Bigg Boss Is Down-Market; Indian TV Regressive: Arshad Warsi

The reality show’s first host slams ‘Bigg Boss 11’ and explains why he isn’t promoting ‘Golmaal Again’ there.

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Arshad Warsi hosted the first <i>Bigg Boss</i>.&nbsp;

Arshad Warsi was the host of the very first Bigg Boss in 2006. Eventually, the show was hosted by Shilpa Shetty, Amitabh Bachchan, and now - Salman Khan. At a recent promotional event, Warsi, who worked on the reality show from scratch, explained why he was conspicuously missing from the Golmaal Again promotions of Bigg Boss 11.

The (Bigg Boss) show is down-market. People on the show, I hear, are tacky.
Arshad Warsi, Actor

Warsi elaborated on the ongoing season.

I haven’t seen this season, but I’ve heard about it. The channel is attempting to boost the ratings by showcasing things that sell. And thus, morality is taking a backseat. 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 also explained the critical difference between the first season of the show that he hosted, and the current one.

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. 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 nut-cases into the house.

Wonder what Salman Khan thinks of this!

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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