Halli Haida, Pyeteg Banda: Tribals to take on city life in reality show

New Delhi, Aug 22 (Calcutta Tube) Let alone televisions and cars, even toothbrushes are alien to some of them. Yet, eight tribal men from the interiors of Karnataka have dared to face 60 days of city life in Bangalore for a Kannada reality show, where they’ll learn a few English words and even do ramp walks.

From living isolated lives in their respective tribes, these men aged between 25 and 34 years will be slipping into jeans and wearing shirts to adapt to the Bangalore crowd for Kannada channel Suvarna’s ‘Halli Haida, Pyeteg Banda’, which means – ‘Village lad lands in the city’.

The show is a result of the success of ‘Pyete Hudgir, Halli Lifeu’ (City girl, village life), which garnered an average viewership of one million people with a maximum response from youths, explained Anup Chandrasekharan, business head of Suvarna.

‘This new show is a sequel to ‘Pyete Hudgir, Halli Lifeu’. For the first season, we took eight city girls to experience village life. But this time, we decided to bring not even village boys but tribals to the city and see how they adapt themselves here,’Chandrasekharan told IANS over phone from Bangalore.

According to Chandrasekharan, it costs them up to Rs.700,000-Rs.800,000 per episode to produce such a show.

The team behind the show took approximately three months to research on Karnataka tribes and have brought together contestants from tribes such as Bedar, Sholaga, Haki Pikki, Kodavas of Coorg, Kurubas and others.

‘Our research teams went to various parts of Karnataka and went into the interiors to look for these boys. It used to be very difficult because even the closest shop to their place of stay used to be 25-30 km away.

‘It was also extremely tough to convince them, their parents and relatives. In fact, there is going to be one guy on the show whose wife is pregnant, and by the time he goes back to his tribe, she would have delivered their child. Still he has come to see what a city looks like,’ Chandrasekharan revealed.

‘Most of them have not seen a TV, a car, a mobile phone. And they don’t even use something as basic as a toothbrush or toothpaste. Here we will try introducing them to many new things,’ he said.

The eight tribal contestants will be put up at a huge house in Bangalore and will be teamed with one city girl each. The girls will mentor them through their transformation and the contestants will be eliminated one by one in subsequent weeks, depending on their performance.

‘We plan to have ramp walk contests, change their dressing style, teach them a few English words – and it should be interesting to see how a person who has lived all his life in a remote place adapts to the city atmosphere. ‘

The winner will get a ‘cash compensation’, but the amount hasn’t been decided yet.

‘Halli Haida, Pyeteg Banda’ will be on air starting Monday and will be hosted by two-time Filmfare award winning Kannada actress Radhika Pandit.

Chandrasekharan says Kannada channels have for long been dominated by fictional content but now there’s a new space for reality shows and the audiences are lapping it up.

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)

550 Responses to “Halli Haida, Pyeteg Banda: Tribals to take on city life in reality show”

  1. Priya says:

    hey karthik nice name yar wht happen ur so crazy of Asih i wish all the best don’t worry if she see this she will surely help you ok bye take care

  2. suhas says:

    haiiii….ishuuu i am ur mad fan yar….u r so cute……

  3. KARTHIK says:

    Hai Aishu how are you? Plz send ur id
    My id is
    karthik2420@ovi.com

  4. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aishu i want your friendship. Plz understand me.

  5. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aishu……I want……. Ur…….friendship………

  6. KARTHIK says:

    Aishu what are doing?

  7. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aish plz give ur mobile no yar plz plz.

  8. KARTHIK says:

    I am fully crazy about you aishu plz aish understand me dear.

  9. shruti says:

    Dear Karthik,

    Good news for you, u can see ur Ishu on big screen, Ishu & Rajesh are dong one movie, In sunday Udyavani Paper they given add.

  10. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aishu……how are you?…….

  11. KARTHIK says:

    Win a ” Heart” which never “Breaks” Give a “smile” which never “Hurts” keep a “Touch” that never “pains” make a “lovely” “Friendship” that never “Ends”…ù
    ¤¤Aishu¤¤

  12. Reena says:

    i think Karthik is a mental patient.
    Karthik better consult a good doctor.

    • KARTHIK says:

      Hey reena i am not a mental. I am only crazy about aishu.plz understand me.

    • ashitha says:

      you r ryt reena, karthik has defect in his eyes also..hahah, we all hate aishu like anythng, their movie will be utter flop.. she looks little good with make up or else dhevva,hahah

  13. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aishu

  14. KARTHIK says:

    Aish plz give mob no yar.
    Karthik2420@ovi.com

  15. KARTHIK says:

    Aishu what are you doing?

  16. KARTHIK says:

    Hai aish i like you dear.

  17. KARTHIK says:

    Aishu hai how are you?

  18. KARTHIK says:

    Aishu i like you.

  19. KARTHIK says:

    Aishu how are you?

  20. Aishu says:

    hey I am fine.

  21. Aishu says:

    Karthik
    You act like a beggar,so cheapppp!!! Cant think about a friend like this!!

  22. vinay says:

    hi aisu ur perfomanace was very very good rajesh anta hudaga sittina hudga win madsidiya ur great realy n althe best ur life future tc byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………

  23. vinay says:

    aisu when my msg read then gv one rply plz k al the best ur life gdluk gdbye……………….

  24. manu says:

    nange pyate hudgir halli lifu title song beku… plz send it manukumar.cp@gmail.com

    plz pppppppppppppllllllllllzzzzzzzzz

  25. kalki says:

    Hello Karthik,

    How r u maga, hey is it good for u man?, dont go behind any girls maga, do ur work and studies well, dont getting mad about blady girls, girls are fully loaded machine gun maga they are spoil whole life. maga hudugira sahavasa bittu appa ammanige olle maga aagu

    by ur well wisher

  26. deeepeer says:

    Karthik your a fuckin mad bitch.. shut up stupid bitch!

  27. vinay says:

    ha KALKI tum sahi bolti ho kartik ko samjna chahiye re kartik do ur studies re maaga k

  28. vandana says:

    KONEGU KARTHIK GE AISHU NUMBER SIGGLILLA.

    he he he hu hu hu ha ha ha

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