Bigg Boss

Bigg Boss is an Indian reality television game show produced by Endemol Shine India through Viacom 18 and Star India. Subsequently, it was syndicated internationally and available through Voot and Disney+ Hotstar OTT platforms. It has been extended into seven languages spoken in the Indian sub-continent. It is the Indian version of the Dutch-British show Big Brother.[1]

Bigg Boss
Years2006 – present
Films and television
Television seriesBigg Boss
Produced byEndemol Shine India
Based onBig Brother
No.of Versions7
No.of Seasons38
Original networkViacom 18 Network
Star India Network
Official website


There have been seven versions of the show in different languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. The first show of the franchise was Bigg Boss in Hindi which debuted in 2006 through Sony TV and from season two onwards it moved to and continues on Colors TV. In 2013, the franchise extended its presence in Kannada through Colors Kannada and Bengali through ETV Bangla, later rebranded into Colors Bangla. In 2017, it extend its presence in Tamil through Star Vijay and in Telugu through Star Maa. In 2018, it ventured into Marathi through Colors Marathi and in Malayalam through Asianet.

Though only celebrities were selected to be as housemates in the initial seasons, members of the general public have been chosen to be on the show in the latest seasons of Hindi, Kannada and Telugu versions of the show.[2][3][4]


Contestants called "housemates" live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. Housemates are voted out, usually on a weekly basis, until only one remains and wins the cash prize. During their stay in the house, contestants are continuously monitored by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones.

The program relies on techniques such as a stripped back-to-basic environment, evictions, weekly tasks, competitions set by Bigg Boss, and the “confession room” where housemates converse with Bigg Boss and nominate the housemates they wish to evict from the house. The housemates with the most nominations are then announced, and viewers are given the opportunity to vote via SMS or online through social media and smartphone applications for the nominee they wish to save from eviction. The last person standing is declared the winner.

The contestants are required to indulge in housework and are assigned tasks by the omnipresent authority figure known to them as Bigg Boss. The tasks are designed to test teamwork abilities and community spirit of the housemates. The luxury budget is a weekly allowance to buy luxury food items other than the supplied essentials which depend on the outcome of assigned tasks.



Bigg Boss is a Hindi language adaptation of Big Brother created in 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 show at Lonavla for season one to four and six to twelve, in Karjat for season five and in Goregaon from season thirteen onwards. Bigg Boss debuted on television in 2006 through Sony TV with Arshad Warsi as the host. The show gained popularity after Shilpa Shetty emerged as the winner in Big Brother 5 and replaced Warsi as the host in the second season of Bigg Boss.[5] From the second season, the show's broadcast moved to Viacom 18's Colors TV. For third season Amitabh Bachchan hosted the show respectively and Salman Khan continued as a host from fourth season onwards, while Sanjay Dutt also hosted for fifth season along with Salman Khan. Farah Khan hosted the spin off season of eighth season in absence of main host Salman Khan.


The show's acceptance and success among the Indian audience paved way for its expansion into other Indian languages.[6] After the sixth season wrapped in 2013, Kannada and Bengali adaptions were created by Endemol through ETV Network.[7] Sudeep hosted Kannada version.[8] Mithun Chakraborty and Jeet hosted Bengali version respectively. While the Kannada version continued with subsequent seasons annually, similar to Hindi, became an instant hit and the Bengali version completed only two seasons in six years and did not turn out to be as successful.[9]

In 2017, upon completion of ten seasons in Hindi, four seasons in Kannada and two seasons in Bengali, Endemol Shine India extended its presence in South India by creating Tamil and Telugu versions of the show with Star India. The Tamil version was hosted by Kamal Haasan.[10] While the Telugu version started with Jr NTR as a host, later for second season Nani replaced the host and from third season onwards Akkineni Nagarjuna continued as a host respectively.[11][12][13] In 2018, the show was adapted into Marathi under Viacom 18 and hosted by Mahesh Manjrekar.[14] The next language adaptation was Malayalam, which was produced by Star India and hosted by Mohanlal.[15][16][17]


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  Upcoming for airing – 1
  Recently concluded – 5
  No longer airing – 1
Language Show Season Year Official Name Host Primary
Premiere Finale Days Housemates Prize Money Voice of
Bigg Boss
Winner Runner Up
Bigg Boss Hindi 1 2006–07 Bigg Boss Arshad Warsi Sony TV N/A Lonavala 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 1 crore (US$140,000) Atul Kapoor Rahul Roy Carol Gracias
2 2008 Bigg Boss 2 Shilpa Shetty Colors 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 Ashutosh Kaushik Raja Chaudhary
3 2009 Bigg Boss 3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 85 Vindu Dara Singh Pravesh Rana
4 2010–11 Bigg Boss 4 Salman Khan Voot 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 Shweta Tiwari Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali
5 2011–12 Bigg Boss 5 Salman Khan
Sanjay Dutt
Karjat 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 Juhi Parmar Mahek Chahal
6 2012–13 Bigg Boss 6 : Alag Che Salman Khan Lonavala 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) Urvashi Dholakia Imam Siddique
7 2013 Bigg Boss 7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 Gauahar Khan Tanishaa Mukerji
8 2014–15 Bigg Boss 8 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 19 Declared in Halla Bol
Spin-off 2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Farah Khan 3 January 2015 31 January 2015 28 10 Gautam Gulati Karishma Tanna
9 2015–16 Bigg Boss 9 : Double Trouble Salman Khan 11 October 2015 23 January 2016 105 20 Prince Narula Rishabh Sinha
10 2016–17 Bigg Boss 10 : Yeh Tumhara Hi Ghar Hain 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 18 Manveer Gurjar Bani Judge
11 2017–18 Bigg Boss 11 : Padosi Bajayege Barah 1 October 2017 14 January 2018 106 19 Shilpa Shinde Hina Khan
12 2018 Bigg Boss 12 16 September 2018 30 December 2018 105 21 30 lakh (US$42,000) Dipika Kakar S. Sreesanth
13 2019–20 Bigg Boss 13 Mumbai 29 September 2019 15 February 2020 140 50 lakh (US$70,000) Sidharth Shukla Asim Riaz
14 2020–21 Bigg Boss 14 : Ab Scene Paltega 3 October 2020 21 February 2021 143 23 36 lakh (US$50,000) Rubina Dilaik Rahul Vaidya
Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss Sudeep ETV Kannada N/A Lonavala 24 March 2013 30 June 2013 98 15 50 lakh (US$70,000) Amit Bhargav Vijay Raghavendra Arun Sagar
2 2014 Bigg Boss 2 Asianet Suvarna 29 June 2014 5 October 2014 Akul Balaji Srujan Lokesh
3 2015–16 Bigg Boss 3 Colors
Voot Bengaluru 25 October 2015 31 January 2016 18 B M Venkatesh Shruti Chandan Kumar
4 2016–17 Bigg Boss 4 9 October 2016 29 January 2017 112 Srinivas Prasad Pratham Keerthi Kumar
5 2017–18 Bigg Boss 5 Colors
15 October 2017 28 January 2018 105 19 Chandan Shetty Diwakar
6 2018–19 Bigg Boss 6 21 October 2018 27 January 2019 98 20 Shashi Kumar Naveen Sajju
7 2019–20 Bigg Boss 7 Colors Kannada 13 October 2019 2 February 2020 112 20 Shine Shetty Kuri Pratap
8 2021 Bigg Boss 8 28 February 2021 9 May 2021 70 20 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[18]
Spin-off Bigg Boss 8 : Second Innings 27 June 2021 TBA TBA 12 TBA TBA
Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss Mithun Chakraborty ETV Bangla N/A Lonavala 17 June 2013 14 September 2013 90 15 20 lakh (US$28,000) N/A Aneek Dhar Rudranil Ghosh
2 2016 Bigg Boss 2 Jeet Colors Bangla Voot 4 April 2016 15 July 2016 98 16 35 lakh (US$49,000) Joyjit Banerjee Priya Paul
Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Kamal Haasan Star
N/A Chennai 25 June 2017 30 September 2017 98 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) Satiiysh Saarathy Arav Nafeez Snehan Sivaselvam
2 2018 Bigg Boss 2 Disney+ Hotstar 17 June 2018 30 September 2018 105 17 Riythvika Aishwarya Dutta
3 2019 Bigg Boss 3 23 June 2019 6 October 2019 Mugen Rao Sandy
4 2020–21 Bigg Boss 4 4 October 2020 17 January 2021 18 Aari Arujunan Balaji Murugadoss
Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Jr NTR Star
N/A Lonavala 16 July 2017 24 September 2017 70 16 50 lakh (US$70,000) Radha Krishna Siva Balaji Aadarsh Balakrishna
2 2018 Bigg Boss 2 Nani Disney+ Hotstar Hyderabad 10 June 2018 30 September 2018 112 18 Kaushal Manda Geetha Madhuri
3 2019 Bigg Boss 3 Akkineni Nagarjuna 21 July 2019 3 November 2019 105 17 Rahul Sipligunj Sreemukhi
4 2020 Bigg Boss 4 6 September 2020 20 December 2020 19 25 lakh (US$35,000) & Bike Abijeet Akhil Sarthak
Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss Mahesh Manjrekar Colors
Voot Lonavala 15 April 2018 22 July 2018 98 18 50 lakh (US$70,000) Ratnakar Tardalkar Megha Dhade Pushkar Jog
2 2019 Bigg Boss 2 Mumbai 26 May 2019 1 September 2019 17 Shiv Thakare Neha Shitole
Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss Mohanlal Asianet Disney+ Hotstar Lonavala 24 June 2018 30 September 2018 98 18 1 crore (US$140,000) Raghu Raj Sabumon Abdusamad Pearle Maaney
2 2020 Bigg Boss 2 Chennai 5 January 2020 20 March 2020 74 23 1 crore (US$140,000) Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[19]
3 2021 Bigg Boss 3 14 February 2021 20 May 2021 95 18 75 lakh (US$110,000) Temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic[20]
June 2021 TBA TBA

  Female Winners   Male Winners


Bigg Boss HindiEdit

Bigg Boss is the Hindi and the first version of the franchise.[21] The first season premiered in 2006 on Sony TV[22] It was hosted by Arshad Warsi.[23] The prize money was 1 crore (US$140,000)[24] The license for Bigg Boss was acquired by Viacom 18 and the next season was aired on Colors TV with Shilpa Shetty as the host.[25] Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan was roped in to play host for the third season while Salman Khan appeared as the host in the fourth season.[26][27] The fifth season was jointly hosted by Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt while Khan alone continues to host the show consecutively since sixth season until present.[28][29][30][31] A lavish purpose-built house, with annual modifications was built in Lonavala, Mumbai for the show.[32] A new house was built at ND Studios in Karjat, Pune for the fifth season.[33] The house at Lonavala was rebuilt and used again from the sixth season.[34] The prize was reduced to 50 lakh (US$70,000) since the fifth season.[35] A spin off series, Bigg Boss: Halla Bol was launched and merged into the eighth season with five finalists from the eighth season and five previous runner ups which was hosted by Farah Khan.[36]

Though the show has largely been a celebrity-only show, it opened the doors for participation by the common people since its tenth season. Although the fans didn't spot any commoners in season 13 and 14, but according to the reports, the fans will once again see the commoners in Bigg Boss 15.[37]

Atul Kapoor has been the voice of Bigg Boss since the first season.[38]

Bigg Boss KannadaEdit

Bigg Boss Kannada is the Kannada version of the Bigg Boss reality tv show[39] and it was the first south Indian adaption[40][41] of Bigg Boss. Actor Sudeep was roped in by ETV Kannada[7] to play the host[42] of the show for the first season in 2013 and for second season Star India acquired the license of the show and aired on Suvarna[43] with Sudeep continuing his role as the host of the show. The Bigg Boss house at Lonavala which was used for the Hindi version was also 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.[44] Sudeep's contract to host the show was extended[45] to five seasons starting with the third season which returned[46] to Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The fifth season moved[47] 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$70,000)[48] as the prize money. Commoners were allowed to be a part of the show from the fifth season through auditions.[49] 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. From third season onwards, the show is going to air from October month onwards on every year but the eight season get delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely to launch from Mid February 2021 onwards.[50]

Bigg Boss BanglaEdit

Bigg Boss Bangla is the Bengali version of the show[51] which was produced by ETV Bangla with Mithun Chakraborty as the host[52] 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 Bengali actor Jeet.[53] The Lonavala house used for Hindi version was used[54] in both seasons and the prize money for the show has been lesser than the other adaptions with 20 lakh (US$28,000)[55] and 35 lakh (US$49,000)[56] 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. The reality show however has been discontinued after season 2 but a leading Bengali TV channel is planning to launch its new season and disscussion about copyright issues is still on and show makers are yet to finalise it.[57]

Bigg Boss TamilEdit

Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil version[58] of the show and the second south Indian adaption of Bigg Boss. Star India produced the show in 2017 with Kamal Haasan as the host[59] on Star Vijay.[60] This has been the only version to have none of its seasons shot at Lonavala. The house was constructed at EVP Film City, Chennai and is being used since the first season.[61] All the three seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000)[62] as the prize money. The fourth season was planned to launch in June 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season eye logo tile revealed on 27 August 2020 and launching on 4 October 2020 onwards and finished on 17 January 2021. The fifth season is expected to start in late June 2021 as the production for the new season has been started by the channel.[63]

Bigg Boss TeluguEdit

Bigg Boss Telugu is the Telugu version of the Bigg Boss reality TV show and telecasted by Star Maa. The first season Jr NTR is being hosted the show and the Lonavala house was used for the show and premiered on 16 July 2017. The second season was hosted by Nani and premiered on 10 June 2018. The third season is being hosted by Akkineni Nagarjuna and premiered on 21 July 2019. The fourth season is planned to launch on July 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and launching begin from 6 September 2020 with Akkineni Nagarjuna as a host for second time. Ramya Krishnan and Samantha Akkineni appeared as a guest host in Season 3 and Season 4 respectively in the absence of main host. From second season onwards a newly built house was constructed at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad is being used for the show. The Three Seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000) as the prize money. The upcoming fifth season of the show planned to launch on June 2021 but due to second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the TV show has been delayed. However, the show organizers are planning to start the season 5 in July 2021 onwards.[64][65][66]

Bigg Boss MarathiEdit

Bigg Boss Marathi is the Marathi version of the show and the first season is being aired on Viacom 18's Colors Marathi.[67] The Lonavala house is being used[68] for this version and Mahesh Manjrekar is playing the host.[69][70] 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$70,000).3rd Season was scheduled to launch in May 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bigg Boss MalayalamEdit

Bigg Boss Malayalam is the Malayalam adaptation of Bigg Boss, produced by Star India and broadcast on Asianet.[71] Veteran actor Mohanlal has been roped to host the show and the Lonavala house was used for the first season. The prize money for the first season was announced to be ₹ 1 crore (US $140,000). All episodes of the show are available on the ott Disney + Hotstar digital platform.[72] The second season was released on January 5, 2020, with Mohanlal returning as host and home located at EVP Film City in Chennai and due to the COVID-19 scare, Endemol Shine India suspended season 2 on day 75 and all the contestants were sent home safely. On February 14, 2021, the third season was launched with Mohanlal returning as host for the third time and the house used for the second season was continued. All the contestants entered the house after a period of 14 days of quarantine and test for COVID-19.[73][74]


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