The seventh season of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss has just begun and with all the fireworks and masala of the big event, it failed to impress us…
Salman Khan has returned to the tube as the host for the fourth consecutive time with the seventh season of Bigg Boss. But sadly, the glitzy glamorous event that introduced the contestants and the changed concept of Bigg Boss Saath 7 failed to impress us. We thought that the show would start with a tour of the glass walled house by Salman, like it does every year. Instead, the Dabangg dude kicked off the reality show by praying. He sarcastically asked the Almighty to give him self confidence to host Bigg Boss Saath 7. That’s not all. Considering the series of heated conversations he had with last season’s contestants Imam Siddique and Sapna Bhavnani, he also prayed that he keeps his cool this year. Of course, we did our own bit of praying to, that God not grant this particular wish. After all, viewers – and us, of course – like it when Salman tears the contestants apart. Hai na?
The event continued with the eternal bachelor introducing the contestants one by one. It was Tanishaa Mukerji who entered the house first and showed off a bit of what it was like in there. Her mother and yesteryear actor Tanuja, and sister, Bollywood star Kajol introduced her through a video clip. And more than to see the wannabe starlet simpering and swaying in her introductory song, we were eager to get our first peek at the house. The theme of this season, as the makers call it, is jannat (heaven) and jahanam (hell). The mad cap house has been divided into two parts, each accessible through a different door, white for jannat and black for jahanam. Tannishaa chose white. As Salman Khan said, this time the Bigg Boss house will make everyone go WOW and AAAOW at the same time.
VJ Andy was the second contestant and sauntered in showing off his signature style of shorts and blazer. Salman indirectly told him that he was the next Imam Siddique and yes, wethinks he was completely right. Judging by the conversation Andy had with the Dabangg dude, we are pretty sure that Andy is already in Salman’s bad books. He took the jannat door too. And Tanishaa and Andy were given the task by Bigg Boss to send the other participants to heaven or hell. As the clock ticked on, the others – Gauhar Khan, Shilpa and Apurva Agnihotri, Hazel Keech, Kushal Tandon, Rajat Rawail, Elli Evram, Sangram Singh, Pratyusha Banerjee, Armaan Kohli and Anita Advani – were introduced and sent to their sections of the house by the first two entrants.
The contestants of this season of Bigg Boss are a mixed bunch, but wethinks the makers could have done better. There are so many controversial figures who could have been roped in to do the show. This group will, we hope, add the much-needed masala. After all, Bigg Boss without drama and controversy is like Mumbai without vada pav!
There were a few entertaining guests who came in to add tadka to Salman’s hosting. Akshay Kumar was there to promote his new film Boss. Comedian Kapil Sharma joined Salman on the show along with Upasana Singh and Ali Asgar, who are seen as his aunt and grandma in Comedy Nights With Kapil.
On the whole, the theme of Bigg Boss Saath 7 is perfect. The house looks very interesting, especially the hell side, which will come as a bit of a shock to the inmates, we know. Salman is at his wicked best and looks fit and healthy. Now all we can do is wait for the fireworks and hope for plenty of bang for this show’s buck!
Reviewed by Vinod Talreja
**** Very good