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For Zee Bangla show, see Dadagiri Unlimited. For the 1987 Hindi film, see Dadagiri (film).

Dadagiri is an Indian reality show. The title of the show was derived from a word that is commonly used by the community of Bengalis.


Started off its 1st season in 2009. It's a show where participants agree upon getting bullied by the "hosts" who make them do tasks to eventually win the show. There have been 4 seasons until now and each season has about 16 to 17 episodes, running for 42-45 minutes each.


In its first season, called Dadagiri: Beat the Bullies, contestants were selected every week and would compete for a prize money of Rs. 50,000. It was hosted by Akash and had 3 bullies, Vishal - The Beast, Srman - The Mindstein and at last Esha - The Goddess.

The second series saw 12 contenders competing for a Rs 1,000,000 prize, and became the number one rated programme among youth TV channels. It had 2 bullies : Vishal - The Beast roped again for the show and Sonalli Sehgall replacing Esha as The Goddess.[1]

The third season, D3 Commando Force: Dadagiri Against Terrorism, also had cash prize.

The fourth and last season was called "Dadagiri: The Revenge of the Sexes" which had 2 groups of different sexes. The male brigade was led by Vishal - The Beast and the female team by Shaurya - The Goddess.


In Dadagiri: Beat the Bullies, the bully "Esha, the Goddess" used to put up her challenge at the last and used to humiliate the contestants most (even asked the contestants once in an episode to rub their noses on her boots). In one episode, she slapped a contestant called Ravi Bhatia (an unscripted physical attack), after instigating a brief, antagonistic verbal exchange. He slapped her in response, which resulted in the male host (and several other members of the crew) attacking Bhatia while he repeatedly argued "How can she slap?", with the crew appearing to be slow in breaking them up. The male host also used offensive and threatening language toward Bhatia. Bhatia subsequently sent a legal notice to the producers, asking for a public apology.[2]


  1. ^ Dadagiri 2 changes Bindass’ fortunes - Dish Tracking, August 2009
  2. ^ Ravi is upset - Times of India, Sep 3 2008

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