Now a days there is a program called Bollywood Dhamal / guess the celebrity is being telecasted on a channel called E24. The time is some time after 10 in the evening. The theme of the program is they show u some scattered part of some celebrity and what you are supposed to do is guess the name from the million dollar grin and call them back on the number flashing on the screen. And guess what, what you get in return is 10000 bucks. Yes you read it right, you don’t have to go and sleep with someone to get the amount just give a correct answer. If you could simply identify the megawatt smile 10k is yours.
But my problem is with the phone number flashing on the screen. That seems to be a land line number which is invalid in the area I live in. So all those who want some quick money just add a digit to its left to call the number. And unluckily that is my number. Once it is 10 I am bombarded with hundreds of calls. All are ready with their own version of the answer and may be expecting me to give them the cash at that moment itself. Some even don’t care to know who is at the other end of the call. Some times I pick the call and say the answer is wrong irrespective of what the answer is. And the callers (most of them young gals) try to convince me that their answer is correct. Frankly I have no idea whose photo is displayed on the show. I have neither viewed that show nor that comes on my disc.
The show charges 10 and 12 bucks for SMS and calls respectively. If I am getting all the calls then I wonder how the show runs. Recently while discussing this with my couple of friends I came to know that , the show is a complete fraud show and no one is ever able to call them on the actual number be flashed on screen. They say every time the same person or the persons from the channel keep on answering the wrong questions with different names from different locations. It is a cheap and worthless program going on the air. It shows all easy jumbles and puzzles. However no one is able to answer that simple questions. Even out of 100 callers not a sing can make a right answer. Its the same person that get connected and answers every time with wrong answer. It must be their own people making that call. You can hear the same voice every time. Rest of the country never get a chance to answer this simple questions. Sometimes it takes an entire episode to guess a simple celebrity.
At times I get irritated with the callers and warn them not to call the number again. But all in vain. I even can’t ignore the calls because those might be my personal ones. Now I have asked all my contacts not to call on that number. I put the ringer on min volume and just ignore the calls. Later I complained the same with my service provider and they asked me to give an application to change the number. I am waiting for any action from the service provider for six months now. I finally hung up on him still the guy was unable to understand it was he who was slaying his own money by calling not me.
I have received calls far from 1000 miles away for the same show. I don’t understand how the trunk calls end up at my end. Once when I asked a caller why is he calling this number as the number being flashed on the show is a different one ,he told as the number is invalid he must add a particular digit to the show, when I tried to explain the truth instead of feeling sorry he started arguing with me.
A couple of times I also used foul language while someone called for the show after mid night. I am really really sorry for my act, if it was you. It was really frustrating. I urge all the easy money makers please try to understand the reality and do not call my number at least. Do not kill your time and money and do not irritate me.