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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

A “cleaner” Bigg Boss?


If you’ve been a regular watcher of “Bigg Boss”, India’s version of the international reality show “Big Brother”, you will never look at a mop the same way again. Remember model Pooja Mishra breaking a mop and then flinging it across the room in a fit of rage? YouTube Preview Image

Or Sambhavna Seth during one of her screeching sessions? Or the romance between Anupama Varma and Aryan Vaid?

If you are expecting to see a repeat in the new season of the show, you are in for a disappointment. This year, the show will be shorn of all quirks, aired at a prime-time slot and hopes to attract family audiences. In other words, no sex or profanities please, we are Indian.

Colors, the Viacom18-owned channel on which “Bigg Boss” is aired, said the new season would be “apt for cohesive viewing for the entire family”.

Who will be Bigg Boss?


Last night, between 9 pm and 11 30 pm, my phone was working over time. Calls were going back and forth, messages were being exchanged and opinions voiced – all of them discussing only one thing – the inmates of Bigg Boss, Tritiya (as host Amitabh Bachchan calls it.)

Why is Rakhi Sawant’s mother in? Why does Kamaal Khan call himself KRK? Sherlyn Chopra as a bai in the house? Not just me, but a lot of  bloggers and netizens were updating Twitter and Facebook with every little detail of yesterday’s launch episode.

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.

bb.jpgIt’s not that I am a reality show junkie — because I am not. I can’t stand most of the singing/dancing/laughing shows that inundate Indian television. “Bigg Boss” is a different story altogether.