"It’s obvious the votes were rigged" – Ismail Darbar
Ismail Darbar’s recent comments over Sa re ga ma pa Voting created chaos and put question mark on the reality shows. Unhappy with the results of the show the director has questioned the voting process and accused the channel of not playing fair.
Striking an off key note over the just concluded Sa Re Ga Ma Pa reality show Ismail Darbar has launched a scathing attack on the organisers of Indian television’s oldest reality show.
“The organisers have not played fair. The best singer was Amanat and Raja was the favourite. It’s obvious the votes were rigged.The counting process was not transparent. I am not happy with the results,” said Ismail Durbar.
But the organizers are not unduly bothered and say it is a case of sour grapes as the finalist from Durbar’s gharana Amaanat Ali did not win.
Controversies notwithstanding sky rocketing TRPs ensure that reality shows are money-spinners. But with allegations of reshooting to pump up action and rigging of public feedback by a judge at that the dividing line between reality and fiction has been blurred.
The Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, has earned Zee TV close to Rs 120 crore from advertisements and sponsors for its 26 episodes, which is the highest revenue per episode collected by a reality show in the history of Indian television.