MUMBAI: After the success of Rakhi ka Swayamvar, NDTV Imagine presents Pati, Patni Aur Woh. This new show will remove 5 celebrity couples from their glamorous lives and thrust them into the real world where they will become parents.
Pati, Patni Aur Woh is an adaptation of the hit international format by Love Productions called Baby Borrowers and will be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India.
Taking on the parenting challenge are real life couples:
1. Television’s Ram and Sita – Gurmeet Chaudhary and Debina Bonnerjee
2. Shilpa Saklani and Apurva Agnihotri
3. The recently engaged – Rakhi Sawant and Elesh Parujanwala
4. Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff
5. Mouni Roy and Gaurav Chopra
Pati, Patni Aur Woh allows these couples to go through the experience of parenthood – from infancy to adolescence.
The couples will spend an entire month in a closed environment, monitored by cameras 24X7 which will capture their journey as they embark on a new life of discovery as first time parents.
Their journey will be divided into five stages:
Pregnancy: The women will be made to wear empathy bellies similar to that of a woman who is 8 months pregnant and will have to attend pre-natal classes.
Infants: A new born baby will be handed over to the couples and they will have to take care of its every need, including feeding, changing nappies and erratic sleep schedules.
Toddlers: They come in next, with their own set of demands and tantrums
Pre-teen and Teenagers: These are the rebellious years when parents need to learn how to discipline children, without alienating them.
The Elderly: Life comes a full circle with the arrival of the elderly and the couples will need to show maturity and understanding in dealing with them
The children taking part in the show are real life infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers. Their parents will be behind the scenes 24×7, monitoring their child and the couple, through the cameras, in close proximity.
Throughout the series the couples will continue to live their everyday lives – just like the rest of us. They will have to fulfill the many social and professional obligations that come with parenthood – from entertaining relatives, in- laws and guests to performing ceremonies and taking part in other activities like parties and picnics and of course ensuring that the kids finish their homework! And all this without the help of nannies , house help or their parents and they will also have to run the house within a limited middle class budget.
Announcing the launch of the show, NDTV Imagine EVP Content Shailja Kejriwal said, “This is as real as it gets! With Pati, Patni Aur Woh, audiences will see these famous couples in real life situations and be part of their first journey into parenthood; sharing their joys, sorrows, trials and achievements. We believe that the show will not only resonate with all audiences and will also be a great fun experience for the younger generation, who plan to start their own families in the future. Patni, Patni Aur Woh promises to be an emotional rollercoaster through many unique situations, each handled differently by the various couples!”
“Baby Borrowers is a unique and highly entertaining format with a social experiment at its heart. It is undoubtedly one of the most interesting reality formats on the market and makes for compelling viewing packed with tears and tantrums, as much from the couples as the terrible twos! Baby Borrowers is another example of the success of British programming, and in particular British formats. I am sure it will translate well to the Indian market with Pati, Patni Aur Woh’s exciting mix of celebrity glamour and real life drama,”adds BBC Worldwide Productions India general manager and creative head Saul Nassé.