It has taken viewer ratings by storm, and much of its success seems directly linked with the racy moments and bold language that Bigg Boss 2 is bringing to drawing rooms every night. The show promised controversy from the beginning by roping in people who already had a past — Rahul Mahajan, Monica Bedi and Jade Goody.
And it did not disappoint. From docile inmate in Week One, Raja Chaudhary has metamorphosed into a bully whom everyone in the house seems keen to evict. Sambhavana Seth, up for nomination next, spouts obscenities so often that almost every third word is deleted with a bashful beep. Rahul Mahajan, who kissed Payal Rohatgi during a game of pool volleyball, has now graduated to slapping her bottom and earlier this week he wanted to kiss her stomach.
While Season One saw its share of peculiar characters, most R-rated moments weren’t aired. Season Two is leaving little to viewers’ imagination. Politician Sanjay Nirupam, evicted earlier, says he refused a wildcard re-entry because of “the vulgarity and the non-transparency of the voting” process. “There is massaging, kissing, dancing in undergarments — it’s supposed to be a family show,” says Nirupam. “The contract states that anyone using foul language will be evicted. But you hear more beeps than words on the show.”
Nothing to lose
Ousted inmate Ketaki Dave agrees that the show has got bolder. “Things like the dance with the guys showing their underwear, or Payal in a bikini or hot pants weren’t there the last time. The same goes for cuss words,” she says. “The present lot have nothing to lose and they don’t realise how their actions are being viewed by society.” Monica Bedi, who made headlines for her alleged link-up with Rahul — which she denied when she got out — comments on Rahul giving Payal a massage: “If he likes it, and she doesn’t have a problem, who am I to say anything?” Rakhi Vijan says that what the viewers actually see are “limited”. What’s going on inside is a lot more “disgusting”, she says.
“There were link-ups the last time as well, but they handled it decently.” A popular inmate last year, Rupali Ganguly says, “The show is also a lot bolder in terms of content. Their every move is calculated. And Sambhavana has a Rakhi hangover.” Bigg Boss Season 1 contestant Bobby Darling says, “This season is not worth watching. The language being used is very cheap and the people this time are really boring.”