Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 14 might be the most successful season of the show, and reason is Covid-19
Of all television shows, Bigg Boss 14 is perhaps the best fit to resume production amid a still-raging pandemic.
The reality show is all about quarantining – a bunch of people locked up in a large house together for months on end and completely cut off from the outside world – and thanks to our months-long nationwide lockdown earlier this year, we know how it feels to stay cooped up indoors.
From being called frivolous to downright obscene, Bigg Boss gets written off each year for its displays of love, violence and abuse.
Host Salman Khan, in his bi-weekly Weekend Ka Vaar episodes, admonishes the contestants for misbehaving but that does not stop tempers from flaring again.
There are allegations that the fights in the show are scripted;
after all, how probable is it to have people actually getting into shouting matches and near fisticuffs over consumption of tea?
Bizarre as these situations might have earlier sounded, being trapped in our houses during the lockdown, just like the contestants, has taught us to view these situations through an entirely different lens.
Bigg Boss 14 seems to be more relevant than ever before, rather than escapist voyeurism, as our new normal finds a reflection on the show.
The meltdowns and even Dolly Bindra blowing her fuse on Manoj Tiwari over eggs seem marginally more reasonable.
Television productions are still acclimatising to the dramatically transformed world of entertainment amid the coronavirus outbreak, but Bigg Boss 14 has an edge.
The contestants have virtually no contact with the outside world or even crew members, as the cameras all over the house capture all the action.