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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 11 years of telecast, Bigg Boss has rolled out 10 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$160,000) 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] 4.24[16] 3.81[17] 50 lakh (US$78,000) Urvashi Dholakia
7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 3.85[18] 4.80[19] 4.40[20] Gauahar Khan
8 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 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 3.18 2.97 2.90 Prince Narula
10 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 18 3.82 4.02 3.54 Manveer Gurjar
11 Salman Khan & Mouni Roy 1 October 2017 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 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 None
Pageant winner Aryan Diana Aditi None Shonali None Gauahar Rochelle Lopamudra
On the Wrong
Side of the Law
None Monica None Devender None Aseem None Aman None
Rahul M. Abbas
Item girl Rakhi S. Sambhavna Sherlyn Veena Mahek Sana Hazel Natasa Nora Lopamudra
International star None Jade Claudia Veena Sunny None Elli Mandana Jason
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
Vikas Rohan
Rajev Pratyusha Praneet Kishwar
Singer Baba Debojit Ismail Manoj Raageshwari None Ali Quli Arvind None
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 Monalisa
Kashmira Sambhavna Vindu Dolly Pooja B. Sayantani Apurva Minissha Vikas
Ajaz Puneet Keith Elena
Comedian None Ahsaan Raju Veena None Vrajesh Rajat Pritam None
Non-celebrity Ragini Alina Pravesh None Nihita Kashif Anita None Priya Swami Om, Manveer, Nitibha, Lokesh, Akansha, Manu, Priyanka and Navin
Winner Rahul Ashutosh Vindu Shweta Juhi Urvashi Gauahar Gautam Prince Manveer
Runner-up Carol Raja Pravesh Khali Mahek Imam Tanisha Karishma T. Rishabh VJ Bani


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.[24]

Season 8

  • The introduction of special panel members on occasional eviction episodes came under controversy during the season. The production team was mainly accused for violating the concept of the original Big Brother franchise and allowing interference from external agents into the house environment. The second week saw appearances from Andy and Kamya who were seen forcing their opinions on the housemates by calling it a guide to their stay. However Kamya, on a relative off-note, went on to malign targeted housemates' stance and reputation by wording her take as the 'viewer's point of view'.[25] Subsequent to the episode's airing critics termed her conduct as 'adding script to a rather spontaneous programme'. A similar incident took place in the fourth week where Sargun Mehta's argument with Minissha received much backlash from viewers.[26][27][28] Despite demands and complaints from viewers, the broadcaster declined the opportunity to explain the addition.[29] Furthermore, Salman Khan was also criticized for siding with Sonali Raut without a hint of care for housemates' or viewers' opinion and judgement citing the live feed as enough proof for evaluation. However viewers expressed disapprobation since the live feed being released on the channel's website was only broadcasting previously recorded content.[30]

Halla Bol

  • This series was marked by a number of downfalls for the Big Brother franchise in India. The continuation of the regular celebrity season into an All-Stars version garnered initial media and viewer attention but the ratings for the show decreased to an all-time low with the final only managing to score a TRP of 2.82.[31] The official tabulators for the show being Ernst & Young allegedly had formed the final result based on a number of votes which was not only less than the previous seasons but also the evictions for the same series.[32] An additional statement released by the firm revealed that the percentage separating the final two contenders was lower than one whole unit indicating figurative comparison to a photo finish.[33]

Season 10

  • The voting rules for the final week were changed abruptly following Rohan Mehra's eviction. The previous rule which allowed multiple votes, capped at 99, per IP and phone number were brought down to 1. This created uproar from the viewers who were not officially or appropriately informed of the tweak. The voters were not refunded money for any additional votes they had made since 1 vote submission from online and offline sources was recorded and the rest were discarded. Viacom 18 received 570 complaints during the night of the final when Manu Punjabi was shown to have quit the competition before the results were announced. Realizing that the final was pre-recorded with the outcome known to the producers before the episode aired the viewers were appalled that voting lines for Manu were kept open throughout. The complaints increased overnight to a record 1140 after the final had finished airing.

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
Deepika Padukone India 10 1

Other versions

The show's Kannada language version, currently in fifth season will be broadcast on Colors Kannada from September 2017, with Sudeep as host.[34]

The show's Tamil language version (first season) is broadcast from June 2017 on Star Vijay, with Kamal Haasan as host.[35]

The show's Telugu language version (first season) will be broadcast from July 2017 on Star Maa, with Jr.Ntr as host.[36]


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