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What is in the name - yet again?


A few years ago, Nidup Dorji started with Bhutan’s maiden reality show Bhutan Star, which was apparently inspired by Indian Idol. But the organizer could not continue the show in the following year. A few years later, Kencho Wangdi launched his own version of the reality show and called it Druk Star. It displeased Nidup Dorji. He thought it was copyright violation or whatever the authorities termed it later on in the drama.

And then the court case ensued. That’s what we were told although we were not sure what happened at the end.

One of my favorite shows on BBS recently happens to be Nazhoen Express. Sangay Chophel and his team did an excellent job. It was a wonderful show and the producers should be really proud of the unique show they gave Bhutanese audience at least once in so many years. They gave us something new, something that’s truly our own.

The show presents what we have seen and heard and experienced all our life and yet as we watch the show with rapt attention, we feel like we are watching something new and unique. The way the show takes us to different dzongkhags each week and introduces us to new places, is noteworthy.

And this is the only program that, particularly, my family and I look forward to every Saturday evening. The show must go on so that it can take Bhutanese people on the visual journey to the length and breadth of the country, meeting different people and cultures.  It can go on.

Last night, I came across another program titled Druk Express by BBS. It was by another team of course. But from the way it is being presented, it looks like another Nazhoen Express. I am not ruling out the differences totally. No offense to anyone, but at the most it can be a duplication of the show that we all love.

Can BBS do that? Won’t there be clashes between the two Expresses down the line?

Can BBS give us something new? 

P.S: Purely personal observation and in no way intends to hurt the sentiments of anyone involved. 

Comments

  1. I too love the Nazhoen Express programme. It's very good, refreshing though. Nice thought as always. With the manpower they have, with the trainings they undergo abroad and with the equipments (or technical assistance they get) they have, we expect BBS to do its viewers more justice. They need to work harder, bring out creative programmes to attract the Bhutanese audience.

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  2. I don't really know wether BBS can deliver such in future or not...That guy has been in USA for last many years. He had good qualification in film making as well.

    Yes..bbs staff undergo trainings but since when did u find out that all people are qualified...Big Shot Baby yes.....

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