Dadagiri is an Indian reality show that premiered on Bindass in 2008.

Country of originIndia
No. of seasons4
Running time1 hour
Production companyUTV Television
Original networkBindass
Picture format(480p) (SDTV)
(720p) (HDTV)
Original release2008 –


In its first season, called Dadagiri: Beat the Bullies premiered in 2008, contestants were selected every week and would compete for a prize money of Rs. 50,000. It was hosted by Akash Beri and had 4 "bullies": Vishal as "The Beast", Srman as "The Mindstein", and Esha Bhaskar as "The Goddess" and Quaiser Jamal as Juicy The Chef.[citation needed] Contestants were required to complete physical and mental challenges, as well as endure abuse by the show's "bullies".[1] According to a former contestant, the show was about 70% scripted and 30% improvised.[2]

The second season premiered in 2009 and featured 12 contenders competing for a prize of Rs. 1,000,000. It became the highest-rated program among Indian youth TV channels in that year. It had 2 bullies; Vishal returned as "The Beast" for the second season, and Sonnalli Seygall replaced Esha as "The Goddess".

The third season premiered in 2010, D3 Commando Force: Dadagiri Against Terrorism, also had cash prize.[citation needed]

The fourth and final season premiered in 2011, titled Dadagiri: The Revenge of the Sexes, featured two groups divided by gender. The male team was led by Vishal as "The Beast" and the female team by Shaurya as "The Goddess".[citation needed]

Slapping incidentEdit

Actors and hosts are supposed to bully one another,[1] but violence was never agreed upon. In one episode in 2008, "Esha, the Goddess" (Esha Bhaskar) slapped a contestant named Ravi Bhatia in an unscripted physical attack. He immediately slapped her back.[3] The incident resulted in the male host (Akash Beri) and some crew members physically assaulting Bhatia[4] while he repeatedly asked "How can she slap?" with the crew appearing to be slow in breaking them up.

Threats of violence were later made against Bhatia's sister and mother by the host Akash Beri and crew. A video of the incident was leaked and widely shown on Indian television.[5] The video also went viral on the Internet.[6] Bhatia subsequently sent a legal notice to the producers and asked for a public apology.,[7]


  1. ^ a b Kapoor, Gaurav (30 August 2008). "Dadagiri On Screen". The Hindu.
  2. ^ Roy, Smita (3 September 2008). "Ravi is upset". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 May 2019. 'And it was all scripted! We were all given our parts where 70 per cent was to be said as is and 30 per cent would be improvisations,' says Ravi.
  3. ^ Roy 2008: "There was this girl called Isha opposite me who was supposed to abuse me and play fifa with me and I was to retaliate, but calmly. After a while when it came to improvisations, I presume she was out of words and came and slapped me hard. I was shocked and in the heat of the moment, I slapped her back. That led to the entire unit of about 70 people jumping on me beating me black and blue."
  4. ^ "Dadagiri – An Indian Reality Show Where A Contestant Is Beaten Up After He Slaps A Woman In Return". Trendite. 3 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2017. Isha, a contestant, slaps another contestant dude and gets slap really hard in return. The dude is then pounced upon by other men on the set and beaten up pretty bad.
  5. ^ Roy 2008: "Luckily for me, somehow the tapes got leaked out and they were being shown on all the channels."
  6. ^ "When Salim of 'Jodha Akbar' slapped a girl in real life". The Times of India. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2019. In 2008, a viral video of one of its episode got viral where the host Esha Bhaskar slapped one of the contestants.
  7. ^ Keshri, Shweta (17 February 2017). "Karan Kundra slaps a Roadies contestant; 4 times slapgate controversies created a stir on reality shows". India Today. In one of the episodes of the Bindass' Dadagiri, a contestant Ravi Bhatia was slapped by the host. This didn't go down well with him and he smacked her right back. Later Ravi also served a legal notice to the makers and asked for an apology.

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