Indian film director Shoojit Sircar, known for his socially relevant films like ‘Pink’, ‘Piku’, ‘Madras Café’ and ‘Vicky Donor’ has provoked the thoughts of the country on a social subject which was largely ignored so far.
Shoojit Sircar has requested authorities to ban all reality shows that involve children. Sircar’s rationale behind his request is that such shows destroy the emotions and purity of children.
A number of reality shows such as ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs’, ‘Indian Idol Junior’, ‘Junior Masterchef India’, ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’, ‘Sabse Bada Kalakar’ and many others have attracted a huge rating for their channels over the years on Indian television.
Majority of the credit for the success of these shows goes to the cute little participants who beguile everyone with their charm. The shows boast of exploring and polishing the talent of these little stars, and there are many who believe that, too. However, there are many like Shoojit Sircar who believe that children go through severely stressful situations while on these shows. They have the continuous pressure of performing well and all that happening to them at such a tender age can be bad for them emotionally.
Here is the tweet by Shoojit Sircar:
Humble request to authorities to urgently ban all reality shows involving children.it’s actually destroying them emotionally & their purity.
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) July 4, 2017
Some celebrities have contradicted the opinion of Shoojit Sircar asserting that there is nothing wrong with having child participants in reality shows. For instance, Tiger Shroff has said that such shows give a goal and sense of direction to children. Similarly, Neha Dhupia has also said that these platforms give confidence and direction to kids early in life. However, the former judge of television reality show ‘Chhote Miyan Dhaakad’ feels that children’s education must not suffer for anything.
Known for raising issues concerning society largely through his films, Shoojit Sircar’s film ‘Pink’ questioned the security of women in India.
Earlier this year, through his short film “#ReleaseThePressure”, the director urged parents to not pressurize their children about studying during exams. The film highlighted issue of suicides and depression among children brought about by the unnecessary burden of performing beyond their capability and/or interest in exams.
Like all the other concerns pointed out by Sircar, the issue of reality shows affecting the emotions of children also makes sense. The extreme competitions and limelight the kids face during these shows is bound to affect them somewhere deep inside and might take their innocence away. But the topic remains highly subjective and debatable. That is why, different people have reacted differently to Shoojit Sircar’s tweet.
Here are some of the interesting replies to his tweet:
We are killing their innocence and careers. Parents unknowingly become part of this crude exploitation of ‘मासूमियत’
— Umesh Upadhyay (@upadhyayumesh) July 4, 2017
True and thanks to @ShoojitSircar for bringing this to national consciousness. Grateful.
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— Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) July 5, 2017
It is a modern and fashionable form of Child labour and interestingly no politician and no NGOs talk about it.
— anu shukla, (@ashukla30) July 4, 2017
Unfortunately Modern Parents Enjoy it.
& They ignore it’s consequences just bcs it satisfies their Aspirations..
Or paise bhi mil rahe Hai..
— EddieJain (@eddie_vdj) July 4, 2017
Why? Who are you to decide for someone’s child? Think abt those who serve chai at film studios!
— Mukul Sharma (@mukkulsharma) July 4, 2017
सर, अपनी बिरादरी से एक बार पूछ लो, बाद में सरकार के ऊपर तानाशाही का आरोप लग जाएगा।
— अफ़वाहों का बाज़ार (@puraneebastee) July 4, 2017
idk what is the actual matter but dont forget from Shreya Ghoshal to Sunidhi Chauhan everyone featured in reality shows in their childhood
— ChiranjeetღAlbeliya✨ (@Shreyanjeet_SN) July 4, 2017