Bigg Boss is an Indian reality television game show franchise based on the Dutch reality show Big Brother. It is produced by Endemol Shine India through Viacom18 and Disney Star. Subsequently, the various versions of the show are made internationally available through OTT platforms Voot and Disney+ Hotstar.

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Bigg Boss was originally started in Hindi language and has been extended into seven languages spoken in the Indian sub-continent, including Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam.


There have been seven versions of the show in different languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. The first show of the franchise was Big 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.[1][2][3]


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 scripted 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.[4] 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.[5] After the sixth season wrapped in 2013, Kannada and Bengali adaptions were created by Endemol through ETV Network.[6] Sudeep hosted Kannada version.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] While the Telugu version started with Jr NTR as a host, later for second season Nani replaced the host and from third season onwards Nagarjuna continued as a host respectively.[10][11][12] In 2018, the show was adapted into Marathi under Viacom 18 and hosted by Mahesh Manjrekar.[13] The next language adaptation was Malayalam, which was produced by Star India and hosted by Mohanlal. Later in 2021 another version was adopted called Bigg Boss OTT where its episodes were shown on Voot which is hosted by Karan Johar.[14][15][16]


  Currently airing – 1
  Upcoming for airing – 0
  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
Bigg Boss Arshad Warsi Sony TV N/A Lonavala, Pune 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 1 crore (US$130,000) Atul Kapoor Rahul Roy Carol Gracias
Bigg Boss 2 Shilpa Shetty Colors TV 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 Ashutosh Kaushik Raja Chaudhary
Bigg Boss 3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 85 Vindu Dara Singh Pravesh Rana
Bigg Boss 4 Salman Khan Voot 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 Shweta Tiwari Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali
Bigg Boss 5 Sanjay Dutt
Salman Khan
ND Studios, Karjat 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 Juhi Parmar Mahek Chahal
Bigg Boss 6 : Alag Che Salman Khan Lonavala, Pune 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 50 lakh (US$66,000) Urvashi Dholakia Imam Siddique
Bigg Boss 7 : Saath Saat 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 Gauahar Khan Tanishaa Mukerji
Bigg Boss 8 : Sabki Lagegi Waat! 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 19 Declared in Halla Bol
Bigg Boss Halla Bol Farah Khan 3 January 2015 31 January 2015 28 10 Gautam Gulati Karishma Tanna
Bigg Boss 9 : Double Trouble Salman Khan 11 October 2015 23 January 2016 105 20 Prince Narula Rishabh Sinha
Bigg Boss 10 : India Isse Apna Hi Ghar Samjho 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 18 Manveer Gurjar Bani Judge
Bigg Boss 11 : Padosi Bajayege Barah 1 October 2017 14 January 2018 106 19 44 lakh (US$58,000)[17] Shilpa Shinde Hina Khan
Bigg Boss 12 16 September 2018 30 December 2018 105 21 30 lakh (US$39,000) Dipika Kakar S. Sreesanth
Bigg Boss 13 : Tedah Film City, Mumbai 29 September 2019 15 February 2020 140 50 lakh (US$66,000) Sidharth Shukla Asim Riaz
Bigg Boss 14 : Ab Scene Paltega 3 October 2020 21 February 2021 143 23 36 lakh (US$47,000) Rubina Dilaik Rahul Vaidya
Bigg Boss 15: Pan Pana Pan Pandrah 2 October 2021 30 January 2022 120 24 40 lakh (US$52,000) Tejasswi Prakash Pratik Sehajpal
Bigg Boss OTT 1
Bigg Boss: Over-The-Top Karan Johar Voot Film City, Mumbai 8 August 2021 18 September 2021 42 13 25 lakh (US$33,000) Atul Kapoor Divya Agarwal Nishant Bhat
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss Sudeep ETV Kannada N/A Lonavala, Pune 24 March 2013 30 June 2013 98 15 50 lakh (US$66,000) Amit Bhargav Vijay Raghavendra Arun Sagar
Bigg Boss 2 Asianet Suvarna 29 June 2014 5 October 2014 Akul Balaji Srujan Lokesh
Bigg Boss 3 Colors
Voot Innovative Film City, Bangalore 25 October 2015 31 January 2016 18 B M Venkatesh Shruti Chandan Kumar
Bigg Boss 4 9 October 2016 29 January 2017 112 Srinivas Prasad Pratham Keerthi Kumar
Bigg Boss 5 Colors
15 October 2017 28 January 2018 105 19 Chandan Shetty Diwakar
Bigg Boss 6 21 October 2018 27 January 2019 98 20 Shashi Kumar Naveen Sajju
Bigg Boss 7 Colors Kannada 13 October 2019 2 February 2020 112 20 Shine Shetty Kuri Prathap
Bigg Boss 8 28 February 2021 9 May 2021 70 20 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[18]
Bigg Boss 8 Second Innings 23 June 2021 8 August 2021 47 12 Manju Pavagada Aravind KP
Bigg Boss Mini Season 14 August 2021 5 September 2021 6 15 This season contains No Winners
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss Mithun Chakraborty ETV Bangla N/A Lonavala, Pune 17 June 2013 14 September 2013 90 15 20 lakh (US$26,000) N/A Aneek Dhar Rudranil Ghosh
Bigg Boss 2 Jeet Colors Bangla Voot 4 April 2016 15 July 2016 98 16 35 lakh (US$46,000) Joyjit Banerjee Priya Paul
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss Kamal Haasan Star
Disney+ Hotstar EVP Film City, Chennai 25 June 2017 30 September 2017 98 19 50 lakh (US$66,000) Satiiysh Saarathy Arav Nafeez Snehan Sivaselvam
Bigg Boss 2 17 June 2018 30 September 2018 105 17 Riythvika Panneerselvam Aishwarya Dutta
Bigg Boss 3 23 June 2019 6
October 2019
Mugen Rao Sandy
Bigg Boss 4 4 October 2020 17 January 2021 18 Aari Arujunan Balaji Murugadoss
Bigg Boss 5 3 October 2021 16 January 2022 20 Raju Jeyamohan Priyanka Deshpande
Bigg Boss Ultimate 1
Bigg Boss Ultimate Silambarasan Disney+ Hotstar EVP Film City, Chennai 30 January 2022 10 April 2022 70 16 35 lakh (US$46,000) Satiiysh Saarathy Balaji Murugadoss Niroop Nandakumar
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss Jr NTR Star
Disney+ Hotstar Lonavala, Pune 16 July 2017 24 September 2017 70 16 50 lakh (US$66,000) Radha Krishna Siva Balaji Aadarsh Balakrishna
Bigg Boss 2 Nani Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad 10 June 2018 30 September 2018 112 18 Kaushal Manda Geetha Madhuri
Bigg Boss 3 Nagarjuna 21 July 2019 3 November 2019 105 17 Rahul Sipligunj Sreemukhi
Bigg Boss 4 6 September 2020 20 December 2020 19 25 lakh (US$33,000)[19] Abijeet Akhil Sarthak
Bigg Boss 5 5 September 2021 19 December 2021 50 lakh (US$66,000)[20] VJ Sunny Shanmukh Jaswanth
Bigg Boss Non-Stop 1
Bigg Boss Non-Stop Nagarjuna Disney+ Hotstar Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad 26 February 2022 21 May 2022 84 18 40 lakh (US$52,000) Radha Krishna Bindu Madhavi Akhil Sarthak
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss मराठी Mahesh Manjrekar Colors
Voot Lonavala, Pune 15 April 2018 22 July 2018 98 18 25 lakh (US$33,000) Ratnakar Tardalkar Megha Dhade Pushkar Jog
Bigg Boss मराठी 2 Film City, Mumbai 26 May 2019 1 September 2019 17

Shiv Thakare

Neha Shitole
Bigg Boss मराठी 3 19 September 2021 26 December 2021 20 lakh (US$26,000) Vishal Nikam Jay Dudhane
Bigg Boss
Bigg Boss Mohanlal Asianet Disney+ Hotstar Film City, Mumbai 24 June 2018 30 September 2018 98 18 1 crore (US$130,000) Raghu Raj Sabumon Abdusamad Pearle Maaney
Bigg Boss 2 EVP Film City, Chennai 5 January 2020 20 March 2020 74 23 Cancelled due to rise of COVID-19 pandemic in India[21]
Bigg Boss 3 14 February 2021 20 May 2021[22] 95 18 75 lakh (US$98,000) Manikuttan Sai Vishnu
1 August 2021[23]
Bigg Boss 4 Film City, Mumbai 27 March 2022 TBA 105 17 1 crore (US$130,000) TBA TBA

  Female Winners   Male Winners


Bigg Boss Hindi

Bigg Boss is the Hindi and the first version of the franchise.[24] The first season premiered in 2006 on Sony TV[25] It was hosted by Arshad Warsi.[26] The prize money was 1 crore (US$130,000)[27] 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.[28] 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.[29][30] The fifth season was jointly hosted by Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan while Khan alone continues to host the show consecutively since sixth season until present.[31][32][33][34] A lavish purpose-built house, with annual modifications was built in Lonavala, Mumbai for the show.[35] A new house was built at ND Studios in Karjat, Pune for the fifth season.[36] The house at Lonavala was rebuilt and used again from the sixth season.[37] The prize was reduced to 50 lakh (US$66,000) since the fifth season.[38] 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.[39]

Atul Kapoor has been the voice of Bigg Boss since the first season.[40]

Bigg Boss Kannada

Bigg Boss Kannada is the Kannada version of the Bigg Boss reality TV show[41] and it was the first south Indian adaption[42][43] of Bigg Boss. Actor Sudeep was roped in by ETV Kannada[6] to play the host[44] 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[45] 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.[46] Sudeep's contract to host the show was extended[47] to five seasons starting with the third season which returned[48] to Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The fifth season moved[49] 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$66,000)[50] as the prize money. Commoners were allowed to be a part of the show from the fifth season through auditions.[51] 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.[52]

Bigg Boss Bangla

Bigg Boss Bangla is the Bengali version of the show[53] which was produced by ETV Bangla with Mithun Chakraborty as the host[54] 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.[55] The Lonavala house used for Hindi version was used[56] in both seasons and the prize money for the show has been lesser than the other adaptions with 20 lakh (US$26,000)[57] and 35 lakh (US$46,000)[58] 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 discussion about copyright issues is still on and show makers are yet to finalise it.[59]

Bigg Boss Tamil

Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil version[60] 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[61] on Star Vijay.[62] 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.[63] All the three seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$66,000)[64] 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 telecast will be from october 3rd as per latest promo released on 20th september.[65] Half way through season 5, the main host actor Kamal Haasan fell ill and was replaced by actress Ramya Krishnan to host the show until he recovered.[66]

Bigg Boss Telugu

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. From third season onwards Nagarjuna continued as a host for the show. The third season premiered on 21 July 2019. The fourth season is planned to launch in July 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and launching begin from 6 September 2020. 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$66,000) as the prize money. the upcoming fifth season of the show planned to launch in June 2021 but it delayed due to second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and launching begins from 5 September 2021 onwards.[67]

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.[68] The Lonavala house is being used[69] for this version and Mahesh Manjrekar is playing the host.[70][71] From the 2nd season onwards house is made in Goregaon flimcity, Mumbai .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$66,000). The third Season was scheduled to launch in May 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the show was cancelled for a year. On 21 June 2021, the makers had officially launched the season 3 promo. On 26 August 2021, the makers officially announced that the launch of season 3 will be on 19 September 2021 onwards.[72]

Bigg Boss Malayalam

Bigg Boss Malayalam is the Malayalam adaptation of Bigg Boss, produced by Star India and broadcast on Asianet.[73] 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.[74] The second season premiered 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 the 75th day and all the contestants were sent home. On February 14, 2021, the third season was released with Mohanlal returning as host for the third time and the house used for the second season was continued. All contestants entered the house following a 14-day period of quarantine and testing for COVID-19.[75][76] The fourth season of the series will be launched on March 27, 2022 and will return to the house located in Lonavala with Mohanlal who is also still hosting the season.[77]


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