Here's the review for India's first reality TV modelling show- India's Next Top Model. Read on!
After flooring us with her moves in Manali Trance from The Shaukeens, Lisa Haydon has taken to the judging panel in reality TV show- India's Next Top Model. The actress uses her experience to critique the contestants in the show, and makes for a sensible judge. The show as we all know it, has been borrowed from the concept of America's Next Top Model, which saw Tyra Banks as the leading judge/ mentor. The reality TV show has aspiring models who are here to make their careers in the fashion world and use this platform as a stepping stone. The series has kick-started with a bang and here' my review of it:
What's it about
India's Next Top Model is a reality TV show involving female contestants who are looking to be models and shine on the ramp at prestigious fashion shows. The series is based on the concept of America's Next Top Model, starring Tyra Banks, that has tasks set for the aspiring models to pull off. Be it tricky photoshoots, or walking the ramp, the contestants have to go through the grind in order to impress the judges. They are eliminated and rewarded on the basis of their performances. The main judge is Lisa Haydon, followed by others like popular VJ Anusha Dandekar ,celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani and image consultant Neeraj Gaba.
I'm glad that a career such as modelling is finally being given the much needed importance. There are enough reality TV shows to highlight talents like dancing, singing and acting. India's Next Top Model is refreshing in terms of it's concept and the opportunity it provides to those aspiring to make it big in this field. The show makes for an interesting watch owing to the tasks assigned to the contestants. Luckily, the girls are eliminated on the basis of their performances and there isn't any system of voting by the other contestants. The judgement is fair and I liked the fact that there was no unnecessary drama of "planning" and "plotting" as seen in MTV's other shows like Spltistvilla or Roadies. Lisa makes for a cool judge and uses her knowledge and experience well. Dabboo too makes sensible remarks and points out the flaws in a guarded manner, without being too overtly critical or bitchy.
Since the show is interesting to watch in itself, I don't really understand the point of creating unwanted drama. The whole scenario of the female contestants bitching about each other or targeting one person in the house, comes across as forced. It seems like the makers have asked the girls to carry out bitching sessions to add some "masala" to the show and make it more entertaining. I believe there's no need for such practices as the show is a good watch minus the cattiness. Where Lisa comes across as breezy and stern only when needed, Neeraj Gaba is nasty for no reason. I don't get the point of unwarranted meanness. The mentor could be strict and straightforward, without having to be so loud!
What to do:
For those interested in fashion and the modelling world, this show would please you and should be your pick.
3.5 out of 5
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