So Ashu won Bigg Boss….

…do I care? No. I never watched the show. Not for any reason specifically but that I had a very basic issue with the assorted groupings of individuals the channel had culled together for the show. A politician’s son, involved in a very high profile doping and sex scandal which led to the death of his deceased father’s personal secretary, hush hush toy boys being driven off when the overdosing occured, a cover up marriage that followed, wife bashing accusations and a rushed divorce later becomes a Krishna Kanhaiya. An item girl. A gangster’s ex-moll. A television actress’s ex-husband who battered her to pulp. And another motley bunch of people who are absolutely uninteresting. But that is how it would be, right?

Why would people with anything interesting going on in their lives want to be part of such a ridiculous show, where they have to live with virtual strangers under constant camera surveillance for months on end, and perform ridiculous tasks, be performing monkeys and provide entertainment for a voyeuristic nation with nothing better to do with their time than watch this crap being peddled as entertainment.

While I can still condone a talent hunt like an Indian Idol, a Sa Re Ga Ma, a Star Voice of India, because here, the contestants are the average joe, with a dream to make it big and only talent on their side, and with an equal shot at winning the crown, this show is beyond the pale to me. Except for Ashutosh who won (whom I have not seen at all otherwise or in this show so have no opinion on), Diana Hayden and Ketki Dave, the rest of the bunch sound like an extremely seedy bunch, one would be loathe to bump into at a party, let alone be locked up in a house for months on end with.

It is amazing how jobless we are as a nation that such tripe would be the most eagerly watched show across all SECs. Did no one remember of the coke and heroin jacuzzi orgy with all those young studs confessing they were taken there by Sahil Zaroo for a ‘party’. And did they imagine the Krishna Kanhaiya minus his face packs, was naked in the jacuzzi party with Bibek Moitra was to discuss the state of the nation? Did they forget the pictures of his clearly very terrified wife, with bruises on her face and an arm in a sling purportedly from a bicycle accident. And her interview in a daily in which she spoke about the physical abuse, which was hurried retracted and covered up the next day? And hush hush reports from the Mumbai party circuit which whisper about a hedonistic lifestyle too gory to write about.

It was cringeworthy. And now the man is on every channel and in every newspaper talking about how he wanted to show his “real self” to the world and how he plans to get into politics. Excuse me?

I have not watched the show but have only gone by what I have heard being discussed and by what I have read in the newspapers about the show, and it sickens me to the core.

Being a gangsters moll can get one a straight catapult to celebrityhood. The next batch of Bigg Boss would probably have Charles Sobhraj and Shibu Soren and convicted felons and murderers. And the process of elimination one guesses will be easier because the inmates can do away with each other without the hassle of the SMS voting and such crap to fill coffers of the channel and the SMS service provider. Why do we as a television viewing audience get sucked into this crap?

Is it because we have nothing better to watch? Is it because we are at the end of the day a voyeuristic nation with a penchant for the ridiculous. Or is it simply because, like the Kserial crap we have inflicted on ourselves, we deserve the puerile entertainment we get, because thats the only entertainment that gets the TRPs.

Yes, we deserve this entertainment. Because we allow ourselves to get entertained by it.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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18 Responses to So Ashu won Bigg Boss….

  1. Rohini says:

    Last week, I got into one of my ‘need to catch up with what consumers are watching these days’ moods and resolved to watch an episode of Bigg (why the two Gs) Boss. I could not handle it after 15 painful minutes – it was boring, tacky and pointless. And it’s not just the masses who are watching either. There are intelligent colleagues at work who start their day by discussing the happenings on Bigg Boss from the previous night…


  2. aneela z says:

    yup…my feelings exactly. It would have far more worth it if (as some cultural studies theorists suggest) Big Brother was about isolating some people in a space and subjecting them to ‘manufactured news’ about the outside world…how would they behave? Or just making them watch news reels about themselves…totally wicked.


  3. Uma says:

    What do i care? That was my reaction when i heard this. What was more annoying was this was repeated on and off in all the leading news channel in prime time news… wtf? is it a news et al??? God save the stupid citizens who did follow this show and this news piece religiously.

    Hopped in thru MM… and I love this blog of yours…..


  4. preetischronicle says:

    Oh! That one is a piece of crap. And which ‘reality’ show would one watch on tv these days, they all look so manufactured. Junior mahajan did show his ‘real self’, he is quite foolish and idiotic all along!
    btw did you read Shobha De’s column this sunday in TOI on something similar?


  5. blinkandmiss says:

    last year i got sucked into watching BB. i hated it, but i ended up watching it quite a few number of times last year. this year, we have no cable. so na raha baans, na baji bansuri. 🙂 it is a very refreshing change.


  6. Abha says:


    no cable, so no hope of watching it!

    but my very very normal friends go nuts whne it come sto Bigg Boss. its so totally mad! and such nobody’s all of them.

    i guess its just the voyeur is us that makes us watch all this crap.



  7. Priyanka says:

    My thoughts exactly (and penned down in a wow way that I never could)! When I heard of the hoopla this season and came to know about the people who were in the house, my first reaction was, wow, what a bunch of losers these people have picked!! I really wonder what it is about shows like these that claim TRPs. Better off watching a soap about the tribulations about some Tulsi or Saloni.


  8. Priyanka says:

    On an aside, did you happen to catch MTV Splitsvilla?? My teenaged cousin was raving about how it was the most watched thing by college kids and I caught one episode. What is wrong with people that they allow their kids to watch such BS?? I was appalled, to say the least. Now, I see hoardings calling out for ‘8 hot babes and 8 hot guys’.


  9. D says:

    My first time here, I think. And I loved this post because it gives a fresh perspective on the whole show. I must admit though that I’ve been an avid follower of Big Boss. And definitely, the notorious motley of people on Season 2 was a turn off initially.

    You’re so right about Rahul Mahajan, but he’s nothing if not a very good actor and at least that makes him worth watching. Despite all his history, it was interesting to watch him act all “cute” and whatever. Raja was more believable, showing traits of the anger that he’s notorious for. And Monika totally superfluous as one guesses she may have been as a moll.


  10. pooja says:


    y do u blame our nation? big boss is there in every country almost as big brother etc. its not only indians, y do you make us feel inferior or different ppl. we indians are much above i think than the rest. dont ppl in other nations watch big brother? i dont think you should be ashamed of our nation. there r disadvantages nad the bad in in other countries, or worse


  11. i agree kiran- me with my low standards of entertainment needs also cannot understand this big boss type of stuf. infact my only worry- are there cameras in the loos also – see my ignorance..if it has been explained- i dont know abt it!!
    give me a music show anyday . the dramebaaji sucks but i love the music and song and entertatinment value

    patriotic pooja- it warms my heart that u r so patriotic but go back and read please- is she comparing our nation with any other country?
    Kiran now pls do a separate post on global and indian consumer trends


  12. i dont get it – is pooja defending the show? the nation? what? and the point is – i’ve never got the argument of – others are doing crap stuff so its perfectly right for us to do it. this misguided patriotism amuses me

    i dont watch this show Lady K – and I am not ashamed to say so. i’d rather pick up a good book than watch the tripe they pass off for entertainment.


  13. dipali says:

    The show and its Angrez avtaar were equally unwatchable. I have no idea how people manage to watch/defend such utter rubbish.


  14. Sue says:

    Tsk tsk Kiran. You mustn’t ever criticise anybody because they might get hurt, na?

    Look, Pooja took your dislike of a particular kind of media anasthsia quite personally and very patriotically too. As Indians you and I must not criticise, we must not see what’s wrong so that we can fix it. Because the nation is perfect already. Let us all rest on our laurels here.


  15. Sue says:

    Tsk tsk Kiran. You mustn’t ever criticise anybody because they might get hurt, na?

    Look, Pooja took your dislike of a particular kind of media anaesthesia quite personally and very patriotically too. As Indians you and I must not criticise, we must not see what’s wrong so that we can fix it. Because the nation is perfect already. Let us all rest on our laurels here.


  16. Kiran Manral says:

    Ro: Thats what. Colleagues and friends discussing it.

    Aneela: That would get no takers. That would be a psychological study and would require intelligence to set up

    Uma; Thanks, drop by again.

    Preeti: I must dig out the copy.

    Abha: True.

    Priyanka: Splitsvilla? Must check that out.

    D: It was a collection of the dregs of society.

    Pooja: I am truly not concerned about where Bigg Boss is watched or not. I am concerned that we allow ourselves to be entertained by it.

    ITW: True. Dramebaazi is alright. But a gathering of criminals and fools is ridiculous. And watching it avidly is just a reflection of one’s own level of intelligence.

    The Mad Momma: Its called validation by the west. If the west are doing something, it must be great therefore we should also do it.

    Dipali: Absolutely.

    Sue: Lol. Amen.


  17. pooja says:

    no mm or k i am not promoting the show at all. its silly. only thing is dont blame only our nation. its all around thw rold. i know all the elements lik rahul n raja etc shouldn be entertained


  18. pooja says:

    please ya why is everyone ganging up agaianst me, i just said tht its not only our counrty , thats all



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