Bigg Boss Kannada
|Bigg Boss Kannada|
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; currently on Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The show is produced by Endemol, currently through Endemol Shine India 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. Sudeep continues to be the part of the show as of fourth season in 2016. The first season of the show on ETV Kannada became popular and turned out to be a TRP magnet, eventually became the No.1 reality show in South India.
Bigg Boss Kannada moved to Star Network's Suvarna TV for the second season and grew even bigger in the market. The channel claimed an approximate increase of 25% in viewers for the season. The show returned to Viacom 18 and was aired on Colors Kannada, re-branded from ETV Kannada for the next seasons and the third season saw a slight fall in the TRP because of a controversy involving a housemate following his immediate ejection. 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.
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.
The 'Bigg Boss' House
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 takes place. As the schedules for the Hindi and Kannada versions was expected to be overlapped, the Bigg Boss House exclusive for Kannada version of the show was built at Innovative Film City in Bengaluru, Karnataka for the third season. 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. 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 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.
The 'Eye' Logo
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' below the 'Eye'.
The third season returned to the 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.
While all the rules have never been disclosed to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen. 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 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 of 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 nominations with each other.
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 can punish a housemate for violating the rules.
The episodes are telecast throughout the week following a one-hour running time format including commercials. The show is currently aired on Colors Kannada and Colors Kannada HD from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM everyday. Post conclusion of a season, Bigg Boss Autograph is aired which consists of interviews on the journey of fellow contestants in the show. This spin-off programming for Season 3 was hosted by Rishika Singh, alumnus of the first season of Bigg Boss Kannada. Unseen content was aired for Seasons 1 and 2 but was omitted for the 3rd Season.
For the ongoing 4th Season, a spin-off programming named Bigg Boss Night Shift is being produced and aired on Colors Kannada's sister channel Colors Super from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM everyday. This show acts as the supplement for the main show and contains unseen footage. The spin-off is 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) are being streamed; both hosted by Rehman. Doddmane Suddi highlights the events of the day's show before going on air and Theremareya Kathe shows the unseen footage from the show which are not aired on the original shows. Rehman also hosts a 30-minute interview about the in-house experience of the evicted contestants every weekend in Just Maath Maathalli, yet another Voot exclusive show.
The first season was telecast from Mondays to Saturdays, with tasks and house activities taking place from Mondays to Thursdays following a special episode on Fridays, Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe 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. The unseen content was aired on Sundays for Season 1. For the next seasons, the week became longer including the Sundays and the house activities would take place from Mondays to Fridays. Eviction episodes with Sudeep (Kicchinca Kathe Kicchana Jothe for Season 2 and Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe for Season 3) would take place on Saturdays continuing with special episodes for interviews and movie promotions (Sakkath Sunday with Sudeep for Season 2 and Super Sunday with Sudeep for Season 3) on Sundays.
Series Summary and Housemate Pattern
|Seasons||Season 1 (2013)||Season 2 (2014)||Season 3 (2015-2016)||Season 4 (2016-2017)|
|Slogan||Howdu Swami!||Thamashene Alla!||Naatakakke Illi Jaaga Illa!||Kandiro Mukhagala Kanade Iro Mukha!|
|Network||ETV Kannada||Suvarna||Colors Kannada||Colors Kannada & Colors Super|
|Time Slot (Weekdays)||8:00 PM – 9:00 PM||8:00 PM – 9:00 PM||9:00 PM – 10:00 PM||9:00 PM – 10:00 PM|
|Weekend Episodes||Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe||Kicchina Kathe Kicchana Jothe||Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe||Varada Kathe Kicchana Jothe|
|Super Saturday with Sudeep||Sakkath Sunday with Sudeep||Super Sunday with Sudeep||Super Sunday with Sudeepa|
|Unseen Content Spin-Off||Bigg Boss Unseen||Innu Ide Nodi Swami!||-||Bigg Boss Night Shift|
|Premiere||24 March 2013||29 June 2014||25 October 2015||9 October 2016|
|Finale||30 June 2013||5 October 2014||31 January 2016||29 January 2017|
|Duration||98 Days||98 Days||98 Days||112 Days|
|Vijay Raghavendra||1||98||Aadhi Lokesh||1||63||V Ravichandran||98||Mohan Shankar||1||112|
|CONTESTANT - 10 / WINNER||CONTESTANT - 13||GUEST||CONTESTANT - 14 / FINALIST|
|Thilak Shekar||1||42||Mayur Pael||1||42||-||Masthan Chandra||54||63|
|CONTESTANT - 8||CONTESTANT - 11||WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 18|
|GUEST CONTESTANT||CONTESTANT - 5||GUEST CONTESTANT|
|Sanjjanaa Galrani||1||14||Deepika Kamaiah||1||98||Madhuri Itagi||1||7||Karunya Ram||1||42|
|CONTESTANT - 2||CONTESTANT - 2 / FINALIST||CONTESTANT - 6||CONTESTANT - 13||54||75|
|Rishika Singh||42||63||Harshika Poonacha||1||14||-||Malashree||21|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 15||CONTESTANT - 4||36||49||GUEST|
|-||Neethu Shetty||1||35||-||Sukrutha Wagle||54||70|
|CONTESTANT - 6||40||77||WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 17|
|GUEST / ALUMNI|
|GUEST / ALUMNI|
|Nikitha Thukral||1||98||-||Pooja Gandhi||1||35||Pooja Gandhi||49|
|CONTESTANT - 9 / FINALIST||CONTESTANT - 10 / FINALIST||40||98||GUEST / ALUMNI|
|Comedy Artist||Arun Sagar||1||98||Laya Kokila||1||28||Mithra||37||56||Shalini Sathyanarayan||1||28|
|CONTESTANT - 3 / RUNNER-UP||CONTESTANT - 3||WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 16||CONTESTANT - 3||35||107|
|Supporting Artist||Shwetha Pandit||1||21||Anitha Bhat||1||7||-||Malavika Avinash||1||91|
|CONTESTANT - 4||CONTESTANT - 7||CONTESTANT - 5 / FINALIST||94||111|
|Artist of the Past||Chandrika||1||84||-||Shruthi||1||98||Rekha||1||112|
|CONTESTANT - 11||85||91||CONTESTANT - 15 / WINNER||CONTESTANT - 15 / FINALIST|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 18||GUEST / ALUMNI|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 15||CONTESTANT - 7 / FINALIST||CONTESTANT - 1 / WINNER||95||112|
|-||-||-||Om Prakash Rao||8||49|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 16||64|
|Musician / Singer||-||-||Ravi Mooruru||1||28||Chaitra H G||1||21|
|CONTESTANT - 12||CONTESTANT - 9|
|Show Presenter||Aparna||1||42||Akul Balaji||1||98||-||-|
|CONTESTANT - 6||CONTESTANT - 1 / WINNER|
|CONTESTANT - 7||CONTESTANT - 12|
|-||Srujan Lokesh||1||98||-||Clown (Uncredited)||37|
|CONTESTANT - 8 / RUNNER-UP||GUEST|
|Narendra Babu Sharma||1||98||Jaya Sreenivasan||-||Sheelaa Bajaj||85|
|CONTESTANT - 1 / FINALIST||GUEST CONTESTANT||GUEST|
|Rishi Kumar Swami||14||28||-||-||-|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 13|
|News Anchor||-||-||Rehman Haseeb||1||98||Sheethal Shetty||1||28|
|CONTESTANT - 13 / FINALIST||CONTESTANT - 2||35||84|
|Soap Artist||-||Shwetha Chengappa||1||98||Chandan Kumar||1||98||Vanishree||1||7|
|CONTESTANT - 10 / FINALIST||CONTESTANT - 2 / RUNNER-UP||CONTESTANT - 11|
|-||-||Kruthika Ravindra||1||63||Kavya Shastri||1||35|
|CONTESTANT - 5||CONTESTANT - 6|
|-||-||Gowthami Gowda||37||84||Sanjana Chidanand||1||77|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 17||CONTESTANT - 8|
|Child Artist||-||-||Disha (Kinnari)||5||Sharika (Bangari)||37|
|Show Producer||-||-||Bhavana Belagere||1||70||-|
|CONTESTANT - 1|
|Rohan Gowda||38||56||-||Tsunami Kitty||1||84||Bhuvan Ponnanna||1||98|
|WILD CARD / CONTESTANT - 14||CONTESTANT - 11||CONTESTANT - 7|
|GUEST CONTESTANT||GUEST / ALUMNI|
|Radio Personalities||Radio Jockey||Vinayak Joshi||1||35||Rohith Patel||1||70||Nethra||1||49||Niranjan Deshpande||1||56|
|CONTESTANT - 5||CONTESTANT - 9||CONTESTANT - 14||CONTESTANT - 12|
|Sports Personalities||Cricketer||-||-||Neravanda Aiyappa||1||91||Dodda Ganesh||1||14|
|CONTESTANT - 8||CONTESTANT - 10|
|GUEST / ALUMNI|
|Social Media||-||-||-||Keerthi Kumar||1||113|
|CONTESTANT - 4 / RUNNER-UP|
|Controversy||Jayalakshmi||1||7||Shakeela||1||21||Huccha Venkat||1||21||Huccha Venkat||37|
|CONTESTANT - 12||29||49||CONTESTANT - 14||CONTESTANT - 3||GUEST / ALUMNI|
|CONTESTANT - 4|
|Air Host||-||-||Neha Gowda||1||42||-|
|CONTESTANT - 9|
|Grand Total including Guests||17||18||20||35|
|Apart from this list of housemates and guests, family members of the contestants have been invited as guests for the house in all seasons.
The host of the show, Sudeep himself has entered the house during the beginning of each season and on few other occasions.
|Contestant who entered on the premiere episode.||Contestant who was sent to the secret area.||Guest contestant who stayed in the house more than a day.|
|Contestant who was a wild-card entry.||Contestant who re-entered after facing eviction.||Guest who entered and exited on the same day.|
|Contestant who faced ejection (direct eviction) for breaking the rules of the show.||Contestant from previous seasons who entered as guests.|
Awards & Nominations
|2014||ETV Kannada Anubandha Awards||Best Reality Show||Season 1||Won|
|2014||GCC Puraksar Media - TV & Entertainment||Best Reality Show||Season 1||Won|
In the third season of Bigg Boss Kannada, 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. He claimed to have formed and maintained an army named 'Huccha Venkat Sene' 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. 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. 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) for Venkat and he was escorted out of the house by bouncers. Post eviction, he made statements against Ravi, show host Sudeep, 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. The act eventually led to Venkat's arrest.
In the ongoing fourth season, Huccha Venkat was again invited to be a guest for a task. Pratham, a current contestant and Venkat have been a part of heated exchange of words previously because of Pratham's offer of a cricket bookie role for Venkat in his upcoming film. 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. Venkat was escorted out of the Bigg Boss house by the bouncers, for the second time.
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