Popularity of Indian Reality TV Shows is increasing day by day. This interest and excitement of Indian audience has inspired TV channels to produce more reality shows full of fun and entertainment. To keep their audience involved, they are even giving them opportunities to participate in India’s best reality shows. This helps ordinary people to gain name, fame and money.
Most popular reality shows are trying hard to maintain their high TRP and invitation to successful celebrities is part of the strategy. The strategy became so popular that even Bollywood celebs love to promote their movies on reality television shows in India. The extreme success of reality shows is making TV channels to produce more and more shows every year.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 10 Reality Shows on Indian TV
- 2 Other Popular Reality TV Shows in India
Top 10 Reality Shows on Indian TV
Those who are interested to know about best reality shows or most popular reality shows on Indian Television, can enjoy our list of top 10 reality shows in India which is based on general public interest.
Kaun Banega Crorepati
The hugely successful TV Game Show, popularly known as KBC, is based on UK game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” The secrets of making it India’s No. 1 reality show, are its host Amitabh Bachchan, final winning amount that has the figure “Crore” and thrilling moments of questioning and answering between Bollywood’s most popular actor and India’s ordinary man.
The first 3 seasons of Kaun Banega Crorepati were aired on TV Channel Star Plus between years 2000 and 2007 while other seasons 4 to 8 were showed on Sony TV from 2010 to 2014. Fans can expect Kaun Banega Crorepati season 9 in 2017 but there is no official declaration from TV Channel about the KBC 9 registration date or KBC season 9 starting date.
Bigg Boss (not Big Boss) is India’s latest and most successful show which started in 2006, originally telecast by Indian TV Channel Sony TV. Other seasons are being aired on Colors. The latest season 10 was shown from October 16, 2016 to January 29, 2017 and hosted by top Bollywood actor Salman Khan. The Indian reality show Bigg Boss is based on Dutch TV series Big Brother in which contestants (mostly celebrities) spends 3 months locked inside a house to reveal their real personalities on strategically placed cameras inside the house. The show became so popular because of controversies created by the contestants inside the house.
Indian Idol is India’s most popular musical reality show which is based on British TV music competition Pop Idol. Sony TV has aired total 7 seasons of Indian Idol from 2004 to 2017. The show is a singing talent show which gives opportunity to young artists and inspire them to show their singing talent on national television. While selected contestants compete with each other, the winner gets a cash prize and also a chance to release his private album.
India’s Got Talent
India’s Got Talent or IGT is presented on Colors TV Channel and the show is part of Got Talent franchise of Great Britain. So the show is result of a collaboration between Colors TV and British company FremantleMedia. The uniqueness of this reality show is that it promotes all kinds of talent but the decision of promoting a talent to next level depends on a panel of judges. IGT is a very popular talent show because it sets no rule for participants and this is the only show where audience can enjoy different kinds of entertaining acts and presentations by talented people from different regions of India which automatically showcase various colors of Indian culture.
Dance India Dance
Dance India Dance is India’s most popular dance competition show, aired on Zee TV. Started on Jan 30, 2009, it has witnessed 5 seasons till Oct 10, 2015. Teenagers and young adults and even their parents in India are more than crazy to get selected for the show. This is because those who became popular through the show DID, got opportunities to appear in big TV shows and Bollywood movies. Geeta Kapoor, the Indian choreographer is the most popular dance master in the show.
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is the Indian version of UK show Strictly Come Dancing. The show brings celebrities or popular faces in India to dance with professional coreographers as their dance partners on the stage of the show. The show started in 2006 on Sony channel but shifted to Colors channel in 2012 after airing 4 seasons on SONY. Colors has aired other 5 seasons of JDJ between 2012 and 2016 while preparations for season 10 are on.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Singing competition show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is one of India’s earliest reality TV shows, started on May 1, 1995. It was titled Sa Re Ga Ma in the beginning, which covered 6 seasons – 1995 to 2000. Zee TV has aired 18 seasons of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa till 2016. The show is very popular among music lover and Indian audience as well. It has given many talented singers (Vinit Singh, Himani Kapoor etc.) to the Indian music industry. Its another edition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, made for kids and pre-teens, is also very popular show.
The Voice India
The Voice (India) is an another singing talent show which is aired on &TV. The Voice India is the Indian version of international TV franchise The Voice. It is just 2 seasons old but the show has gained lots of appreciation from Indian media and TV viewers in 2015 and 2016-17. The show employs a panel of coaches (not judges), each of whom has his/her own team of selected artists.
Nach Baliye is a dance reality show in which contestants are real-life couples, mostly celebrities from Indian TV industry. It started in 2005 on Star One channel which also aired Nach Baliye, Season 2 in 2006. Later on the show was shifted to Star Plus which aired season 3 (2007) to season 8 (2017). India’s top-most choreographers and celebrities judge the show.
MTV Roadies is an Indian reality TV show which is extremely popular among teenagers and young adults for unveiling real personalities of participants. MTV India (TV channel) has aired 15 seasons of the show from 2003 to 2017. The show tracks adventurous journey of participants who not only travel to different destinations but also reveal their strengths and skills to accomplish given tasks. Applicants who pass Group Discussion and Personal Interview, become participants of the show. The show is known for its intense interviews which become abusive at times.
Other Popular Reality TV Shows in India
You might be thinking that why your favorite reality show is not in the list! So here we have 10 more to make this post for – List of 20 best reality TV shows of India
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi
Fear Factor is an American TV show in which participants do stunts/dare acts to compete with each other and win the show. Fear Factor India was an Indian adaptation of the American reality show Fear Factor. It was telecast by Sony TV in 2006. Then the broadcasting rights were sold to Colors TV and Colors relaunched the series as Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. The renamed Khatron Ke Khiladi started in 2008 and became 7 seasons old in 2016.
MasterChef India is also a popular show of STAR Plus, which aired its 5 seasons from 2010 to 2016. This is a cooking competition show based on the original British MasterChef. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has hosted MasterChef season 1 in 2010 while Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor became part of the show in season 3 (2013) and season 4 (2015) as one of the 3 judges.
Dance + is just another dancing talent show, aired on STAR Plus which telecast season 1 in 2015 and season 2 in 2016. The popularity of the show lies with the Super Judge of the show – Remo D’Souza Bollywood’s most popular choreographer. The show also has 3 mentors who build their own teams of contestants selected through auditions.
Dance India Dance L’il Masters
This is an Indian dancing talent show which has kids and pre-teens as participants who compete against each other to become the winner of the show. Zee TV has aired its season 1 in 2010, season 2 in 2012 and season 3 in 2014. DID Little Masters is a sub-series of Dance India Dance which invites teenagers or young adults.
Indian Idol Junior
Indian Idol Junior is an another reality singing competition show which is a spin-off of Indian Idol. As title of the show suggests, Indian Idol Junior accepts only kids and pre-teens as participants. The first spin-off was telecast on Sony TV in 2013 while second season was aired in 2015.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs
This is a reality singing talent show which has children aged between 5 and 15 as participants who compete against each other to become the winner of the show. Zee TV started telecasting in 2006 and aired 6th season in 2017. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs is a sub-series of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa which invites teenagers or young adults.
The Voice India Kids
The Voice India Kids is a sub-series of The Voice India. This is again a Hindi singing reality competition TV show which aired its first edition from 23 July 2016 to 23 October 2016. The show gave opportunities to 94 contestants between the age group of 6 – 14 years but only Nishtha Sharma of Uttar Pradesh emerged as the winner of the show. We are still waiting for its another season.
MTV Splitsvilla is an Indian reality TV show which is loosely based on Flavor of Love, an American dating reality show. It revolves around young boys and girls who compete in tasks to stay in the villa and mingle with the contestants to find love. The show does not invite applicants but most participants are celebrities or from the entertainment industry. MTV India has aired its 9 season from 2008 to 2016.
India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj
India’s Best Cinestar Ki Khoj is a reality TV show that aired on Zee TV in 2004. It is an acting talent hunt show which gives opportunity to aspiring actors. The show also promises lead roles in a film to the male and female winners. Zee TV aired its second season in 2006 and returned with season 3 in 2014.
India’s Next Top Model
India’s Next Top Model is a reality TV series, which premiered on 19 July 2015 on MTV India. The show is an adaptation of American reality TV series America’s Next Top Model. Female contestants compete for the title in the show which provides them an opportunity to start their modelling career. The second season of the show started on 10 July 2016.