Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bigg Boss

The great national show that is airing on Colors TV channel since the past eight weeks is actually in its second season. Based on Endemol's international format "Big Brother", this show was last seen on Sony TV in 2007 when the winner at the end of three months was Rahul Roy (Rahul, who? did you say?). This time, we have had new participants, and among those who got evicted in the past eight weeks were a politician (Sanjay Nirupam), a dancer (Sambhavna), a two-bit actor (Rakhi V), a seasoned actress (Ketaki Dave), a British actor (Jane Goody - who had to leave in the second week itself after a medical report on her turned out to reveal that she has cervical cancer), a gangster's moll (Monica Bedi - who's got back in as a wild card re-entry), a starlet (Payal Rohatgi) and a few others, whose names I can't remember at the moment.

Those who are still in include Raja (a small-time actor), Rahul Mahajan (the BJP fellow's son), Ehsan Qureshi (the comedy-ghazal-singer-actor), Debojit (a singer), Asutosh (an actor), Zulfi (a model), Diana Hayden (a model-actor) and Monica Bedi (re-entrant).

All through, the show provided us viewers (or, should I say, voyuers) a lot of entertainment as the participants went around their daily/weekly tasks, fought, fought even more, bitched, gossipped and romanced (Rahul M with Monica, then Payal, and again, now, Monica). Shilpa Shetty, the last season's winner on the Big Brother show in the U.K. in 2007, is the Friday night hostess who conducts the eviction episode. She is good, but not as good as the guy we had last year - viz. Arshad Warsi. Even so, the show is quite engrossing, and I find myself rushing home every weeknight to catch it as it airs around 10 p.m.

Everyone's favourite this year seems to be Rahul, but I think Debojit and Ehsan are the dark horses to watch out. Among the girls who are still in the fray, I don't have much hopes for Diana, but Monica just might ride on the public's sympathy vote.

Are any of my readers watching this show? I would love to have your comments on this show. What did you like? Hate? Who is/are your favourite(s)? Do you regularly send SMS's or vote to keep people in?


Anonymous said...

Haven't really tried this show to be honest, but the idea of watching some people living in the same house bitching around seems redundant, if not obscene, to me. The version we experience live everyday 24x7, in our college hostel must be far livelier, and much much more innocent!

Taher Kagalwala said...

You are right, of course. If one's own life is as spunky as you make it out to be, why be a voyuer?

However, and this is what I think is relevant: sometimes, one learns life's biggest lessons where one least expects to learn them. The detachment of watching others' lives, along with the very set up of the program, adds a certain novelty to the format.

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