BIGG BOSS 6: Salman Khan's diktat and new inmates
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BIGG BOSS 6: Salman Khan's diktat and new inmates

Reality television show Bigg Boss is returning to the small screen and the buzz about the season’s inmates is gathering speed. As the show inches closer, we take a look at some of the celebrity contestants being roped in for the show. Hint: Poonam Pandey may feature too.

tv Updated: Oct 04, 2012 19:24 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
Salman Khan,Bigg boss,Poonam Pandey

Reality television show Bigg Boss is coming back to the small screen and the buzz surrounding this latest season’s inmates is gathering speed.

The production house, Endemol, and the channel, Colors, are keeping the final list under wraps, but an insider from the show has revealed a tentative list of the celebrities who could be part of the show.

Veteran actor Aruna Irani, Aamir Khan’s younger brother Faisal, singer-composer Anushka Manchanda, director-producer Mahesh Manjrekar and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha’s twin sons Luv and Kush are part of this tentative list.

The source also reveals other probables: models Sayali Bhagat and Poonam Pandey, TV actors Jay Bhanushali and Vrajesh Hirjee, cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, spiritual guide Swami Nityanand, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and Gulabi Gang vigilante Sampat Pal.

When contacted, the officials at the production house, Endemol, refused to confirm any of the names.

Meet the inmates

Aseem Trivedi:

This firebrand cartoonist was recently arrested on charges of sedition for making controversial illustrations. He spearheaded a campaign called ‘Cartoons Against Corruption’ and does social work.

Anushka Manchanda

Anushka Manchanda:

The 27-year-old singer was discovered in a TV talent hunt and went on to form a girl band with the four other winners. After breaking away from the group, she has had a successful career in Bollywood playback singing.

Aruna Irani:

The veteran actor has worked in over 300 Bollywood films, most notably Caravan (1971) and Beta (1992). She has also appeared in TV serials like Jhansi Ki Rani and Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii.

Mahesh Manjrekar:

One of the most surprising entrants, the film director-actor is most famously known for his National Award-winning gangster drama Vaastav (1999). He has even played bit roles in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Bodyguard (2011).

Faisal Khan:
Brother of Aamir Khan, Faisal made his debut as a child actor. He worked with his famous brother in the 2000 debacle, Mela, and was recently in the news for his psychiatric episodes.

Gulabi gang leader Sampat Pal

Sampat Pal Devi:

A member of the vigilante group Gulabi Gang, Sampat stands up for combating domestic violence and punishing those who encourage patriarchal thinking in society. Her gang took the name ‘Gulabi’ because its members wore pink saris.

Luv and Kush Sinha:

Sons of actor-politician Shatrughan ‘Khamosh’ Sinha and brothers to Sonakshi, Luv and Kush are newbies in B-town. Luv made his debut with the 2010 film, Sadiyaan, and the buzz is that Kush will be directing a film soon.

Salman Khan monkeys around

New elements seem to be the norm in this season of Bigg Boss. Host Salman Khan has taken on the charge of making the sixth season of the reality show entertaining for family audiences and added some must-follow Salman-erisms to keep a tighter leash on the housemates. But if sending a fish and a parrot to join the inmates of the house weren’t enough, Salman now wants Mahatma Gandhi’s three monkeys there as well. Well, in spirit anyway. The actor wants to implement Bapu’s famous principle of ‘See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.’

Salman Khan strikes the ‘3 Monkeys’ pose

After distancing family audiences with foul language and brutal fights in the earlier seasons, the show now wants to woo them back. It is to achieve this that Bigg Boss is laying out certain rules for contestants, and Salman is imposing the three golden principles that stand for non-violence.


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“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.” READ ON

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(With additional inputs)

First Published: Oct 04, 2012 11:03 IST