While surfing through channels yesterday, I hit upon this show in Star World called 'The moment of truth'. It is a kind of game show but the concept struck me. It works like this. The contestant is asked about 21 questions to which he has to reply truthfully. If he lies, it will be caught. Before the show, the contestant is asked a lot of questions (about 50) and is put through a kind of lie detection tests (polygraph test) checking his answers. In the main show, few questions out of the ones asked to him earlier are asked. Obviously he has to answer them truthfully now.
There are 6 levels of questions, and the contestant keeps earning money as he clears them. 6 questions in first level, 5 in the next, then 4, 3, 2 and the final question in level 6. As the level progresses, questions get very 'tricky'. The contestant is accompanied by family and friends and everything is happening before them.
I do not know whether you realize by now the gravity of the concept. Earn money for being truthful. Your answers can shock many. They could be potential family-breakers. In the episode I saw, some of the questions asked were:
Do you think your father worked hard enough to provide for the family? His answer was No.
Do you think your wife likes your mother? His answer was Yes.
Have you lost interest in your wife sexually after having a baby? His answer was No.
Have you ever had sex with any of your wife's friends? His answer was Yes.
Do you think your father loves you even today after having a divorce with your mother? (This question was asked by his dad himself who was called as a guest in the show) His answer was Yes.
These questions were a part of the 11 questions of the first two levels. I could not continue watching the show since mom had a serial coming up. I can't even imagine how bad the questions can get at higher levels.
Now, what do you think of this show? I am perplexed. Well, the concept is straight-forward. If you have been truthful to your loved ones, you can simply go out there and win all the money (total prize money of USD 5lacs ONLY). If not, it can be a disaster.
It is not about being truthful on the show. It is more about whether you have been truthful to your loved ones all your life before coming on to the show.
You can read more about the show and its already aired episodes here.
Interesting show indeed. A remake in India? Imaginable?