The drama gets bigger; the ages, small. The upcoming season six of reality show Bigg Boss is likely to see children and teenagers be part of the bickering in the house. The reports have sparked a debate on whether it is okay to involve children in a show that is high on glamour, theatrics and politics, and requires confinement for months in a house with strangers. Ex-inmates say it’s a bad idea.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea at all. The purpose of the show is to put the housemates under such extreme physical, mental, emotional stress that they crumble, thus providing drama and content. I don’t think it’s correct to put a child through this,” says actor Ashmit Patel, who was an inmate in season 4. Afghan beauty Vida Samadzai, an inmate in the show’s fifth season, says, “I wouldn’t want fragile teens or innocent children to be a part of this war zone.”
Psychiatrists don’t give it the green signal either. “I would not recommend children to be part of such a show. Confinement of any kind adversely affects a child’s intellectual pursuits. And I think the channel should not try to encash the vulnerability of kids for TRPs,” says Dr Jitendra Nagpal. “Kids are impressionable, and it’s not a good idea to expose them to so much stress,” says Dr Deepak Raheja.
However, some feel that if handled correctly, it may just be good exposure for the kids. “Children need to be nurtured and loved, so if Bigg Boss promises tons of love and emotional protection to children, then it would be interesting to learn from them,” says singer Raageshwari Loomba, who was a part of the fifth season. The host channel, however, refuses to comment. “It is too early to talk about it,” says a spokesperson for Colors.