Friday, 7 July 2017

Piku director Shoojit Sircar is calling for a ban on children’s reality shows

Child beauty pageants and reality shows have earned a lot of flak all across the globe, and legitimately so. What may seem like a cute display of adorable kids frolicking around on stage, in full blown makeup, actually reeks of exploitation.

In India, there has been a sudden boom in a bunch of reality shows featuring mostly pre-pubescent participants – from Sabse Bada Kalakar to Super Dancer to Junior Masterchef (which is the desi counterpart of the hit international series). They regularly get high TRPs, which makes these shows anything but fun and frivolous behind the scenes.

One of the concerned people about the rising popularity of such reality shows happens to be the director of the film Piku and the producer of Pink, Shoojit Sircar. He took to Twitter to send out an open call for banning all reality shows involving children, “Humble request to authorities to urgently ban all reality shows involving children. It’s actually destroying them emotionally and their purity.”

Shoojit Sircar ✔ @ShoojitSircar
Humble request to authorities to urgently ban all reality shows involving's actually destroying them emotionally & their purity.

The tweet has already garnered 4.9k retweets, and 8.2k likes, with as many as 476 comments contributing to the conversation.

Earlier in the year, Shoojit Sircar made his short film debut with a film on young students writing to their parents to understand the immense pressure they are under to succeed in exams (and life). The short film, titled #ReleaseThePressure, was made in the hopes to trigger an open dialogue between teens and their parents.
With this tweet, Sircar ho
pes to bring in some good change, and we hope someone listens and takes the right call.

(Source: iDiva)

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