MTV Roadies

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MTV Roadies
MTV Roadies official logo.jpg
Created byNikhil J Alva
Presented byCyrus Sahukar, Nikhil Chinapa, Rannvijay Singha, Raghu Ram, Rajiv Ram, Sonu Sood
Judgessee below
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons18
Executive producersNikhil J Alva, Niret Alva, Raghu Ram, Rajiv Ram
Production companies
  • Miditech Studios
  • Colosceum Media
  • Pippip Media
  • Banijay Asia
Original networkMTV India
Original release2003 (2003)

MTV Roadies is a youth-based reality show. It was launched in 2003 and airs on MTV India. The show is also digitally available on Voot and JioCinema.

In this show, a group of contestants travel to different destinations and participate in various tasks that challenge their physical, social and mental strength.



The Roadies format was created by Nikhil J Alva, founder of Miditech Studios.[1][2] Miditech Studios produced the first 2 seasons of the Roadies series. In those early days, the format creator, Nikhil J Alva, had conceptualized the format as one that would unite the youth of India through social work and random acts of kindness as the contestants travelled across India.

Seeing its popularity soar, the series was taken over by MTV from Miditech, to be produced in-house after the second season. Raghu Ram and Rajiv Ram, former Miditech Studio employees, were tasked with producing and anchoring the show for MTV. Under Raghu and Rajiv's guidance, the show took a dramatic turn away from its feel-good-social-flavor, to a more crass, and in-your-face tone.[1] Raghu and Rajiv left the show in 2014.[3] They told the media that they had done enough to popularise the show and wanted to give opportunities to the new generation to carry the show forward. With a 17-year history, it is one of India's longest running reality shows.[4]

During the course of the journey there are vote outs, vote ins, eliminations and game changing twists. Eventually the contestant who manages to survive vote outs and succeed in the finale is chosen as the winner. The show has enjoyed relative success among the youth.


The first two seasons had a cap on the daily budget allocated to the contestants. During the show, apart from learning about India's diversity, they were also given tasks to get to know each other. The tasks became more aggressive with over-the-top-reality sequences, from the third season onwards, when it was taken over from Miditech Studios by MTV.

Since the fourth season, Battleground (2006-2009, 2014–present) later known as Graveyard (2010-2011, 2013-2014) the show introduced the choice wild cards.

In the fifth season, The "Advantage task" was introduced. The winner of the task would get an advantage in the vote out, which could be multiple votes or being the only one(s) to vote. That was the first time the show went international.[5]

In the tenth season, a team of former contestants mentored by Raghu Ram were pitted against a team of fresh contestants mentored by Rannvijay Singha, who was the winner of the first version of the contest.[6]

In the twelfth season, during the auditions, "Gang Leaders" were introduced. Four Gang Leaders had to hit a buzzer to express their interest in a contestant. Contestants in return had the option to choose which gang they would like to be a part of.[7]

In the fourteenth season, bikes, which had been a common aspect of the show, were discontinued and the makers opted for a car. That continued into the fifteenth season as well and so on.[6]

Season nineteen was introduced with a new concept of debut roadies and ex-roadies competing against each other for the title. Bikes, which had been a common aspect of the earlier seasons, were introduced again. That was the first season without the presence of Rannvijay Singha.

Across all seasons, vote outs, vote ins, immunity, eliminations, captaincy, twists introduced by the makers, and special appearances by guests like actors, sportspersons and musicians have been regular features of the show.[8][6]

Series synopses[edit]

Season Year Title Host Gang Leaders Date No.of Episodes Contestants Destinations Prize money Winning Gang Leader Winner Runner-up
Launch Finale
1 2003 Roadies - Challenges Har Kadam Par Cyrus Sahukar 27 10 Chennai to Chail,  India Bikes to all Roadies Rannvijay Singha
2 2004 Roadies Returns Rannvijay Singha 30 10 Kolkata to Wagah border,  India ₹5,00,000 + Bikes to all Roadies Aayushmann Khurrana
3 2005 Roadies 3 - Triple The Danger 17 13 Jaisalmer to Leh,  India ₹4,87,000 + Bikes to 5 (Parul, Rahul, Shubhi, Shubhendru, Sonia) Parul Shahi Rahul Sharma
4 2006–07 Roadies - Road To Fear 11 November 2006 3 March 2007 17 13  India ₹3,75,500 Anthony Yeh Gurbani Judge
5 2007–08 Roadies 5.0 28 October 2007 13 January 2008 20 15  India,  Thailand &  Malaysia ₹2,30,000 Ashutosh Kaushik Nihal Nikam
6 2008–09 Roadies Hell Down Under 29 November 2008 26 April 2009 21 20  India,  Australia ₹3,62,000 Nauman Sait Lonkiri Timung
7 2009–10 Roadies:7 Deadly Sins & 1 Wild Safari Rannvijay Singha & Bani J 8 November 2009 25 June 2010 22 15  India,  Kenya &  Egypt ₹90,000 Anwar Syed Zaid Bin Nazir
8 2011 Roadies 8: Shortcut to Hell Rannvijay Singha 19 January 2011 18 June 2011 28 13  India,  Brazil ₹4,00,000 Aanchal Khurana Mohit Saggar
9 2012 Roadies 9: Everything or Nothing 7 January 2012 30 June 2012 27  India,  United States ₹6,17,000 Vikas Khoker Himani Sharma
10 2013 Roadies X: Battle for Glory Bani J Raghu Ram
Rannvijay Singh
19 January 2013 11 May 2013 17 16  India ₹4,50,000 Raghu Ram Palak Johal Ramandeep Kaur Dhillon
11 2014 Roadies X1: Ride for Respect None 25 January 2014 18 May 2014 18 15 ₹3,20,000 Nikhil Sachdeva Utkarsh Khanna
12 2015 Roadies X2: Your Road, Your Gang Rannvijay Singh
Esha Deol
Karan Kundra
Vijender Singh
26 January 2015 27 June 2015 22 22  India,    Nepal ₹5,00,000 Rannvijay Singha Prince Narula Gurmeet Singh Rehal
The Producers skipped X3 for the season's title and went for X4
13 2016 Roadies X4: Your Gang, Your Glory Gaelyn Mendonca Rannvijay Singh
Neha Dhupia
Karan Kundra
Sushil Kumar
Prince Narula01
20 February 2016 19 June 2016 24 22  India,  Bhutan Renault Duster Karan Kundrra Balraj Singh Khehra Navdeesh Singh
14 2017 Roadies Rising Rannvijay Singh
Neha Dhupia
Karan Kundra
Nikhil Chinapa02
Gurmeet Singh Rehal03
Prince Narula
Harbhajan Singh04
25 February 2017 22 July 2017 26  India Neha Dhupia Shweta Mehta Baseer Ali
15 2018 Roadies Xtreme Rannvijay Singh Raftaar
Neha Dhupia
Nikhil Chinapa
Prince Narula
18 February 2018 4 August 2018 28 24 Kashish Thakur Preeti Kuntal
16 2019 Roadies: Real Heroes Raftaar
Neha Dhupia
Nikhil Chinapa
Prince Narula
Sandeep Singh
10 February 2019 18 August 2019 28 27 Droom Used Super Bike Raftaar Arun Sharma Ankita Pathak
17 2020–21 Roadies: Revolution Raftaar
Varun Sood05
Neha Dhupia
Nikhil Chinapa
Prince Narula
15 February 2020 21 March 2020 6 36 25 Jawa Bike and ₹3,00,000 to Nikhil Chinapa's cause Nikhil Chinapa Hamid Barkzi Michael Ajay
27 June 2020 16 January 2021 30
18 2022 Roadies: Journey in South Africa Sonu Sood 8 April 2022 10 July 2022 34 20  South Africa ₹10,00,000 Ashish Bhatia Jashwanth Bopanna
Nandini G Yukti Arora
19 2023 Roadies: Karm Ya Kaand Gautam Gulati
Prince Narula
Rhea Chakraborty
  1. ^ Prince Narula replaced Sushil Kumar for journey due to Kumar leaving the show for his wrestling training.
  2. ^ Nikhil Chinapa replaced Karan Kundra for journey after Kundra left the show due to work commitments.
  3. ^ Gurmeet Singh Rehal returns as guest gang leader for Gang Nikhil as he wasn't available for a day during journey.
  4. ^ Harbhajan Singh was introduced as a judge present during auditions and occasionally during journey who holds powers.
  5. ^ Varun Sood substitute Raftaar as gang leader during journey after he leaves for few days due to work commitments.
    Later he replaced him due to Raftaar being medically unfit.


  1. ^ a b "Former Roadies director slams the show: Sickens me to see what has been done to the format over time". India Today. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  2. ^ Chowdhry, Seema (8 August 2008). "Nikhil J Alva | The big boss of reality TV". mint. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Raghu-Rajiv Break Tie with Roadies". Agency FAQs. 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Roadies 5.0 goes international".
  6. ^ a b c "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ "MTV Roadies kicks off tomorrow". Best Media Info.
  8. ^ "Roadies 15 returns with Xtreme adventure and thrill". Times Now. 15 February 2018. Archived from the original on 25 February 2020.

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