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Bigg Boss is a reality TV programme broadcast in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands.

Concept

Bigg Boss is a reality show based on the original Dutch Big Brother format developed by John de Mol. A number of contestants (known as "housemates") live in a purpose-built house and are isolated from the rest of the world. Each week, housemates nominate two of their peers for eviction, and the housemates who receives the most nominations would face a public vote. Of these, one would eventually leave, having been "evicted" from the House. However, there were exceptions to this process as dictated by Bigg Boss. In the final week, there were three housemates remaining, and the public voted for who they wanted to win. The housemates in the Indian version are primarily celebrities with the exception of one who is a non-celebrity selected via auditions. Housemates are overseen by a mysterious person known as 'Bigg Boss', whose only presence in the house is through his voice.[1]

The house

A Bigg Boss House is built for every season. The house was earlier located in the tourist place of Lonavala, Pune district of Maharashtra, however the house for the fifth season is located in Karjat. The house is well-furnished and decorated. It has all kinds of modern amenities, but just one or two bedrooms and four toilet bath rooms. There is a garden, pool, activity area and gym in the House. There is also a Confession Room, where the housemates may be called in by Bigg Boss for any kind of conversation, and for the nomination process.[2]

The House has no TV connection, no telephones, no Internet connection, clocks, pen or paper.[1]

Rules

While all the rules have never been told to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen. The inmates are not permitted to talk in any other language than Hindi. They are not supposed to tamper with any of the electronic equipment or any other thing in the House. They cannot leave the House premises at any time except when permitted to. They cannot discuss the nomination process with anyone.[3] They cannot sleep in day time.

Sometimes, the housemates may be nominated for other reasons, such as nomination by a person who has achieved special privileges (via tasks or other things), for breaking rules or something else. If something is very serious, a contestant may be evicted directly.[4]

Publication

The main television coverage takes the form of a daily highlights programme and the weekly eviction show on Fridays that are aired on Colors TV, while the first season was aired on Sony TV.[5] Everyday's episodes contain the main happenings of the previous day. Every Saturday episode mainly focuses on an interview of the evicted contestant by the host. The episode on Sunday, named differently across seasons, contains extra footage of the week, which was not included in any episode.

Series details

Season Main host Launch date Finale date Days Housemates TRP Prize money Winner
Launch Finale Average
1 Arshad Warsi 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 1.96[6] 2.27 2.20 INR1 crore (US$170,000) Rahul Roy
2 Shilpa Shetty 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 2.03[7] 2.89 2.58 Ashutosh Kaushik
3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 84 2.43[8] 2.56 2.30 Vindu Dara Singh
4 Salman Khan 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 3.60[9] 6.7[10] 4.55[11] Shweta Tiwari
5 Sanjay Dutt 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 4.30[12] 3.97 3.86[13] Juhi Parmar
6 Salman Khan 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 3.21[14] 4.40[15] 3.30[16] INR50 lakh (US$83,000) Urvashi Dholakia
7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 3.85[17] 4.80[18] 4.40[19] Gauhar Khan
8 TBA

Awards

Year Award Title Winner
2007 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor Game/Quiz Show Arshad Warsi
Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 1
Best Art Director Nitin Desai
Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 1
2008 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 2
2009 New Talent Awards Best New Host (Female) Shilpa Shetty
2010 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor Talk/Chat Show Amitabh Bachchan
Best Art Director Samir Chanda
Indian Telly Awards Scriptwriter (Non Fiction) RD Tailang
2011 The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Non Fiction Series Bigg Boss 4
2011 The Global Indian Film And TV Honours Best Host Television Salman Khan
Golden Petal Awards Most Chahita Personality Salman Khan
Most Lokpriya Reality Show Bigg Boss 4
Best Debutante Personality Sanjay Dutt
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 5
Art Director (Non-Fiction) Shyam Bhatia
2013 Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Dharavahik(Non-Fiction) Bigg Boss 7[20]

Records

Most Nominations received (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Housemate Pooja M. Ashutosh Roopali,
Raja
Vindu,
Veena
Ashmit Carol,
Sara,
Kushal
Samir,
Sapna,
Tanisha
Rahul M.,
Mahek,
Sherlyn
Seema Pratyusha
Total votes 35 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21

Most Nominations received by male housemates (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Housemate Ashutosh Raja Vindu Ashmit Kushal Samir Rahul M. Kamaal Bhakhtiyaar,
Rajev
Amar
Total votes 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 20 19 18

Most Nominations received by female housemates (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Housemate Pooja M. Roopali Veena Carol,
Sara
Sapna,
Tanisha
Mahek,
Sherlyn
Seema Pratyusha Sambhavna ,
Sana
Rakhi,
Tanaaz
Total votes 35 28 27 25 24 23 22 21 20 17

Up for eviction the most times

Evictions faced Housemate(s)
8 Mahek, Sapna, Tanisha
7 Vindu, Rajev, Andy, Gauhar
6 Roopali, Carol, Bakhtiyaar, Amar, Pooja M., Sana, Pratyusha, Kamya, Kushal, Ajaz
5 Rakhi, Ravi, Ashutosh, Raja, Ashmit, Shweta, Veena, Samir, Akashdeep, Imam, Urvashi, Elli, Armaan
4 Rahul R., Rahul M., Zulfi, Pravesh, Dolly, Seema, Shonali, Siddharth, Niketan, Delnaaz, Karishma, Vishal, Vrajesh, Asif, Sangram

Time spent in the house

Order Days Housemate(s)
Longest 105 Tanisha, Sangram
Shortest 2 Jade, Bunty

Housemate pattern

Clique Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Politically acclaimed None Sanjay Nirupam None Seema Parihar None Sampat Pal Devi None
Reality show Alumni Ashutosh Kaushik Sakshi Pradhan Siddharth Bhardwaj Mink Brar Ratan Rajput
Pooja Misrra Vishal Karwal
LGBT Bobby Darling None Rohit Verma Ali Saleem Laxmi Tripathi Imam Siddiqui VJ Andy
Vivek Mishra
Pageant winner Aryan Vaid Diana Hayden Aditi Govitrikar None Shonali Nagrani None Gauhar Khan
Vida Samadzai
Criminally involved None Monica Bedi None Devender None Aseem Trivedi None
Rahul Mahajan Abbas Kazmi
Item girl Rakhi Sawant Sambhavna Seth Sherlyn Chopra Veena Malik Mahek Chahal Sana Khan Hazel Keech
Gauhar Khan
International star None Jade Goody Claudia Ciesla Veena Malik Sunny Leone None Elli Avram
Ali Saleem Sofia Hayat
Aspiring model Anupama Verma Zulfi Syed None Aanchal Kumar Shraddha Sharma Niketan Madhok Asif Azim
Carol Gracias Payal Rohatgi Hrishant Goswami Karishma Kotak
Soap actor Amit Sadh Ketaki Dave Bakhtiyaar Irani Shweta Tiwari Juhi Parmar Aashka Goradia Shilpa Sakhlani
Sayantani Ghosh, Rajeev Paul Kamya Punjabi
Roopali Ganguly Rakhee Tandon Tanaaz Irani Sara Khan Amar Upadhyay Urvashi Dholakia Kushal Tandon
Pratyusha Banerjee
Singer Baba Sehgal Debojit Saha Ismail Darbar Manoj Tiwari Raageshwari None
Sportsperson Salil Ankola None Vinod Kambli The Great Khali Sonika Kaliraman Navjot Singh Sidhu Sangram Singh
Film star Ravi Kishan Payal Rohatgi Shamita Shetty Ashmit Patel Akashdeep Saighal Dinesh Lal Yadav Tanisha Mukherjee
Deepak Tijori Raja Choudhary Poonam Dhillon Samir Soni Shakti Kapoor Delnaaz Irani Armaan Kohli
Kashmira Shah Sambhavna Seth Vindu Dara Singh Dolly Bindra Pooja Bedi Sayantani Ghosh Apurva Agnihotri
Ajaz Khan
Comedian None Ahsaan Qureshi Raju Srivastav Veena Malik None Vrajesh Hirjee Rajat Rawail

Controversies

Rigged evictions and pre-scripted conduct of housemates

In the fifth season audiences figured out that with every weekly eviction, a specific trend followed, the least controversial housemate who has had the negligible interaction in fights gets evicted after getting nominated for that week. It became widely believed that contestant are getting evicted from the show as a result of not making headlines for the reality show.[21] Zee news expressed dislike towards the show saying, "Barring a few educated and well-mannered celebrities, most of the Bigg Boss contestants have utterly failed to exercise self-restraint. As, the format of the show is such that they often fail to maintain their composure and mostly reveal a fake personality. Abuses fly thick and fast in the house, whereas morality, ethos and ethics take a backseat. The fear of eviction makes them selfish and diplomatic, compels them to switch sides for personal gains, and indulge in propaganda".[21] Shakti Kapoor who was evicted earlier in the show after surviving four weeks inside the house claimed, "People have a wrong notion that I am a bad guy. Bigg Boss people got me with 13 females because they also thought I will sneak into girls room at night and do something fishy. I respect women a lot," the actor said. "But since I was not getting into anything like this or any fight or controversy I got evicted. I think there is something planned about my eviction. Everyone in the audience feels there is something wrong. I thought I would win the show and so did the people," he claimed. Pooja Bedi who was evicted weeks later also stated in an interview that housemates are merely evicted on the basis of their controversial backgrounds and that the show is pre-scripted.[22] After Pooja Misrra's unexpected exit more than half of the viewers stopped watching the show claiming that the house was getting boring by the week.[23] Contrary to these outcomes, Pooja Misrra was soon sent back in as Andrew Symonds' translator.[24] Evicted housemate Bedi said about her re-entry, "Why else will they bring her in as a translator, she was fined for talking in English herself! She’s been brought back just for TRPs," Singer Raageshwari who left the show in October also claimed, "I am sure the channel decided to bring her back for entertainment value! It will certainly be interesting to see her act as Andrew’s interpreter," Another ex-inmate Shraddha Sharma stated, "There’s no one in the house now who’s giving masala to the show, that is why they found a new way to bring her back,".[24] In previous seasons of Bigg Boss a similar tactic was used to attract TRPs, Dolly Bindra and Kamaal R Khan were also asked to leave the show. However, to encash on their controversial image, Bigg Boss brought them back.[25]

Partiality towards specific Housemates

Season 3

In the third season, housemate Vindu Dara Singh was often credited as Akshay Kumar's favourite housemate after playing Kumar’s sidekick in “Kambakkht Ishq[26] and becoming good friends with him. With being hated by fellow inmates inside the house for his conduct accompanied by the resentment against him from the audiences Vindu survived seven evictions after consecutively getting nominated from eighth week onwards. Vindu went on to win the season and was also announced the most stylish and bold contestant consequently winning a Chevrolet Cruze and Rs. 10 million.

Season 4

During the fourth season, TV actress Sara Khan, openly objected to the Bigg Boss' behaviour towards fellow-housemate Dolly Bindra. Ever since Dolly Bindra re-entered the house, there had been quite a bit of a change in her stance and attitude towards the inmates of the house. Dolly became quite polite and got some benefits like she was made the queen immediately after she re-entered, thereby enabling her to get certain benefits that the others couldn't even dream of. Thus, with almost everyone quite flabbergasted, Sara protested against partiality towards Dolly. Sara kept on complaining that 'Bigg Boss' was not fair at which Samir Soni, who too, had re-entered agreed with what Sara had to say. Sara was later strictly warned by the Bigg Boss and host Salman Khan regarding these vague accusations.[27]

Season 5

The fifth season saw a change in the selection of contestants. The launch night featured 14 housemates - 12 of which were girls, one transgender and one man. The weekly selection of House Captain is usually dependent on the votes of the fellow housemates however on Day 1 Shakti Kapoor, who was the only male entrant on the show, was chosen by the Bigg Boss himself as captain for two-week making him immune from two consecutive nominations and, hence, prolonging his stay inside the house. Three additional male entries were witnessed in the second, third and the fourth week. Akashdeep Saighal was very often seen abusing Mahek Chahal on her personal backgrounds but was not warned of his conduct.Siddharth Bhardwaj almost kicked Pooja M. while she was walking. Again, no action was taken against him leaving the impact that Bigg Boss does indeed favors some participants on the show to extend their stay inside the house. Moreover, the male participants were also witnessed threatening Bigg Boss that they would exit the house and were often seen exhibiting irrational traits like throwing off their mics and speaking absolutely in English language which are against the rules of the house. On Day 58, Shraddha Sharma abused Akashdeep by calling him a swear word. Akashdeep was later called in the confession room and consoled to calm with Shraddha Sharma scolded for the act.[28] An ex-inmate Pooja Bedi accused Salman Khan of favouring Mahek Chahal claiming that he is the reason for her survival in every eviction. Talking to a tabloid, Pooja said, "No one can object to her behaviour because then he or she gets portrayed negatively. Everyone in the house thinks Salman is calling the shots. They`re unnerved." Reportedly, Salman even rebuked Siddharth Bhardwaj for having a tiff with Mahek. So the other contestants have no choice but to remain submissive. "I like Salman! I`d be very distressed if he was protecting and helping Mehak to get to the finals", added Pooja.[22] Another evicted housemate Pooja Misrra confirmed favouritism towards Mahek Chahal alleging, "My eviction from the house on the grounds of me being violent was wrong and my second entry in Bigg Boss just proved that. Moreover, the wild card entry of Mahek into the house again is proof enough that there is favouritism happening in the house," On the Mahek-Salman connection, Pooja said, "Mahek is definitely after him, I don't know whether Salman is or not. Every conversation of her would have Salman's name and because of this everyone in the house used to be scared of her. It was like everyone has to be good to her to survive the game." Pooja feels the footage where Mahek is seen excessively talking about Salman have been done away with. "She hasn't been shown using his name persistently so I guess it is correct that the footage was edited," she said.[29] Just two-week before the finale evicted housemate Mahek Chahal was deliberately made win a wild card entry poll, merely fourteen days after her initial eviction, further confirming all the allegations against her being Salman Khan's favorite candidate.[30] This stint not only disappointed fans of the inmates inside the house who have been surviving evictions for many week but also certified partial judgments made towards specific housemates by the Bigg Boss.[31]

Season 6

Soon after the entry of Kashif Qureshi, a common man chosen via auditions held across India, as an inmate of the house the whole exercise of selecting an unknown person to be part of Bigg Boss seemed to have come into question and has been reportedly a planned one. After Kashif was selected from the three short-listed hopefuls to enter the house the media scrutinized every detail that linked to Kashif's background. Unexpectedly Qureshi was found to personally know Salman Khan since he was shooting Wanted.[32]

Manipulation and Interference by Hosts

Unlike the international versions of Big Brother, in Bigg Boss, the hosts are seen to be intimidating contestants on the show for their conduct and are often witnessed interfering in almost everything exhibiting a partial stance towards few. On the Opening of the season five Salman and Sanjay ridiculed Shakti Kapoor after he entered the house saying, "Bigg Boss ko maanna padega! Shakti Kapoor jaise logon ko apne ghar bulaya, hum toh kabhi na bulayen! (It is quite surprising that Shakti Kapoor got the invitation to enter the Bigg Boss' house, I wouldn’t have invited him, ever.)”.[33] Shakti was hurt by these remarks and demanded an apology from Salman, however, was never reached by either Khan or Dutt.[34] Later, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt also lashed out at Siddharth Bhardwaj for being too unmannerly with Mahek Chahal and Pooja Misrra and the same continued with other housemates few weeks later when Salman Khan went inside the house on 17 December 2011 and severely scolded contestants for their behaviour. Such traits showed by the hosts have yet been never witnessed on any international series of Big Brother.

On 24 December 2011, Sanjay Dutt displayed infurious attitude towards Juhi Parmar, Akashdeep Saigal and Sunny Leone for bringing out a problem that concerned them regarding Amar Upadhyay's indecent moves on female housemates. Evicted housemate Pooja Bedi after watching the episode, in fury, claimed,"It's clear Salman went in there to demoralise, confuse, hurt and lie to Sky. Any guesses as to why he would misuse his position to do so? Salman previously had threatened Sid, and said, he would kick his arse. Hosts cannot intimidate contestants! Wrong. if contestants are bad, they get nominated and if public dislikes them, they get eliminated. That's reality TV, not hosts threatening, if Salman can get aggressive with contestants, why is he upset they do so with each other?”[35]

From altering the results to controlling appearances of celebrities, all was witnessed to be formatted by co-host Salman Khan. Due to the remarks made by Pooja Bedi on Salman's interference with the results and favoritism towards Mahek Chahal, Pooja was banned from attending the season finale to be held on 7 January 2012. The actress was humiliated on this last minute change and expressed, "So what if I disagree with a host and don't like a contestant! Is that reason for Channel not to have me at finale?” Pooja Bedi further stressed, "Have asked channel to state reason I cannot be there at finale to cheer my friends on! Also, till yesterday I was to do a medley! What changed?”[36][37] Bollywood Actor Hrithik Roshan was also refused entry in the finale. Hrithik was supposed to promote his upcoming release Agneepath on the grand finale of the TV show. Sanjay Dutt, the main villain of the film, being a part of the show should have helped the marketing initiative. However, Salman put his foot down and asked Imran Khan to promote Karan Johar's next production Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu on the grand finale.[38] Soon, Pooja Misrra and Shakti Kapoor also fell targets. They also were banned from attending the finale for speaking against Khan in the media.[34] Few days prior to the finale, a re-invitation was sent to Shakti and Pooja Misrra, however, Pooja Bedi was not invited in retialitaion to which Pooja B. contemplated sending a legal notice to Colors channel for chucking her out of Bigg Boss finale.[39]

Guests

The Bigg Boss house has witnessed temporary stays of illustrious celebrities during the fourth and the fifth seasons. Names who appeared on the show as houseguests are listed below.

Inhabitant Season Days
India    Ali Merchant 4 11
Canada   Pamela Anderson 3
India   Swami Agnivesh 5 3
Australia   Andrew Symonds 7
Japan   Yamamotoyama 1
India   Jyoti Amge 6 3

See also

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