Mumbai. The producers of the apparently live phone-in television shows that ask viewers to guess the picture of a celebrity to win monetary awards, have claimed that despite their best and “honest” attempts, citizens of the nation have been disappointing them. Many such shows are broadcasted on various television channels late in the night, giving a chance to people to win thousands of rupees.
“They just have to pay 10 rupees per minute even when they are put on hold or the line is engaged,” one of the producers explained the “simple” procedure to take part in the contests, “And they can win at least 50,000 rupees by recognizing faces that they see each day around.”
The producers expressed extreme disappointment with likes of people who answer “Himesh Reshammiya” when shown a rather-clear picture of Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan.
“But more than 90% of the people come up with such answers,” said the producer, who believed that Indian citizens needed to pull up their socks. “We don’t want, but as a rule we have to unwillingly lower the prize money as the show progresses with successive callers coming up with foolish answers,” he regretted.
“It’s really amazing how episodes after episodes we end up getting a right answer only towards the end of the show after we lower the prize money to just a couple of thousands,” the producer wondered and expressed “extreme disappointment” not to have given enough money to the callers even though the shows have been running for months now on various television channels.
“We’d already have earned millions of rupees through billing to mobile companies by then (when a call with the right answer is received); we wish the citizens of the country applied some brains and showed some courage,” the producer rued.
The regular viewers of the show too agree that citizens of the nations are not trying enough.
“Everyone phones in with funny and atrocious answers,” says Rajneesh, who has spent almost 5000 rupees till date after being put on hold or with his call suddenly getting dropped due to him being in “no coverage” area (as explained by the anchors of the show).
“But it seems that the foolish persons have similar voices,” notes Rajneesh, who has been noticing that most callers who come up with idiotic answers sounded similar, “Or maybe the same set of people keep calling each time on each show on each channel. Really funny, no?”