Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) After game show "Bigg Boss" and adventure-based "Khatron Ke Khiladi", Colors channel has launched crime-based reality show "Wanted - High Alert" to help curb crime.
"Colors has always done something different, whether it is soap or reality show. Whether it's ‘Fear Factor' or ‘Bigg Boss' or soaps like ‘Balika Badhu', we always do something which is relevant to the society, whether it's child marriage or female infanticide like ‘Lado'," Ashvini Yardi, programming head of Colors told IANS after the launch of the show here Thursday.
"So when we decided to get into a genre like crime, we decided to do a crime reality show. Viewers are active participants in this show and with this show we can help the police, I won't say to eradicate but to reduce the crime in the country," she added.
"Wanted" will show photographs of the wanted criminals and there will be a toll free number where viewers can call to give information about them.
Colors has teamed up with B.A.G Films to accomplish the goal.
"We have news bureaus across the country. We have tied up with B.A.G. They have the news media. We are using them to use their stringers across. Police are helping us," said Yardi.
Asked how would it be different from shows like "India's Most Wanted" or "Crime Patrol", she said: "It's a reality show, they are fictional."
The show is going on air Feb 26 and it will be hosted by actor Sushat Singh. Every episode will deal with two cases.
"We are speaking of real crime, one who are accused and still wanted. There are enough evidences. We are asking common man to participate and help police to grab them. We are showing photographs of the accused in different get-ups, which they might have used to escape the law," Sushant, who finds acting easier than hosting a reality show, told IANS.
"I am still doing my homework. Honestly, I am very nervous. Putting up a mask of a character and facing the camera is much different from but being alone in the show and interacting directly with mass through a camera is a huge responsibility," said Sushant.
The channel is using its platform to find out the accused with co-operation from police and their bureaus across the country.