In this post I will be sharing the inside story of DhiTV DREAM BODY 2010 reality show.
On March 2009, I first telecasted the Body Transformation pilot project as a documentary in DhiTV fitness centre show. Long before than I have had this vision to create this dream project. This was the first step towards making the dream a reality. I took the bold step on meeting the chief of DhiTV and putting him the offer to do a program for the concept I produced. That was a time when the program had no name, and all at the TV were in doubt if this will work on TV. I am grateful to Mr. Navaal who believed in me, and gave the green light to proceed.
In the initial stages I took a lot of time for myself to identify what I might have to face during the show. I was unaware and most of the things took me on surprise!
Finally we began the program as “DREAM BODY” I named it dream body only because it was my dream project. It was a tough call, the in the trailer I said “I will change your body, within 12 weeks I will change you from FAT to SLIM” nobody ever realized how much of a risk I took saying that in front of entire public, what if I failed? I am sure that would be my career screwed.
I was approached by two friends who wanted to participate in the challenge, also a former school mate as well. Quiet clearly I requested them to progress to audition from where they could get on to the show. To make it worse two of them got selected to the challenge and one was a client/friend with whom I worked with in the past.
As the show started than came the horror, from the beginning the group of 12 participants were approached by other professionals in the industry giving different ideas and different statements which made them confused. It came to a point where I had to gather all the participants and tell them “I am the captain of this ship” and also that statement went to all others who tried to peep from wrong directions. I had to stretch to a limit to be blunt and say things to other professionals which I never wanted to say. I felt sorry for all of them who had nothing productive to do rather than peep into this project behind my back, and I did everything possible safeguard my zone, cause it was my career and profession which I risked to make my dream work.
Sorry fellows I had no choice, if I have said anything to offend you I am sorry but please learn to mind your own business, have your own missions and be focused.
First it was one participant who could not jog 1/5 of the track ground properly, she had excuses and reasons why she could not, after convincing her in many different ways she was able to run one full round which gave a smile on her face. This was a big achievement for the lady!
During the functional strength challenge (water case transfer) at the Basketball court, the challenge was very well conducted and all the participants enjoyed the morning with intense task assigned to them. During the cool down session one participant said on a loud voice “EEEEY” and she fainted, to say the truth it was the most shocking moment within the trainings of Dream Body. A lot of viewers assumed it was created drama but it was a real scene.
One day when I got home in the evening, I heard my mom speaking to someone over the phone, I still did not ask her who she was talking to ... she was proudly saying “DhiTV Dream Body ... That is my son ... yeah he did it” that was one proud moment I captured during the 12 weeks cycle.
The interview which my friend gave when he was dismissed from the show, I was standing right in front of him in the studio when he pronounced the show and myself as crap only because he had to leave the show being in bottom (unfortunately the producers did not air it on my request). I can still remember the first day I met the guy inside a cafe’ pleading me to train him as he was so overweight and to work with him on training. This was the day I learnt how difficult it is to get to know a person and as human how fast we forget who we are, and what others do for you.
On the last night of the show after announcing the winner, there was another shocking moment, I knew one participant was over confident that he will be the winner long before the finals and on the final night after the weighing in I saw the 1st first runner up throughout the show taking the lead. I could not believe and I did my numbers thrice before the announcement, unfortunately the guy who was over confident was my classmate and he was left disappointed and pointed at me. He said “you wanted to make this guy the winner” my reply was “At this point all I know is I am surprised as much as you are, be thankful, you came here with a 100+Kgs and you are leaving the show with less than 75Kgs as the 1st runner up. Later that night I came to know he had been out of diet for few days as the producer mentioned that he was having junk food in front of the producer saying “I know I will win it”.
That was just a small highlight of the whole project. In the next post I will share some information about the training, dietary applications and results of DREAM BODY 2010.