MTV Roadies

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MTV Roadies
MTV Roadies official logo.jpg
Presented byMTV India


Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons16
Production company(s)Diamond Pictures
Related showsBattleground
(2006-2009, 2014-present)
(2010-2011, 2013-2014)
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MTV Roadies

MTV Roadies is a youth-based popular reality show that airs on MTV India. It first aired in 2003. In the show, a group of contestants travel to different destinations and participate in various tasks that seemingly challenge their physical and mental strength.[1] 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.[2][3] When asked about the show, the executive producer said, "Roadies has travel, adventure, drama, touch of voyeurism."[4]

Raghu Ram, Rajiv Lakshman and RJ Amit, the creators of Roadies, left the show in 2014.[5] 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 16 year history, it is one of India's longest running shows.[6]


The auditions of this reality TV show were initially conducted by popular VJs like Cyrus Sahukar, Cyrus Broacha, Nikhil Chinapa and the producer Raghu Ram. Raghu Ram's brother Rajiv Lakshman joined them in the sixth season. The brothers departed in Season 7, but returned for Season 8, and were joined by Rannvijay Singh. In the 12th season, the auditions were conducted by Rannvijay Singh, boxer Vijender Singh, and actors Karan Kundra and Esha Deol. In the 13th season, Vijender Singh and Esha Deol were replaced by wrestler Sushil Kumar and actor Neha Dhupia respectively. Sushil Kumar was later replaced by Prince Narula, the winner of Roadies X2, Splitsvilla 8 and Bigg Boss 9. The four of them returned for Roadies Rising, the fourteenth season and cricketer Harbhajan Singh is to play a crucial part.[7] The applicants are first asked to fill out a form and then attend a Group Discussion (GD). The form consists of basic questions regarding the applicant and includes questions like "Why do you want to be a Roadie?" and "What is the greatest regret of your life?"[6]

Moderators watch the performance of all the applicants in this GD, and then they shortlist some people who are called on the next day for the Personal Interview round.

This personal interview takes place with some of the above-mentioned people. These interviews are known to be intense and try to bring out the true nature of the participant. These interviews have been known to turn abusive each time the interviewers find an applicant who has seemingly lied on the application form. The interviewers always stress that applicants should show who they really are, instead of portraying a false personality.[1]


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.[1]

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.[8]

In the tenth season, a team of former contestants mentored by Raghu Ram were pitted against a team of fresh contestants mentored by Rannvijay.[6]

In the twelfth season, during the auditions, 4 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.[9]

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.[6]

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.[1][6]


Season Title Year Network Host Contestants Prize Winner Destinations
1 N/A 2003 MTV India Cyrus Sahukar 8 ₹5,00,000 Rannvijay Singh India
2 2004 Rannvijay Singh 10 Ayushmann Khurrana
3 2005 13 ₹3,60,000 Parul Shahi
4 2006–2007 ₹3,75,500 Anthony Yeh
5 5.0 2007–2008 ₹2,30,000 Ashutosh Kaushik India
6 Hell Down Under 2008–2009 20 ₹3,62,000 Nauman Sait India
7 7 Deadly Sins, 1 Wild Safari 2009–2010 15 ₹90,000 Anwar Syed India
8 Shortcut to Hell 2011 13 ₹4,00,000 Aanchal Khurana India
9 Everything or Nothing 2012 ₹6,17,000 Vikas Khoker India
United States
10 X: Battle for Glory 2013 16 ₹4,50,000 Palak Johal India
11 X1: Ride for Respect 2014 15 ₹3,20,000 Nikhil Sachdeva
12 X2: Your Road, Your Gang 2015 Bani Judge 22 ₹5,00,000 Prince Narula India
13 X4: Your Gang, Your Glory 2016 Gaelyn Mendonca Renault Duster Balraj Singh Khehra India
14 Roadies Rising 2017 Shweta Mehta India
15 Roadies Xtreme 2018 Rannvijay Singh 24 Kashish Thakur
16 Roadies: Real Heroes 2019 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Gang Leaders[edit]

Leader Season
X1 X2 X4 Rising Xtreme Real Heroes
Raghu Ram Guest Judge
Rannvijay Singh Main Leader Head/Host
Esha Deol Main Leader
Karan Kundra Main Leader Recurring Guest Appearance
Vijender Singh Main Leader
Neha Dhupia Main Leader
Sushil Kumar Recurring
Prince Narula Recurring Main Leader
Harbhajan Singh Guest Judge
Nikhil Chinapa Recurring Main Leader
Raftaar Main Leader
Sandeep Singh Main Leader



  1. ^ a b c d Roadies 15 returns with Xtreme adventure and thrill. Times Now 15 February 2018
  2. ^ "MTV Roadies has become a lifestyle for the youth". Bollywood Life.
  3. ^ "MTV Roadies teaches you how to win friends". Forbes.
  4. ^ George, Liza (2006-09-08). "Tough guys last the courses". Hindu newspaper. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  5. ^ "Raghu-Rajiv Break Tie with Roadies". Agency FAQs. 2014-11-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Roadies Rising: Rannvijay Singh reveals Harbhajan Singh is the trump-card this season". Indian Express. 2016-12-11.
  8. ^ "Roadies 5.0 goes international".
  9. ^ "MTV Roadies kicks off tomorrow". Best Media Info.

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