Thursday, April 10, 2008

India's answer to Oprah?

History, at times, is made in the most unpretentious ways. Looks like, in its own way, Vijay TV, is setting new benchmarks and breaking barriers with the launch of Ippadikku Rose, a talk show to be hosted by Rose, billed as India's first transgender celebrity host.

Bold and dramatic, Rose in no way fits the aravani stereotype and is honest enough to want to wear her gender on her sleeve and tell the world how beautiful it makes her feel. All of 28 years old, the US-educated Rose, with a masters in biomedical engineering, is to India what Oprah Winfrey is to the US, The New York Times would have us believe.

Watch her in action here and you would not be able to hold back your hurrahs.

Whether the show will match substance with hype or whether it becomes another Truman Show, this is the third dimension of Indian-style reality television.


Madanagopalan said...

It is a good concept, but the show is a flop because the execution does not have the style and finesse required for handling a content like this. The comparision to Oprah is unwarranted, because O belongs to an entirely different cultural context and is the product of a different history. At best, this show can be compared only to the Jerry Springers.