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Bigg Boss
Films and television
Television seriesBigg Boss
Produced byEndemol Shine India
Based onBig Brother
No.of Versions7
No.of Seasons36
Original networkViacom 18 Network
Star India Network
Official website

Bigg Boss is an Indian reality television game show produced by Endemol Shine India through Viacom 18 and Star India. Subsequently, it was syndicated internationally and available through Voot and Disney+ Hotstar OTT platforms. It has been extended into seven languages spoken in the Indian sub-continent. It is the Indian version of the Dutch-British show Big Brother.


There have been seven versions of the show in different languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. The first show of the franchise was Bigg Boss in Hindi which debuted in 2006 through Sony TV and from season two onwards it moved to and continues on Colors TV. In 2013, the franchise extended its presence in Kannada through Colors Kannada and Bengali through ETV Bangla, later rebranded into Colors Bangla. In 2017, it extend its presence in Tamil through Star Vijay and in Telugu through Star Maa. In 2018, it ventured into Marathi through Colors Marathi and in Malayalam through Asianet.

Though only celebrities were selected to be as housemates in the initial seasons, members of the general public have been auditioned to be on the show in the latest seasons of Hindi, Kannada and Telugu versions of the show.[1][2]


Contestants called "housemates" live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. Housemates are voted out, usually on a weekly basis, until only one remains and wins the cash prize. During their stay in the house, contestants are continuously monitored by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones.

The program relies on techniques such as a stripped back-to-basic environment, evictions, weekly tasks, competitions set by Bigg Boss, and the “confession room” where housemates converse with Bigg Boss and nominate the housemates they wish to evict from the house. The housemates with the most nominations are then announced, and viewers are given the opportunity to vote via SMS or online through social media and smartphone applications for the nominee they wish to save from eviction. The last person standing is declared the winner.

The contestants are required to indulge in housework and are assigned tasks by the omnipresent authority figure known to them as Bigg Boss. The tasks are designed to test teamwork abilities and community spirit of the housemates. The luxury budget is a weekly allowance to buy luxury food items other than the supplied essentials which depend on the outcome of assigned tasks.



Bigg Boss is a Hindi language adaptation of Big Brother created in Netherlands by John de Mol Jr., largely based on the Celebrity Big Brother model owned by the Endemol Shine Group. The show was named Bigg Boss and a house was constructed for the show at Lonavla for seasons one to four and six to twelve, in Karjat for season five and in Goregaon for season thirteen. Bigg Boss debuted on television in 2006 through Sony TV with Arshad Warsi as the host. The show gained popularity after Shilpa Shetty emerged as the winner in Big Brother 5 and replaced Warsi as the host in the second season of Bigg Boss.[3] From the second season, the show's broadcast moved to Viacom 18's Colors TV.


The show's acceptance and success among the Indian audience paved way for its expansion into other Indian languages.[4] After the sixth season wrapped in 2013, Kannada and Bengali adaptions were created by Endemol through ETV Network.[5] Sudeep and Mithun Chakraborty hosted the adaptations respectively.[6] While the Kannada version became an instant hit, the Bengali version did not turn out to be as successful. The Kannada version saw subsequent seasons annually, similar to Hindi, while the Bengali version completed only two seasons in six years.[7]

In 2017, upon completion of ten seasons in Hindi, four seasons in Kannada and two seasons in Bengali, Endemol Shine India extended its presence in South India by creating Tamil and Telugu versions of the show with Star India. These adaptations were hosted by Kamal Haasan and Jr NTR respectively.[8][9] In 2018, the show was adapted into Marathi under Viacom 18 and hosted by Mahesh Manjrekar.[10] The next language adaptation was Malayalam, which was produced by Star India and hosted by Mohanlal.[11][12]


  Currently airing – 3
  Upcoming for airing – 0
  Recently concluded – 3
  No longer airing – 1
Language Show Season Year Official Name Host Primary
Premiere Finale Days Housemates Prize Money Voice of
Bigg Boss
Winner Runner Up
Hindi Bigg Boss Hindi 1 2006–07 Bigg Boss Arshad Warsi Sony TV N/A Lonavala 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 1 crore (US$140,000) Atul Kapoor Rahul Roy Carol Gracias
2 2008 Bigg Boss Season 2 Shilpa Shetty Colors 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 Ashutosh Kaushik Raja Chaudhary
3 2009 Bigg Boss Season 3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 85 Vindu Dara Singh Pravesh Rana
4 2010–11 Bigg Boss Season 4 Salman Khan Voot 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 Shweta Tiwari Dalip Singh Rana
5 2011–12 Bigg Boss Season 5 Salman Khan
Sanjay Dutt
Karjat 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 Juhi Parmar Mahek Chahal
6 2012–13 Bigg Boss Alag Che Salman Khan Lonavala 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) Urvashi Dholakia Imam Siddique
7 2013 Bigg Boss Sath 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 Gauahar Khan Tanishaa Mukerji
8 2014–15 Bigg Boss 8 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 19 Declared in Halla Bol
Spin-off 2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Farah Khan 3 January 2015 31 January 2015 28 10 Gautam Gulati Karishma Tanna
9 2015–16 Bigg Boss Double Trouble Salman Khan 11 October 2015 23 January 2016 105 20 Prince Narula Rishabh Sinha
10 2016–17 Bigg Boss Yeh Tumhara hi Ghar hai 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 18 Manveer Gurjar Bani Judge
11 2017–18 Bigg Boss 11 : Padosi Bajayege Barah 1 October 2017 14 January 2018 106 19 Shilpa Shinde Hina Khan
12 2018 Bigg Boss Barah 16 September 2018 30 December 2018 105 20 Dipika S. Sreesanth
13 2019–20 Bigg Boss Tedah Mumbai 29 September 2019 15 February 2020 140 22 Sidharth Shukla Asim Riaz
14 2020–21 Bigg Boss 2020: Ab Scene Paltega 03 October 2020 17 January 2021 105 15 N/A N/A
Kannada Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss Sudeep ETV Kannada N/A Lonavala 24 March 2013 30 June 2013 98 15 50 lakh (US$70,000) Amit Bhargav Vijay Raghavendra Arun Sagar
2 2014 Bigg Boss Season 2 Star Suvarna 29 June 2014 5 October 2014 Akul Balaji Srujan Lokesh
3 2015–16 Bigg Boss Colors
Voot Bengaluru 25 October 2015 31 January 2016 18 Srinivas Prasad Shruti Chandan Kumar
4 2016–17 Bigg Boss 9 October 2016 29 January 2017 112 Pratham Keerthi Kumar
5 2017–18 Bigg Boss/ಬಿಗ್ ಬಾಸ್ Colors
15 October 2017 28 January 2018 105 19 Chandan Shetty Diwakar
6 2018–19 Bigg Boss/ಬಿಗ್ ಬಾಸ್ 21 October 2018 27 January 2019 98 20 Shashi Kumar Naveen Sajju
7 2019–20 Bigg Boss/ಬಿಗ್ ಬಾಸ್ Colors Kannada 13 October 2019 2 February 2020 112 20 Shine Shetty Kuri Pratap
Bengali Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss Mithun Chakraborty ETV Bangla N/A Lonavala 17 June 2013 14 September 2013 90 15 20 lakh (US$28,000) N/A Aneek Dhar Rudranil Ghosh
2 2016 Bigg Boss Season 2 Jeet Colors Bangla Voot 4 April 2016 15 July 2016 98 16 35 lakh (US$49,000) Joyjit Banerjee Priya Paul
Tamil Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Kamal Haasan Star
Disney+ Hotstar Chennai 25 June 2017 30 September 2017 98 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) RJ Naveen Haldoroi Arav Nafeez Snehan Sivaselvam
2 2018 Bigg Boss Season 2 17 June 2018 30 September 2018 105 17 Riythvika Aishwarya Dutta
3 2019 Bigg Boss Season 3 23 June 2019 6 October 2019 Mugen Rao Sandy
4 2020–21 Bigg Boss Season 4 4 October 2020 17 January 2021 19 N/A N/A
Telugu Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Jr NTR Star
Disney+ Hotstar Lonavala 16 July 2017 24 September 2017 70 16 50 lakh (US$70,000) Radha Krishna Siva Balaji Aadarsh Balakrishna
2 2018 Bigg Boss 2 Nani Hyderabad 10 June 2018 30 September 2018 112 18 Kaushal Manda Geetha Madhuri
3 2019 Bigg Boss 3 Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ramya Krishnan
21 July 2019 3 November 2019 105 17 Rahul Sipligunj Sreemukhi
4 2020 Bigg Boss 4 Akkineni Nagarjuna
Samantha Akkineni
6 September 2020 20 December 2020 19 N/A N/A
Marathi Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss मराठी Mahesh Manjrekar Colors
Voot Lonavala 15 April 2018 22 July 2018 98 18 50 lakh (US$70,000) Ratnakar Tardalkar Megha Dhade Pushkar Jog
2 2019 Bigg Boss मराठी 2 Mumbai 26 May 2019 1 September 2019 17 Shiv Thakre Neha Shitole
Malayalam Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss Mohanlal Asianet Disney+ Hotstar Lonavala 24 June 2018 30 September 2018 98 18 1 crore (US$140,000) Raghu Raj Sabumon Abdusamad Pearle Maaney
2 2020 Bigg Boss Chennai 5 January 2020 20 March 2020 74 23 50 lakh (US$70,000) Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Female Winners   Male Winners


Bigg Boss Hindi[edit]

Bigg Boss is the Hindi and the first version of the franchise.[13] The first season premiered in 2006 on Sony TV[14] It was hosted by Arshad Warsi.[15] The prize money was 1 crore (US$140,000)[16] The license for Bigg Boss was acquired by Viacom 18 and the next season was aired on Colors TV with Shilpa Shetty as the host.[17] Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan was roped in to play host for the third season while Salman Khan appeared as the host in the fourth season.[18][19] The fifth season was jointly hosted by Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt while Khan alone continues to host the show consecutively since sixth season until present.[20][21][22][23] A lavish purpose-built house, with annual modifications was built in Lonavala, Mumbai for the show.[24] A new house was built at ND Studios in Karjat, Pune for the fifth season.[25] The house at Lonavala was rebuilt and used again from the sixth season.[26] The prize was reduced to 50 lakh (US$70,000) since the fifth season.[27] A spin off series, Bigg Boss was launched and merged into the eighth season with five finalists from the eighth season and five previous runner ups which was hosted by Farah Khan.[28]

Though the show has largely been a celebrity-only show, it opened the doors for participation by the common people since its tenth season.

Atul Kapoor has been the voice of Bigg Boss since the first season.[29]

Bigg Boss Kannada[edit]

Bigg Boss Kannada is the Kannada version of the show[30] was the first south Indian adaption[31][32] of Bigg Boss. Actor Sudeep was roped in by ETV Kannada[5] to play the host[33] of the show for the first season in 2013. Star India acquired the license for the show and the second season was aired on Suvarna[34] with Sudeep continuing his role as the host of the show. The same house at Lonavala, Pune which was used for the Hindi version was used for the first two seasons of Bigg Boss Kannada. A new and bigger house was constructed at Innovative Film City in Bidadi, Bengaluru and is being used since the third season.[35][36] Sudeep's contract to host the show was extended[37] to 5 seasons starting with the third season which returned[38] to Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The fifth season moved[39] to Colors Super, a sister channel of Colors Kannada. It is notable that the Kannada version is the only adaption where the host, Sudeep alone would be hosting the show for seven consecutive seasons. All the seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000)[40] as the prize money. Commoners were allowed to be a part of the show from the fifth season through auditions.[41] Three artists have been the 'voice' of Bigg Boss as of fifth season - Amit Bhargav for the first two, B M Venkatesh for the third and Srinivas Prasad since the fourth season.

Bigg Boss Bangla[edit]

Bigg Boss Bangla is the Bengali version of the show[42] which was produced by ETV Bangla with Mithun Chakraborty as the host[43] while the first season of the Kannada version was wrapping up in 2013. The second season was aired on Colors Bangla in 2016 and was hosted by Bengali actor Jeet.[44] The Lonavala house used for Hindi version was used[45] in both seasons and the prize money for the show has been lesser than the other adaptions with 20 lakh (US$28,000)[46] and 35 lakh (US$49,000)[47] respectively for the first and second seasons. This is the only adaption of the show that does not follow the annual format and the seasons have been produced once in 3 years.

Bigg Boss Tamil[edit]

Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil version[48] of the show and the second south Indian adaption of Bigg Boss. Star India produced the show in 2017 with Kamal Haasan as the host[49] on Star Vijay.[50] This has been the only version to have none of its seasons shot at Lonavala. The house for Bigg Boss Tamil was constructed at EVP Film City, Chennai and is being used since the first season.[51] All the three seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000)[52] as the prize money. The fourth season was planned to launch in June 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The season eye logo tile revealed on 27 August 2020 and launching on 4 October 2020 onwards.

Bigg Boss Telugu[edit]

Bigg Boss Telugu is the Telugu version of the Bigg Boss reality TV show and telecasted by Star Maa. The first season Jr NTR is being hosted the show and the Lonavala house was used for the show and premiered on 16 July 2017. The second season was hosted by Nani and a newly built house was constructed at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad is being used for the show and premiered on 10 June 2018. The third season is being hosted by Akkineni Nagarjuna and premiered on 21 July 2019 .Ramya Krishnan was the guest host in week 6 of season three and for this season, house was continued at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad. The Three Seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000) as the prize money.The fourth season is planned to launch on last week of June 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. On 20 July 2020, the eye logo tile revealed and launching begin from 6 September 2020 onwards.

Bigg Boss Marathi[edit]

Bigg Boss Marathi is the Marathi version of the show and the first season is being aired on Viacom 18's Colors Marathi.[53] The Lonavala house is being used[54] for this version and Mahesh Manjrekar is playing the host.[55][56] This is the first and only adaption of Bigg Boss so far to have its language affiliation in the show's official name. The prize money is announced to be 50 lakh (US$70,000).3rd Season was scheduled to launch in May 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Bigg Boss Malayalam[edit]

Bigg Boss is the Malayalam adaption for Bigg Boss which is produced by Star India and aired on Asianet.[57] Veteran actor Mohanlal has been roped in to host the show[58] and the Lonavala house is being used. The voice of big boss is still a mystery[59] for the first season. The prize money is announced to be ₹1 crore (US$140,000). All the episodes of the show are available[60] on the digital ott platform Disney+ Hotstar.Some new elements called 'Unseen', 'Spicy specials' and 'Bigg Boss Plus' was introduced by way of unseen and extra footage's uploaded on Disney+ Hotstar. Bigg Boss Plus is aired on Asianet Plus and shows part of the day that weren't included in the episode.The second season launched on 5 January 2020 with Mohanlal returning as host and the house situated at EVP Film City in Chennai. 17 contestants entered the house on Day 1 and later joined by 5 wildcard contestants. However, due to the COVID-19 scare, EdmolShine India had to stop all shows and season 2 had stopped at the 75th day.


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