Bigg Boss (Tamil TV series)

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Bigg Boss
Show's seventh season logo featuring host Kamal Haasan
Presented byKamal Haasan[1]
Voices ofSasho
Country of originIndia
Original languageTamil
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes734 (as of Jan 2024)
Production
Production locationChennai
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 420 minutes (seasons 7; weekdays)
  • 465 minutes (seasons 7; weekends)
  • 90 minutes (seasons 1,2; weekdays)
  • 120 minutes (seasons 1,2; weekends)
  • 60 minutes (season 3 to 6; weekdays)
  • 90 minutes (season 3 to 6; weekends)
Production companyEndemol Shine India
Original release
NetworkStar Vijay
Release25 June 2017 (2017-06-25) –
present

Bigg Boss also known as BB is an Indian Tamil-language version of the reality TV program Bigg Boss. The program follows the Big Brother format developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Over six years, Bigg Boss has rolled out seven seasons and Kamal Haasan has continued as a host for seven seasons and broadcast by Star Vijay and streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.[2]

The first season and the launch of the franchise was premiered on 25 June 2017.[3]

Overview[edit]

Bigg Boss Tamil is a reality show based on the original Dutch Big Brother format developed by John de Mol Jr. Unlike original Big Brother, Bigg Boss Tamil features celebrity and commoner contestants. The contestants (known as "housemates") live in a house that is isolated from the world. Following anonymous internal voting by the housemates and external voting by television audiences, one housemate is "evicted" (removed) from the house each week. During the final week, the final four or five housemates vote to determine the show's winner. The eponymous Bigg Boss character serves as an omnipresent authority figure and represents the show's producers. He often interacts with the housemates to assign challenges and ask questions.

Rules[edit]

Housemates are bound by various rules. For example, contestants must speak Tamil, may not tamper with objects in the house, may not leave the premises without permission, may not discuss the nomination process, may not sleep during the day, and may not commit violence against fellow housemates. Do not write in paper or written format. The complete rules are not revealed to the audience.

Airing[edit]

Daily episodes present the main events of the previous day while weekend episodes focus on discussion of the main problems of the week and interviews with evicted contestants. On the Sunday episode the host announces the evicted contestant.

Eviction[edit]

Contestants are nominated for eviction each week by their housemates. Viewers cast their votes in favour of the contestants they would like to save from eviction. Each viewer is entitled to cast one vote per day (used to be 50 votes for S1 -S4 ,10 votes for S5). The contestant with the fewest votes is out. Contestants who break the rules or who leave the house for medical reasons are evicted. During week 14 or 15 (before finale), Contestants get an option to be evicted from the game by their own decision by accepting the cash prize eviction and self evict themselves.

Broadcast[edit]

Bigg Boss Tamil is aired on Star Vijay 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 Unseen on Vijay Music (sister channel to Star Vijay).

Series details[edit]

SeriesHostLocationHouse ThemeEpisodesOriginally airedHousematesDaysLaunch TRP RatingsFinale TRP RatingsPrize MoneyWinnerRunner up
First airedLast airedNetwork
1Kamal HasanChennaiMiddle Class House9825 June 2017 (2017-06-25)30 September 2017 (2017-09-30)Star Vijay19987.4 TVR14.25 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) Arav Nafeez Snehan
2Steampunk Gear10617 June 2018 (2018-06-17)30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)171059.7 TVR13.25 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) Riythvika Aishwarya Dutta
3Chettinad Museum10623 June 2019 (2019-06-23)6 October 2019 (2019-10-06)171067.8 TVR15.05 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) Mugen Rao Sandy
4Lavish & Vibrant Aesthetic1064 October 2020 (2020-10-04)17 January 2021 (2021-01-17)1810611.61 TVR16.60 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) Aari Arujunan Balaji Murugadoss
5Nature & Five Elements of Earth1063 October 2021 (2021-10-03)16 January 2022 (2022-01-16)201068.60 TVR10.25 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) Raju Jeyamohan Priyanka Deshpande
6Luxury Mansion1069 October 202222 January 2023211065.54 TVR5.47 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000)[a] Mohammed Azeem Vikraman Radhakrishnan
7Fairy tale World1061 October 202314 January 2024231069.90 TVR8.73 TVR50 lakh (US$63,000) [b] Archana Ravichandran Manichandra

  Male Winners   Female Winners

Reception[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Bigg Boss Tamil programme is regarded as the most expensive Tamil television show. The season made headlines right from its early days and received an extremely positive reception from the audience. It was an overall success and was stated as one of the best season so far of the Bigg Boss Tamil franchise [5] and received an opening TRP of 7.4 TVR on the grand launch day and a 14.25 TVR on the grand finale day.[6]

Season 2[edit]

The launch of season 2 opened with 9.72 TVR which was impressive and welcoming for the franchise. But this season received mixed to negative reviews from the critics and the audience.[7]

Season 3[edit]

The launch of season 3 opened with 7.8 TVR. This season received generally positive reviews from the critics and the audience.[8][9]

Season 4[edit]

The launch of season 4 opened with highest ever 11.61 TVR benefited from the impact of highly successful season 3 and lockdown, also broke the records for viewership for Bigg Boss Tamil on a grand opening day. This season also received generally positive reviews from the critics and the audience and is regarded as one of the best seasons so far.[10]

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 received generally negative response from audience for the way they conducted Ticket to Finale week without any proper tasks and it was one of the few seasons with a low viewership.[11] The TRP ratings for this season went down in the first three weeks.[12]

Season 6[edit]

The launch of season 6 received a TRP rating of 5.54 TVR which is considered below average for a season premiere.[13] Season 6 recorded the lowest viewership for a season finale in Bigg Boss Tamil franchise and the channel received a lot of negative reaction and criticism for choosing the winner [14]

Season 7[edit]

The launch of season 7 received a TRP rating of 9.9 TVR which was seen as a comeback for the franchise.[15] The season finale had a TRP rating of 8.73 TVR. In its season finale, it was reported that this had been the biggest season in the Bigg Boss Tamil franchise in terms of viewership and number of votes. This season generally received mixed reviews from the critics and the audience.[16]

Bigg Boss Ultimate[edit]

The series is also set to roll out a digital version of the show called Bigg Boss Ultimate which is also going to be hosted by Kamal Haasan and broadcast by Disney+ Hotstar for 24×5 coverage. The series was eventually hosted by Silambarasan after Haasan had to opt out due to scheduling conflicts with his latest release, Vikram.[17]

Bigg Boss Fun Unlimited[edit]

Bigg Boss Fun Unlimited is an Indian Tamil-Indian language Reality Talk show with former housemates from the previous season of reality television series Bigg Boss Tamil. The show features former housemates talking about the present contestants in the current season, its aired on Disney+ Hotstar. However this show was only for Bigg Boss 2 and later discontinued from Bigg Boss 3.

Year Season Show Host Notes
2018 2 Bigg Boss Fun Unlimited Rio Raj Future Contestant in Bigg Boss 4[citation needed]

Housemates pattern[edit]

Occupation Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Film actor/actress Anuya Bhagvath Aishwarya Dutta Fathima Babu Aari Arjunan Abhinay Vaddi Maheshwari Chanakyan Akshaya Udayakumar
Bharani Daniel Annie Pope Kasthuri Gabriella Charlton Ciby Bhuvana Chandran Sheriina Cool Suresh
Bindu Madhavi Janani Iyer Reshma Pasupuleti Jithan Ramesh Sanjeev Venkat Vikraman Radhakrishnan Maya S. Krishnan
Ganesh Venkatraman Mahat Raghavendra Sakshi Agarwal Ramya Pandian Varun Kamal Pradeep Antony
Harish Kalyan Mumtaz Saravanan Rekha Vichithra
Kaajal Pasupathi Ponnambalam Sherin Shringar
Namitha Riythvika Vanitha Vijayakumar
Oviya Shariq Hassan
Shakthi Vasudevan Vijayalakshmi Feroz
Sri Yashika Aannand
Suja Varunee
Comedian Aarthi Dhaadi Balaji Jangiri Madhumitha Aranthangi Nisha Imman Annachi Amudhavanan Annabharathi
Ganja Karuppu Sendrayan
Vaiyapuri
Choreographer Gayathri Raghuram Sandy Amir Robert Raj Manichandra
Shanthi Arvind
Model Arav Meera Mitun Balaji Murugadoss Akshara Reddy
Raiza Wilson Tharshan Thiyagarajah Samyuktha Karthik Nadia Chang
Sanam Shetty Niroop Nandakumar
Suruthi Periyasamy
Radio/video jockey Vaishnavi Prasad Ram Ramasamy RJ Bravo
Kathirravan Kabilan
Vocal coach Ananth Vaidyanathan
Singer/Rapper/Song Writer Snehan Ramya NSK Mohan Vaidya Aajeedh Khalique Chinnaponnu Dinesh Kanagaratnam Nixen
Mugen Rao Suchitra Ramadurai Isaivani Asal Kolaar Yugendran
Velmurugan Iykki Berry Gana Bala
Dancer Ayshu ADS
Vijay Varma
TV personality Mamathi Chari Abhirami Venkatachalam Anitha Sampath Pavni Reddy Mohammed Azeem Archana Ravichandran
Kavin Raj Archana Chandhoke Priyanka Deshpande Rachitha Mahalakshmi Raveena Daha
Losliya Mariyanesan Rio Raj Raju Jeyamohan Myna Nandhini Saravana Vickram
Shivani Narayanan Ayesha Zeenath Vinusha Devi
Suresh Chakravarthi Janany Kunaseelan Vishnu Vijay
Manikandan Rajesh Dinesh Gopalsamy
Nivaashiyni Saravanan
Queency Stanly
Director Cheran
Martial artist Som Shekar
Fashion Designer Madhumitha Raghunathan
YouTuber / Instagram fame Abishek Raaja GP Muthu Ananya Rao
Poornima Ravi
Writer Bava Chelladurai
Transpeople Namitha Marimuthu Shivin Ganesan
Non-Celebrity Maria Juliana Nithya Balaji Thamarai Selvi Dhanalakshmi Jovika Vijayakumar
  Winner   1st Runner-up   Finalist   Ticket To Finale   Cash Walk-out

Controversies[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The winner won 50 lakh and was also awarded the new Suzuki Brezza car.[4]
  2. ^ The winner won 50 lakh and was also awarded the new Maruti Suzuki Nexa grand Vitara car and a plot worth 15.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Salman Khan, Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal and Sudeep: How hosts impacted their Bigg Boss versions". The Indian Express. The Indian Express. 20 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Breaking! The first official announcement of 'Bigg Boss Tamil' season 6 is here". www.indiaglitz.com. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  4. ^ India Today (22 January 2023). "Azeem lifts Bigg Boss Tamil Season 6 trophy, wins Rs 50 lakh and a new car . Undeserving winner of bigg boss season 6". India Today. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil and Telugu top the charts". The Times of India. 11 August 2017. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil and Telugu top the charts". Times Of India. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Kamal Haasan's Bigg Boss 2 Tamil TRP ratings are impressive". www.hindustantimes.com. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
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  10. ^ "Bigg Boss most-watched show in 3 regions, including Tamil & Telugu speaking markets: BARC - Exchange4media". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 5: From failure of wild card entries to eviction of Akshara and Thamaraiselvi, why this season is less exciting than the previous one". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
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  13. ^ "Kamal Haasan likely to quit Bigg Boss Tamil 6: Reports". India Today. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  14. ^ "Why are enraged viewers calling for Vijay TV's boycott after Big Boss Tamil season 6's contestant Azeem wins the show". The Economic Times. 24 January 2023. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
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  16. ^ "Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  17. ^ "Kamal Haasan to host Bigg Boss Ultimate on Disney+ Hotstar from January 30. Read details". India Today. Retrieved 17 January 2022.

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