More Colors to the IPL?
The headlines in today’s Economic Times declared – ‘Cricketers to take part in reality show.’ “Aren’t they already participating in the worst and the most immoral reality show of all?” asked Tavare Lover, in another of his hard hitting articles. Since the pro IPL and the anti IPL lobby are both earning their livelihood by writing about it, this news gives them another opportunity to earn a few more easy bucks.
The show, which is being hosted by Priyanka Chopra is the Indian version of Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi IPL special. The players reported to have signed up for this show include Yuvraj Singh, Viru, Gauti, Gilly, BossDK, Bajji, Sreesanth, Warney and Lee.
Not Cricket would like to remind it’s readers that we were the first to report Puppy participating on an Indian reality show. Not Cricket is in possession of some yet unreported facts about this and a few other upcoming reality shows featuring IPL cricketers.
Colors reportedly had approached the owners of the Rendezvous group, which successfully bid for the Kochi IPL team for around USD 330MM to participate in the show. But they were pooh poohed away by the owners saying that after taking such huge risk by buying an outfit for such large sums of money, Khatron Ke Khiladi would be child’s play for them. On being queried about Shashi Tharoor’s availability, they were politely told that after tweeting about cattle class, Saudi Arabian mediation in Indo-Pak relations and many such sensitive topics, Tharoor was in no mood to dilute his image of a major risk taker by participating in such serials. Also, he had his Tweeting that kept him busy along with his ministerial duties on the sidelines.
Not Cricket has also been indicated a few tasks that participants will have to perform. As the normal tasks like eating worms and sleeping with snakes are too boring, Colors has decided on some innovative dares.
Viru will be dared to repeat the following sentence 1000 times – “I want to be the DDD captain.” The channel expects Viru to break down after ten attempts.
Yuvi will be shown alternate clips of broken fingers and Manvinder Bisla’s running. He will be declared a success if he can endure the nerve wrecking experience for five full minutes.
Bajji and Sreesanth will be made to stay in an enclosed room and discuss each other’s weaknesses. Compulsory words to be mentioned by Sreesanth are Three Idiots, Dart thrower, Over rated and Teri Maanki. Bajji’s vocabulary has to consist of Appam C****ya, Cry Baby, Kochi won’t pick you and slapstick. Absence of physical violence and tears will be the criteria for their success.
BossDK will be given only one chance to catch a ball. He will be told that if fails to catch it, MSD will replace him in the future episodes.
Gouti will be abused by the bowlers (verbally only) at the nets and then made to run his singles on the side of the bowler’s delivery stride.
Gilly, Warney and Lee will have to do no stunts for the entire season because the fact that they braved all security concerns and came to India automatically makes them the real KKK (Khatron Ke Khiladi).
Not Cricket will be coming up with a few other IPL related reality shows in the near future. Whether these shows are really expected to make money can be easily ascertained by the following statement from Rajesh Kamat, group COO of Viacom18, the joint venture between Network 18 and Viacom that owns Colors - “The IPL licensing deal works as an image driver for our channel, its not just about profit and loss.”
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