Mini Mathur has backed the words of Nishant Kaushik, who recently posted a number of tweets regarding the humiliation suffered by the contestants in popular singing show Indian Idol. Mini Mathur, who is former host of the show, responded to tweets of Nishant Kaushik, who is a former contested of the show and participated in 2012 season of Indian Idol.
Mini backed the statements of Nishant and also said that this was one of the reasons she bowed out of reality TV shows. “This sucks,” Mini Mathur, who has hosted the show between 2004-07 and once again in 2012, wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for forwarding me this thread. I wasn’t part of the 2012 season but I know most of what he has articulated is known to happen on reality TV. One of the reasons I bowed out. This incessant need to create false emotion. RIP Organic, pure TV.”
Nishant had earlier mentioned about the humiliation, violence and lack of basic amenities faced by contestants during his time in Indian Idol. He claimed that the show is a platform to destroy one’s dreams. “Brief, nonchalant thread about my auditioning experience at Indian Idol 2012 and why I think it is a perfect platform to destroy your dreams as opposed to its common perception as a breeding ground for talent”, he wrote on Twitter.
In another tweet, he said the contestants had to wait for long hours during audition without access to water or toilets. “In those long hours of waiting, no accessible toilets or food stalls or drinking water taps. If you step out in search, you risk losing the queue which you’d then have to rejoin,” he said. “When we asked the crew if we could step out to get lunch and water, we were told to do so at our own risk. As if auditions would begin any moment. Contestants who made enquiries about the actual commencement of auditions were either not responded to, or showered with vile abuses”, he further said.
In another tweet, Nishant talked about the unfavourable atmosphere a contestant faced on Indian Idol. “My summarized observation of Indian Idol was that it decorates and recognizes maybe 10 or less, very worthy participants annually. But en route it quashes a million people’s hearts by disrespecting them, ridiculing and abusing them, denying them a conducive atmosphere to contest,” he said.
Many people have supported Nishant and thanked him for enlightening about the reality that happens behind the camera on reality shows. Presently, the 10th season Indian Idol is being telecast on Sony Channel. Anu Malik, Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar are the judges of this season.