Bigg Boss (Telugu TV series)

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Bigg Boss
Show's Seventh Season Logo with host Nagarjuna
Presented by
Country of originIndia
Original languageTelugu
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes714(as of 17 December 2023)
Production locationsLonavala
(Season 1)
Annapurna Studios
(Season 2 - present)
Camera setupMulti-Camera (76 cameras with size variations and high quality)
Running time90 minutes (approx.)
Production companyEndemol Shine India
Original release
NetworkStar Maa
Disney+ Hotstar
Release16 July 2017 (2017-07-16) –

Bigg Boss is an Indian Telugu-language television reality show of the Bigg Boss franchise which airs on Star Maa and streams on Disney+ Hotstar in India. It follows the format of the Dutch reality show Big Brother, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands.

Starting in 2017, the show has rolled out seven seasons so far; Jr NTR and Nani hosted Season 1 and 2 respectively, while Nagarjuna is hosting the show from Season 3 onwards. In Season 2 and 6 features general public along with celebrities as a housemates.[1]


Bigg Boss is based on the Dutch series 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 fellow housemates for eviction, and the housemates who receive the most nominations would face a public vote. Eventually, one housemate would leave after being "evicted" from the House. In the final week, there were five housemates remaining, and the public voted for who they wanted to win. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the Indian version uses celebrities as housemates, In season two, Bigg Boss team had selected three common people as contestants from the auditions.


While all the rules have never been told to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen. The housemates are not permitted to talk in any other language except Telugu.

They always have to wear a lapel and They cannot leave the House premises at any time unless they are evicted or decided by Bigg Boss. They can not discuss the nomination process with anyone. They are not allowed to sleep without the permission of Bigg Boss.


The house for season one was set up at Lonavala.[2] From season two onwards, the house was set up in Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad.[3] The house is well-furnished and decorated. It has a variety 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 jail was added from season two onwards in the house and in season three, courtyard part was added in the house. In season four newly special living area and lounge room were added by replacing activity and courtyard part in the house.


Bigg Boss is aired on Star Maa and also available on Disney+ Hotstar. Everyday episodes contain the main happenings of the previous day. Every Sunday episode mainly focuses on an interview of an evicted contestant by the host. The unseen episode will be available as Bigg Boss Buzzz on Star Maa Music and Disney+ Hotstar.

Series details[edit]

SeriesHostHouse LocationEpisodesOriginally airedHousematesDaysLaunch TRP RatingsFinale TRP RatingsPrize MoneyWinnerRunner up
First airedLast airedNetwork
1Jr. NTRLonavala7116 July 2017 (2017-07-16)24 September 2017 (2017-09-24)Star Maa
Disney+ Hotstar
167016.18 TVR[4]14.23 TVR[5]50 lakh (US$63,000) Siva Balaji Aadarsh Balakrishna
2NaniHyderabad11310 June 2018 (2018-06-10)30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)1811215.0 TVR[6]15.05 TVR[6]50 lakh (US$63,000) Kaushal Manda Geetha Madhuri
3Nagarjuna10621 July 2019 (2019-07-21)3 November 2019 (2019-11-03)1710517.92 TVR[7]18.29 TVR[5]50 lakh (US$63,000) Rahul Sipligunj Sreemukhi
41066 September 2020 (2020-09-06)20 December 2020 (2020-12-20)1910518.5 TVR[8]21.7 TVR[9]25 lakh (US$31,000)[a] Abijeet Akhil Sarthak
51065 September 2021 (2021-09-05)19 December 2021 (2021-12-19)1910518 TVR[11]18.4 TVR[12]50 lakh (US$63,000)[b] VJ Sunny Shanmukh Jaswanth
61064 September 2022 (2022-09-04)18 December 2022 (2022-12-18)211058.86 TVR[14]8.17 TVR[15]10 lakh (US$13,000)[c] L. V. Revanth Shrihan Shaik
71063 September 2023 (2023-09-03)17 December 2023 (2023-12-17)1910518.1 TVR[17]21.7 TVR[18]35 lakh (US$44,000)[d] Pallavi Prashanth Amardeep Chowdary

  Female Contestants   Male Contestants


  1. ^ However, the winner was awarded only 25 lakh after the 2nd runner-up opted to walk out with 25 lakh.[10]
  2. ^ The winner awarded with 50 lakh, a bike and a plot with worth 25 lakh.[13]
  3. ^ However, the winner was awarded only 10 lakh, a car and a plot with worth 25 lakh, after the runner up opted to walk out with 40 lakh.[16]
  4. ^ However, the winner was awarded with 35 lakh, 15 lakh worth diamond jewelry and a luxurious car, after the 3rd runner up opted to walk out with 15 lakh.[19]

Housemate pattern[edit]

Clique Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Film & TV Star Aadarsh Balakrishna Amit Tiwari Ali Reza Abijeet Hamida Khatoon Arjun Kalyan Amardeep Chowdary
Archana Shastry Bhanu Sree Hema Akhil Sarthak Lahari Shari Baladitya Arjun
Ashwini Sri
Dhanraj Kaushal Manda Himaja Avinash Maanas Chanti Gautham Krishna
Diksha Panth Faima Sheikh
Hari Teja Kireeti Damaraju Mahesh Vitta Divi Vadathya Priyanka Singh Inaya Sultana Kiran Rathod
Jyothi Keerthi Bhat Pooja Murthy
Mumaith Khan Nandini Rai Punarnavi Bhupalam Karate Kalyani Shailaja Priya Marina Abraham Priyanka Jain
Navdeep Pooja Ramachandran Ravi Krishna Kumar Sai Siri Hanmanth Rohit Sahni Rathika Rose
Prince Cecil Shani Salmon
Sameer Hasan Samrat Reddy Rohini Reddy Monal Gajjar VJ Sunny Sri Satya Shakeela
Sampoornesh Babu Tanish Varun Sandesh Swathi Deekshith Swetha Varma Sudeepa Pinky Shobha Shetty
Siva Balaji Tejaswi Madivada Vithika Sheru Syed Sohel Ryan Uma Devi Vasanthi Krishnan Sivaji
Vishwa Raj Subhashree
TV Host None Syamala Shilpa Chakravarthy Ariyana Glory Lobo Khayyum Neha Chowdary None
Sreemukhi Lasya Manjunath Ravi Kiran
TV News Reader Kathi Karthika Deepthi Nallamuthu Jaffar Babu Devi Nagavalli None Arohi Rao None
Siva Jyothi Sujatha
Singer/Music Artists Kalpana Raghavendar Geetha Madhuri Rahul Sipligunj Noel Sean Sreerama Chandra L. V. Revanth Bhole Shavali
Madhu Priya Roll Rida Damini
Radio Jockey None None None None Kajal Seelamsetty Surya Narayana None
Model None None None None Jaswanth Raja Shekar Prince Yawar
Film Critic/ Humanist Mahesh Kathi Babu Gogineni Tamanna Simhadhri None None None None
Choreographer None None Baba Bhaskar Amma Rajasekhar Anee Abhinayashree Sandeep
Film Director None None None Surya Kiran None None None
Social Media Personalities None Deepthi Sunaina Ashu Reddy Alekhya Harika Sarayu Roy Geetu Nayani Pavani

Shanmukh Jaswanth

Shrihan Shaik Pallavi Prashanth
Mehaboob Shaikh Teja
Commoner None Ganesh None None None Adi Reddy None
Nutan Naidu
Sanjana Anne
Total 16 18 17 19 19 21 19
  Winner   Runner-up   Finalist

Bigg Boss Non-Stop[edit]

The series is also set to roll out a digital version of the show called Bigg Boss Non-Stop, which is also going to be hosted by Nagarjuna and broadcast by Disney+ Hotstar for 24×7 coverage.[20][21][22]


Season 1[edit]

Bigg Boss Telugu programme is regarded as the most expensive Telugu television show.[23] The launch of season 1 opened with 16.18 TVR and became as the most watched Telugu television show.[24]

Season 2[edit]

The launch of season 2 opened with 15.05 TVR.

Season 3[edit]

The launch of season 3 opened with 17.9 TVR, which is bigger than the previous seasons.[25] The grand finale of season 3 of duration four and half hours scored 18.29 TVR being the highest ever rating achieved by the Bigg Boss Indian franchise. The last hour of telecast, featuring Chiranjeevi as chief guest, alone garnered 22.4 TVR.[26]

Season 4[edit]

The launch of season 4 opened with 18.5 TVR[8] higher than previous seasons. On Week 7, Samantha Akkineni hosted the show, while main host Nagarjuna is in Manali for his movie shooting and the episode was also extended to 3 hours, from the usual 1½ hours and the episode opened with 11.4 TVR,[citation needed] which was higher trp among all the weekends. The grand finale of season 4 became most watched and created a record with viewership as it garnered highest TRP rating of 21.7 TVR among all seasons of Bigg Boss editions.[27]

Season 5[edit]

The launch of fifth season has received about 17.7 TVR in general and 18 TVR with HD viewership and also, the latest rating proves that show's popularity has remained intact.[11] The grand finale episode had secured 18.4 TVR and millions of views on Disney+ Hotstar.[12]

Season 6[edit]

The launch episode opened with 8.86 TVR, while finale episode received 8.17 TVR and recorded has lowest TRPs in the history of the reality TV series in Telugu. The week's average TVR for this season failed to surpass the bar set by its predecessors, too.[28][29]

Season 7[edit]

The grand finale of season 7 garnered TRP ratings of 21.7 TVR.[30][31]

Side shows[edit]

Bigg Boss Buzzz[edit]

Bigg Boss Buzzz is an Indian Telugu-language Television talk show with evicted housemates of reality television series Bigg Boss Telugu. From season 3 onwards, the show features evicted housemates interview with previous season contestant as a host on every Monday episode and also unseen portions of episodes that were not aired on television will be aired on Star Maa Music.

Season Title Host Notes
3 Bigg Boss 3 Buzzz Tanish 2nd Runner-up of Season 2[32]
4 Bigg Boss 4 Buzzz Rahul Sipligunj Winner of Season 3[33]
5 Bigg Boss 5 Buzzz Ariyana Glory 3rd Runner-up of Season 4[34]
6 Bigg Boss 6 Buzzz Shiva 2nd Runner-up of BB Non-Stop 1[35]
7 Bigg Boss 7 Buzzz Geetu Contestant of Season 6[36]

BB Cafe[edit]

BB Cafe is an review based show about the reality television series Bigg Boss Telugu. From season 6 onwards, The show features previous seasons contestants as host and will discusses all the topics of Bigg Boss Episodes. The show will continue to give more clarity on war, love and other interesting topics between the contestants and it premiers on Star Maa Music.

Season Title Host Notes
6 BB Cafe Ariyana Glory 3rd Runner-up of Season 4 and BB Non-Stop 1

Related shows[edit]

  • Bigg Boss Mahotsavam
  • Bigg Battle: Kings vs Queens
  • Bigg Boss Intilo Maa Parivaar
  • BB Jodi Telugu
  • BB Shining Stars


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