Bigg Boss is the most polarized reality show in India, but also the most popular

Salman Khan in a still from Bigg Boss. Image from Twitter.

Salman Khan in a still from Bigg Boss. Image from Twitter.

Bigg Boss existed before the squid game and the hunger game. Now, before you get mad at me for comparing a Plebian reality TV show to a semi-prophetic novel series and a modern metaphor Netflix show, listen to me. At its heart, all three are competitive survival fantasies, in a dystopian world with one performer and one spectator on the other. In each, the audience is an observer, a shareholder. Although the Squid game and the Hunger game are fiction, Bigg Boss is real; The “character” is himself or herself a real person on the show.

Reality shows have always allowed the public to evaluate the abilities of others, but Bigg Boss allows you to go one step further and evaluate their very existence. This is one of the main reasons why Bigg Boss is the most polarized reality show in India. Critics label it as a freak show and the ugliest form of entertainment, but fans argue that it is a social experiment and study of human nature.

That’s why counseling psychologist Shivani Sharma loves the show. She observes that “human behavior can be closely monitored and studied. Another reason people connect with the show is that it looks different from the scripted theatrical serials. Dietitian and nutritionist Jennifer Dhuri began to watch Bigg Boss with curiosity, “and began to enjoy the content because it’s real. Drama and relationships are real – even lies are real. Scenes can be created and scripted, but emotions and reactions are real and often unpredictable.”

The reunion of people and their emotions

High octave drama and the display of human emotions are common to all reality TV shows, but Bigg Boss brings more to the table. We have never seen a diverse group of people across the country voluntarily agree to lock themselves together and be forced to cooperate in capsule full time with all strangers. As the season progresses, their authentic personality and richness of emotions are fully displayed: anger, loneliness, hunger, depression, betrayal, despair, heart attack, Machiavellian. There is no denying that it is sometimes exploited and that the creators push the veil of virulence. But it is also the reason for the show’s immense success.

Umar Riaz, a surgeon from Srinagar and brother of former Bigg Boss contestant Azim Riaz, is the favorite of the current season 15.  Image from colors.

Umar Riaz, a surgeon from Srinagar and brother of former Bigg Boss contestant Azim Riaz, is the favorite of the current season 15. Image from colors.

Bigg Boss relies heavily on audience participation. From watching the show to voting for their favorite contestant to sharing their views on social media, to the Phantom Wars, audiences are an active participant in story building. In the latest season of Bigg Boss, physiotherapist Hina Shajan highlights how Omar Riyaz, a doctor at work, was mocked by his medical background and physically assaulted by a rival and Bigg Boss did not take any action against it. “We’re fans who spoke up for him and showed a tendency for justice. We got a lot of celebrities to talk about it.” “The way Umar handled this injustice to him has led to the growth of his fans and added a new dimension to his BB journey,” she added.

The concept of a celebrity is changing

Bigg Boss arrived just before the social media boom. Before that celebrities had their own image and the audience had no direct access to them. Bigg Boss was the first to bring celebrities down from their pedestals. On the same platform you will see a famous celebrity, a newcomer, a commoner, all interacting equally. This eventually leads to an unsettling confrontation of egos. In Season 10, the common man competed against the celebrities and openly ignored the popular stars Bani J and Rahul Dev, the common man Manveer Gurjar and Manu Punjabi. They formed teams and alliances based on ranks, and had mutual enemies that made the season fun to watch.

From Rakhi Sawant to Gauhar Khan, many former contestants credited Bigg Boss for changing their lives, witnessed huge career growth and relaunched after the show. Anonymous newcomers have become celebrities and surnames. Season 13 Azim Riyaz is a good example. He entered unopposed and went on to become the most beloved contestant and first runner in the history of Bigg Boss. Azim was instrumental in the success of Bigg Boss 13, which is considered to be the most successful season. A young man who is unknown and unheard of, he has managed to surpass popular business names with huge fan base like Rashami Desai, Devolina Bhattacharya and Vishal Aditya Singh, and has entered the top 2.

Entertainment and pop culture writer Aparna Hajirnis believes, “Worship like Following Azim, which was developed in Season 13, would not have been possible without audience support. During the day, we’ve seen every aspect of Azim’s personality and emotions, whether you love him or hate him – but you can not ignore him. “

Azim Riyaz (L), Salman Khan, Siddharth Shukla (R) and The End of Season 13: The Most Popular Season of Bigg Boss.  Image from Twitter.

Azim Riyaz (L), Salman Khan, Siddharth Shukla (R) and The End of Season 13: The Most Popular Season of Bigg Boss. Image from Twitter.

The audience as the ultimate force

There is no denying that Bigg Boss has a profound influence on pop culture. For the first time we could see celebrities stripping off their common face and common denominator, fighting over worldly issues and doing daily chores. Competitors will do their best to present and entertain the audience. Along the way some will gain popularity, some sympathy, and some will ruin their former reputation. It all came down to who the audience liked, who they did not like, and whose journey they were most connected to and trusted.

The format of the show is such that only one person wins the show. But each season there are stories of an unforgettable few contestants who have a lasting impact on the audience. In season 14, actor Ijaz Khan opened up about being abused at a young age, and actress Jasmine Bhasin shared that she once tried to end her life. In season 11, Shilpa Shinde and Vikas Gupta’s personal feud before Bigg Boss continued on the show, which dominated the season and helped the two gain huge fans. In Season 13, Salman Khan tells Rashmi Desai that her current partner Arhan Khan is lying to her about her past, which has garnered a lot of public support and sympathy from Rashmi. Until Bigg Boss, we read about such things in newspapers and magazines, but for the first time we witnessed celebrities revealing their personal secrets, publicly arguing and sharing aspects of the story.

Shehnaz Giles Twada Kutty Tommy, Sada Kutta Kutta Verse created several memes and spoof videos last year.  Image from Twitter.

Shehnaz Gill’s phrase “Twada kid Tommy, Sada basket boy” created several memes and spoof videos last year. Image from Twitter.

Some contestants gained popularity through their catchphrase: Dolly Bindra’s ‘Baap Pe Mat Jana’, Ravi Kisan’s ‘Zindagi Jandwa’, Phir Bhi Ghamandwa ‘, Ajaz Khan’s’ Buddy Buddy Bathen Aur Vadapav Khateen ‘, Pooja Mishra’s’ Talk ‘Gil Til’ Sadda Kutta Kutta ‘is now a part of our daily conversation and meme culture.

Reputation democratizes

Nothing has shaken up the television industry like Bigg Boss. The exhibition is a microcosm of our larger community, and at its heart, it is for the people, by the people, for the people. Bigg Boss’s reputation has been democratized and given hope that people can change their lives through their true identities. Awareness of this hope has inspired many bloggers, bloggers, YouTubers and Instagram stars. Fashion and lifestyle blogger Nithika Bhatia Wig says, “Nowadays it is common to see videos of our favorite stars dancing, working out or becoming fools, but it was at Bigg Boss that we first saw the stars dancing in pajamas while brushing. It was unexpected, exciting and fun now! Considered a standard from Bigg Boss.

Bigg Boss has changed the way we look at entertainment and fame. Love it or hate it, but you can not deny that, for better or worse, television has changed it forever.


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