In a scathing attack on Bigg Boss 11 hosted by Salman Khan, Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi has called it downmarket and said that the people inside the house this season are tacky. “People on the show, I hear, are tacky. I haven’t seen this season, but I’ve heard about it. The channel is attempting to boost the ratings by showcasing the things that sell. And thus, morality is taking a back seat,” Arshad told Mid Day in an interview.
However, he further explained the need to make such shows, blaming it all on the audience. “People enjoy watching crass, and the channel is merely serving it. The content showcased on Indian television is regressive. The day people change, their taste [in content], the narrative of the shows will also change. If the world wants to see sensible people in the house, the channel will oblige. The audience wants to see dramatic people, those who fight, hit and abuse,” he told the tabloid.
Interestingly, the first week of October saw Amitabh Bachchan’s quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati topping the charts for BARC ratings. That renders Arshad’s argument void.
Talking about the original concept of Bigg Boss, the Munnabhai star said, “The concept back then was to understand the psyche of people and notice the developments that occur when they are made to reside in a house, isolated from the world. No one wanted to cause any trouble. There was no nudity or violence demanded in the clause.”
Explaining how things have spiralled from then, he explained, “When you meet new individuals, you can be cordial for a week. Then, you discover their traits. When good behaviour wears out, the dynamics change. It takes time for people to reach that stage. But, now the channel wants immediate TRP success, so they are consciously sending nutcases into the house.”
The ongoing season of Bigg Boss started with 18 contestants, including celebs and commoners. Shilpa Shinde, Hina Khan, Jyoti Kumari, Sapna Choudhary, Hiten Tejwani, Puneesh Sharma, Sabyasachi Satpathy, Mehjabi Siddiqui, Luv Tyagi, Vikas Gupta, Benafsha Soonawalla, Arshi Khan, Bandgi Kalra and Akash Anil Dadlani are currently inside the house.