The fourteen celebrities living in the ‘Bigg Boss’ compound this year include thirteen lasses and one ‘villain’.

The talent show, which airs on Colors has been highly talked about recently with speculation rife about whose goingShakti Kapoor leads the pack, known for his comedy and villainous film roles. He is the solo male celebrity in the house this year. In 2005, he was stuck in controversy after a news channel aired tapes shot with hidden camera showing the actor seeking sexual favours from a journalist disguised as a Bollywood aspirant.

The female participants include, model Shraddha Sharma, who grabbed headlines for her relationship with former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Raja Chaudhary; former Miss Afghanistan Vida Samadzai, who was banned in the country for wearing a bikini; Nihita Biswas, wife of “Bikini Killer” Charles Sobhraj and actress-singer Raageshwari, who has bounced back to arc lights after battling serious health problems.

Other contestants include actresses VJ Pooja Missra, Pooja Bedi, Juhi Parmar, model-actress and winner of Miss India International 2003 Shonali Nagrani, popular host Mandeep Bevli, and Rajasthani folk dancer Gulabo Sapera. Female wrestler Sonika Kaliraman, who is six months pregnant is also a part of the line-up. Actress Mahek Chahal, who is said to be a close friend of Salman, has also joined the list.

Transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is a highlight on the show. In the past seasons, cross dressers like Bobby Darling, designer Rohit Verma and Pakistani cross-designer Begum Nawazish Ali have made an appearance. But Tripathi, who is one of the country’s most visible LGBT community representatives, hopes to make a difference in the mindsets of the general public about people of her kind.

So, the rumoured names such as Madhuri Dixit, Mike Tyson, Shakira, Paris Hilton, Dino Moreo and Arvind Kejriwal are not a part of the final line-up but could enter as special guests during the 3-month series.