MTV Roadies

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MTV Roadies
MTV Roadies official logo.jpg
Presented bysee below
Judgessee below
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons17
Production companiesDiamond Pictures
Colosceum Media
Original networkMTV India
Related showsBattleground
(2006-2009, 2014-present)
(2010-2011, 2013-2014)
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MTV Roadies

MTV Roadies is an youth based reality show that airs on MTV India. It first aired in 2003. In this show, a group of contestants travel to different destinations and participate in various tasks that challenge their physical, social and mental strength.

Roadies journey[edit]

Raghu Ram, Rajiv Lakshman and RJ Amit, the creators of Roadies, left the show in 2014.[1] 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.[2][failed verification]

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 final task is chosen as the winner. The show has enjoyed relative success among the youth. When asked about the show, the executive producer said, "Roadies has travel, adventure, drama.


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 challenging from the third season onwards.[3]

The fifth season was the first time when an "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. This was also the first time the show went international.[4]

In the tenth season, a team of former contestants mentored by Raghu Ram were pitted against a team of fresh contestants mentored by Rannvijay.[5]

In the twelfth season, during the auditions, 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.[6]

In the thirteenth season, bikes, which had been a common aspect of the show, were discontinued and the makers opted for a car. This has continued in the fourteenth season as well.[5]

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.[3][5]


Contestants:   Male   Female

Season Year Title Host 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 N/A N/A 27 10  India ₹5,00,000 None Rannvijay Singha
2 2004 Roadies Returns Rannvijay Singha 30 10 Aayushmann Khurrana
3 2005 Roadies 3 - Triple The Danger 13 17 ₹3,60,000 Parul Shahi Rahul Sharma
4 2006–07 Roadies - Road To Fear 11 November 2006 3 March 2007 17 13 ₹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 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 19 January 2013 11 May 2013 17 16  India ₹4,50,000 Palak Johal Ramandeep Kaur Dhillon
11 2014 Roadies X1: Ride for Respect 25 January 2014 18 May 2014 18 15 ₹3,20,000 Nikhil Sachdeva Utkarsh Khanna
12 2015 Roadies X2: Your Road, Your Gang 26 January 2015 27 June 2015 22 22  India,    Nepal ₹5,00,000 Rannvijay Singha Prince Narula Gurmeet Singh Rehal
13 The Producers skipped X3 for the season's title and went for X4
14 2016 Roadies X4: Your Gang, Your Glory Gaelyn Mendonca 20 February 2016 19 June 2016 24 22  India,  Bhutan Renault Duster Karan Kundra Balraj Singh Khehra Navdeesh Singh
15 2017 Roadies Rising 25 February 2017 22 July 2017 26  India Neha Dhupia Shweta Mehta Baseer Ali
16 2018 Roadies Xtreme Rannvijay Singh 18 February 2018 4 August 2018 28 24 Kashish Thakur Preeti Kuntal
17 2019 Roadies: Real Heroes 10 February 2019 18 August 2019 28 27 Droom Used Super Bike Raftaar Arun Sharma Ankita Pathak
18 2020–21 Roadies: Revolution 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
19 2022 Roadies: Safar-ing in South Africa TBA 2022 TBA TBA TBA  India,  South Africa TBA TBA TBA TBA

Gang Leaders[edit]

Leader Season
X X2 X4 Rising Xtreme Real Heroes Revolution Safar-ing in South Africa
Raghu Ram Main Leader
Rannvijay Singh Main Leader Head/Host
Esha Deol Main Leader
Karan Kundra Main Leader Later Replaced by Nikhil Chinapa
Vijender Singh Main Leader
Sushil Kumar Later Replaced by Prince Narula
Neha Dhupia Main Leader
Prince Narula Main Leader
Harbhajan Singh Guest Judge (Googly Master)
Nikhil Chinapa Main Leader
Raftaar Main Leader
Sandeep Singh Main Leader
Varun Sood Substitute Raftaar

Dhupia is the most successful gang leader, Winning two seasons Roadies Rising and Roadies Xtreme.


  1. ^ "Raghu-Rajiv Break Tie with Roadies". Agency FAQs. 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Roadies 15 returns with Xtreme adventure and thrill. Times Now 15 February 2018
  4. ^ "Roadies 5.0 goes international".
  5. ^ a b c "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ "MTV Roadies kicks off tomorrow". Best Media Info.

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