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Bigg Boss Kannada Season 8 Launch: Highlights

Bigg Boss Kannada Season 8 Launch: Sudeep welcomed Dhanushree, Shubha Poonja, Shankar Ashwath, Vishwanath Haveri, Vaishnavi Gowda, KP Aravind, Nidhi Subbaiah, Shamanth, Geetha Bharathi Bhat, Manju Pavagada, Divya Suresh, Chandrakala Mohan, Raghu Gowda, Prashanth Sambargi, Divya Uruduga, Rajeev and Nirmala Chanappa as the contestants.

Written by Kriti Sonali , Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 28, 2021 11:30:07 pm
Bigg Boss Kannada Season 8 sudeepBigg Boss Kannada Season 8 Launch Live: Sudeep welcomes the contestants. (Photo: Colors Kannada/Instagram)

Bigg Boss Kannada season 8 launch begins. The opening night will be marked by a grand event comprising of various dance and song performances. Kannada movie star Kichcha Sudeep returns as the show’s host for the eight seasons and introduce the contestants.

The director of the show, Parameshwar Gundkal revealed that they have shortlisted as many as 17 contestants to enter the house on the opening night. At least that’s the plan. Given that the show is happening under the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic, the showrunners are prepared for surprises. All selected contestants have been quarantined for the last two weeks and subjected to multiple RT-PCR tests. The contestants will have to undergo coronavirus test for the third time, and only those who test negative will enter the show. So the number of contestants who actually make it inside the show on the opening night may vary.

Following the footsteps of the Hindi version of the Bigg Boss, the showrunners will also allow the fans of the Bigg Boss Kannada to stream on Voot Select for 24 hours. The live feed will be available from Monday to Friday.

The showrunners also have plans to have a digital replica of the house to provide an interactive experience for the audience. The audience will be able to access every nook and corner of the space virtually.

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23:08 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Sudeep signs off

Bigg Boss gives a quick orientation of sorts to the housemates. And Sudeep gives a closing speech to the audience, noting that this show is a great platform to learn about oneself. He asks us to wait for the three surprises as he signs off.

23:08 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Nirmala Chanappa enters the show

Award-winning actor Nirmala Chanappa is the 17th and the final contestant to enter the show tonight. She seems to be very philosophical. Sudeep asks her "do you cook?"  It seems it is hard to get a direct answer from Nirmala.

23:05 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Rajeev reveals his strategy

Actor Rajeev is the 16th contestant to enter the show tonight. He got famous not for his roles in movies but for the cricketing skills that he demonstrated at the celebrity cricket league. He says he doesn't plan his future and goes into each day without any expectations. He says he will use the same strategy during his stay on the show. Before going into the house, he paid a tribute to Sudeep in how own way.

22:35 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Divya Uruduga enters Bigg Boss

The 15 contestant to enter the show is Divya Uruduga, a social media star. She is extremely excited and seems like a real chatterbox.

22:35 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Anupama Gowda performs

Bigg Boss season 5 contestant Anupama Gowda gives a dance performance before welcoming the 15th contestant of the show tonight.

22:12 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Prashanth Sambargi is ready for 'mind games'

Prashanth Sambargi is the 14th contestant to enter the show tonight. A businessman who aspires to be a politician, he was in the news when he was summoned by the Central Crime Branch in a drug probe that hit the Kannada film industry. He says he's ready for "mind games."

22:03 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Raghu Gowda enters Bigg Boss house

Raghu Gowda aka Raghu Vine Store is the 13th contestant of the night. He is known for his funny videos, but his childhood is marked by a series of painful stories. He lost both his parents to suicide. His videos became a big hit during the lockdown period.

21:41 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Chandrakala Mohan joins Bigg Boss Kannada 8

Chandrakala Mohan is the 12th contestant of the season. She is a seasoned theatre actor who has appeared in several popular films, including Naa Rani Nee Maharani (2010), Bhaktha Shankara (2012), Aantharya (2013), Abhisaarike (2018), MLA (2018) and Udumba (2019).

21:31 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Divya Suresh has high hopes from the show

Divya Suresh is the eleventh contestant to enter the show. She says that she and her mother were taken by surprise when she got to know she was selected for Bigg Boss Kannada. Divya said she has suffered multiple setbacks as she tried to make it in the showbiz and hoped this show will finally bring her into limelight.

21:27 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Manju Pavagada is the 10th contestant

Manju Pavagada is the tenth contestant of Bigg Boss Kannada 8. He came to Bengaluru with the dream of becoming an actor but struggled for a long time. His major break came with the opportunity to take part in the talent show, Majaa Bharatha.

20:43 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Shamanth's hairstyle gets Sudeep, contestants talking

Sudeep makes fun of Shamanth 'Brogowda's hairstyle. He is the eighth contestant of the season. He is popular for his funny videos on Instagram. Shamanth has also written, directed and acted in the web series, Virgin Boys. Not just Sudeep, even the housemates crack a few jokes at the expense of Shamanth's hairdo but he takes it in good humour.

20:42 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Chandan Shetty delivers power-packed performance

Bigg Boss Kannada season 5 winner Chandan Shetty performs his hit song Karabuu from Pogaru.

20:30 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Women contestants see red

Women contestants who have entered the house so far are bonding over their mutual dislike for the red colour palette of their room.

20:29 (IST)28 Feb 2021
OMG actor Nidhi Subbaiah in the house

Nidhi Subbaiah enters the show as the seventh contestant. She has done several Kannada films, including Pancharangi and Krishnan Marriage Story. She also played a role in the Bollywood film OMG! Oh My God. Sudeep tests her ability to handle a stressful situation by picking a mock feud with her. If her performance here is anything to go by, she has to work a lot on her conflict resolution skills.

20:20 (IST)28 Feb 2021
KP Aravind enters the show on a bike

The sixth contestant KP Aravind entered the show on his bike. He is an Indian off-road motorcycle racer. He has participated and made a mark in international racing competitions. He says that he has done several television commercials as a stunt double for big celebrities. He also had a cameo in Dulquer Salmaan's Bangalore Days. Sudeep hands him a bouquet and asks him to give it to a girl whom he likes inside the house.

19:54 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Agnisakshi actor Vaishnavi Gowda is 5th contestant

Vaishnavi Gowda is the fifth contestant to enter the show. She became famous for her role in the popular television serial Agnisakshi. She vowed not to lose the smile on her face come what may during the next 100 days.

19:33 (IST)28 Feb 2021
19-year-old Vishwanath Haveri enters house

Singer Vishwanath Haveri is the fourth contestant to enter the show. He is a native of Dharwad and aspires to make it big as a playback singer. He is just 19 and the youngest male contestant in the history of Bigg Boss Kannada.

19:17 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Shankar Ashwath is the third Bigg Boss contestant

Shankar Ashwath is the third contestant to enter the show. Son of legendary actor late K.S. Ashwath, he is also an actor by profession. However, he did not make it as big as his father and as he did not get enough acting opportunities,  he became a cab driver. He says that he worked on a movie script based on cab services and learned about Uber. When the project did not take off, he decided to become a cab driver himself. He recalls that Sudeep has called him and offered to foot the medical expense when his father was taken ill.

18:51 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Shubha Poonja says she's 'bold and outspoken'

"I am bold and outspoken. I also know how to be diplomatic. It is not in my nature to hurt anyone," Shubha Poonja. She says that she retires to bed as early as 7:30 pm everyday so it may be a bit difficult for her to get used to the schedule on the show.

18:38 (IST)28 Feb 2021
Actor Shubha Poonja enters Bigg Boss house

Actor Shubha Poonja is the second contestant to enter the eighth season of the show. Sudeep points out that the showrunners approached her for the last seven seasons and she finally accepted the offer for the eighth season. She explains that it was her fiance who convinced her to take up the opportunity as he feels that she makes 'boring' choices on the work front.

"I have been associated with the show for the past seven seasons and with every season it not only continues to surprise the viewers but also me. As we get used to the new normal, I'm glad to be back with Bigg Boss and entertain every one of you," said Sudeep.

Bigg Boss Kannada 8 will go on air on Sunday from 6 PM onwards. The show will telecast on Colors Kannada and the audience can also live stream on Voot.

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