People might be criticising the makers of Bigg Boss 10 for retaining self-proclaimed taantrik Swami Om in the show despite having a charge of robbery against him, but Colors CEO Raj Nayak in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com said he is an interesting contestant and an accusation is no reason to evict him from the show.
Since his entry in the house, Swami Om has managed to remain in the news, whether for his constant sexist remarks or incessantly bad-mouthing other contestants.
Outside the house, his brother Pramod Jha had accused him of breaking into his bicycle shop along with three men and stealing 11 bicycles, spare parts, sale deed of the house and some other documents. Swami Om also got a summon by a Delhi court and it is heard that even the police came to the Bigg Boss house to get Swami’s signatures on some legal documents.
When asked if such contestants are a dent in the image of Bigg Boss, Nayak dismissed the thought and said, “Not at all. We take contestants on the basis of their personalities and the contribution they can make to the show. Bigg Boss is a show on human psychology. Whatever happens in real life, happens in Bigg Boss. The only difference is that unless you have different kinds of people, it won’t be reality.”
He added that the content team of the show, which is hosted by superstar Salman Khan, found great potential in Swami. “It doesn’t matter if he has case against him. He is not a convict. So many people have cases against them. At the time of auditions, the content team looks at a contestant they think will be good for the show and takes him or her.”
Nayak even believes that the controversial contestant might come out of the show as a changed man. “Today he is our most popular contestant and who knows, he might come out as a changed person!” he said.
While fans love to hate Swami, even Salman is often seen making fun of him and even scolding him during the Weekend Ka Vaar episodes.
Swami is, however, not the first contestant to participate in Bigg Boss, who is embroiled in a legal case. Controversial cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who had a sedition case filed against him, was a part of the show’s season six. The five saw Nihita Biswas Sobhraj, wife of notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj. Even though there was no case against Nihita, her participation on the show raised eyebrows due to her association with Charles.