After becoming victim of gazillion internet trolls, singing reality show Indian Idol again finds itself in hot waters. Despite being one of the most watched reality shows on television, many viewers condemn the show for cashing in on sob stories to muster TRPs. Recently, a former participant of the show, Nishant Kaushik opened up about the 'horror' that he faced on the sets of Indian Idol back in 2012.
Nishant Kaushik spoke about his bad experiences on the show while he competed among hundreds of other contestants for the top spot. He accused the platform for successfully crushing the dreams of the upcoming talents instead of honing their skills. He recounted how he waited in a two-kilometer long queue when he went to Mumbai for the audition.
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.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
He narrated that the auditions opened at 1 pm while he was standing in the mind-boggling long queue of 2 kilometer since 7 am. There were contestants who arrived at 5 am while there were others who camped overnight. When the gates were open, they found out that there were no arrangements for the toilets or drinking water. Food stalls are nowhere to be seen. People, having a bag of dreams on their shoulders, kept waiting thirsty and famished.
May. Mumbai. I rocked up at the venue more out of casual interest. On joining a queue 2 km long I noticed enthusiasts who had arrived there as though their lives depended on them. Some with their mothers holding Prasad, other rebels who had braved odds and traveled alone.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
I joined the queue at 7 AM. There were people who had arrived at 5 AM. Others who had camped overnight. False notion that early arrival = early audition. No one from the crew to dispel such notions. Gate opens 1 PM.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
He goes on ranting about how the crew made them cheer for an ex-contestant on the stage who wasn’t even singing. Allegedly, the crew had even asked some aspirants to mouth scripted lines during the auditions. When a man resisted this, a crew member slapped him before thousands other aspirants. The contestant was then asked to leave. Also, those who sang poorly were sent to the audition rooms to bring about drama and comedy, so that they sing and the judges could mock them.
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. Anyway at 1 pm the long wait ended right? Wrong.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
At 1 PM we were herded toward a stage on the school ground where the previous year's winner Shriram was lip syncing to Desi Boyz. A volunteer amongst us was sought to go and grab Shriram's feet mid-performance and shout "I wanna be Indian Idol!" Reward promised : early audition.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
Sure enough, one aspirant fell to the bait. Fell at Shriram's feet. Dozens of retakes demanded by the director. When the aspirant said he couldn't do any more retakes, assistants on the set abused him and threatened to have him off the auditions if he didn't comply. He complied.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
Evicted in the third round, Kaushik was more than happy to leave Indian Idol. Even the people who were hired to dismantle the sets at Indian Idol were harassed by the crew members.
These staged gimmicks went on till 5 pm. By this time, we had noticed that for a venue as large as a school and for a crowd in tens of thousands, the provisions were: 1 canister of water with a steel glass bang in the middle of the ground, and 1 toilet.— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018
(Read the complete thread here)
Former Indian Idol host Mini Mathur has responded to Nishant Kaushik’s claims on Twitter. Surprisingly, the former host also agreed to the allegations made by Kaushik in his series of Twitter posts. She wrote, “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.”
This sucks. 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.— Mini Mathur (@minimathur) August 22, 2018
RIP Organic, pure TV.
Indian Idol is currently airing its 10th season with judges Neha Kakkar, Vishal Dadlani and Anu Malik and hosted by Manish Paul.