It looks like the new season of Bigg Boss will mask none of its characteristic cretinous creepiness. Salman Khan is not known to be an intellectually developed homo sapien. Bigg Boss is the perfect fit for him, no season more so than the current one when a pandemic allows the biggest of stars to behave like intellectually challenged outcasts. The inaugural episode on Saturday night was as pedestrian as they come. The contestants were largely people I had never heard of. And going by their attention-seeking antics they are best left to their own devices once this season of the reality TV show ends.
On stage one of the contestants who goes by the name of Nikki Tamboli (I had to check to find out who she was) was trying to cute-flirt with Salman. “I don’t know how to flirt,” she whined in a voice straight out of a high-school play based on Lolita. “But I learnt specially to flirt so I can try it with you.” This at a time when a starlet has shown Anurag Kashyap what damage a woman scorned can do. Salman tried to look amused. But failed. As they say, once a non-actor…
As the contestants poured in, so did former Big Boss winners, Gauhar Khan, Sidharth Shukla and Hina Khan. I’ve always suspected that Bigg Boss winners remain branded that way for a lifetime. Seeing the trio lording it up all over again on the show that gave them their identity, I was sure. Once a BB winner, always a BB winner.
It was a blessing to know that internet exhibitionist Punam Pandey, who staged a public fight with her husband to get entry into Bigg Boss was nowhere to be seen. Or the self-crowned Godwoman Radhe Maa is not a contestant either. She breezed in and out of the inaugural episode, blessing the BB brigade before we could chant ‘Hari Om’. Singer Kumar Sanu’s son who goes by the name of Jaan Kumar Sanu was “rejected”. I cannot think of a more humiliating way to be noticed. Among the contestants, television actor Eijaz Khan seems to be the only one with dignity, poise and wisdom. May I make an early prediction? Eijaz will win this season of Bigg Boss.