Bigg Boss 11 is crossing all limits and we’re not talking about PDA

Bigg Boss 11 has gone where no previous seasons of the reality show have. From calling a woman ‘charactererless’ to justifying harassment, we have seen it all.

Bigg Boss 11 Salman Khan Updated: Nov 25, 2017 12:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Bigg Boss 11 is not a family show anymore?

Bigg Boss has never been considered a family show, especially keeping Indian sensibilities in mind. However, with every passing year, its content has turned more crass with this season marking a new low. If contestants urinating on the show -- an oft-repeated stunt now -- gave you a turn, Bigg Boss 11 has normalised harassment. It is especially ironical given the outrage after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and worse.

This year, the show has been pushing its limits -- from actor Hiten Tejwani being forced to deal with unwanted attention that borders on harassment to Arshi Khan being called “characterless”. PDA is being seen as a ticket to stay on in the house and the contestants seem to believe that the more graphic they are while trading insults, the more eyeballs they will get.

We have seen contestants desperate to show their love for fellow contestants on earlier seasons of the reality show. They sometimes even professed it through physical gestures, but they probably never dared to venture into the dark zone, quite literally.

While the display of affection between Puneesh Sharma and Bandgi Kalra has led to enough comment inside the house and outside it, what is really uncomfortable to watch is the persistent and unwanted attention that Arshi Khan lavishes on Hiten Tejwani.

Despite Hiten time and again saying that he is a happily married man, Arshi is seen almost harassing Hiten. At times, she becomes really graphic, for example the task where she was seen applying butter on Hiten’s body. While discussing the task with show’s host Salman Khan -- in an episode that comes at 9pm when the family audience is watching -- she explained in great detail how much she enjoyed the task. If the genders were reversed, would the audience and the makers still be okay with this task?

Bigg Boss 11 is also a great vehicle to propagate casual harassment. When Akash Dadlani complained Arshi would often slap him on the backside, he was hushed up on the grounds that this is absolutely fine and everyone does it.

And Akash himself tried his best to make Shilpa Shinde dance with him, which she had sternly refused to do earlier. In another episode, Akash told Shilpa to apply lotion on his private parts as a joke! Ironically, they all keep screaming about the sanctity of being on the national television.

While Bigg Boss 11 is not a show you will watch to learn political correctness, it is still a highly watched and discussed show. In a world where harassment of any kind is a hot-button topic, is this what we want to watch?

First Published: Nov 25, 2017 09:42 IST