"All of them are looking the same."
Jaaved Jaaferi has stated that current Indian reality shows appear scripted, adding that the sob stories “feel fake”.
Jaaved was part of Boogie Woogie, one of the first reality talent shows in India.
He was a judge alongside Naved Jafri and Ravi Behl.
The show attracted a large audience as viewers appreciated India’s talent.
However, many believe that current reality talent shows have become unimaginative, with many shows looking to grab eyeballs by focusing on the sob stories of their contestants.
In 2021, Sonu Nigam said that the “sob stories” of contestants have become a “marketing thing” for reality shows.
Commenting on Sonu’s statement, Jaaved Jaaferi said:
“There are pros and cons. I personally feel that the biggest pro is that the talent is getting an opportunity, a platform.
“The cons are that sometimes these shows become too contrived.
“All of them are looking the same. It (the sob stories) looks fake.”
On the other hand, Jaaved stated that Boogie Woogie was “organic, real, from the heart and not scripted”.
He continued: “In our show, it just happened. We didn’t know. It used to be a surprise.
“Whenever someone would narrate a story, our reactions would come naturally.
“We paid attention to it but knew that it was a show, a platform to showcase talent.
“So, just sob stories never became the only way to go about it. It was about talent. It was about hope and conquering disability… it was not a set-up.
“I miss Boogie Woogie. It is the best show that happened in this country.
“It should come back but unfortunately, it is not in my hand.”
Previously, Jaaved Jaaferi called new reality talent shows “clinical”, saying:
“Nowadays, reality shows sometimes seem to be a bit clinical and rehearsed, which was not the case earlier.”
“They, however, still give a platform to aspiring artistes.”
On the work front, Jaaved is set to return as the narrator for the Takeshi’s Castle reboot, which will stream on Amazon Prime Video.
He is also set to work with Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty in a film directed by Samir Karnik.
Jaaved will be seen in Never Kiss Your Best Friend season 2. He plays the role of Bittu and it will stream on ZEE5 from April 29, 2022.