Riya Sen just tweeted . ‘why does my name even have to be dragged show into this brainless show ?!’ Sonali Bendre said she has decided not to participate in `Bigg Boss 5` after discussions with family. Madhuri Dixit has decided not to be a part of Bigg Boss because it does not suit her lifestyle. Pakistani actress Humaima Malik has said “I think “Bigg Boss” main woh jaate hain jo ‘B’ ya ‘C’ category ke log hain. I don’t fit into that slot. And even if I were to do a reality show, I would consider being part of one that has a meaningful concept. I would like to do a show like Akshay Kumar’s “Khatron Ke Khiladi” which is adventurous, exciting and thrilling”.
Do you really think Bigg Boss is a show for the brainless and for losers? Far from it. This is India’s biggest TV reality show and the people who say that they do want to be associated with it, are just scared that some of their secrets and elements from private lives will be leaked in the public. There is nothing wrong with the shows, it is just that these folks are uncomfortable, which is fair enough. Do not blame the show, just because it makes you uncomfortable.
Shweta Tiwari in her blog had a query from a fan who asked her if she was interested in Bigg Boss last year. Her answer was “ I cannot live caged up for so long so have no intentions on being monitored and entering Big Bosses house!” But what happened? She did participate and she did win Bigg Boss right? So never say never!
Bigg Boss is not a loser’s show, it may have controversial personalities but it is a winner’s show all the way. No wonder, the format gets bigger and better, the TRPs shoot with every successive season and there are many sponsors backing the show. More than all of these, Bigg Boss commands a huge fan following for the three months; it is like the festival for TV audience.
I have nothing against the popularity of the other adventure and singing shows that some people hold in high esteem, they are good but let’s not put Bigg Boss down. If you look at the show in a constructive manner, it is a superb management guide, teaches people skills and team spirit. It is the way you look at it. Okay, there may be cuss words but doesn’t that happen in real life? Why don’t we look at things like how to deal with people, how to remain cool under pressure, how to garner public support, how to look through people’s malicious intentions, the mind-game etc that makes the show motivating, interesting and entertaining.
One still remember Sambhavana Seth or Vindu from the past episodes of Bigg Boss but do as many people remember who the winner was of Indian Idol Second Season or the person who was the 3rd runner-up in Khatron Ke Khladi Season 3? Hats off to the people who participated in these shows but even though some people remember them, they do not have either the popularity or retention value of Bigg Boss. The serial offers far reaching connect with the audience, we see them in normal and not-so normal situations, we see the bonding, the friction, the animosity, the love, paying attention to detail, doing trival things, bickering senselessly, playing cautiously bitching, laughing, crying and everything that is so much part of you and me. In short there is an unflagging, emotional connect with many or some of the people on the show.
People who have been in Bigg Boss have benefitted in a much better way compared to what people who are running scared of coming to the show conjecture. Vindoo has got a much-needed platform, people have an emotional chord with Shweta Tiwari, they remember what irks Sambhavna Seth and they know what kind of person Khali is. Riya Sen may think it is a brainless show, it is her choice but Ashmit Patel who has been in the show, has be able to garner support and whenever he bumps into a fan, he received appreciation. He may have been in an involved in the infamous MMS but people also know other things to his personality, how he manages to cool down a hyper Dolly Bindra. So yes, people benefit from Bigg Boss in a much better show than other TV reality shows.
Bigg Boss, a management case study? A case study for personality development? You must be joking. Well, you may choose to have your own agenda of what constitutes management and leadership. But no matter how many books you read on dealing with people, the reality is always different. In the real world, there are backstabbers, people with sinister motives and dubious intentions, selfish people. cowards, the shameless, the congenial, the indifferent, the selfless, the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the genuinely sincere, the upright, the high-spirited, the partial and the fence-sitter; and the ilk that extends more than the word-count of this post.
How would things be in an office, if all the office politics were caught on camera? Well that is Bigg Boss for you. You never know, the person whom you trust the most, may just be plotting against you. People skills alone from those personality development books and management guides is not enough, you need to have sharper instincts, you need to find out how people behave in a certain situation.
In a high octane tense situation, with people locked up in the house and nothing to do but interact with themselves, you can see the real mood of the people, you get to know the individual and interpersonal conflict that arise out of situations that gets the best and worst of them. Can you think of any other show that can be a living example of interpersonal interactions in tense situations, like Bigg Boss?
Some sections easily say that Bigg Boss is scripted. But if you remember in the second season, when Jade Goody had to leave the show due to cervical cancer, many said the show was scripted and it was a publicity stunt. But we know ‘the reality’, don’t we? Find out more information on Bigg Boss, it is scripted?
The very same people, who say that Bigg Boss is for losers, were the first to congratulate Shilpa Shetty when she won Celebrity Big Brother, which has the original concept of Bigg Boss. This clears lays bare the hypocrisy of these cynics: it is a moment of pride when someone from India wins an international reality show; there is a lot of media coverage and many encouraging comments to boot, but when the same show is structured in India, these very people think that the show is brainless! I just do not understand this dichotomy and double-speak here; fortunately a huge percentage of people look at Bigg Boss as a hugely popular, entertaining and interesting show. Needless to say, I salute the audience; they are after all, the Bigg Boss who decides what should be their fodder for entertainment.