Actor and host Mini Mathur did not sit mum when an ex-contestant of reality show Indian Idol took to Twitter to rant against the appalling conditions in the show. Nishant Kaushik, the contestant, spoke of ‘staged gimmicks’ and inhumane working conditions during his stint there. He began his tweet by saying, "Brief, nonchalant thread about my auditioning experience at Indian Idol 2012 and why I think it is a perfect platform to destroy your dreams as opposed to its common perception as a breeding ground for talent."

When the thread was forwarded to Mini Mathur, she wholeheartedly sided with Kaushik. She tweeted, "This sucks. Thanks for forwarding me this thread. I wasn’t part of the 2012 season but I know most of what he has articulated is known to happen on reality tv. One of the reasons I bowed out. This incessant need to create false emotion. RIP Organic, pure TV." However, when her followers suggested not watching the show, she tweeted in favour of Indian Idol saying, "Come on. It’s the original one. Take it easy."

Reality shows have long been a controversial issue on Indian televisions. Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar had even asked for a ban on children's reality show and was supported by filmmaker Amol Gupteas well singer Sunidhi Chauhan, who's herself was discovered as child artiste on a reality show. A recent incident involving singer Papon kissing a minor contestant on a reality show had also questioned the ethics of such shows.