Bigg Boss is a Hindi (Bollywood) adaption of Big Brother created in the Netherlands by John de Mol Jr., largely based on the Celebrity Big Brother model owned by the Endemol Shine Group. The show was named Bigg Boss and a house was constructed for the purpose of the show at Lonavla in Maharashtra. Bigg Boss debuted on television in 2006 through Sony Entertainment Television with Arshad Warsi as the host. The show gained popularity after Shilpa Shetty emerged as the winner in Celebrity Big Brother 5 (UK) and replaced Warsi as the host in the second season of Bigg Boss. From the second season, the show has moved to Viacom 18’s Colors.
Bigg Boss 12 is all set to kickstart soon and this time the makers of the show promise to bring some unique jodis in the house. The makers are leaving no stone unturned in trying to spice up their reality show.
The makers are working on the concept of ‘vichitra jodis’ which includes Mama-bhanja, boss-employee, best friends, saas-bahu, brother-sister etc.
A new promo of the show was released over the weekend and the host, Salman khan talks about the vichitra jodis that we might see in the upcoming season.
The second promo is quite entertaining as Salman turns narrator and tells the viewers about the most hilarious story of a mama-bhanja.
In the promo, Salman is seen in a desi avatar and is busy riding a bicycle. He takes us to a village household, wherein a bhanja does what his mama says. The promo was shared on the official Instagram handle of the channel and was captioned as, “Mama-bhanja ya chacha-bhatija. Kaunsi jodi chamkegi is saal @BiggBoss ke ghar mein? Dekhiye @beingsalmankhan ke saath jald hi sirf @colorstv par!
Bigg Boss Hindi
Bigg Boss is the Hindi version of the show and the first version of the franchise. The first season premiered in 2006 on Sony Entertainment Television with Arshad Warsi as the host with ₹1 crore (US$150,000) as the prize money. The license for Bigg Boss was acquired by Viacom 18 and the next season was aired on Colors with Shilpa Shetty as the show’s host. Veteran actor Amithabh Bachchan was roped in to play host for the third season while Salman Khan appeared as the host from the fourth season. The fifth season was jointly hosted by Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan while Salman alone continues to host the show consecutively since sixth season till date. A lavish purpose-built house (with annual modifications) at Lonavala, Mumbai was used for the show in the first five seasons while a new house was built house at Big ND Studios in Karjat, Pune for the fifth season. The house at Lonavala was rebuilt and used from the sixth season. The prize has been reduced to ₹50 lakh (US$73,000) from the fifth season. A spin off show — Bigg Boss: Halla Bol — was launched and merged into the eighth season with 5 finalists (‘Champions’) from eighth season and 5 previous runners-up (‘Challengers’) which was hosted by Farah Khan. Though the show has largely been a celebrity-only show, it opened the doors for participation by the common people from the ninth season. For the upcoming 12th season, the theme is touted to be on couples and Katrina Kaif would co-host the show with Salman Khan. Atul Kapoor has been the ‘voice’ of Bigg Boss since the first season.
All the episodes since the fourth season are available on Viacom 18’s OTT platform Voot. Rahul Roy, Ashutosh Kaushik, Vindu Dara Singh, Shweta Tiwari, Juhi Parmar, Urvashi Dholakia, Gauahar Khan, Gautam Gulati, Prince Narula, Manveer Gurjar and Shilpa Shinde have been the winners of the first eleven seasons of the show respectively.
Bigg Boss Kannada
Bigg Boss Kannada is the Kannada version of the show was the first south Indian adaptionof Bigg Boss. Popular actor Sudeep was roped in by ETV Kannada to play the host of the show for the first season in 2013. Star India acquired the license for the show and the second season was aired on Suvarna with Sudeep continuing his role as the host of the show. The same house at Lonavala, Pune which was used for the Hindi version was used for the first two seasons of Bigg Boss Kannada. A new and bigger house was constructed at Innovative Film City in Bidadi, Bengaluru and is being used since the third season. Sudeep’s contract to host the show was extended to 5 seasons starting with the third season which returned to Viacom 18’s Colors Kannada. The fifth season moved to Colors Super, a sister channel of Colors Kannada. It is notable that the Kannada version is the only adaption where the host, Sudeep alone would be hosting the show for seven consecutive seasons. All the seasons so far have had ₹50 lakh (US$73,000) as the prize money. Commoners were allowed to be a part of the show from the fifth season through auditions. Three artists have been the ‘voice’ of Bigg Boss as of fifth season – Amit Bhargav for the first two, B M Venkatesh for the third and Srinivas Prasad since the fourth season.
Vijay Raghavendra, Akul Balaji, Shruti, Pratham, and Chandan Shetty have been the winners of the first five seasons of the show respectively. All the episodes since the third season are available on Viacom 18’s OTT platform Voot.
Bigg Boss Bangla
Bigg Boss Bangla is the Bengali version of the show which was produced by ETV Bangla with Mithun Chakraborty as the host while the first season of the Kannada version was wrapping up in 2013. The second season was aired on Colors Bangla in 2016 and was hosted by popular Bengali actor Jeet. The Lonavala house used for Hindi version was used in both seasons and the prize money for the show has been lesser than the other adaptions with ₹20 lakh (US$29,000) and ₹35 lakh (US$51,000) respectively for the first and second seasons. This is the only adaption of the show that does not follow the annual format and the seasons have been produced once in 3 years.
Aneek Dhar and Joyjit Banerjee have been the winners of the first and second season of the show respectively. All the episodes since the second season are available on Viacom 18’s OTT platform Voot.
Bigg Boss Tamil
Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil version of the show and the second south Indian adaption of Bigg Boss. Star India produced the show in 2017 with Kamal Hassan as the host on Star Vijay. This has been the only version to have none of its seasons shot at Lonavala. The house for Bigg Boss Tamil was constructed at EVP Film City, Chennai and is being used since the first season. Both the seasons so far have had ₹50 lakh (US$73,000) as the prize money.
Aarav was the winner of the first season of the show. All the episodes of the show are available on the OTT platform Hotstar.
Bigg Boss Telugu
Bigg Boss Telugu is the Telugu version of the show and was produced along with its Tamil counterpart by Star India on Star Maa with Jr NTR as the host and the Lonavala house was used for the first season. The second season is being hosted by Naniand a newly built house at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad is being used for the show. Both the seasons so far have had ₹50 lakh (US$73,000) as the prize money.
Siva Balaji was the winner of the first season of the show. All the episodes of the show are available on the OTT platform Hotstar.
Bigg Boss Marathi
Bigg Boss Marathi is the Marathi version of the show and the first season is being aired on Viacom 18’s Colors Marathi. The Lonavala house is being used for this version and Mahesh Manjrekar is playing the host. This is the first and only adaption of Bigg Boss so far to have its language affiliation in the show’s official name. The prize money is announced to be ₹50 lakh (US$73,000). All the episodes of the show are available on Viacom 18’s OTT platform Voot.
Bigg Boss Malayalam
Bigg Boss Malayalam is the Malayalam adaption for Bigg Boss which is produced by Star India and aired on Asianet. Veteran actor Mohanlal has been roped in to host the show and the Lonavala house is being used for the first season. The prize money is announced to be ₹1 crore (US$150,000). All the episodes of the show are available on the OTT platform Hotstar.