Bigg Boss
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Bigg Boss is a television reality show broadcast on Colors channel in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Within a span of 10 years of telecast, Bigg Boss has rolled out 9 Seasons and one spin-off version thus establishing itself as one of the most popular Reality TV Series in India.


Bigg Boss is a reality show based on the original Dutch Big Brother format developed by John de Mol. A number of contestants (known as "housemates") live in a purpose-built house and are isolated from the rest of the world. Each week, housemates nominate two of their peers for eviction, and the housemates who receives the most nominations would face a public vote. Of these, one would eventually leave, having been "evicted" from the House. However, there were exceptions to this process as dictated by Bigg Boss. In the final week, there were three housemates remaining, and the public voted for who they wanted to win. The housemates in the Indian version are primarily celebrities with the exception of one who is a non-celebrity selected via auditions. Housemates are overseen by a mysterious person known as 'Bigg Boss', whose only presence in the house is through his voice.[1]

The house

A Bigg Boss House is built for every season. The house was earlier located in the tourist place of Lonavla, Pune district of Maharashtra, however the house for the fifth season was located ND Studios in Karjat.[2][3] The house is well-furnished and decorated. It has all kinds of modern amenities, but just one or two bedrooms and four toilet bath rooms. There is a garden, pool, activity area and gym in the House. There is also a Confession Room, where the housemates may be called in by Bigg Boss for any kind of conversation, and for the nomination process.[4]

The House has no TV connection, no telephones, no Internet connection, clocks, pen or paper.[1]


While all the rules have never been told to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen. The inmates are not permitted to talk in any other language than Hindi. They are not supposed to tamper with any of the electronic equipment or any other thing in the House. They cannot leave the House premises at any time except when permitted to. They cannot discuss the nomination process with anyone.[5] They cannot sleep in day time.

Sometimes, the housemates may be nominated for other reasons, such as nomination by a person who has achieved special privileges (via tasks or other things), for breaking rules or something else. If something is very serious, a contestant may be evicted directly.[6]


The main television coverage takes the form of a daily highlights programme and the weekly eviction show on Fridays that are aired on Colors TV, while the first season was aired on Sony TV.[7] Everyday's episodes contain the main happenings of the previous day. Every Saturday episode mainly focuses on an interview of the evicted contestant by the host. The episode on Sunday, named differently across seasons, contains extra footage of the week, which was not included in any episode.

Series details

Season Main host Launch date Finale date Days Housemates TRP Prize money Winner
Launch Finale Average
1 Arshad Warsi 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 2.36[8] 2.87 2.72 INR1 crore (US$199,500) Rahul Roy
2 Shilpa Shetty 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 152.42[9] 3.02 2.89Ashutosh Kaushik
3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 84 151.96[10] 3.06 2.83Vindu Dara Singh
4 Salman Khan 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 3.60[8]6.70[11] 5.15[12]Shweta Tiwari
5 Sanjay Dutt

[1] ||2 October 2011 || 7 January 2012 || 98 || 18|| style="background:#ADDFAD;" |4.30[13] ||3.97 || style="background:#fc9;" | 4.19[14]|| style="background:pink;" |Juhi Parmar

6 Salman Khan 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97193.21[15] 4.24[16] 3.81[17] INR50 lakh (US$99,800) Urvashi Dholakia
7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013105 203.85[18] 4.80[19] 4.40[20]Gauahar Khan
8 21 September 20143 January 2015193.803.74[21] 3.77[22] Declared on Halla Bol[2]
Halla BolFarah Khan3 January 201531 January 20152810 3.74[21] 2.82[23] 3.28[23] Gautam Gulati
9 Salman Khan11 October 201523 January 2016105203.18 2.97 2.90 Prince Narula
10 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 105 18 3.82 4.02 3.54 Deepika Singh
11 1 October 2017 14 January 2018 105 19 5.65 TBA TBA INR44 lakh (US$87,800) Shilpa Shinde
12 Salman Khan7 October 2018To be announced
     Highest viewing figures.      Lowest viewing figures.
  1. ^ Although Sanjay Dutt was the main host of season 5, Salman Khan also hosted a few eviction episodes with him including the opening & finale episodes.
  2. ^ Bigg Boss 8 was merged with its spin-off series Bigg Boss Halla Bol! and hence, there was no particular winner of this season. Although on the finale day, the five finalists were declared as "The Champions", who continued their journey as contestants in the spin-off series, against some ex-contestants from previous seasons.


Year Award Title Winner
2007 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor Game/Quiz Show Arshad Warsi
Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 1
Best Art Director Nitin Desai
Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 1
2008 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss
2009 New Talent Awards Best New Host (Female) Shilpa Shetty
2010 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor Talk/Chat Show Amitabh Bachchan
Best Art Director Samir Chanda
Indian Telly Awards Scriptwriter (Non Fiction) RD Tailang
2011 The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Non Fiction Series Bigg Boss 4
2011 The Global Indian Film And TV Honours Best Host Television Salman Khan
Golden Petal Awards Most Chahita Personality Salman Khan
Most Lokpriya Reality Show Bigg Boss 4
Best Debutante Personality Sanjay Dutt
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 5
Art Director (Non-Fiction) Shyam Bhatia
2013 Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Dharavahik(Non-Fiction) Bigg Boss 7



Most Nominations received (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Housemate Gautam Pooja M. Khalid Sambhavna,
Karishma T.
Jasmin Ashutosh,
Sonali, Monalisa
Sana, Rahul,
Kishwar, Bani, Jasmin
Ashmit Carol,
Shraddha A.
Varun K.
Total votes 42 35 34 33 32 29 28 27 26 25 24 23

Most Nominations received by male housemates (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
Housemate Gautam Khalid Ashutosh Raja,
Vindu Ashmit Kushal Samir Pritam,
Varun K.
Total votes 42 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20

Most Nominations received by female housemates (to evict)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Housemate Pooja M. Sambhavna,
Karishma T.
Sonali Roopali,
Urvashi Carol, Sara Sapna, Tanisha,
Total votes 35 33 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22

Up for eviction the most times

The table shows the number of times a housemate was nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates or due to miscellaneous consequences and were subjected to the public vote. It does not include the final week nominations where the housemates are voted to win rather than to be saved from eviction.

Evictions faced Housemate(s)
13 Jasmin


12 Bani


11 Gautam, Sonali1, Varun K, Aaliya
10 Jasmin, Mandana1
9 Karishma T.

1, Mahek1, Rochelle

8 Jasmin

1, Monalisa, Keith, Tanishaa1, Sapna, Rajev

7 Bani

1, Kishwar, Hina, Pritam, Andy, Amar

  1. ^ This housemate was placed for eviction during certain week(s) when the public voting was not applicable. This number hence is lesser than the number of their actual cumulative nominations.
Italicized font indicates housemate who returned for the spin-off Halla Bol as challenger. Hence the count remained continuous.

Eviction votes to Survival ratio

Pooja Misrra of season 5 holds the record for the most eviction votes received in the shortest possible timespan spent in the house. Her ratio to date has not be beaten by any other housemate on the show.

Ratios are only applicable for housemates spending at least one month in the house.
Votes Days Ratio Housemate(s)
35 550.636Pooja Misrra
28 720.389 Roopali Ganguly
25 670.373Sara Khan
27 830.326Veena Malik
21 630.333Pratyusha Banerjee

Time spent in the house

Karishma Tanna of season 8 holds the record for staying in the house for the longest time span, without any interruption, over 133 days. Although, Pritam Singh and Gautam Gulati also lasted from Day 1 to the final night, Pritam spent his initial 6 days in a special room instead of the main house and Gautam went out to go grocery shopping as it was a luxury budget task, thus rendering her stay the longest in the history of the show. Jade Goody and Devender Singh spent the least time in the house, only 2 days each.

Highest placements by gender

Season Female Male
1 Carol Gracias (Runner-up) Rahul Roy (Winner)
2 Monica Bedi (5th Place) Ashutosh Kaushik (Winner)
3 Poonam Dhillon (3rd Place) Vindu Dara Singh (Winner)
4 Shweta Tiwari (Winner) Khali (Runner-up)
5 Juhi Parmar (Winner) Siddharth Bhardwaj (3rd Place)
6 Urvashi Dholakia (Winner) Imam Siddiqui (Runner-up)
7Gauhar Khan (Winner) Ajaz Khan (3rd Place)
Halla Bol Karishma Tanna (Runner-up) Gautam Gulati (Winner)
9 Mandana Karimi (5th Place) Prince Narula (Winner)
10 Deepika Singh (Winner) Khalid Qureshi (4th Place)
11 Shilpa Shinde Vikas Gupta

Trivia and Statistics

  • Vindu Dara Singh is the oldest Bigg Boss winner to date with Ashutosh Kaushik being the youngest. While Vindu won the title when he was 41 years old, Ashutosh won when he was 28.
  • Pooja Misrra has received the most eviction votes in the history of Bigg Boss ie. 35.
  • Mahek Chahal and Sapna Bhavnani have been put up for eviction the most times in the history of the show with a total of 8 nominations. Both survived 7 of them.
  • No wild card entry has won the show to date.
  • Salman Khan has been accused of favoritism towards specific housemates throughout his tenure as presenter for Bigg Boss.
  • Shweta Tiwari and Urvashi Dholakia, winners of Season 4 and 6 respectively, have been co-stars in the past working in the soap Kasautii Zindagii Kay which ended in 2008. Ironically Shweta was the protagonist and Urvashi the antagonist for the same daily serial that aired on the rival channel Star Plus.
  • All three of the winners Shweta Tiwari, Juhi Parmar and Urvashi Dholakia have previously been a part of main cast in Ekta Kapoor's serials which aired on Star Plus.
  • Bigg Boss 4 is the only adaptation in the history of Big Brother to have a live wedding during the season.
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu in the only housemate to have stayed for longest period inside the house with zero eviction votes.
  • Ashutosh Kaushik received the maximum eviction votes ie. 29 during the respective season and still emerged as the winner. He was closely followed by Vindu Dara Singh who had the same fate but slightly a lesser number of total votes ie. 27.
  • Housemates with the highest number of eviction votes received during their respective season are Roopali (Season 1, 6th place), Ashutosh(Season 2, Winner), Vindu (Season 3, Winner), Veena (Season 4, 6th place), Pooja M. (Season 5, 10th place) and Sapna (Season 6, 7th place).
  • Bigg Boss 3 was the shortest season of the series with just 84 days of run in total.
  • Devender alia Bunty who was made the House Captain on Day 1 during the fourth season was the first contestant in the history of the show who refused to nominate any housemate for eviction. Consequently he was placed against public vote and eventually expelled from the house as punishment.
  • Jade Goody was the first international contestant to be featured on the show.
  • Sonika Kaliraman was the first and only pregnant housemate in the history of Big Brother franchise.
  • Digangana Suryavanshi was the first person to enter the house being the youngest. Before in the 4th season Sara Khan was the youngest.
  • Bigg Boss 10 was the longest season of the series with just 111 days of run in total.
  • Varun Singh and Varun Kumar both have the same vote of 23.

Housemate pattern

Clique Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8 Season 9 Season 10 Season 11
Politically acclaimed NoneSanjay NoneSeema NoneSampat None
Reality show AlumniAshutoshSakshi P.SiddharthMinkRatanReneePrinceVJ BaniBenafsha
Pooja M.VishalDimpySahilHina
Choreographer/Dancer None Pradeep
LGBTBobby NoneRohitBegumLaxmiImamAndySushantKanwaljeet None
Pageant winnerAryanDianaAditi NoneShonali NoneGauaharRochelleLopamudra None
On the Wrong
Side of the Law
NoneMonica NoneDevender NoneAseem NoneAman None
Rahul M. Abbas
Item girlRakhi S.SambhavnaSherlynVeenaMahekSanaHazelNatasaNoraScarlettArshi
International star NoneJade ClaudiaVeenaSunny NoneElliMandanaJasonLucinda
Begum Sofia Khalid
Seasoned modelAnupama Zulfi NoneAanchalShraddha Niketan AsifDiandra
CarolPayalHrishantKarishma K.SonaliKatrina Sadiq
Soap actorAmit Ketaki Bakhtiyaar Shweta Juhi AashkaShilpa GautamDigangana GauravSanaya I.
AnkitRagini K.Hina
SayantaniKamyaKarishma T.Roopal KaranHiten
Roopali Rakhi T. Tanaaz Sara Amar UrvashiKushalSukirtiSuyyashDeepika SinghKaran D.
Vikas RohanAnkita
RajevPratyushaPraneet Sanaya S.RoshniAkshara
SurbhiShraddha A.Asha
Varun S.Arjun M.
Priya J.Shivani
KajalShilpa Shinde
Gautam S.Shiny
SrishtyAnkit J.
SingerBabaDebojitIsmailManojRaageshwari NoneAli QuliArvind NoneSapna
SportspersonSalil NoneVinodKhaliSonikaSidhuSangram None None
Film star Ravi PayalShamitaAshmitAkashdeep Dinesh TanishaaSonaliAman Shruti HassanNidhhi
Deepak T.RajaPoonamSamirShaktiDelnaazArmaanUpenYuvika Monalisa
KashmiraSambhavna VinduDollyPooja B.SayantaniApurvaMinisshaVikas
Producer NoneVikas G.
Comedian NoneAhsaanRajuVeena NoneVrajeshRajatPritam None
Non-celebrityRagini Alina Pravesh NoneNihita Kashif Anita None PriyaSwami Om, Priyanka Singh Akash, Bandagi, Puneesh


Production manipulation, Interference and Partiality

Unlike the international versions of Big Brother, in Bigg Boss, the hosts are seen to be intimidating contestants on the show for their conduct and are often witnessed interfering in almost everything exhibiting a partial stance towards few. Furthermore, incidents which breach the contract clause which say that no interaction or hearsay from the outside world would be planted into the house have also been often witnessed.

Season 3

  • In the third season, housemate Vindu Dara Singh was often credited as Akshay Kumar's favourite housemate after playing Kumar’s sidekick in "Kambakkht Ishq"[25] and becoming good friends with him. With being hated by fellow inmates inside the house for his conduct accompanied by the resentment against him from the audiences Vindu survived seven evictions after consecutively getting nominated from eighth week onwards. Vindu went on to win the season and was also announced the most stylish and bold contestant consequently winning a Chevrolet Cruze and Rs. 10 million.

Season 4

  • During the fourth season, TV actress Sara Khan, openly objected to the Bigg Boss' behaviour towards fellow-housemate Dolly Bindra. Ever since Dolly Bindra re-entered the house, there had been quite a bit of a change in her stance and attitude towards the inmates of the house. Dolly became quite polite and got some benefits like she was made the queen immediately after she re-entered, thereby enabling her to get certain benefits that the others couldn't even dream of. Thus, with almost everyone quite flabbergasted, Sara protested against partiality towards Dolly. Sara kept on complaining that 'Bigg Boss' was not fair at which Samir Soni, who too, had re-entered agreed with what Sara had to say. Sara was later strictly warned by the Bigg Boss and host Salman Khan regarding these vague accusations.[26]

Season 5

  • On the Opening of the season five Salman and Sanjay ridiculed Shakti Kapoor after he entered the house saying, "Bigg Boss ko maanna padega! Shakti Kapoor jaise logon ko apne ghar bulaya, hum toh kabhi na bulayen! (It is quite surprising that Shakti Kapoor got the invitation to enter the Bigg Boss' house, I wouldn’t have invited him, ever.)".[27] Shakti was hurt by these remarks and demanded an apology from Salman, however, was never reached by either Khan or Dutt.[28]

Season 6

  • Soon after the entry of Kashif Qureshi, a common man chosen via auditions held across India, as an inmate of the house the whole exercise of selecting an unknown person to be part of Bigg Boss seemed to have come into question and has been reportedly a planned one. After Kashif was selected from the three short-listed hopefuls to enter the house the media scrutinized every detail that linked to Kashif's background. Unexpectedly Qureshi was found to personally know Salman Khan since he was shooting Wanted.[29]

Season 8

  • The introduction of special panel members on occasional eviction episodes came under controversy during the season. The production team was mainly accused for violating the concept of the original Big Brother franchise and allowing interference from external agents into the house environment. The second week saw appearances from Andy and Kamya who were seen forcing their opinions on the housemates by calling it a guide to their stay. However Kamya, on a relative off-note, went on to malign targeted housemates' stance and reputation by wording her take as the 'viewer's point of view'.[30] Subsequent to the episode's airing critics termed her conduct as 'adding script to a rather spontaneous programme'. A similar incident took place in the fourth week where Sargun Mehta's argument with Minissha received much backlash from viewers.[31][32][33] Despite demands and complaints from viewers, the broadcaster declined the opportunity to explain the addition.[34] Furthermore, Salman Khan was also criticized for siding with Sonali Raut without a hint of care for housemates' or viewers' opinion and judgement citing the live feed as enough proof for evaluation. However viewers expressed disapprobation since the live feed being released on the channel's website was only broadcasting previously recorded content.[35]

Guests appearances

Celebrity guests to appear on the series include:

Inhabitant Season Days
India    Ali Merchant 4 11
Canada   Pamela Anderson 4 3
India   Swami Agnivesh 5 3
Australia   Andrew Symonds 5 7
Japan   Yamamotoyama 5 1
India   Jyoti Amge 6 3
India   Ajaz Khan 8 6
India   Upen Patel Halla Bol! 14
Afghanistan   Khalid Qureshi 9 4
United States   Lauren Gottlieb 9 3
India   Arjun Luthra 10 5
United Kingdom   Ross Worswick 10 5
Australia   Priya Malik 10 7


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