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A BIGG DEAL

When almost every contestant on Bigg Boss season 3 confessed on stage that Amitabh Bachchan — the host and pop philosopher on the show...

When almost every contestant on Bigg Boss season 3 confessed on stage that Amitabh Bachchan — the host and pop philosopher on the show—was their chief reason to participate,we didn’t doubt it one bit because it’s precisely our reason to watch the show as well.

After the second season’s tedious routine of watching Shilpa Shetty’s manicured hands flick her blown-dry hair back every two scenes,to have Big B replace the self-appointed diva sounds like the best strategy Colors could have adopted to bring back eyeballs to the show that was beginning to lose them.

Expectedly,Bachchan saved the day. His magic was unleashed on viewers as well as tongue-tied participants. He speaks chaste Hindi,quotes from his father’s verse,recounts anecdotes from interactions he has had with the participants if any,and chats convivially with their families. Bachchan is no pop philosopher. He is the guardian angel.

However,one does fear some monotony in this performance as the respectable distance that Bachchan seems keen to maintain from the participants may limit his scope as the guide. He had already begun to repeatedly refer to the show as Bigg Boss Tritiya,which gets a bit tedious to the casual ear.

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The final 13 contestants were introduced in the marathon of an episode,and include reality TV regular music director Ismail Darbar,actor-director Kamal R Khan who made himself popular through his “patriotic” Deshdrohi,the always-in-bikini actress Sherlyn Chopra whose last outing was Dil Bole Hadippa!,1980s’ actress Poonam Dhillon,popular reality TV couple Tanaz and Bakhtiyar Irani,wrestler-actor Dara Singh’s son Vindu Dara Singh,ex-model Aditi Gowitrikar,German actress Claudia Ciesla who’s trying her luck in Bollywood,actress Shamita Shetty,a cross-dressing designer Rohit Verma,and Jaya Sawant,the mother of the reigning reality TV queen Rakhi Sawant.

There are a few surprises: this is the first time they have allowed a married couple into the Bigg Boss house,and there’s jail for punishing errant housemates.

Never mind that it was only the first episode,some participants wasted no time to slip into their “character”. Sawant,as if in an attempt to match up to her dramatic daughter’s reputation,had already begun to complain how she was not invited by the channel for her Big Day. Darbar’s brooding was reminiscent of last season’s participant Sanjay Nirupam; we now await a firecracker quarrel between one of the girls and him. Verma seemed eager to establish connection with both men and women as he asked them if he should use the men’s washroom or the ladies’.

The current season looks promising if voyeurism is what you are looking for. But the USP of the show is to watch holier-than-thou Bachchan sit on the periphery and deal with the murky world of Bigg Boss participants. With Bigg Boss inside and Big B outside,Colors seems to have stumbled upon the magic formula.