Every time one thinks of unscripted actuality exhibits on Indian tv, the primary names that come to thoughts are Raghu Ram and Rajiv Lakshman. The brothers have been the brains behind exhibits like Roadies and Splitsvilla. They even launched Skulls and Roses and India’s Finest Judwaah below their very own manufacturing home — Monozygotic Options.
In the present day, the duo has turned 46, and on their birthday, indianexpress.com spoke to Raghu and Rajiv about curating in style actuality exhibits, present developments and the criticism that got here their method.
Sharing that there was no single thought course of behind creating actuality exhibits, Rajiv Lakshman stated, “There was a lot taking place internationally, however we weren’t conscious of it. With time and the viewers altering, MTV too was taking a look at an developed identification, completely different from its countdown exhibits and comedy skits. Raghu and I’ve a sure sort of pondering which was very completely different from the producers at MTV. We got here from a distinct background and with an excessive curiosity in experimentation. I believe we had been simply in the appropriate place and on the proper time.”
Raghu Ram additional spoke concerning the present development of actuality exhibits, saying that on Indian tv, there are ‘the GEC exhibits, with shining flooring and singing and dancing taking place’ and ‘the unscripted MTV form’. He stated, “Actuality tv has a bonus over fiction as it may be modified in response to the altering situations on the earth. There’s a sure sort of expectation from these exhibits, and it’s met each time. Nevertheless, the codecs haven’t developed a lot. TV has loved a monopoly for a very long time, and with OTT platforms coming in, the sport modified. It has brought on a disruption, and I believe tv must up their recreation and get to a brand new degree with their codecs.”
Raghu additional stated that it’s as a result of the channels are scared to take dangers that the viewers has to observe season after season of the identical present. He added that one has to speak to the children of at this time because the youth is adapting to the change all over the world. And by not catering to them, the channels are struggling. The inventive thoughts cheekily added that channels often look forward to any individual to do one thing completely different, and if it succeeds, they work round an analogous idea.
Given the brothers have interacted intently with the nation’s youth, we requested them in the event that they and their aspirations from a actuality present have additionally modified. “The youth has utterly modified, and with social media, the battle strains have been drawn. Earlier, should you needed to showcase your expertise, you needed to undergo the gatekeepers, who had been extra like demons. Nevertheless, now the bottleneck has been completed away with. They will now be on any platform, showcase their expertise and be the influencer they all the time needed to be,” answered Rajiv Lakshman.
Echoing his Rajiv’s ideas, Raghu added, “Actuality tv exhibits are in a hazard of dropping the youth.” He went on to clarify that the best way we love, combat, argue, work together or react has modified, and thus a season 25 of a present received’t discuss to the identical viewers. “Whereas sure, the hangover of being on TV will all the time stay, these youngsters have already got one million followers. The hazard proper now’s of changing into out of date. It’s really no huge deal that you simply make a sure variety of seasons. It’s about creating edgy content material.”
Raghu Ram has all the time been on the receiving finish of criticism and trolling. Sharing that it was a part of his job, he stated, “I gave them the impression that I used to be nonetheless in command of my life. And I believe given my beliefs, I’ll all the time be referred to as controversial as it’s towards the norms. Additionally, on social media, I believe everybody will get quite a lot of hate basically, so it didn’t trouble me a lot. It solely made me imagine that I used to be doing my job nicely. As for the memes, it simply goes on to say that I did go away an impression.”
Apparently, Rajiv Lakshman, for the longest time, labored behind the digital camera. Given Raghu was already receiving backlash from a sure part, we questioned how he handled it when he determined to return on display. The birthday boy acknowledged that whereas he has all the time welcomed criticism, he shut off every kind of hatred. “My dad and mom would get affected initially as for them we’re these soft-spoken, good boys. They’d assume why folks assume in any other case about us. As soon as I had taken them for a live performance, and a girl got here as much as my mom, and, in fairly a loaded tone, questioned her about us. My mom merely stated that she was happy with us. That made me carefree as these are the one opinions that matter to us,” shared Rajiv.
Their authentic sequence Skulls and Roses and India’s Finest Judwaah didn’t see the sort of success, many would have anticipated it to. On requested if that deterred them in any method, Rajiv stated, “Briefly no, and in an elaborate tone, we now have labored on many exhibits through the years, and found out the perception or hook to know the viewers. Typically the platform doesn’t work, generally different issues. However one has to maintain pondering and creating.”
And rightly so, the twins are at present engaged on a actuality present that will stream on one of many OTT giants. “We can not discuss a lot about it, however we are going to quickly begin casting for it. I’m actually enthusiastic about it because it’s an evolution for us additionally as we re-calibrate and re-learn to inform completely different tales. We’re actually glad to foray into this new venture, and if we handle to tug off, it would begin a brand new development,” concluded Raghu Ram.