Bigg Boss S11 is about to get over. With it will also end a hundred days long ritual to diligently sit in front of the television, which otherwise looks like a dumb idiot box, for a one-hour daily dose of magic potion. The show has not just been a television series for us — the Bigg Boss fans — but also an integral part of the way we have been leading our lives three months in a year in the last decade. Will we ever trade it for a season of GOT or Quantico? Bigg No! There hasn’t and won’t ever be anything bigger than the Bigg B.
Well, if you have found this as a foolish and silly write-up on a show that doesn’t even deserve a spew, I won’t be amazed. That is what more than half the people I meet think of it and worse still, think of me just because I love watching Bigg Boss.
Anyone who ardently follows this reality show is looked upon like a lost Martian on a planet of the intellectuals. While the silly looking Martian would be happily enjoying his/her quarterly escapade into the world of a virtual reality, the intellectuals would be busy judging them – how classless, distasteful, dramatic slaves of reality television they are! Must be the people who fight, catcall, bitch around and gossip in their real life too! How do they even stand so much of noise and cacophony day after day?
They unashamedly put us under scanner of their sophisticated mind which is funnily conditioned to qualify the worthiness of a person by the kind of television serial he watches.
I have also found people who have unapologetically come up to me and advised that becoming a BB fan would either get me mentally depressed, frustrated with life or invoke in me criminal behaviour.
In fact, I have also found people who have unapologetically come up to me and advised that becoming a BB fan would either get me mentally depressed, frustrated with life or invoke in me criminal behaviour. Bingo! How smartly the Bigg Boss haters have claimed their right to read our minds and make a negative personality profile of those who follow a show they think is full of drama, losers and controversies. So much for just watching a TV show that is scripted for fun! Am I not bemused?
Frankly speaking, it is nothing new to the BB fans. Our brains have got rewired to get judged and nudged, a small cost we pay for watching a show which is actually full of entertainment. We have learnt to pass off their cold stares with a pinch of salt and no hoots, a lesson we have learnt from the house inmates, season after season.
As a people’s manager working in Corporate Human Resource for over a decade, the show has been perfect entertainment to me. Despite the accusations of being scripted, the plot never fails to bring forth finer nuances of human behaviour. From conflict to negotiation, sustaining competitive advantage to team building, human psychology to behaviour dynamics, Bigg Boss is like an open case study for playful management students.
I bet an ardent viewer would not only play the reality game along with the inmates, but also be able to analyse, predict, graphically represent and even make statistical scatter plots of the series.
I bet an ardent viewer would not only play the reality game along with the inmates, but also be able to analyse, predict, graphically represent and even make statistical scatter plots of the series. Almost like a hooking video simulation! For every one person who thinks of BB as a useless investment of time, there would be someone who would be using it for perfecting mind games. The balance never fails!
Besides, it is funnily impressive to see a reflection of oneself in inmates of the Bigg Boss house, emoting our secret frustrations and making tough choices in difficult circumstances. Where else does one get three months of interesting content to keep discussing about, anywhere anytime?
There is a strange magnetic attraction between BB fans who manage to spot their fraternity even in a crowd of hundreds. Even on Twitter too, which is flooded with teams pitching in their favourites or trolling the closest rivals under myriad hashtags.
When one BB fan happens to meet another in a common friend’s party, nothing would stop them from chatting about who is whose favourite or who gets eliminated from the house next?
So when one BB fan happens to meet another in a common friend’s party, nothing would stop them from chatting about who is whose favourite or who gets eliminated from the house next? Don’t find it funny if you catch them ditching the party fun to vote for their contenders instead. Try interrupting and be prepared for a show inspired real drama!
Even worse would be asking a BB fan to skip the one-hour slot for some personal obligation, especially on the weekend, when the arbitrator Mr. Khan arrives in his regular swag to catch the inmates off guard and do some interesting moral policing. If it was not for following up on Voot, weekend for three months would be staying put at home glued to the TV.
Nevertheless, there is indeed something about the show that has pulled people into two extreme poles – those who love it to the hilt and those who hate it to wrath. For past eleven years, the demarcation has only become stronger.
While I am about to get into another dooming spell of nine months on television until the next season of Bigg Boss arrives with fanfare, the intellectuals take a sigh of relief from the uselessly created hullabaloo.
Those who still blame us for our tasteless choice of reality TV show, can’t help but wind it up by saying, “Do whatever you wanna do, man. Just don’t trouble us.”
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