As the contestants trooped in, “celebrities” and “commoners”—who says the caste system has been abolished?—there seemed to be more healthy excitement in the air on Bigg Boss 11 this season than in recent years when the stress was on bringing in the muck , digging into the dirt and shoveling in the shindig.
Last seasons Swami Om(or whatever the fraud god called himself) was the nadir of aesthetics,the rock bottom of reality-show entertainment and the armpit of TRO hunting.To counter the damage of Om’s vulgar excesses we this time have a “rational godwoman”, and if that sounds like a contradiction in terms, so be it.
This season it had to get better. And it did! The contestants seem a fair mixture of enthusiasm and caution. If there was a model-actress gushing over the blasé host, and Shilpa Shinde fighting it out on stage with a disgruntled tv producer ,there is also a peon’s daughter fromBihar who seemed not the least daunted by Mr Khan’s mock-euphoric presence. In fact this girl took on both Salman and Varun Dhawan with a great deal of spunk spirit and self control.
We hope to see more of these qualities on Bigg Boss 11 in the coming weeks, and not desperate gimmicks to get eyeballs with contestants making a spectacle of themselves.
Of course this season too has its season of humongous humbug.And the guy from Delhi claiming to be a “celebrity without a tag” deserves to be tagged a megalomaniacal lunatic on a par with last year’s Swami’s Om. This new avatar of Om claimed he parties endlessly and has blown up crores of his father’s money.
Wah, beta ho to aisa.Salman, please slap these attention-seekers.
Scumbags will come and go, Bigg Boss goes on forever. While we wait to see how the show pans out in the coming weeks, the inaugural episode was lively and colourful without excessive self-congratulation. Salman Khan was relaxed and didn’t waste his time or ours in puerile prattle. He even took time off to do a cute impersonation of Shah Rukh Khan.And later he made dig at AamirKhan’s perfectionism.
Whether he got NOCs from his Khan colleagues is a moot point.
Salman also handled the less privileged contestants with great dignity.Sapna Chowdhary a Haryanvi stage dancer-singer spoke about her suicide attempt and her resolve thereafter to do exactly what her heart tells her to. Hopefully Bigg Boss this season will celebrate girl power without grinding the guys’ egos to dust.
Hopefully the contestants won’t make a spectacle of themselves for the sake of enhancing their TRPs. Cheap antics won’t work this time.Bigg Boss seems to have realized its mistake.Whether the show has learnt from its mistakes we shall soon know.
Show Rating: ***(3 stars)