Crime in a society is as old as the concept of society itself. Efforts to swipe off the crime from the face of the planet are on since the beginning of time, but fail to succeed.
However, in current times, Real Crime Shows On Indian TV have opened a new channel of revenues globally and India isn’t far behind in commercializing crime, without being a part of it in any manner!
Yes, we are talking about the growth of crime-based shows which tend to bring the whole process of a crime right in your living rooms. Fictionalizing the whole process, right from the thought, devices used, to the actual act of crime is documented in an interesting adrenaline-raising format and then fed to gullible audiences in the garb of showing something so as to avoid further crime happening.
The show which first caught the eyeballs was India’s Most Wanted way back in 1999 and became a huge hit. Following its footsteps are shows like Crime Patrol-Dastak, Saavdhan India and the latest to join them is Code Red on Colors, hosted by evergreen actress of Hindi TV, Sakshi Tanwar.
Is the new show different? Something special about it? Will it help the common man and specifically youth to do something different? All these and many more questions are being asked as to how such shows work for the benefit of the society. Frankly speaking, there are no parameters or benchmarks or evaluative, analytical studies to show the impact these have on society. The only thing that’s for sure is happening is that the producers and channels showing these shows are making money off them. Reason being the audience’s appetite for edgy shows which showcase the real world as it is.
However, the newness is soon disappearing as far as the content is concerned. After just a few stories, each show starts looking like the same covering same real happenings, in almost the same manner. Code Red has started with an interesting premise of motivating people to stand up against crime, but is it enough of a differentiator? In this rat race of TRP’s, is it ok to sensationalize crime without offering something substantial to prevent it? Well, for now this is what we have in terms of entertainment. This is an idea straight away lifted from Hollywood shows which work on the same fundamentals.
The only wish and hope we have is that these shows create a real awareness, help people to prevent crime and remain more alert in making sure that no crime in their surroundings go unnoticed!
Looking forward to some intellectually stimulating and interesting crime-based shows which make a difference in day to day life!