Like every year, the latest seasons of Bigg Boss 11 and Kaun Banega Crorepati 9 have been much talked about. While one was making headlines for controversies inside the house and out of it, the other was making heads turn by its TRP numbers. This season, Amitabh Bachchan hosted KBC 9 has been reigning the charts and in its finale week, it in fact ousted Salman Khan’s show from the TOP 10 on TRP charts. But the low numbers on the controversial reality show mustn’t come as a shock since it’s reaching a new low.
The content is turning people, even loyal fans, away from the show. The scandals associated with some of the contestants before entering the show, the outrageous conversations inside the house, and the shocking revelations once the contestants are evicted from Bigg Boss 11 is becoming a little too OTT this season. Unlike Kaun Banega Crorepati, Bigg Boss was never meant to suit the various palates of all the members of a family, and this time, it is getting a little too much for the neophilics or those with a weird, wacky taste for the bizarre and non-ordinary.
If this trend continues on the reality show, it would be safe to say that Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss will never be able to with the TV game with Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati. Not this season, not in the future. Here’s why we think so…
Bigg Boss 11 brings together a mix of contestants that either have a controversial past or have the ability to stir up a storm inside the house. Be it with their snide remarks at each other, their politics or just mere mind game. While they can ensure entertainment, I doubt if there’s anyone who can be an inspiration for anyone watching it. Kaun Banega Crorepati on the other hand is full of contestants with heartwarming back stories – stories of nobodies from various corners of the country who have seen struggle, harbored aspirations and kept the desire burning to do something for the family and country.
Right from its inception, the format of Bigg Boss 11 has brought to our screens a concept that brings out the worst in the contestants. Anger, jealously, cruel intention, manipulation et al, there is not even a single negative emotion in the book, that the house inmates don’t go through during their stay. In a time when news is full of the dark realities of the society we live in, do we need another show that is one hour of pure negative emotions?
KBC on the other hand is something all family members can watch and bond over together. Adults in the house would often advise the younger generation to not miss the show as it helps one brush up on general knowledge. Along with entertainment, the show’s format is informative as well and that works for the entire family, across regions, across generations.
Do we even need to remind you of the language that is spoken inside the house? Or even during the weekend ka vaar hosted by Salman Khan? The language is not conducive for a light evening to be spent with the family. If your memory is failing you here, take a look at the clip video when Salman Khan, for reasons valid or invalid, lashed out at one of the ex Bigg Boss 11 contestant Zubair Khan.
Game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, hosted by Big B, one of the most well spoken personalities in showbiz, is a 101 course on how to talk to people, and strike a chord with them, even if you are meeting for the first time. Bigg Boss contestants become like family (or at least like neighbors) after spending 15 weeks together under the same roof. But on KBC, Bachchan with his conversations with the participants lets us in on their life stories, thereby creating a relationship between the viewer and the contestants. While both the shows work on creating this magical dynamic between the audience and the content, only one does a fine job. Take a look at the below clip for Bachchan’s spontaneous rapport with the person on the hot seat.
It is a no brainer to decode which of these two reality shows have an upper hand. While Kaun Banega Crorepati has pulled the curtains together for season 9, on every weekend episode of Bigg Boss 11, host Salman Khan is seen pleading, advising, threatening contestants to behave themselves and not cross the lines while playing the game.
Even on the weekend ka vaar the past weekend, Salman asked Priyank to not talk crass or make personal statements or leak personal details about fellow contestants. He reentered the show and has seen it from an outsider’s perspective, and has come back with a vengeance. He has been bad mouthing Arshi, raking up the dark and ugly details of her past. Salman warned him against it.
Well, what he did was definitely in bad taste. But if things inside Bigg Boss house aren’t reigned in, the day is not far that the show will lose most of its audience.