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Bigg Boss is a television reality show broadcast on Colors channel in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Within a span of 10 years of telecast, Bigg Boss has rolled out 9 Seasons and one spin-off version thus establishing itself as one of the most popular Reality TV Series in India.


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 Lonavla, Pune district of Maharashtra, however the house for the fifth season was located ND Studios in Karjat.[2][3] 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.[4]

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


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.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7] 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 2.36[8] 2.87 2.72 1 crore (US$150,000) Rahul Roy
2 Shilpa Shetty 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 2.42[9] 3.02 2.89 Ashutosh Kaushik
3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 84 1.96[10] 3.06 2.83 Vindu Dara Singh
4 Salman Khan 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 3.60[8] 6.70[11] 5.15[12] Shweta Tiwari
5 Sanjay Dutt[1] 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 4.30[13] 3.97 4.19[14] Juhi Parmar
6 Salman Khan 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 3.21[15] 4.40[16] 3.81[17] 50 lakh (US$74,000) Urvashi Dholakia
7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 3.85[18] 4.80[19] 4.32[20] Gauahar Khan
8 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 105 19 3.80 3.74[21] 3.77[22] Declared on Halla Bol[2]
Halla Bol Farah Khan 3 January 2015 31 January 2015 28 10 3.74[21] 2.82[23] 3.28[23] Gautam Gulati
9 Salman Khan 11 October 2015 23 January 2016 105 20 2.90 Prince Narula
10 16 October 2016 TBA TBA 15 TBA
     Highest viewing figures.      Lowest viewing figures.
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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 ex-contestants from previous seasons.

Housemate pattern

Clique Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8 Season 9 Season 10
Politically acclaimed None Sanjay None Seema None Sampat None
Reality show Alumni Ashutosh Sakshi P. Siddharth Mink Ratan Renee Prince VJ Bani
Pooja M. Vishal Dimpy Sahil
LGBT Bobby None Rohit Begum Laxmi Imam Andy Sushant Kanwaljeet
Pageant winner Aryan Diana Aditi None Shonali None Gauahar Rochelle Lopamudra Raut
On the Wrong
Side of the Law
None Monica None Devender None Aseem None Aman
Rahul M. Abbas
Item girl Rakhi S. Sambhavna Sherlyn Veena Mahek Sana Hazel Natasa Nora
International star None Jade Claudia Veena Sunny None Elli Mandana
Begum Sofia
Seasoned model Anupama Zulfi None Aanchal Shraddha Niketan Asif Diandra
Carol Payal Hrishant Karishma K. Sonali
Soap actor Amit Ketaki Bakhtiyaar Shweta Juhi Aashka Shilpa Gautam Digangana Gaurav
Sayantani Kamya Karishma T. Roopal Karan
Roopali Rakhi T. Tanaaz Sara Amar Urvashi Kushal Sukirti Suyyash Rohan
Rajev Pratyusha Praneet Kishwar
Singer Baba Debojit Ismail Manoj Raageshwari None Ali Quli Arvind
Sportsperson Salil None Vinod Khali Sonika Sidhu Sangram None
Film star Ravi Payal Shamita Ashmit Akashdeep Dinesh Tanishaa Sonali Aman Rahul Dev
Arya Rimi
Deepak T. Raja Poonam Samir Shakti Delnaaz Armaan Upen Yuvika
Kashmira Sambhavna Vindu Dolly Pooja B. Sayantani Apurva Minissha Vikas
Ajaz Puneet Keith
Comedian None Ahsaan Raju Veena None Vrajesh Rajat Pritam None
Non-celebrity Ragini Alina Pravesh None Nihita Kashif Anita None Priya Malik Swami Om, Nitibha Kaul, Manu Punjabi, Priyanka Jagga, Manveer Gujjar, Lokesh Kumari, Naveen Prakash, Akanksha Sharma


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.[24]

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.[25]

Guests appearances

Celebrity guests to appear on the series include:

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


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