'Shark Tank India': Pitch perfect reality comes to Indian TV

The "sharks" were initially apprehensive about facing the camera, but they were assured that the show would be unscripted

Ritwik Sharma New Delhi
Shark Tank India

Shark Tank India aired the first of 30 episodes on Monday. Seven tycoons, or “sharks”, have committed funding worth ~41.68 crore

In the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the protagonists who are rivals-turned-tag team plan a dream venture to sell a curiously oddball Rise Up toilet — an innovative product to help shaky senior citizens get off the seat. And in one episode, in a hat tip to Shark Tank, the two elderly women appear on the American reality TV show pit­ch­ing their way to a hand­some investment from one of the cel­ebrity investors-cum-judges in return for 10 per cent equity.
It’s another thing that Grace rejects the offer, but the popu­lar culture reference only testified to the popularity of Shark Tank, an Emmy-winning ABC series that first aired, close on the heels of the economic recession, in 2009 and is now into its 13th season.
Sony Entertainment Television brought the long-running series with its own version, Shark Tank India, to India on Monday, airing the first of 30 episodes th

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First Published: Dec 20 2021 | 11:29 PM IST

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