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Bigg Boss
Logo of "Bigg Boss 3".
Format Reality
Country of origin  India
Language(s) Hindi
No. of series 3
Producer(s) Endemol India
Running time approx. 52 minutes
Original channel Sony Entertainment Television India (Series One)
Colors Viacom 18(Series Two and Three)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
Original run 2006 – present

Bigg Boss is a popular reality TV programme broadcast in India. It is the Indian version of the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands.



Big Boss is a reality show in which a group of contestants, housemates, that is custom built but includes everyday objects, such as a fully equipped kitchen and a garden. The House is also a television studio , and includes cameras and microphones in most of the rooms to record the activity of the housemates. The only place where housemates can escape the company of the other contestants is the Confession Room, where they are encouraged to voice their true feelings.

Each week all housemates nominate two of their fellows for potential eviction. The two or more housemates with the highest number of nominations face a public vote conducted by phone and, in some years, text message and the one with the most votes is evicted from the House. Occasionally more than one housemate may be evicted in a week. The last contestant remaining in the house is declared the winner and awarded a large cash prize. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 novel 1984, a dystopia in which Big Brother is the all-seeing, omnipotent leader of Oceania.

The main television coverage takes the form of a daily highlights programme and weekly eviction shows that are aired at 9pm on Colors TV.

Series Details

Series Presenter Launch date Finale date Days Housemates Winner
Season 1 Arshad Warsi 3 November 2006 26 January 2007 86 15 Rahul Roy
Season 2 Shilpa Shetty 17 August 2008 22 November 2008 98 15 Ashutosh Kaushik
Season 3 Amitabh Bachchan 4 October 2009 26 December 2009 84 15 Vindu Dara Singh


See Also

  • Big Brother (UK) - The UK version of Big Brother that Bigg Boss uses the same format as.
  • Celebrity Big Brother 2007 (UK) - Controversial series of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother involving Season 2 host Shilpa Shetty.
  • Jade Goody - Appeared on the same UK version of Celebrity Big Brother with Season 2 Presenter Shilpa Shetty, later to become a Season 2 Housemate.

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