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The good and the bad about 'Bigg Boss'

By Gayatri Sankar | Last Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:08
 
Gayatri Sankar
The Revolutionary
 

Who would have thought that a reality show on Indian television with strangers sharing a common roof for months collectively in isolation would turn out to be one of the most watched programmes? None, perhaps!

Based on the format of UK's 'Big Brother', Indian version 'Bigg Boss', has indeed become a household name in the country.

The show has successfully completed 7 seasons and the eighth edition is on the verge of completion. And going by the popularity of ‘Bigg Boss’, we may see many more seasons in store for future.

Bollywood heavyweight Salman Khan’s association with the show has made it even more popular. The hunk of an actor, who has an ocean of fan following has been the host since the fourth season and has now become the face of the show.

Interestingly, filmmaker Farah Khan, who recently took charge of the special series of the show as the host, admitted to watching the show because of Salman Khan! The choreographer-turned-director stepped in as the presenter after Salman had to exit to meet prior commitments.

As a viewer, I believe 'Bigg Boss' isn’t black or white. The show has its own share of pluses and minuses and that makes it controversially popular. People across all age groups are intrigued to follow the uncanny show that is equally famous and infamous for what it is all about.

The task of staying with strangers in the same house isn’t easy at all. Lifestyles, habits, food preferences, characteristics, temperament etc vary from person to person and hence the task is a true test of character. During the course of the stay in house, one is expected to lose control on self.

Emotional outbursts, violent eruption of anger and even fist-fights have been common features of the show. Every season has seen formation of groups that conspire against each other.

The tasks delegated by 'Bigg Boss' often help in evaluating a contestant’s ability to deal with hardships, survival instincts in adverse circumstances, perseverance and determination to emerge victorious.

However, most often, what casts a shadow on the positive aspects is the way contestants deal with the situation. Abuses are hurled at competitors and violent use of physical strength is used to overpower them for winning or completing a task. This nullifies the very purpose of the task thereby making it look deplorable.

Perhaps, one of the other negative aspects of the show is that contestants often go overboard in expressing their affection for their fellow-inmates on national television. They often indulge in PDA that somewhat crosses limits acceptable to general viewing. Too many hugs and kisses spoil the essence of relationships between men and women that blossom inside the house.

'Bigg Boss' as a concept isn’t a bad idea at all. It can help an inmate re-discover self and emerge as a better person by understanding the finer nuances of life. It comes across as a platform to befriend strangers, build new relationships, understand that not all can be alike and respect the differences. The show can also help one unleash his hidden strengths, look beyond self and understand the complexities of lives that people live in.

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them,” the quote by Steve Maraboli best suits the situation.

One of the reasons people tend to react in a certain way and not otherwise is probably because of their shortcoming in the ability to endure hardships. And this is exactly what we get to see on the show. Contestants are often seen as being manipulative to the core to get things done to their advantage. And by doing so, they try to cover-up their inability to make things fall in place gracefully.

We often fail to adapt to changing situations but we ought to be the fittest to survive! And that’s what I feel 'Bigg Boss' tries to convey.

First Published: Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:08

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