Fans upset by 'dangerous' reality show that packs K-pop stars off to India

(Clockwise from left) Kyu Hyun, Min Ho, Jong Hyun, Su ho and Chang Min snap a picture together, posted on Jong Hyun's Instagram account on Feb 1, before filming a new reality show. -- PHOTO: LEE JONG HYUN/INSTAGRAM
(Clockwise from left) Kyu Hyun, Min Ho, Jong Hyun, Su ho and Chang Min snap a picture together, posted on Jong Hyun's Instagram account on Feb 1, before filming a new reality show. -- PHOTO: LEE JONG HYUN/INSTAGRAM

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - KBS' new reality show starring six K-pop idols is upsetting fans.

The show, whose title translates as Fluttering India, stars Max Chang Min of TVXQ, Kyu Hyun of Super Junior, Min Ho of ShiNee, Sung Kyu of Infinite, Jong Hyun of CNBlue and Suho of Exo.

The programme, which began shooting on Monday, follows the six singers as they tour India.

Although it attracted much attention due to the all-star lineup and the producers' strong track record, the fans' reaction has not been warm.

Since the plans for the show were made known, hardcore fans have opposed the show, claiming that India is "too dangerous" for their beloved singers.

Although the producers kept the shooting dates secret, there were unconfirmed reports of Indian fans being mistreated.

According to the reports, the cast and crew of the show were met by Indian fans when they landed in the country.

However, the crew were alleged to have prevented the fans from welcoming the cast, and even reportedly searched their bags.

The producers of the show have denied the allegations.

According to an unnamed official quoted by the Korean media, the Indian authorities warned them that the shoot could be prohibited if the cast and crew's presence causes a commotion at the airport.

In addition, the official claimed that the fans were prohibited from taking photographs as they could be spoilers.

"The entire shoot is accompanied by a coordinator and the police. I do not know what they said but it is not true that the staff made threats," the official was quoted as saying.

"We have checked everything including safety, but the fans apparently do not trust us. They are exaggerating everything about the show and calling for the shoot to be halted."