Sanjeev Kotnala: Bigg Boss 13 – No commoners, but still a great show

03 Oct,2019

By Sanjeev Kotnala

 

My favourite programme Bigg Boss is back on Colors. The new format is the original format of celebrity guest without any commoner. I still believe it is a great show to watch, and there are many learnings.

The inaugural episode on September 29 showed that the Colors team had got their act right. However, it is yet to be seen if the delayed telecast time of 10.30pm on weekdays is going to impact the audience size. Maybe this delayed telecast time will push Voot viewership and help develop a new set of followers. The options in Voot are exciting to get additional traction.

However, the next two days have been party games being olayed by whatever of the house Amisha Patel. Bigg Boss may lose initial traction if this continues for long.

There are lot of No’s in Bigg Boss and some of them can well make you say Yes to the show.

 

NO MORE LONAVALA FOR BIGG BOSS.

Does the location of the set matter? If one was to believe the followers of Bigg Boss, there is a lot to the location. Lonavala, away from Mumbai, had its mystic value.

Film City brings it down to a set. May be there will be some added opportunity in term of BiggBoss tourism and visits, but that’s it. It is not going to do much about the travel time but could dilute the franchise. The contestants are in-house, the behind-the-scene team needs to camp-in. Only host Salman Khan is impacted with the travel issues. And it seems, he may have had some reservations about it.

 

NO MORE COMMONERS IN THE HOUSE.

The host, an integral part of the Bigg Boss franchise, says that there is no commoner and no celebrity –  every commoner is a celebrity. And every celebrity is a commoner. One knows the statement is far from the truth. Bigg Boss sufferred from perceived differential treatment for celebrity and commoner. Having no commoner is expected to be a plus, as all may start at an equal footing.

 

NO HOST FATIGUE FOR THE ‘BIGG’ SHOWS

Surprisingly the two shows KBC with Amitabh Bachchan and Bigg Boss with Salman Khan have not suffered a host fatigue. If you ask viewers, they somehow cannot imagine the show with anyone else.

Bigg Boss has earlier experimented with a different host, but Salman Khan has been holding fort for the last 10 years. He has an excellent command on the format and his equations of idiosyncrasies that channel know well. Though he is senior in the industry and a powerhouse in many ways, the respect or fear he commands from the celebrities on the show is phenomenal.

 

NO MORE LONG WAIT FOR THE TICKET TO FINALE IN BIGG BOSS 13.

There is a quickie finale in just four weeks. That is something unheard of. But, trust Bigg Boss to have multiple twists and turns built in the process to keep the excitement on.

 

NO PET POLICY NO MORE.

Fluffy is in the show. It is a welcome move and will help the contestants. If the pet remains through the season, it will lead to additional responsibilities, which is going to add to the fun.

The pets naturally will build polarised relationships with contestants. This itself can be fun to watch and pull in the generation that is pet-friendly. Additionally, I expect Fluffy to become a celebrity on social channels.

Will the Bigg Boss team go as far as treating Fluffy as a contestant and get it nominated for eviction? I would love to see the votes pour in and have no doubt that it will survive.

 

NO JALLAD. NO SINGLE BED.

Most of us ardent viewers of the show will miss Jallad. There was that uniqueness in his character that made the viewers ultimately side with him. The audience will welcome the triple beds as it is going to be fun watching how the configurations roll out among the contestants.

 

NO FIGHT OVER DUTIES.

Well, as a change, Bigg Boss has taken some fun out of the game. Duties of the house are allotted in a planned manner. There is enough woman power in the house and men seem sensible enough. It led to enough good banter and polarised behaviour of contestants. It was fun to watch the strategies of contestants to negotiate them.

The Bigg Boss game is on. And I am in. Hope the season lives to the expectations. I have full faith and trust in the Bigg Boss team to create those planned and forced interceptions that will liven up the show. Till that time, wait and watch.

 

 

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