Over the years, the reality show Bigg Boss has not only gained immense popularity amongst the audience but has also become a platform for budding actors to showcase their, err, histrionics.
Given that the show is hosted by Salman Khan — the man who has launched tens of actors — it offers a chance to the contestants to catch his eye. Salman will be hosting Bigg Boss for the seventh time in a row with Bigg Boss 10.
Every season, we witness how a contestant will strike an amazing rapport with Salman and will bear the fruits of it later in their careers. With the show’s tenth season on its way to our television screens, here is a throwback to all the contestants who made an impression on our Bajrangi Bhaijaan and went on to have an amazing debut in Bollywood.
Sunny Leone: Bigg Boss’s season 5 TRP went a notch higher when it announced that Sunny Leone — former Penthouse pet and adult star — was making a wild card entry in the show. Sunny Leone won hearts with her innocence, simplicity and, of course, her pole dance on the show. Though she didn’t win the show, she definitely won respect from Salman Khan. With the show, her tag of being a porn star became a fact of the pact as she is now a successful actor with her hands full of Bollywood projects. And that’s not it, she is also hosting a successful reality show herself — Splitsvilla.
Elli Avraam: The cute Swedish Greek actor made her debut in the film industry with Mickey Virus but before that she introduced herself to the audience with Bigg Boss Season 7. Later, the actor, who is now based in Mumbai, also appeared in Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karun with the funny man of India, Kapil Sharma. The actor has such a good relationship with Salman that she can be spotted at different celebrations at Salman’s house.
Tanishaa Mukherji: The Neel and Nicky star did not have a succesful stint in the film industry and may be that is the reason why she decided to give her career a boost with this reality show. For the time that she was in the Bigg Boss house, we saw Salman had a soft spot for his dear friend Ajay Devgan’s sister-in-law. Stating ‘he would stand up for any woman’ he jumped to her defence on so many occasions. We can’t say if she got a good exposure through the show but she did meet Armaan Kohli, with who she eventually fell in love. But no, there was no happy ending to that either.
Mahek Chahal: After making her debut in the industry with Nayee Padosan, Mahek Chahal found popularity after appearing on Bigg Boss season 5; she was one of the runner ups as well. The bold actor created controversy when she landed up in a fight with Akashdeep Saigal. In fact, she was lauded for her stand by Salman Khan. Later on, the actor was also in a relationship with her fellow Bigg Boss housemate, Ashmit Patel.
Nora Fatehi and Mandana Karimi: Bigg Boss 9 must have been low on TRPs as compared to other seasons but the hotness quotient on the show was quite high. On one side, the show had the Iranian beauty Mandana Karimi while on the other we saw the belly dancer Nora Fatehi whose romance with Prince gave a lot of masala to the viewers. Both were quite popular with the audience, and Salman Khan.
Gautam Gulati: We love, we love Gauti. And not just us, Salman Khan loved Gautam on Bigg Boss Season 8 too. Gautam, the loner in the house, was always a winner of every argument because he had the confidence of Salman Khan. One of the few guys that Salman liked during all his stints on Bigg Boss, Gautam has appeared in one of the MTV series and also in Bollywood film Azhar. Well, let’s see what happens in the upcoming season. Who will win Salman’s heart and who will put up a fight with him. The show, which is coming back with its season 10, will air on Colors Channel from October 16.