Bigg Boss is one of the most controversial reality shows on Indian Television. After becoming popular in Hindi, Bangla, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil, the Marathi version of Indian reality show Bigg Boss kicked off on Sunday evening with Mahesh Manjrekar as the host for the first season. Excited, much?

Filmmaker-actor Mahesh introduced the audience to 15 Marathi celebrities (who will entertain us with their antics for the coming three months) including Resham Tipnis, Vineet Bhonde, Jui Gadkari, Aastad Kale, Anil Thatte, Smita Gondkar, Aarti Solanki, Bhushan Kadu, Usha Nadkarni, Megha Dhade, Pushkar Jog, Sai Lokur, Rutuja Dharmadhikari, Rajesh Shringarpore and Sushant Shelar.

As most of you know, the contestants will be in the house for 100 days and the one who survives the politics played in the house, escaping all the drama will be declared as the winner. We have seen a combination of comedians, televisions stars, struggling and upcoming actors and also a few well-known faces from the Marathi cinema.

Here’s a look at the 15 contestants, who entered the house on the debut night.

Resham Tipnis

Well-known Marathi actress Resham Tipnis, who did a small role of Anjali Sinha in Shah Rukh Khan starrer film Baazigar in 1992 and has been a part of several television serials, was the first contestant to enter the Bigg Boss Marathi house. Host Mahesh Manjrekar advised the actress to take over the kitchen in the house, given her love for cooking. Looks like Resham is going to be Bigg Boss Marathi’s Shilpa Shinde. Resham is not only a known face in the Marathi industry but is famous in Bollywood too.

Vinit Bonde

Vinit Bonde, the second contestant of Bigg Boss Marathi, is a popular comedian and has also acted in quite a few films. The actor-comedian, who is known for Veda BF (2018), Shahanpan Dega Deva (2011) and Punha Gondhal Punha Mujra (2014) among others, is best known for his comic timing. Vineet has also worked in Nishikant Kamat’s Marathi film, Dombivali Fast.

Aastad Kale and Jui Gadkari

The lead on-screen couple of the daily soap Pudhcha Paul, Aastad Kale and Jui Gadkari, who have won millions of hearts with the stunning onscreen chemistry, have entered the house; they performed together at the premiere (below). Well, it would be interesting to see if the on-screen couple manages to maintain their camaraderie offscreen too.

Anil Thatte

Anil Thatte, who is known for his quirky and outlandish style, is a former journalist, who in the past ran a Marathi publication, Gaganbhedi. Anil is quite obsessed with his clothes, he has 1500 clothes and 200-300 jackets. While he claims to be a unique personality, he could be Akash Dadlani (of Bigg Boss 11), who may entertain us with his antics. Anil’s appearance and activities surely attract attention and it’s like, you like him or you don’t but you can’t miss him. It’ll surely be a treat to watch him on the show.

Smita Gondkar

Well-known actress, Smita Gondkar, who works primarily in Marathi and Hindi films, will raise the temperature inside the Bigg Boss Marathi house. Her most popular claim to fame came with the songs Pappi De Parula and Kantabai chi Selfie, which is super popular amongst young audiences. The actress, who is known for her bold style, was one of the semi-finalist on MTV Stunt Mania in 2009. This is definitely an advantage and no doubt that she will have upper hand over other contestants. Smita has worked in the yet-to-be-released Marathi film, Light Ek Kaloakh.

Bhushan Kadu and Aarti Solanki

Renowned comedians Bhushan Kadu and Aarti Solanki, who are known for their perfect comic timings, made a grand entry yesterday. The duo also performed on some foot-tapping numbers. Aarti Solanki has worked in Saha Gun and Dubhang, while Bhushan Kadu has worked in several Marathi films like Batti Gul Power Full, Mast Challay Aamcha and Dagdabaichi Chal.

Usha Nadkarni

Our ‘Best Evil Mother-in-law’ Usha, who is best known for her role of Savita Deshmukh in the popular show Pavitra Rishta, has entered the show as one of the contestants. The famour Marathi actress has worked not only in TV shows like Pavitra Rishta, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon and Mrs. Pammi Pyarelal, but also in Bollywood films including Vaastav, Rustom and Ventilator, among others.

Megha Dhade

Megha Dhade is one of the unique actress, who moved from Hindi films, TV shows and ads to Marathi Cineworld. The actress could be Bigg Boss 11’s Hina Khan of Bigg Boss Marathi. Guess why? Megha revealed that she has done a massive shopping for her stay in the house and even has her attire for the finale ready. Megha, who starred in number of Ekta Kapoor serials such as – Kasauti Zindagi ki in the role of Sanjana, Kis Dhesh Mai Hai Mera Dil and also Kasturi, made a grand entry on Bigg Boss Marathi as she shook a leg on the tunes of Ooh La La song from Vidya Balan starrer ‘The Dirty Picture’.

Rutuja Dharmadhikari

Rutuja Dharmadhikari, who shot to fame with the character Sushma in the 2016 Zee marathi horror – thriller daily show Ratris Khel Chale, made sure to send a chill down everyone’s spine as the young actress made an entry with the song ‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’.

Pushkar Jog

Actor-director, Pushkar Jog, who began his acting career as a child actor in Hindi films Hum Dono, Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai and Aazmaish, is a dentist by profession. The actor has also worked in Marathi films Vazvu Ka? and Raosaaheb, among others.

Sai Lokur

Sai, who made her Bollywood debut with Kapil Sharma’s Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karu and featured in Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein, is currently pursuing fashion designing. The actress has also worked in several Marathi films including Aamhich Tumche Bajirao, Parambi and Jarab.

Sushant Shelar and Rajesh Shringarpure

Sushant and Rajesh, who have shared the screen space in their drama Zenda, are the last two contestants of Bigg Boss Marathi. Sushant, who is best known for his work in the 2013 TV show, Duniyadari, is a known name in the Marathi film industry. He has carved his niche in theatres, TV and silver screen. Meanwhile, Rajesh is a well-known face in Bollywood and has also worked in a Hollywood film, Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, directed by John Stockwell. The actor has worked in films like Murder 3, Sarkar Raj, Sangharsh and Daddy.