By Kahini Iyer Jun. 18, 2018
With nail-biting challenges like a fast protest, celebrity guests like Arvind Kejriwal, and surprise evictions like Manish Sisodia’s, Bigg Boss Delhi is the hottest reality show on TV today.
ndians love their joint families, and also their TV sets. These twin passions explain our national obsession with Bigg Boss, which has been proliferating faster than the Race franchise, debuting both Marathi and Malayalam iterations just this year. But even Kamal Haasan’s turn hosting Bigg Boss 2 Tamil pales in comparison to the nonstop natak playing out in Bigg Boss Delhi, which premiered on June 10 with an Aam Aadmi Party sit-in at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s house.
Featuring celebrity star Arvind Kejriwal, and Baijal subbing in for Sallu Bhai as the Boss himself, the season got off to an exciting start as the four contestants from Team AAP went – Nehru topis in hand – to Baijal’s residence, determined not to leave until the Centre ended the IAS officers’ strike. But which of these stalwart civic servants would crack first?
For days, the punters favoured Kejriwal as the first contestant to be evicted, given his debilitating diabetes struggle. Kejriwal was even smuggled extra rations for his condition, at least until his companions began their first challenge: a fast protest. Surely it was only a matter of time before the entire gang would turn on Kejriwal, pilfering his extra food in the name of redistribution, and forcing him to sacrifice his home-delivered theplas on alternate days of the week.
It was not to be. For eight days, all was quiet in the Bigg Boss House. Kejriwal and his team were enjoying their slumber party, steadily shedding shoes, socks, and no doubt shirts, in their efforts to get comfortable on Lt Governor Baijal’s plush sofas. Baijal, meanwhile, chose not to send anyone to jail, but also stood firmly against calling off the IAS officers’ strike. Bigg Boss Delhi had reached an impasse, thanks to stubborn posturing from both sides.
Still, Baijal’s iron-fisted hold over the house was not the reason for the first eviction. In yesterday’s nail-biter of an episode, AAP Minister Satyendra Jain succumbed, and was rushed to the hospital as his blood sugar dropped. For most hipster AAP voters, this would just be a sign that their strict keto diet is finally working, but Mr Jain’s fast protest had taken a toll. His fellow contestants mourned his absence, before continuing on with their mission of protest.
Viewers were left aghast, wondering: Who’s next? Little did we know, another bombshell announcement was yet to come with today’s new episode: a classic Bigg Boss dosti, complete with a heaping side of opportunism. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, along with three other chief ministers, loudly declared her support for Kejriwal. Thus began KejriJee, the greatest Bigg Boss jodi since Gautam Gulati and Puneet Issar.
Predictably, the evolving friendship was soon interrupted when the inevitable occurred, and a second minister fell to eviction. Sisodia’s time came, and he too was rushed to hospital to lie next to fellow fast protest victim, Jain.
For eight days, all was quiet in the Bigg Boss House. Kejriwal and his team were enjoying their slumber party, steadily shedding shoes, socks, and no doubt shirts, in their efforts to get comfortable on Lt Governor Baijal’s plush sofas.
While the two were left to bond over their shared misfortune, this turn of events means that only Kejriwal and Minister Gopal Rai remain in Baijal’s house. Fans from AAP and detractors from the BJP alike have taken to the streets in protest and counter-protest. In a cliffhanger ending, the Delhi High Court has questioned the validity of Bigg Boss Delhi altogether, saying that all protests must take place in public areas.
As we wait with bated breath for the next episode of a bumpy Season 1, we’re left only with questions. Will Gopal Rai now embark on a fast protest in his turn? What about Kejriwal himself? Will he up his protest game by refusing to wear his mic until he gets to meet with Boss Baijal in the Confession Room? And how will the HC’s ruling affect not only Bigg Boss Delhi, but all the Bigg Bosses across the nation?
We’ll have to tune in to find out. Bigg Boss ke ghar mein AAP ka swagat hai.