TV Preview: Sony's Bigg Boss - The Indian Big Brother - Bole Toh Reality Ya Totally Futtoo
For the past couple of weeks, Sony's SET channel has been splashing the airwaves with the trailers and small snippets of it's overly exaggerated version of a reality show - Bigg Boss, hosted by Arshad Warsi, the new phenomenon in Indian media.
Bigg Boss is basically a desi version of a very popular American reality show titled 'Big Brother' goes on air from tonight. The entire honcho-poncho team of Sony Television has left no stone unturned in gaining pre-release advantage, so much so that they have already claimed it to be the best ever presentation to come out of the Indian Idiot Box.
For those who are not aware of Bigg Boss' concept - It's basically a real-time show where a number of contestants live together for three months and are watched constantly by the installed video cameras in the allotted house. They are taken away from all known communication channels like cell phone, television, radio, etc. Every week a contestant will be voted out by the aam janta via national poll conducted via SMS and other feasible means. The only difference here is that our desi version will be scanned by the censorship authorities before being aired on the channel and there are no cameras installed in the potty-place. The winner of Bigg Boss walks away with Rs. 50 Lakhs.
Oh! And another big difference, Bigg Boss has (so-called) celebrity contestants whereas Big Brother mostly involved regular people.
If you go by today's Mumbai Mirror - The 13 contesting celebrities are Ravi Kishen (Bhojpuri Amitabh Bachchan), Anupama Verma (one time model and a failed actress), Aryan Vaid (ex Mr. India and daft headed bum), Rupali Ganguly (television actress), Salil Ankola (ex-cricketer and small time actor), Amit
Sana Sadh ( Indian Idol contestant television actor), Kashmira Shah (Bollywood actress), Deepak Parashar (baba Aadam ke zamane ka actor), Rahul Roy (what??), Carol Gracias (hotty model), Bobby Darling (the best of the lot) and some women named Ragini (Bigg Brother's secret agent).
Frankly speaking, I have my doubts, especially regarding this reality show's authenticity.
I mean, do they really want us to believe that these guys will be living under one roof for three months, 24 hours a day and that too without their everywhere dragged mandali (likes of spot boy, make-up artist, mummy, doggy named Sweetie, etc), I don't think so. The amount of tantrum pleasures some of these desi artists get are enough to give the likes of Brangelina a tough time.
Is a mere amount of Rs. 50 Lakhs enough to keep them bound and confined for full three months? I am sure Rakhi Sawant and Bobby Darling can earn this amount just by flexing their muscles in a couple of dance and item shows. Then you have Ravi Kishen, how in the world is this self-proclaimed family man going to live without his twin half, actress Nagma? Most certainly some of these contestants have been offered much more than what meets the eye. On the other hand, jobless folks like Aryan Vaid, Rahul Roy and Deepak Parashar may take this as an opportunity to revive their failed acting careers but who the heck really wants to watch them. Isn't this the primary reason behind their failure!
Just like all pre-film release publicity stunts, the Sony bosses announced to the media that all of the 13 contestants will have to undergo HIV tests as a precaution because there are chances they will have sex on the show. What the fuck?? Ya right I believe you Mr. Sandip Sikand. I guess you have been over-influenced by your ex-co-worker Ms. Ektaa Kapoor. And where in the desh-prem nagri are the so-called women's organizations and Hindu/Muslim politicians and their moral army who are ever ready to assassinate individuals who even dare to talk about sex out of marriage?
In short, I, in full hosh aur hawaas, believe that this show will be no different from the other reality shows which have made their appearance on Indian Television. Just like their counterparts who are surrounded with SMS controversies, this too seems to be faulty and rigged from the start.