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Bigg Boss Telugu
Show's fourth season logo with host Akkineni Nagarjuna.
Also known asBigg Boss
Presented bySee below
Voices ofRadha Krishna
Theme music composerS. Thaman (1–3)
Mani Sharma (4)
Country of originIndia
Original languageTelugu
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes396 (as of 20 December 2020)
Production locationsLonavala (1)
Hyderabad (2–4)
Camera setupMulti-Camera (76 cameras with size variations and high quality[citation needed]
Running time90 minutes (approx.)
Production companyEndemol India
Original networkStar Maa
Original release16 July 2017 (2017-07-16) –
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Bigg Boss (or colloquially Bigg Boss Telugu) is the Indian Telugu-language version of reality TV series Bigg Boss, which is an adaptation of the Dutch series Big Brother. Jr NTR and Nani hosted Season 1 and Season 2 respectively while Akkineni Nagurjuna hosted Season 3 and Season 4. Ramya Krishna and Samantha Akkineni appeared as a guest host in Season 3 and Season 4 respectively. It airs on Star Maa and streams on OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar.

The first season was premiered on 16 July 2017, while the upcoming fifth season of the show planned to launch on June 2021 but due to second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the TV show has been delayed. However, the show organizers are planning to start the season 5 in July 2021 onwards.[1][2][3]


Bigg Boss Telugu is a reality show based on the Hindi-language show Bigg Boss, which itself was 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 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. 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.[4] From season two onwards, the house was set up in Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad.[5] 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 Telugu is aired on Star Maa and also available on Disney+ Hotstar. Everyday episode contains 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 Maa167016.18 TVR[6]14.23 TVR[7]50 lakh (US$70,000)Siva BalajiAadarsh Balakrishna
2NaniHyderabad11310 June 2018 (2018-06-10)30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)1811215.0 TVR[8]15.05 TVR[9]50 lakh (US$70,000)Kaushal MandaGeetha Madhuri
3Akkineni Nagarjuna10621 July 2019 (2019-07-21)3 November 2019 (2019-11-03)1710517.92 TVR[10]18.29 TVR[7]50 lakh (US$70,000)Rahul SipligunjSreemukhi
41066 September 2020 (2020-09-06)20 December 2020 (2020-12-20)1910518.5 TVR[11]21.7 TVR[12]25 lakh (US$35,000) and BikeAbijeetAkhil Sarthak

Housemate Pattern[edit]

Clique Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Film & TV Actor/Actress Aadarsh Balakrishna Amit Tiwari Ali Reza Abijeet
Archana Bhanu Sree Hema Akhil Sarthak
Diksha Panth Kaushal Manda Himaja Avinash
Hari Teja Kireeti Damaraju Mahesh Vitta Divi Vadthya
Mumaith Khan Nandini Rai Punarnavi Bhupalam Karate Kalyani
Navdeep Pooja Ramachandran Ravi Krishna Kumar Sai
Prince Cecil
Sameer Hasan Samrat Reddy Rohini Monal Gajjar
Sampoornesh Babu Tanish Varun Sandesh Swathi Deekshith
Siva Balaji Tejaswi Madivada Vithika Sheru Syed Sohel Ryan
TV Host None Syamala Shilpa Chakravarthy Ariyana Glory
Sreemukhi Lasya Manjunath
TV News Reader Kathi Karthika Deepthi Nallamuthu Jaffar Babu Devi Nagavalli
Siva Jyothi Sujatha
Singer/Music Artists Kalpana Raghavendar Geetha Madhuri Rahul Sipligunj Noel Sean
Madhu Priya Roll Rida
Film Critic/ Humanist Mahesh Kathi Babu Gogineni Tamanna Simhadhri None
Choreographer None None Baba Bhaskar Amma Rajasekhar
Film Director None None None Surya Kiran
Social Media Personalities None Deepthi Sunaina Ashu Reddy Alekhya Harika
Mehaboob Shaikh
Commoner None Ganesh None None
Nutan Naidu
Sanjana Anne
Total 16 18 17 19
  Winner   Runner-up   Finalist

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 houemates 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 Show Host Notes
3 Bigg Boss 3 Buzzz Tanish 2nd Runner-up of Bigg Boss 2[13]
4 Bigg Boss 4 Buzzz Rahul Sipligunj Winner of Bigg Boss 3[14]


Season 1[edit]

Bigg Boss Telugu programme is regarded as the most expensive Telugu television show.[15] The launch of season 1 opened with 16.18 TVR and became as the most watched Telugu television show.[16]

Season 2[edit]

The launch of season 2 opened with 15.05 TVR[17] which is lower than season 1 and the audience expressed their annoyance with host Nani, Star Maa and producer Endemol Shine India about voting and evictions of the show.[18][19][20]

Season 3[edit]

The launch of season 3 opened with 17.9 TVR, which is bigger than the previous seasons.[21] 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.[22]

Season 4[edit]

The launch of season 4 opened with 18.5 TVR[23] higher than previous seasons. On Week 7, Samantha Akkineni hosted the show, while main host Akkineni 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,[24] 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 19.51 TVR and in two states of Ap/Ts it received 21.7 TVR among all seasons of Bigg Boss editions.[25]


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