When this movie first came out in 1998, even its actors thought the premise was preposterous, but little did they know that the movie would seem quite prescient a few years down the line. The movie is about a run-of-the-mill guy called Truman Burbank, who is the clueless star of The Truman Show, a voyeuristic TV show that broadcasts Truman’s day-to-day life 24x7 through hidden cameras as “reality show.” All the people that inhabit Truman’s world and interact with him are mere actors who know that they are in a show except Truman.
In today’s world of multi-season reality shows like Keeping up With the Kardashians, Love Island, Real Housewives, etc., The Truman Show seems like an astrologer in retrospect. Even though we can touch and feel our surroundings, how do we figure out what is real and what is staged? Are our choices guided by our own free will, or is there some hidden power nudging us into making the choices that they want? The camera never lies, but do they, who populate the reality shows, lie in the front of the camera?