Bigg Boss Kannada

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Bigg Boss Kannada
Bigg Boss Kannada Season 4 Logo.jpg
Logo used for the Bigg Boss Kannada 4.

Bigg Boss Kannada (or simply Bigg Boss) is the Kannada version of the reality TV show Bigg Boss which is broadcast in India on Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The show is produced by Endemol, currently through Endemol Shine India[1] who owns the global format of Big Brother. Kannada actor Sudeep was roped in to host the reality show in 2013 for the first season[2][3] on ETV Kannada (now Colors Kannada). Sudeep continues to be the part of the show as of fourth season in 2016.[4] The first season of the show became popular[5] and turned out to be a TRP magnet,[6] eventually becoming the No.1 reality show in South India.[7]

Bigg Boss Kannada moved to Asianet's Suvarna[8] (now under Star India) for the second season and grew even bigger in the market.[9][10] The channel claimed an approximate increase of 25% in viewers for the season.[11] The show returned to Viacom 18[12] with Sudeep signing to host the next five seasons.[13] The third season was aired on Colors Kannada (rebranded from ETV Kannada) and witnessed a slight fall in the TRP because of a controversy involving a fellow housemate following his immediate ejection.[14][15] A year later, during the press meet for the fourth season, it was clarified that the TRP fall was a false claim and the ratings actually went up after the ejection.[16]

The fame of the show as of fourth season reached to an extent where the film producers from the Kannada Film Industry and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce held a protest in front of Innovative Film City in Bidadi, where the Bigg Boss house is located, demanding the actors not to participate or host reality shows on television, also tried to impose a ban on the show because of its popularity affecting the performances of movies in the box office.[17]

The upcoming fifth season will air from September 2017[18] and will be the first season to include non-celebrity housemates selected through online audition process.[19]

The 'Bigg Boss' house[edit]

A 'Bigg Boss' House is constructed for every season. For the first two seasons, the house was located in Lonavala, Pune district of Maharashtra, where the Hindi version of Bigg Boss usually takes place. As the schedules for the Hindi and Kannada versions were expected to be overlapped, a house exclusive for Kannada version of the show was built at Innovative Film City in Bengaluru, Karnataka for the third season. This continues to be the location of the house for the next seasons of Bigg Boss Kannada as well. The house built for a season of Bigg Boss is retained until the start of next season and is open for public at the venue, serving as an attraction.

The house would be usually well-furnished and decorated. It would have all the modern amenities and a large, common bedroom with beds for all contestants. There was an addition in the form of a luxurious single bedroom for the captain starting from second season. The house would also have common toiletries, swimming pool, gymnasium and spacious gardens. Apart from these, show specific activity areas and a small sound-proof room with controlled entrance called as the 'confession room' is built in the house where the housemates would be called in by the Bigg Boss for nomination process and other conversational activities.[20] A secret room with bed and other facilities was incorporated into the house starting from season 2 where an evicted contestant, if selected by the Bigg Boss to continue the game, would be retained in this room for a week or two and would be put back into the game.

The House has no television connection (except for the day where the show host Sudeep converses with the contestants through the TV), no telephones, no access to internet, no clocks, no articles to write, complying with the rules of Big Brother around the world.[21]


Each season gets its own Bigg Boss 'Eye' logo similar to the Bigg Boss and Big Brother shows. The first season of Kannada Bigg Boss on ETV Kannada inherited its logo from the sixth season of its Hindi counterpart in the form of a human eye with an eyeball displaying the SMPTE color bars, against a purple, lightning storm background. The second season, moved to Suvarna TV and got its dedicated logo in the form of a more detailed human eye against a background which split the 'hot' (orange) and 'cold' (blue) sides of the personalities in the house. This logo also had the text 'Season 2' inserted below the 'Eye'.

The third season returned to original broadcaster, then re-branded as Colors Kannada and the logo was adopted from the one used for the first season. The same eye was used against a purple tornado background and there was no mention about the season number. The fourth season had a make-over with the new 'Eye' that resembles a futuristic design, with different elements inside the eye, against a background that uses many tech elements and a dominant blue color. The season number is not mentioned in the fourth logo too.

Game progression[edit]

House rules[edit]

While all the rules have never been disclosed to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen.[22] The inmates should talk in Kannada at all times however, minimal use of English is allowed. The property of the house including the electronic equipment and the furniture should not be tampered or damaged by the housemates. The housemates can not leave the house premises at any time except when permitted to. Sleeping during the day time is prohibited and the contestants are allowed to sleep only when the lights go off in the night. Liquor is abandoned and the housemates with smoking habits can only smoke in the smoking area and are not allowed to smoke in any other parts of the house. A housemate can not assault another housemate physically; failing to follow this would eject the assaulter from the house.


Nomination is a mandatory activity, usually taking place on first day of the week in which all housemates need to take part unless directed by Bigg Boss. Each housemate nominates two other housemates for eviction. Housemates getting maximum nomination votes will be nominated for eviction from the house in that week and undergoes public vote (through SMS) for retention. On the weekend episode, usually one contestant with lowest public votes will be evicted from the house. A housemate may also be directly nominated for eviction by that week's captain of the house or for other reasons by the Bigg Boss. Housemates who are awarded 'immunity' can not be nominated by other contestants. Immunity is automatically given to the week's captain and can be earned by contestants through winning specific tasks or achieving secret tasks given by Bigg Boss. Sometimes, the captain can make a contestant immune from nomination upon Bigg Boss' direction. The housemates are not allowed to discuss about the nominations or the nomination process with each other.

House captaincy[edit]

The captaincy concept was introduced in the second season. A captain is selected for every week by the Bigg Boss through specific tasks or elected by the housemates. A captain will have additional privileges in the form of immunity from nomination for that particular week, exemption from participating in the task activities and a separate bedroom with facilities more than that of other contestants. The captain will be exempted from nomination procedure for his/her captaincy week and will have power to either nominate a housemate directly or make a housemate immune from nomination or rescue a nominated housemate, depending on Bigg Boss' decisions. Captain's main duty is to supervise the weekly task and make sure the conditions and stipulations are met and task is performed well to procure the 'luxury budget' for the next week. Captains should also keep an eye on house rules and may punish a housemate for violating the rules.

Season summary and episode format[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season of Bigg Boss Kannada was launched in 2013 and derived many of its concepts from the sixth season of the original Bigg Boss including the visual elements and the house itself, with slight alterations. 'Howdu Swami!' ('Yes Sir!') was adopted as the slogan for this season and the theme song for the show was sung by Vijay Prakash. The show was aired on ETV Kannada from Mondays to Saturdays from 8 PM to 9 PM, premiering on 24 March 2013. The tasks and house activities would take place from Mondays to Thursdays following a special episode on Fridays, 'Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe' ('The Week's Story with Kiccha') in which the show's host Sudeep would appear and carryout the eviction for the week. Sudeep's appearance would continue on the next day's special episode, 'Super Saturday with Sudeep' where an interview of the evicted contestant and a promotion for an upcoming movie would take place with a celebrity guest on the stage with Sudeep. The programming that included the unseen content, 'Bigg Boss Unseen' was aired from 11 PM to 12 AM on weeknights. A marathon of all the episodes of the week would run on Sundays from morning. All the episodes were available online on YouTube and the official website of Bigg Boss Kannada after the original airing. The finale of the show was aired on 30 June 2013. Post conclusion of the season, a spin-off programming 'Bigg Boss Autograph' was aired on the same time-slot which consisted of interviews on the journey of fellow contestants in the show.

Season 2[edit]

The second season moved to Asianet Suvarna and was launched in 2014. A new logo and a house exclusive to the Kannada version were created for this season along with a new theme song, with Vijay Prakash reprising his singing role. The slogan for this season was 'Thamashene Alla!' ('Not a Joke at all!'). The season premiered on 29 June 2013 with many new elements getting introduced, including the house captaincy. The programming was increased by a day to include Sundays and the weekly activities would take place from Mondays to Fridays from this season. Eviction episodes with Sudeep, 'Kicchinca Kathe Kicchana Jothe' ('Igniting Story with Kiccha') was aired on Saturdays followed by special episodes for interviews and movie promotions 'Sakkath Sunday with Sudeep' on Sundays. The unseen content for the season, 'Innu Ide Nodi Swami!' ('There's more to watch, Sir!') was aired from 11 PM to 12 AM on weeknights. A marathon of all the episodes of the week would run on Sundays from morning. All the episodes were available online on YouTube and the official website of Suvarna after the original airing. The finale of the show was aired on 5 October 2014. After the season concluded, 'Bigg Boss Autograph' was aired on the same time-slot.

Season 3[edit]

The third season returned to the previous broadcaster, then re-branded to Colors Kannada from ETV Kannada. This was the first season to take place inside Karnataka, in a house bigger than the previous ones, built exclusively for the Kannada version at the Innovative Film City in Bengaluru. The season used many elements including the theme song and the logo with slight modifications from the first season. The season was also the first one to omit unseen content programming and online voting. The season premiered on 25 October 2015 and 'Naatakakke Illi Jaaga Illa!' ('There is no place for drama here!') was the slogan of this season. As with the usual format, the episodes would be aired from Mondays to Sundays, this time an hour later than the previous seasons. The time-slot from the third season has been 9 PM to 10 PM on weeknights. The eviction episode, 'Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe' ('The Week's Story with Kiccha') returned and was aired on Saturdays and continued with 'Super Sunday with Sudeep' on Sundays. The 'Bigg Boss Autograph' for Season 3 was hosted by Rishika Singh, alumna of the first season of Bigg Boss Kannada. The show's finale was aired on 31 January 2017. The episodes from this season were not available online after the airing, however were later uploaded on Voot platform.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season was aired on Colors Kannada and Colors Kannada HD and was the first season to broadcast the episodes in High-definition format. 'Kandiro Mukhagala Kanade Iro Mukha!' ('Unseen faces of the seen faces!') was the tagline for this season. The season premiered on 9 October 2016 with the same time-slot as of previous season. The format was same as that of previous season, with the same weekend programming with slight alteration in the Sunday's 'Super Sunday with Sudeepa'. The online voting was omitted for this season too but the unseen content was given more importance and a spin-off programming named 'Bigg Boss Night Shift' was aired on Colors Kannada's sister channel Colors Super from 10 PM to 11 PM everyday. This show acted as the supplement for the main show and contained unseen footage with commentary. The spin-off was hosted by Rehman Haseeb, the Bigg Boss alumnus from 3rd Season. Also, on the Viacom 18's OTT platform Voot, two exclusive short-shows (referred to as Voot Shorts) were being streamed; both hosted by Rehman. 'Doddmane Suddi' ('News from the Big House') highlighted the events of the day's show before going on air and 'Theremareya Kathe' ('Story behind the Scenes') showed the unseen footage from the show which are not aired on the original episodes. Rehman also hosted a 30-minute interview about the in-house experience of the evicted contestants every weekend in 'Just Maath Maathalli' ('Just in the Talks'), yet another Voot exclusive show. The 'Bigg Boss Autograph' for this season was hosted by Niranjan Deshpande, an alumnus from the same season. The show was extended for two weeks and the finale took place on 29 January 2017. The 14 final episodes were aired on Colors Super and the finale was simulcast on Colors Kannada, Colors Kannada HD and Colors Super.

Series details[edit]

Season Host Network Timeslot Premiere Finale Days Housemates Prize Money Winner Runner-Up
Season 1 (2013) Sudeep ETV Kannada 8 PM - 9 PM 24 March 2013 30 June 2013 98 15 50 lakh (US$78,000) Vijay Raghavendra Arun Sagar
Season 2 (2014) Suvarna 8 PM - 9 PM 29 June 2014 5 October 2014 98 15 Akul Balaji Srujan Lokesh
Season 3 (2015-16) Colors Kannada 9 PM - 10 PM 25 October 2015 31 January 2016 98 18 Shruti Chandan Kumar
Season 4 (2016-17) Colors Kannada[1] 9 PM - 10 PM 9 October 2016 29 January 2017 112 18 Pratham Keerthi Kumar
Season 5 (2017-18) Colors Kannada TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
  1. ^ The show was aired on Colors Kannada and Colors Kannada HD for first 98 Days. Episodes for the final 14 days were aired on Colors Super. The finale episode was aired on Colors Kannada, Colors Super and Colors Kannada HD simultaneously.

Consolidated housemate pattern[edit]

Contestant Clique Season 1 (2013) Season 2 (2014) Season 3 (2015-2016) Season 4 (2016-2017)
# T Contestant R # T Contestant R # T Contestant R # T Contestant R
Lead Actor
10 C Vijay Raghavendra 1 98 W 13 C Aadhi Lokesh 1 63 E - G V Ravichandran 98 - 14 C Mohan Shankar 1 112 F
8 C Thilak Shekar 1 42 E 11 C Mayur Patel 1 42 E 18 WC Masthan Chandra 54 63 E
- GC Yogesh 54 70 - 5 C Santhosh 1 70 E - GC Rakshith Shetty 71 72 -
- G Sathish Neenasam 91 -
Lead Actress
2 C Sanjjanaa Galrani 1 14 E 2 C Deepika Kamaiah 1 98 F 6 C Madhuri Itagi 1 7 E 13 C Karunya Ram 1 42 E
54 75 E
15 WC Rishika Singh 42 63 E 4 C Harshika Poonacha 1 14 E - G Malashree 21 -
36 49 E
6 C Neethu Shetty 1 35 S 17 WC Sukrutha Wagle 54 70 E
40 77 E
- A Rishika Singh 93 98 -
- A Neethu Shetty 93 98 -
9 C Nikitha Thukral 1 98 F 10 C Pooja Gandhi 1 35 S - A Pooja Gandhi 49 -
40 98 F
Comedy Artist 3 C Arun Sagar 1 98 R 3 C Laya Kokila 1 28 E 16 WC Mithra 37 56 E 3 C Shalini Satyanarayan 1 28 S
35 107 E
- GC Bullet Prakash 49 56 -
Supporting Artist 4 C Shwetha Pandit 1 21 E 7 C Anitha Bhat 1 7 E 5 C Malavika Avinash 1 91 S
94 111 F
- G Rajesh Nataranga 81 -
Artist of the Past 11 C Chandrika 1 84 E 15 C Shruthi 1 98 W 15 C Rekha 1 112 F
85 97 E
18 WC Sushma Veer 46 77 E - A Shruthi 93 98 -
Actor & Director 15 WC Guruprasad 47 84 E 7 C Master Anand 1 98 F 1 C Pratham 1 91 S
95 112 W
16 WC Om Prakash Rao 8 49 E
- GC Rishab Shetty 71 72 -
Musician / Singer 12 C Ravi Mooruru 1 28 E 9 C Chaitra H G 1 21 E
- G Raghu Dixit 84 -
Show Presenter 6 C Aparna 1 42 E 1 C Akul Balaji 1 98 W
7 C Anushree 1 77 E 8 C Srujan Lokesh 1 98 R
12 C Anupama Bhat 1 91 E
News Anchor 13 C Rehman Haseeb 1 98 F 2 C Sheetal Shetty 1 28 S
35 84 E
Soap Artist 10 C Shweta Chengappa 1 98 F 2 C Chandan Kumar 1 98 R 11 C Vanishree 1 7 E
5 C Kruthika Ravindra 1 63 E 6 C Kavya Shastri 1 35 E
17 WC Gowthami Gowda 37 84 E 8 C Sanjana Chidanand 1 77 E
- TG Madhubala (Kaveri) 37 -
Child Artist - G Disha (Kinnari) 5 - - TG Sharika (Bangari) 37 -
Show Producer 1 C Bhavana Belagere 1 70 E
Reality Show
14 WC Rohan Gowda 38 56 E 11 C Tsunami Kitty 1 84 E 7 C Bhuvan Ponnanna 1 98 E
- GC Rajesh 31 34 - - A Tsunami Kitty 91 98 -
Cricket Player 8 C N C Aiyappa 1 91 E 10 C Dodda Ganesh 1 14 E
- A N C Aiyappa 93 98 -
Others Radio Jockey 5 C Vinayak Joshi 1 35 E 9 C Rohith Patel 1 70 E 14 C Nethra 1 49 E 12 C Niranjan Deshpande 1 56 E
1 C Narendra Sharma 1 98 F - GC Jaya Sreenivasan - - G Sheela Bajaj 85 -
13 WC Rishi Kumar 14 28 E
Social Media Fame 4 C Keerthi Kumar 1 112 R
Controversial Fame 12 C Jayalakshmi 1 7 E 14 C Shakeela 1 21 E 3 C Huccha Venkat 1 21 X - TA Huccha Venkat 37 -
29 49 E
Model 4 C Jayashree Ramaiah 1 14 E
Air Host 9 C Neha Gowda 1 42 E
Stage Performer - G Dinku (Indushree) - - TG Clown (Uncredited) 37 -
Contestants 12 14 15 15
Wild-Card Entries 3 1 3 3
Guest Contestants 2 2 0 2
Guests 0 1 2 5
Guest (Task) 0 0 0 3
Alumni 0 0 0 6
Alumni (Task) 0 0 0 1
Total Housemates 15 15 18 18
Grand Total 17 18 20 35
Apart from this list of housemates and guests, family members of few contestants have been invited as guests to the house in all seasons.
Few evicted contestants of a season have returned to the house in the penultimate week of the season.
The host of the show, Sudeep himself has entered the house during the beginning of each season and on a few other occasions.
# Contestant Order
Date of Entry
Date of Exit
T Type of


C Contestant who entered on the premiere episode.
WC Contestant who was a wild-card entry.
GC Guest contestant who stayed in the house more than a day.
G Guest who entered and exited on the same day.
TG Guest who entered as a part of the task related activities.
A Alumnum from previous seasons who entered as guests.
TA Alumnum who entered as a part of the task related activities.
R Result W Contestant emerged as the winner of the season.
R Contestant emerged as the runner-up of the season.
F Contestant was one of the finalists of the season.
E Contestant was evicted from the house.
E Contestant was evicted but returned to the house later.
S Contestant was sent to secret area and returned to the house later.
X Contestant was ejected from the house for breaking the rules.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 ETV Kannada Anubandha Awards Best Reality Show Season 1 Won
2014 GCC Puraksar Media - TV & Entertainment[23][24] Best Reality Show Season 1 Won


Season 3[edit]

In the third season, Huccha Venkat was ejected from the show for breaking the rule and assaulting fellow housemate Ravi Mooruru. The season witnessed Venkat's opposition to almost every happenings on the show.[25] He claimed to have formed and maintained 'Huccha Venkat Sene' , a civilian army to fight against corruption and ban item numbers in movies. Mooruru had accused Venkat's non-involvement in the house tasks a day before Sudeep's weekend episode.[26] While answering Sudeep's question on the weekend episode, he started to speak about Venkat's claim about the 'Sene' which enraged Venkat to manhandle Mooruru.[27] He continued to slap Ravi until he was dragged away by other housemates causing Ravi to bleed. The act caused Bigg Boss Kannada's first ever ejection (direct eviction)[28] for Venkat as Sudeep slammed his actions and directed him out of the house.[29] He was escorted out of the house by bouncers.[30] Post eviction, he made statements against Ravi, show host Sudeep,[31] and other housemates including Rehman and Chandan. Sudeep's fans revolted against this and Venkat was made to apologize for his statements against Sudeep on live TV.[32] The act eventually led to Venkat's arrest.[33][34][35] After the season concluded, Venkat and Mooruru have been on good terms.

Season 4[edit]

Huccha Venkat was invited on the show as a guest for a task in the fourth season. Pratham, a housemate from the concurrent season and Venkat were involved in a heated exchange of words previously because of Pratham's offer of a cricket bookie role for Venkat in his upcoming film.[36] The issue was shown on news channels during the start of the season and was portrayed that the two do not like each other. During the task on the show, Pratham tried to irritate Venkat with his choice of words only to end up getting assaulted by him.[37] Venkat was escorted out of the Bigg Boss house by the bouncers, for the second time.[38] Venkat said later to the press that he went inside the house once again only to beat Pratham up as he disrespected women.[39] Sudeep, the host of the show disliked these actions[40] and threatened to discontinue[41] as the host of Bigg Boss Kannada unless Venkat apologizes for his actions in public.[42] Sudeep continued to host the show after Venkat appeared on the next episode and apologized in front of the camera. Post conclusion of Bigg Boss Kannada 4, Venkat and Pratham have been on good terms.[43]


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