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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. Within a span of 9 years of telecast, Bigg Boss has rolled out 8 Seasons and one spin off version. It has developed huge viewership across the country, giving a break to many names to are popular today in their respective fields.
- 1 Concept
- 2 Publication
- 3 Series details
- 4 Awards
- 5 Records
- 6 Housemate pattern
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Guests
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
A Bigg Bosss House is built for every season. The house was earlier located in the tourist place of Lonavla, Pune district of Maharashtra, however the house for the fifth season was located ND Studios 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.
The House has no TV connection, no telephones, no Internet connection, clocks, pen or paper.
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. 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.
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. 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.
|Season||Main host||Launch date||Finale date||Days||Housemates||TRP||Prize money||Winner|
|1||Arshad Warsi||3 November 2006||26 January 2007||86||15||1.96||2.27||2.12||1 crore (US$160,000)||Rahul Roy|
|2||Shilpa Shetty||17 August 2008||22 November 2008||98||2.03||2.89||2.46||Ashutosh Kaushik|
|3||Amitabh Bachchan||4 October 2009||26 December 2009||84||2.43||2.56||2.50||Vindu Dara Singh|
|4||Salman Khan||3 October 2010||8 January 2011||96||16||3.60||6.7||5.15||Shweta Tiwari|
|5||Sanjay Dutt||2 October 2011||7 January 2012||98||18||4.30||3.97||4.14||Juhi Parmar|
|6||Salman Khan||7 October 2012||12 January 2013||97||19||3.21||4.40||3.81||50 lakh (US$79,000)||Urvashi Dholakia|
|7||15 September 2013||28 December 2013||105||20||3.85||4.80||4.32||Gauhar Khan|
|8||21 September 2014||3 January 2015||105||19||3.80||3.74||3.77||N/A |
|Halla Bol||Farah Khan||3 January 2015||31 January 2015||30||10||3.74||TBA|
- ^ Although Sanjay Dutt was the main host of season 5, Salman Khan also hosted a few eviction episodes with him including the opening & finale episodes.
- ^ Bigg Boss 8 was merged with its spin-off series Bigg Boss Halla Bol! and hence, there was no particular winner of this season. Although on the finale day, the five finalists were declared as "The Champions", who continued their journey as contestants in the spin-off series, against some some ex-contestants from previous seasons.
|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|
|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|
Most Nominations received (to evict)
Most Nominations received by male housemates (to evict)
Most Nominations received by female housemates (to evict)
|Housemate||Pooja M.||Sambhavna, Karishma T.||Sonali||Roopali,
|Veena||Urvashi||Carol, Sara||Sapna, Tanisha,||Sherlyn||Seema|
Up for eviction the most times
Karishma T., Pritam, [[Dimpy
Eviction votes to Survival ratio
Pooja Misrra of season 5 holds the record for the most eviction votes received in the shortest possible timespan spent in the house. Her ratio to date has not be beaten by any other housemate on the show.
Time spent in the house
Karishma Tanna of season 8 holds the record for staying in the house for the longest time span, without any interruption. Although, Pritam Singh and Gautam Gulati also lasted from Day 1 to the final night but Pritam spent his initial 6 days in a special room instead of the main house while Gautam was once given a chance to go outside the house for luxury budget shopping. Besides, Karishma entered the house prior to Pritam and Gautam's entrance and thus rendering her stay the longest in the history of the show.
|Shortest||2||Jade Goody, Devender Singh|
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. 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". 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. 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. Contrary to these outcomes, Pooja Misrra was soon sent back in as Andrew Symonds' translator. 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,". 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.
Partiality towards specific Housemates
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" 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.)". Shakti was hurt by these remarks and demanded an apology from Salman, however, was never reached by either Khan or Dutt.
The Bigg Boss house has witnessed temporary stays of illustrious celebrities and even some ex-contestants during some seasons. Ajaz Khan & Upen Patel are the only two ex-contestants who returned in a season other than the season they participated in, as guests who stayed in the house with the contestants.
|Upen Patel||Halla Bol||14|
- Big Brother (UK)
- Celebrity Big Brother 5 - Controversial series of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother involving Season 2 host Shilpa Shetty and Season 2 Housemate Jade Goody.
- Jade Goody - Appeared on the same UK version of Celebrity Big Brother with Season 2 presenter Shilpa Shetty, later to become a Season 2 Housemate.
- Bigg Boss Bangla, and Bigg Boss Kannada, regional language versions, that follow the same or similar format.
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