the only parameter.
  6. A
    Jul 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm
    Thanks Mr. Shoojit Sircar, for standing up on this issue. The producers and different channels don't seem to care. Parents perhaps enjoy the money if any. Barring the children, it's a win-win situation for all. In the process, we steal their childhood.
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