If I was shocked yesterday…I was awed today. I caught a rerun of “Joe Millionaire” (how do i manage to bang into the most preposterous shows!!!!). This show seemed to be of the same genre as Tempation Island, garbed in better clothes and set in lavish chateaux. A construction worker named Evan (with a rich baritone and the body of Adonis) has been groomed as an imaginary heir to a fortune of $50 million. Now begins the search for a suitable companion for him. Around 20 women are chosen to spend time with him to find the “fortunate finalist”. he takes each of them on to individual dates and at the end of each “round” presents a pendant to the women who move on to the next round. another set of dates follow and another set of pendants are handed out. At the end of today’s show there are 3 women left in the run. The sneak preview of the next episode promises some hot and steamy interactions.
The women who are being fooled all this while seem to be professionally qualified, mature working women mostly in their 20s. It can be assumed that they are capable of intelligent thinking. So if they want to start a relationship they would try to find it around themselves rather than join a television show where they will be monitored. They’ll have to compete against each other to grab attention from a man with whom they’d like to spend some significant part of their life or maybe even marriage. Perhaps the relationship part is an eyewash and its only the money that matters. What when they learn that they had actually been trying to fall in love with an imposter? Will true love triumph over currency notes?
The love that the lady would have developed was for a sophisticated and rich Evan not an everyday man of the streets. Would this pretension lead to anything but high TRPs, heartbreaks and emotional disasters? Television shows seem to have stooped to such levels that they can tamper with basic human emotions and feelings without blinking an eyelid. Also kudos to the women….who have made themselves vulnerable by agreeing to be part of this farce…whether they did it knowingly or unknowingly is unimportant. Their self-respect should have been enough to stop them from going into such a husband-hunting trip. Their love is not worth $50 million dollars. The right man would treasure it more than all the jewels on this earth.

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