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|Created by||Nikhil J Alva|
|Presented by||Cyrus Sahukar, Nikhil Chinapa, Rannvijay Singha, Raghu Ram, Rajiv Ram, Sonu Sood|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||18|
|Executive producers||Nikhil J Alva, Niret Alva, Raghu Ram, Rajiv Ram|
|Original network||MTV India|
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. 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. Raghu and Rajiv left the show in 2014. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Season||Year||Title||Host||Gang Leaders||Date||No.of Episodes||Contestants||Destinations||Prize money||Winning Gang Leader||Winner||Runner-up|
|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
|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
|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
|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
Gurmeet Singh Rehal03
|25 February 2017||22 July 2017||26||India||Neha Dhupia||Shweta Mehta||Baseer Ali|
|15||2018||Roadies Xtreme||Rannvijay Singh||Raftaar
|18 February 2018||4 August 2018||28||24||Kashish Thakur||Preeti Kuntal|
|16||2019||Roadies: Real Heroes||Raftaar
|10 February 2019||18 August 2019||28||27||Droom Used Super Bike||Raftaar||Arun Sharma||Ankita Pathak|
|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
|3 June 2023||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
- ^ Prince Narula replaced Sushil Kumar for journey due to Kumar leaving the show for his wrestling training.
- ^ Nikhil Chinapa replaced Karan Kundra for journey after Kundra left the show due to work commitments.
- ^ Gurmeet Singh Rehal returns as guest gang leader for Gang Nikhil as he wasn't available for a day during journey.
- ^ Harbhajan Singh was introduced as a judge present during auditions and occasionally during journey who holds powers.
- ^ 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.
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