How Bigg Boss played with the contestants as well as the audience and kept the rules in check to save the nominated contestants, let us tell:
1. Badla Eviction Rule, 5 Weeks And Elimination Only 2 Times
Let’s start with the latest episode ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’, which was telecasted on 4th and 5th November. By law, this week one of the members was to be evicted from the Bigg Boss house. Note that there has been only two evictions in five weeks so far, in which Manya Singh and Srijita Dey were thrown out due to low votes. Soundarya Sharma, Sumbul Tauqeer Khan and Archana Gautam were the nominees for homelessness this week.
According to the reports, Soundarya Sharma and Archana Gautam are getting full votes, while Sumbul Touqeer Khan is not getting that many votes. Apart from this, Soundarya and Archana are also giving a lot of content to ‘Bigg Boss 16’. Whether it is a fight or a love angle or a fun-joke, Archana Gautam and Soundarya are seen in the Bigg Boss house. But Sumbul is missing from day one. But from day one, efforts are being made to save Sumbul and guide him every step of the way. It is discussed that she is the most expensive contestant of this season, despite this Sumbul is not doing anything special in the show for which she should be paid a hefty fee. But still Sumbul has been avoiding homelessness without doing anything and despite being nominated.
2. Prize money at stake to save nominated contestants
This time to save the nominated contestants, the makers also staked Rs 25 lakh from the prize money of the winner of ‘Bigg Boss 16’. The task was given that if the buzzer is pressed once or twice, a contestant will be out and Rs 25 lakh will not be deducted. But if the buzzer is pressed more than 2 times, none of the contestants (Saundarya Sharma, Sumbul and Archana Gautam) will be out. But Rs 25 lakh will be deducted from the winner’s amount. It happened exactly the same. No nominated contestants were excluded, but Rs 25 lakh was deducted from the winner’s amount. Never before in the history of Bigg Boss has the winner’s prize money been put at stake to save a nominated contestant. But this time it was seen in the 16th season.
3. Showed the footage to Soundarya, told things outside to Sumbul-Archana
The second rule was broken when Salman Khan called the three nominated contestants – Archana, Sumbul and Soundarya Sharma – to a separate room in this Weekend Ka Vaar. Archana and Soundarya are shown footage of the family members who think what about them and tell Sumbul what and how people in the outside world are talking about them now. Whereas it is the rule of Bigg Boss that no news of the outside world will be given to the members of the house. Salman and the makers try to expose Soundarya by showing her the reality of Gautam. With this, he helped Soundarya in some way in the strategy of her game. Soundarya has been nominated many times till now, but every time she has been saved from homelessness. The same thing happened with Archana Gautam. He was specially told that earlier the people of the country were loving him. Loved her game, but now she is finding her cumbersome. The tweets of the users were read to Archana.
4. Help Sumbul every step, sometimes through Papa, sometimes through Salman
Sumbul Tauqeer Khan is being favored a lot, which has been doing the rounds on Twitter and other social media platforms ever since Salman was seen repeatedly interrupting Sumbul for his game. Not only this, in one episode, Sumbul’s father came and tried to show his daughter the real face of Shaleen Bhanot and Tina Dutta. Makers tried hard to open Sumbul’s eyes, which is still going on, but Sumbul is not ready to calm down and understand anything. When nothing worked out, in the episode ‘Saturday Ka Vaar’ on November 5, Salman Khan called Sumbul separately and told that now no one talks about him in the outside world because he is not playing the game. Huh. She is not seen anywhere in the Bigg Boss house.
5. Information about clothes and outside world given to Archana Gautam in front of everyone
Not only this, when Archana Gautam accused Bigg Boss that five of her bags have gone missing from the vanity van and have not reached them, Salman read out the entire list in front of everyone. And Archana Gautam was told in front of Tor and everyone that from the start of the show till now which of her clothes have been sent inside the house and which are not. First of all, the makers consider it against the show to give this outside information and even if this information was to be given, Salman or the makers could have called Archana to the confession room and gave it.
Question raised, is Bigg Boss really biased?
In ‘Bigg Boss 16’, from the very first day, efforts are being made to save Sumbul Tauqeer and are being guided every step of the way. If Sumbul is too young and innocent for a game like Big Boss, then according to that, so is Abdu Rojic. Abdu Rojic is also 19 years old like Sumbul. Then why support only Sumbul from day one? Sooner or later users are still raising this question on social media.
Soundarya had accused Bigg Boss of being ‘biased’, for which she was reprimanded by Salman. But users have also been calling Bigg Boss ‘biased’ from day one. One user wrote on Twitter, ‘Of these three, Soundarya deserves to be in Bigg Boss house. Whereas Sumbul spent 3 weeks only crying. At the same time, some users say that this was done because Sumbul, Soundarya and Archana are giving content to “Bigg Boss 16” and the makers cannot afford to evict them. That’s why they are saved time and again.
(Disclaimer: These are the author’s own views and include social media reactions)