The singing reality show, Indian Idol, is one of the oldest and most popular shows we have on our Indian television. Every year lakhs of contestants and singing aspirants try their luck at the auditions and the chosen few get selected ahead to try more of their luck and their singing capabilities in the rounds ahead. A panel of three judges, with composer Anu Malik being a permanent fixture, judge and appraise them. A colourful aspect of Indian Idol is how these three judges give feedback in their characteristic way, with Anu Malik being the more caustic one.

Currently, in its tenth season, the panel now has Anu Malik, Neha Kakkar and Vishal Dadlani as the judges with Maniesh Paul as the host. However, with the advent of social media, the show is being mocked for choosing contestants based on the sob-stories that the aspirant has, while people accused the judges of not judging them based on their actual talent. Well, that's the story of any reality show these days, with even Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati going for these. tropes.

Now, a former aspirant has put up his experience of auditioning for the show on Twitter and reading the whole thing will make you anguished and even scared. Nishant Kaushik, who is an Australia-based author, had auditioned for Indian Idol in 2012 and he shared how inhumanly the aspirants were treated during the process, including abuse and manhandling. Sure, it happened six years back, and there is no way to verify the experience unless you are an aspirant yourself. But we have heard similar stories from some of the other aspirants, so let's delve deeper. Here's the thread -

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The Conclusion

A case of sour grapes or a true depiction of what really happened? It's up to you to take the call. And if it is really true, then we really wish more aspirants come out and call out these shows for the callous attitude towards contestants.

Interestingly, Kaushik had been in news earlier for accusing Hichki director Siddharth P Malhotra in 2017 for plagiarising his script without giving him due credit.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 22, 2018 02:10 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website