‘Bigg Boss’ is one of the most loved reality TV shows in India. It’s also extremely popular with the Hindi speaking audiences outside the subcontinent.
The ‘Big Brother’ franchise first hit the Indian TV screens in the year 2006. The show gets telecasted mostly once a year and runs for about three months or more with a viewership in millions.
Some of the famous names who have clinched the coveted ‘Bigg Boss’ trophy including an impressive cash prize (varying every year) are: Shweta Tiwari (season 4), Gauahar Khan (season 7), Dipika Kakar (season 12), Sidharth Shukla (season 13), Rubina Dilaik (season 14) and more recently MC Stan (season 16) among others.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been hosting ‘Bigg Boss’ for 12 years now, so much so that his name has become synonymous with the show. Colors chooses Khan over other celebrities to host the controversial show given the kind of TRPs his name generates.
Both Colors and the actor have benefitted immensely from their association. While the TV channel is reaping huge profits because of his presence on the show along with other contributing factors, the superstar on the other hand not only gets paid a handsome amount of money every year for his hosting but he has also succeeded in establishing an amazing connect with the viewers of ‘Bigg Boss’.
His fan base has increased tremendously amongst non-moviegoers and he has also become one of the most sought after hosts in the Hindi entertainment industry today.
Indian celebrities and popular foreign faces consider ‘Bigg Boss’ as a great platform to be on as the show promises to bring fame and money to the contestants in manifolds post their appearance on the show by means of getting them fruitful projects in the future.
‘Bigg Boss’ has been instrumental in influencing the careers of the participants in a positive way along with helping them garner more fans in the country and outside as well.
Some of the famous international celebrities who have been a part of ‘Bigg Boss’ so far include: Jade Goody, Pamela Anderson, Claudia Ciesla, Veena Malik, Sunny Leone, Vida Samadzai, Sofia Hayat, Natasha Stankovic, Mandana Karimi, Elli AvrRam, Lucinda Nicholas, Jason Shah, Begum Nawazish Ali aka Ali Saleem and Abdu Rozik.
Rozik’s popularity surged so much after his participation in ‘Bigg Boss 16’, that the 19-year-old has been approached to appear in the upcoming season of Big Brother UK to which he has agreed.
The 17th season of ‘Bigg Boss’ will most likely begin in October this year after ‘Bigg Boss’ OTT season 2 ends.
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Viewers certainly seem to enjoy every bit of ‘Bigg Boss’ but what needs to be mentioned specifically is that they are expecting season 17 to have more challenging tasks for the housemates compared to the previous season.
Interestingly, Bollywood’s very own ‘‘bhai’’ is set to host the OTT version of the show this time around along with the TV show. He is in fact taking over the reins of ‘Bigg Boss’ OTT from director Karan Johar.
Not much has been revealed to the press about the new season of ‘Bigg Boss’. Nonetheless, going by the show’s format and the content that has been put out all these years one can be rest assured that there would be noteworthy contestants getting locked inside the house who would battle it out for several weeks to claim the trophy.
Viewers certainly seem to enjoy every bit of ‘Bigg Boss’ but what needs to be mentioned specifically is that they are expecting season 17 to have more challenging tasks for the housemates compared to the previous season. Many had complained that the particular season lacked tough tasks.
Endemol Shine India, the company that produces ‘Bigg Boss’ through Viacom18 and Disney Star always comes up with some or the other tricks every year to evoke curiosity around the show. Surprise evictions, unique nominations, unexpected wildcards and other twists and turns are an integral part of the show.
It needs to be seen what kind of a strategies are adopted by the makers to keep the audience glued to the show during the forthcoming season.
BizAsia will bring all the latest updates on ‘Bigg Boss 17’.
Written by Afrah Khan