The biggest reality show: BIGG BOSS-(Telugu)
Bigg Boss Telugu is a reality show based on the original Dutch Big Brother format.
A show where contestants (known as “housemates”) live in a bigg boss house and are isolated from the rest of the world. Each week, housemates nominate their fellow housemates for eviction, and the housemates who receive the most nominations would face a public vote. Eventually, one housemate would leave after being “evicted” from the House. In the final week, there were five housemates remaining, and the public voted for who they wanted to win.
Basic rules of the game are very simple. The inmates are not permitted to talk in any other language except Telugu. They always have to wear the microphone and cannot leave the House premises at any time unless they are evicted or decided by Bigg Boss. They are not allowed to sleep without the permission of Bigg Boss.
For those who don’t know, the bigg boss house is constructed in Anapurna studios.
The current season is being hosted by superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna. He looks a million bucks. The bigg boss started with a controversy over sexual harassment. Earlier this month, a woman journalist based in Hyderabad had filed a case of sexual harassment the three organizers of Bigg Boss Telugu. Following this, many OU JAC students had also protested in front of Nagarjuna’s house. But all these troubled waters did not stop the bigg boss from being aired on Star MAA network.
The show kick-started with 15 contestants. This season definitely looks promising as there are few popular celebrities like Srimukhi, Varun Sandesh, Ali Reza, Rahul, etc.
Since it’s been a week already and our viewers have seen the first eviction and it was not surprising to see Hema evicted within the first week. According to Nag, actress Hema is trying to dominate the rest of the participants. Hema’s fight with Rahul and Ali Reza related to the kitchen has caused her the eviction from the Bigg Boss house.
Bigg boss surprised us with the wild card entry contestant, Tamanna simhadri who is a transgender and she entering the show will make the show interesting as it would be an unexpected twist for the existing housemates. Tamanna Simhadri was the first trans woman who contested Andhra Assembly Elections in 2019 from Mangalagiri constituency. She was Miss Transgender Mumbai 2010. 34-year-old Tamanna, a graduate in Computer Applications, also works with Triveni, an NGO working for the welfare of women and the transgender community. She says she is in Bigg boss to win hearts of contestants and audience alike.
How well the housemates are going to receive her is what we need to find out in upcoming episodes.
This is the first time Telugu big boss is hosting a member of the LGBT community. But there were quite a few in Hindi Bigg Boss. Vivek Mishra-naked guru and Gay activist, VJ Andy, Sushant –winner of Mr. Gay India, Bobby darling, Rohit Verma-Designer, Imam Siddiqui-Fashion expert and finally Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi-Transgender activist.
Even Bigg boss –Malayalam hosted a transgender Anjali as wild card entry.
Trangenders come from all walks of life. They are a diverse community representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.
While the visibility of transgender people is increasing in popular culture and daily life, they still face severe discrimination, stigma, and systemic inequality.
I personally believe it’s a great move, by the makers of BIGG BOSS to include the LGBT community into the world of television. Thanks to BIGG BOSS.