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Bigg Boss is an Indian reality television game show franchise produced by EndemolShine India through Viacom 18 and Colors, broadcast in India, subsequently syndicated internationally and made available online as VOD through OTT platforms. There have been 7 versions of the show in 7 individual languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. The first show of the franchise was Bigg Boss in Hindi which debuted in 2006. The franchise has extended its presence in Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam as of 2018. Though only celebrities were selected to be the housemates in the initial seasons, general public have been auditioned to be on the show in the latest seasons of Hindi, Kannada[1] and Telugu[2] versions of the show

Bigg Boss
Films and television
Television seriesBigg Boss (independent versions for languages, see below)
(Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam)
Produced byEndemolShine India
Based onBig Brother



In the show, 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 and competitions set by Bigg Boss, and the "Confession Room" where housemates convey their private thoughts to the camera and reveal their nominees for eviction. At regular intervals, the housemates privately nominate a number of their fellow housemates whom they wish to be evicted 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 be evicted or to be saved from eviction. The last person remaining is declared the winner.

The contestants are required to indulge in housework and are assigned tasks by the producers of the show (who communicate with the housemates via the omnipresent authority figure known to them only as "Bigg Boss"). The tasks are designed to test the teamwork abilities and community spirit of the housemates. The housemates' "luxury budget" (weekly allowance to buy luxury food items other than the supplied essentials) depends on the outcome of assigned tasks.



Bigg Boss is a Hindi (Bollywood) adaption 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 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[3] 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.


The show's acceptance and success among the Indian audience paved way for its expansion into other Indian languages.[4] After the sixth season was completed in Hindi in 2013, Kannada[5] and Bengali adaptions were created by Endemol through ETV Network with the same house and resources with Sudeep[6] and Mithun Chakraborty as hosts respectively. While the Kannada version became an instant hit,[7] Bengali version did not turn out to be very successful. The Kannada version saw its subsequent seasons annually, similar to Hindi while Bengali version has completed only 2 seasons in 6 years.

Upon completion of 12 seasons in Hindi, 6 seasons in Kannada and 2 seasons in Bengali, Endemol extended its presence in South India by creating Tamil and Telugu versions of the show with Star India in 2017 and roped in Kamal Haasan[8] and Jr NTR[9] as hosts respectively. In 2018, the show has been adapted to Marathi[10] with Viacom 18 and Malayalam with Star India and the hosts are Mahesh Manjrekar[11] and Mohanlal[12] respectively.


     Currently airing (1)
     Recently concluded season (5)
     No longer airing (1)
Language Show Season Year Official Name Primary
Premiere Finale Days Housemates Prize Money Host Voice of
Bigg Boss
Winner Runner Up
Hindi Bigg Boss 1 2006–07 Bigg Boss Sony N/A Lonavala 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 1 crore (US$140,000) Arshad Warsi Atul Kapoor and Vijay Vikram Singh
Rahul Roy Carol Gracias
2 2008 Bigg Boss: Season 2 Colors 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 Shilpa Shetty Ashutosh Kaushik Raja Chaudhary
3 2009 Bigg Boss: Season 3 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 85 Amitabh Bachchan Vindu Dara Singh Pravesh Rana
4 2010–11 Bigg Boss: Season 4 Voot 3 October 2010 8 January 2011 96 16 Salman Khan Shweta Tiwari Dalip Singh Rana (Khali)
5 2011–12 Bigg Boss: Season 5 Karjat 2 October 2011 7 January 2012 98 18 Salman Khan
Sanjay Dutt
Juhi Parmar Mahek Chahal
6 2012–13 Bigg Boss: Season 6 Lonavala 7 October 2012 12 January 2013 97 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) Salman Khan Urvashi Dholakia Imam Siddique
7 2013 Bigg Boss: Sath 7 15 September 2013 28 December 2013 105 20 Gauhar Khan Tanisha Mukerji
8 2014–15 Bigg Boss 8 21 September 2014 3 January 2015 19 Gautam Gulati Karishma Tanna
Bigg Boss: Halla Bol 3 January 2015 31 January 2015 28 10
9 2015–16 Bigg Boss: Double Trouble 11 October 2015 23 January 2016 105 20 Prince Narula Rishabh Sinha
10 2016–17 Bigg Boss 10 16 October 2016 28 January 2017 18 Manveer Gurjar Bani J
11 2017–18 Bigg Boss 11 1 October 2017 14 January 2018 106 19 Shilpa Shinde Hina Khan
12 2018 Bigg Boss 12 16 September 2018 30 December 2018 105 20 Dipika Kakar Sreesanth
Kannada Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss ETV
N/A Lonavala 24 March 2013 30 June 2013 98 15 50 lakh (US$70,000) Sudeep Amit Bhargav Vijay Raghavendra Arun Sagar
2 2014 Bigg Boss: Season 2 Suvarna 29 June 2014 5 October 2014 Akul Balaji Srujan Lokesh
3 2015–16 Bigg Boss Colors
Voot Bengaluru 25 October 2015 31 January 2016 18 B M Venkatesh Shruti Chandan Kumar
4 2016–17 Bigg Boss 9 October 2016 29 January 2017 112 Srinivas Prasad Pratham Keerthi Kumar
5 2017–18 Bigg Boss / ಬಿಗ್ ಬಾಸ್ Colors
15 October 2017 28 January 2018 106 19 Chandan Shetty Diwakar
6 2018–19 ಬಿಗ್ ಬಾಸ್ 21 October 2018 27 January 2019 99 18 Shashi Kumar Naveen Sajju
Bengali Bigg Boss
1 2013 Bigg Boss ETV
N/A Lonavala 17 June 2013 14 September 2013 90 15 20 lakh (US$28,000) Mithun Chakraborty N/A Aneek Dhar Rudranil Ghosh
2 2016 Bigg Boss: Season 2 Colors
Voot 4 April 2016 15 July 2016 98 16 35 lakh (US$49,000) Jeet Joyjit Banerjee Priya Paul
Tamil Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Star
Hotstar Chennai 25 June 2017 30 September 2017 98 19 50 lakh (US$70,000) Kamal Haasan Navin Holadre Aarav Kizar Snehan
2 2018 Bigg Boss 17 June 2018 30 September 2018 105 17 Riythvika Aishwarya Dutta
Telugu Bigg Boss
1 2017 Bigg Boss Star
Hotstar Lonavala 16 July 2017 24 September 2017 70 16 50 lakh (US$70,000) Jr NTR Radha Krishna Siva Balaji Aadarsh
2 2018 Bigg Boss 2 Hyderabad 10 June 2018 30 September 2018 112 18 Nani Kaushal Manda Geetha Madhuri
Marathi Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss मराठी Colors
Voot Lonavala 15 April 2018 22 July 2018 98 18 50 lakh (US$70,000) Mahesh Manjrekar Ratnakar Tardalkar Megha Dhade Pushkar Jog
Malayalam Bigg Boss
1 2018 Bigg Boss Asianet Hotstar Lonavala 24 June 2018 30 September 2018 98 18 1 crore (US$140,000) Mohanlal N/A Sabumon Abdusamad Pearle Maaney

     Male Winners.      Female Winners.


Big Boss HindiEdit

Bigg Boss is the Hindi version of the show[13] and the first version of the franchise. The first season premiered in 2006 on Sony Entertainment Television[14] with Arshad Warsi as the host[15] with 1 crore (US$140,000)[16] 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.[17] Veteran actor Amithabh Bachchan was roped in to play host[18] for the third season while Salman Khan appeared as the host m the fourth season.[19] The fifth season was jointly hosted[20] by Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan while Salman alone continues to host the show consecutively since sixth season[21] till date.[22][23][24] A lavish purpose-built house (with annual modifications) at Lonavala, Mumbai was used for the show[25] in the first five seasons while a new house was built house at Big ND Studios in Karjat, Pune for the fifth season.[26] The house at Lonavala was rebuilt and used from the sixth season.[27] The prize has been reduced to 50 lakh (US$70,000)[28] 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.[29] Though the show has largely been a celebrity-only show, it opened the doors for participation by the common people from the ninth season. Atul Kapoor has been the 'voice' of Bigg Boss since the first season.[30]

All the episodes since the fourth season are available[31] on Viacom 18's OTT platform Voot. Rahul Roy,[32] Ashutosh Kaushik,[33] Vindu Dara Singh,[34] Shweta Tiwari,[35] Juhi Parmar,[36] Urvashi Dholakia,[37] Gauhar Khan,[38] Gautam Gulati,[39] Prince Narula,[40] Manveer Gurjar,[41]Shilpa Shinde[42]and Dipika Kakar Ibrahim have been the winners of the show.

Bigg Boss KannadaEdit

Bigg Boss Kannada is the Kannada version of the show[43] was the first south Indian adaption[44][45] of Bigg Boss. Popular actor Sudeep was roped in by ETV Kannada[5] to play the host[46] 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[47] 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.[48][49] Sudeep's contract to host the show was extended[50] to 5 seasons starting with the third season which returned[51] to Viacom 18's Colors Kannada. The fifth season moved[52] 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)[53] as the prize money. Commoners were allowed to be a part of the show from the fifth season through auditions.[54] 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,[55] Akul Balaji,[56] Shruti,[57] Pratham,[58] and Chandan Shetty[59] have been the winners of the first five seasons of the show respectively.Shashi Kumar is the winner of season six. All the episodes since the third season are available[60] on Viacom 18's OTT platform Voot.

Bigg Boss BanglaEdit

Bigg Boss Bangla is the Bengali version of the show[61] which was produced by ETV Bangla with Mithun Chakraborty as the host[62] 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.[63] The Lonavala house used for Hindi version was used[64] in both seasons and the prize money for the show has been lesser than the other adaptions with 20 lakh (US$28,000)[65] and 35 lakh (US$49,000)[66] 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[67] and Joyjit Banerjee[68] have been the winners of the first and second season of the show respectively. All the episodes since the second season are available[69] on Viacom 18's OTT platform Voot.

Bigg Boss TamilEdit

Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil version[70] 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[71] on Star Vijay.[72] 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.[73] Both the seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000)[74] as the prize money.

Aarav[75]and Riythvika[76] was the winners of the first and second seasons of the show. All the episodes of the show are available[77] on the OTT platform Hotstar.

Bigg Boss TeluguEdit

Bigg Boss Telugu is the Telugu version[78] of the show and was produced by Star India on Star Maa with Jr NTR as the host[79] and the Lonavala house was used for the first season. The second season is being hosted by Nani[80] and a newly built house at Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad is being used for the show.[81] Both the seasons so far have had 50 lakh (US$70,000)[82] as the prize money.

Siva Balaji[83] and Kaushal Manda[84] was the winners of the first & second seasons of the show. All the episodes of the show are available[85] on the OTT platform Hotstar.

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.[86] The Lonavala house is being used[87] for this version and Mahesh Manjrekar is playing the host.[88][89] 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). All the episodes of the show are available[90] on Viacom 18's OTT platform Voot.

Bigg Boss MalayalamEdit

Bigg Boss Malayalam is the Malayalam adaption for Bigg Boss which is produced by Star India and aired on Asianet.[91] Veteran actor Mohanlal has been roped in to host the show[92] and the Lonavala house is being used.The voice of big boss is still a mystery[93] for the first season. The prize money is announced to be ₹1 crore(US$140,000). All the episodes of the show are available[94] on the OTT platform Hotstar.Some new elements called 'Unseen', 'Spicy specials' and 'Bigg Boss Plus' was introduced by way of unseen and extra footage's uploaded on Hotstar. Bigg Boss Plus is aired on Asianet Plus and shows part of the day that weren't included in the episode, from 'wake-up call' to 'lights out'.They are not supposed to tamper with any of the electronic equipment or any other thing in the House. They aren't allowed to write using paper, book or anything else in the house. They cannot leave the House premises at any time except when permitted to. They cannot discuss the nomination process with anyone. They cannot sleep in the day time. Also they need to wear mic all the time and speak in only Malayalam language.

Sometimes, the housemates may be nominated for other reasons, such as nomination by a person who has achieved special privileges (via tasks or other things), for breaking rules or something else. If something is very serious, a contestant may be evicted directly

All the rules have never been told to the audience, the most prominent ones are clearly seen. The inmates are not permitted to talk in any other language than the Malayalam.

Sabumon Abdusamad was declared winner of Bigg Boss Malayalam season 1 while Pearle Maaney was the first runner up.


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