Pritam traumatised by kids’ suffering on reality shows

March 10th, 2008 - 8:41 am ICT by admin  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, March 10 (IANS) Reality shows have turned a corner, with the little kids on “Voice Of India” (VOI) emerging as undisputed crooning marvels. But judge Pritam Chakraborty is a traumatised man. He can’t bear to see the agony and suffering of the little children when they’re eliminated from the show.

“It’s very unfair to subject such talented children to this kind of rejection at this tender age. The scar of rejection will remain with them. I should know. I suffer from a serious speech deficiency that was brought on by a trauma suffered in childhood. So I empathise with them. I can’t bear their trauma any more,” Pritam told IANS.

The composer, who churned chartbusters for “Dhoom”, “Gangster - A Love Story”, “Life…in a Metro”, “Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, “Jab We Met” and “Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal”, became a father last month after a harrowing childbirth procedure for his wife.

“I now realise more than ever how precious children and their lives are. We need to nurture them very carefully,” said the composer, who has nicknamed his son Salsa.

In fact, Pritam walked out of the VOI sets sobbing when a girl Sonia was inconsolable after being eliminated from the contest.

“You can’t do this to such little children! This is not a reality show for grownups. These kids don’t understand TRPs. In fact, when two of them are asked to fight on the show, they turn around to ask, ‘Why should we fight? We like each other.’ I feel we should stop the system of elimination.

“Instead of four winners and one loser why can’t we have five winners? They’re all equally good any way! Why demoralise them because of some SMS poll that depends on so many vagaries?”

While completely empathisising with Pritam, the show’s producer-director Gajendra Singh feels the kids are being emotionally strengthened by the stiff competition they encounter on the show.

Singh said: “Far from scaring them, the competitive spirit on ‘Voice Of India’ is teaching them how to cope with the competition outside, including school where they’re subjected to the fiercest competition possible.

“In comparison to what they’ve to face outside, our show offers them a chance to realise their potential early in life. In fact, one of our contestants, 14-year -old Aishwarya already has an offer to sing for Kareena Kapoor in the sequel to ‘Golmaal - Fun Unlimited’.”

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