Kathmandu, September 21, 2016: ‘Pahunch’, the first police-public reality TV game show in Nepal is set to broadcast at 7:25 PM every Friday from Nepal Television, starting September 23, 2016.
Produced by Search for Common Ground(SFCG) â€“ Nepal, the 13-episode reality TV game show features 8 contestants from different backgrounds. They are trained by the Nepal Police officers on various subjects, including homicide, human trafficking, road traffic and sexual harassment among others and undergo strategic police training to hone their understanding about Nepal Police. “The public recognizes the police as a symbol of ‘authority’, but they are not aware about the challenges that the police have to overcome to establish peace and security in the society. The reality game show is crafted to evoke empathy, responsibility, and collaboration between the public and the police,” saysÂ Yubakar Raj Rajkarnikar, the Director of Programmes at SFCG â€“ Nepal.
Inspector General of Police, Mr. Upendra Kanta Aryal believes that media plays an instrumental role in peacebuilding, and is effective in addressing the differences. “We are hopeful that the reality TV game show will help foster a sense of belonging of the public towards the police. The show is designed to increase public access to justice and security, and it also echoes a powerful message that the Nepal Police cannot function effectively without the public support.”
Nepal Police officials, influential stakeholders from the justice and security sector, and media personnels were consulted while designing the thematic episodes. The contestants solve fictional cases becoming the police through specialized support from Nepal Police officials using critical and evidence-based rationales. The winner of the reality TV game show will bag Rs.2,00,000 and gift hampers.
The reality TV game show, directed by ace director, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, features actor Reecha Sharma as the host and the eight contestants: make-up artist Sophie Sunuwar, national level basketball player Maya Syangtan, youth activist Akwar Ansari, dairy-farm owner Ajit Kumar Karna, former Maoist combatant and entrepreneur Gyan Bahadur Lama, national level taekwondo player and burn survivor Sita Bhandari, model/aspiring actor Parbina Dahit and former travel show host/media person Shanta Nepali.
The special screening of the first episode of the reality TV game show was held amidst a special programme organized to mark the International Peace Day in the capital today. In the programme, the contestants shared about their experiences and journey into the game show, and expressed hope to see the change in the public perception about police and resolve the conflict between the public and police, ultimately creating a better and crime-free society.