Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Why I watch ‘Bigg Boss’
Yes, yes, judge me all you want, but “Bigg Boss” now forms part of my daily routine. I make sure I get home well before 10 pm, watch the whole episode, without touching the remote and discuss details with colleagues/friends the next day.
For one, the show is full of people who want to “correct” their image and it’s fascinating how they go about doing it.
Rahul Mahajan wants to remove the stigma of his divorce but insists on sleeping in the girls’ room at 3 am and flirting with every girl in sight.
Monica Bedi has just got back from being on the wrong side of the law and wants to prove she is a law-abiding citizen, yet she insists on breaking rules inside the house and has to be warned by Bigg Boss.
Sanjay Nirupam went on about how he wanted to change the image of politicians in the house, but I think he just made it worse.
All this makes for very riveting TV. Add to it brewing romances, simmering rivalries and lots of nasty comments in each hourly episode and you would understand why the average human mind would be interested.
If you’d told me a month ago that I would feel strongly about Sambhavna Seth or Raja Chaudhary, I’d have laughed out loud. That’s changed now. Names like Debojit and Ketaki Dave now have some amount of significance in my life.
And this is really the reason I watch “Bigg Boss” — it’s one show that’s managed to make non-personalities into television stars. And that’s saying something in an industry where there are too many of those.