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Drama on a Deserted Island

The concept of Survivor is well-known —American television has seen 24 seasons so far and the format has been adapted by a number of countries including Australia,China,France and Israel.

Written by Somya Lakhani | January 13, 2012 4:31:13 am

SURVIVOR INDIA,STAR PLUS,9 pm,Saturday-Sunday,HH

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The concept of Survivor is well-known —American television has seen 24 seasons so far and the format has been adapted by a number of countries including Australia,China,France and Israel. However,the show made its Indian debut only last week. Selected contestants are left to fend for themselves in a deserted island without shelter,clothes and,perhaps the biggest of all human needs,food. Living lives like cavemen,the contestants — divided into two tribes — have to compete through tasks and elimination for basic necessities and survival.

WHO IS IN IT?

Survivor India has 22 contestants,11 of who are celebrities and they comprise the Catan tribe. The remaining are laymen and form the other tribe,Tayak. The show has been shot in the exotic,unexploited Caramoan Islands near the Philippines and the show is being hosted by model-turned-actor,Sameer Kochar. Television actors Shilpa Agnihotri,Karan Patel,Rajesh Khera,Priyanka Bassi,Abhinav Shukla,producer JD Majethia,restaurateur Rohit (Timmy) Narang,celebrity tarot card reader Munisha Katwani,wrestler Sangram Singh,hair stylist Sylvie and Bollywood actor Payal Rohatgi are the celebrity survivors and they face 11 common Indians — research scientist,hockey player,stylist,student and stunt artiste among others. The show is all about testing Charles Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory for a cash prize of Rs 1 crore.

WHAT’S HOT?

The location,Caramoan Island,ranks among the most impressive aspects of the show. There are huge,clear water bodies,beaches with panoramic views and unpredictable weather that challenge the contestants’ survival instincts. And the show does not concentrate on emphasising upon the exhausted and sometimes exasperated expressions of the contestants,but also attempts to unravel the islands’ secrets. The tasks are exciting — the team members have to build a shelter or raft from a scratch,climb peaks or dive into the sea for the prize — often a quota of their requirement for survival — and go back to the basics of human evolution in order to light fire without an external ignitor. The show has ample thrill factor to keep a viewer hooked.

WHAT’S NOT?

Indian television’s affinity for B-grade celebrities has crept into Survivor too. Unlike the original format which is maintained in most countries across the world,the local version has got semi-celebrities as contenders. One can soon expect high-voltage drama,tears in abundance and flying tempers. These emotions may seem natural given the circumstances these contenders find themselves in,but the involvement of celebrities such as Payal Rohatgi,known for unnecessary drama,can push them to another level. This has made Survivor India look like Bigg Boss in the outdoors.

SHOULD YOU BE WATCHING IT?

Watch the show for the adrenaline rush. But if you are among those who miss Dolly Bindra and Pooja Mishra on TV,wait another two weeks — Survivor India will have its own set of drama queens.

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