This has to be the most happening season of Bigg Boss (Colors) so far. The host (roll of drums) is Amitabh Bachchan, and the housemates are such an oddly matched bunch that they’ve already started quarrelling.
Amitabh, unsurprisingly, is excellent. In the inaugural episode, he introduced us to all the housemates one by one (the show was over two hours long, but I must confess I wasn’t bored, except when the ads came), briefly interviewing each one. And if you wondered — I certainly did — how he would do the needful when it came to participants like Rakhi Sawant’s mother or Kamal Khan (the man who made a film called Desh Drohi and who calls himself KRK; need I say more?), well, we needn’t have worried.
Amitabh was composed and courteous and warm with everyone, even when comedian Raju Srivastava fell at his feet, clutching at his ankles and exclaiming, “Maine aapki nakal kar kar ke apna ghar chalaya hai” (I ran my household by copying you), and even when Rakhi Sawant’s mother, Jaya, burst into tears and thanked him for helping her mother financially when the latter was ill.
When KRK swaggered in, you and I may have blanched, but Amitabh didn’t miss a heartbeat as he did his bit, most civilly.
But KRK seems to have only a nodding acquaintance with the word civility, since he’s already fought with most of the women in the house.
Ah, the house… it looks as if it’s popped out of the pages of a children’s story book/comic book. The ‘bedrooms’ — for both the men and women — have brightly coloured curly-wurly lines on the walls, and it’s a wonder the housemates don’t go cross-eyed everytime they look at them. Meanwhile, Jaya Sawant is dancing and praying in turn, lots of people are weeping, KRK is fighting… all in all, we’re just a few days into the show and everything is already starting to unravel. Nothing like some good old conflict to get the buzz (and ratings) going. (By the way, this column is being written before the eviction episode, so I guess some of you would have seen more action on Friday night).
At 9 pm on Sunday, when the inaugural episode of Bigg Boss began on Colors, Star Plus was showing Tere Mere Beach Mein, with Farah Khan interviewing Shah Rukh Khan. SRK (yes, the original) is always fun to watch and this time round was no different. But the theme of the show — that Shah Rukh is a joru ka ghulam — was about as funny as all those sad, worn-out jokes on hen-pecked husbands. And the entire episode was on hen-pecked husbands (with SRK playing cheerleader). Disappointing. Ekta Kapoor is back with yet another ‘realistic’ serial called Betaab Dil Ki Tamanna Hai (on Sony; and I’m sure I’ve got the spelling wrong, but I’d be surprised if Ekta could spell the names of her own serials).
This is the story of three sisters who are taken to Mumbai by a kindly rakhi brother, allegedly to ‘work,’ but once they arrive, they discover, to their horror, that the kindly bhai has actually sold them to a brothel.
The brothel is sleazy and the girls are horrified, so the camera goes from sleazy brothel to horrified girls, then back to sleazy brothel and horrified girls, then once again back to sleazy… and so on for a very long time. Unless most viewers are totally dim-witted (which they are not), I’m sure they’d have got it the first time. So why this non-stop back-and-forth? (Though, to be fair to Ekta, this happens in almost every serial).
And finally. In Pati Patni Aur Woh, my sympathies are totally with the babies.