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|No. of seasons||16. 2 seasons in 2012. Winner was declared by Cyrus and Nikhil|
|Production company(s)||Diamond Pictures (2009-2010)|
|Original network||MTV India (2003–present)|
Battleground (2006-2009, 2014-present) |
Graveyard (2010-2011, 2013-2014)
|Roadies official website|
MTV Roadies is a youth-based popular reality televion MTV India. The show 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. 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, touch of voyeurism...".
Raghu Ram, Rajiv Lakshman and RJ Amit, the creators of Roadies, 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 16-year history, it is one of India's longest running shows.
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. 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?"
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.
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.
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.
In the tenth season, a team of former contestants mentored by Raghu Ram were pitted against a team of fresh contestants mentored by Rannvijay.
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.
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.
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||Tag Line||Year||Network||Host||Contestants||Prize Money||Winner||Destination(s)|
|1||-||2003||MTV India||Cyrus Sahukar||8||₹5,00,000||Rannvijay Singh||India|
|2||2004||Rannvijay Singh||10||Ayushmann Khurrana|
|4||MTV Hero Honda 4||2006-07||₹3,75,500||Anthony Yeh|
|5||5.0||2007-08||₹2,30,000||Ashutosh Kaushik||India, Thailand, Malaysia|
|6||Hell Down Under||2008-09||20||₹3,62,000||Nauman Sait||India, Australia|
|7||7 Deadly Sins, 1 Wild Safari||2009-10||15||₹90,000||Anwar Syed||India, Kenya, Egypt|
|8||Shortcut to Hell||2011||13||₹4,00,000||Aanchal Khurana||India, Brazil|
|9||Everything or Nothing||2012||₹6,17,000||Vikas Khoker||India, United States|
|10||X: Battle for Glory||2013||16 (8 returnees)||₹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||Gurbani Judge (VJ Bani)||22||₹5,00,000||Prince Narula||India, Nepal|
|13||X4: Your Gang, Your Glory||2016||Gaelyn Mendonca||Renault Duster||Balraj Singh Khehra||India, Bhutan|
|14||Roadies Rising||2017||Shweta Mehta||India|
|15||Roadies Xtreme||2018||Rannvijay Singh||24||Kashish Thakur Pundir||India|
|Raghu Ram||Guest Judge|
|Rannvijay Singh||Main Leader||Main Judge / Host|
|Esha Deol||Main Leader|
|Karan Kundra||Main Leader||Recurring||Guest Appearance|
|Vijender Singh||Main Leader|
|Neha Dhupia||Main Leader|
|Prince Narula||Recurring||Main Leader|
|Harbhajan Singh||Guest Judge|
|Nikhil Chinapa||Recurring||Main Leader|
- Rannvijay Singh
- Ayushmann Khurrana
- Prince Narula
- Varun Sood
- Aanchal Khurana
- Ashutosh Kaushik
- Ayaz Ahmed
- Gurbani Judge
- Gurmeet Singh Rehal
- Pooja Banerjee
- Mohit Saggar
- Sahil Anand
- Shaleen Bhanot
- Shaleen Malhotra
- Suzanna Mukherjee
- Vishal Karwal
- Baseer Ali
- Priyank Sharma
- Roadies 15 returns with Xtreme adventure and thrill. Times Now 15 February 2018
- "MTV Roadies has become a lifestyle for the youth". Bollywood Life.
- "MTV Roadies teaches you how to win friends". Forbes.
- George, Liza (2006-09-08). "Tough guys last the courses". Hindu newspaper. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
- "Raghu-Rajiv Break Tie with Roadies". Agency FAQs. 2014-11-24.
- "Roadies Xtreme: Things we know about the new season so far". India Today. 12 December 2017.
- "Roadies Rising: Rannvijay Singh reveals Harbhajan Singh is the trump-card this season". Indian Express. 2016-12-11.
- "Roadies 5.0 goes international". Bollywood.com.
- "MTV Roadies kicks off tomorrow". Best Media Info.
- Season tag-named as such because the word Roadies has 7 letters - thus signifying the 7th season.