After a grand launch event in Mumbai on Tuesday, makers of Bigg Boss 11 have now unveiled the final list of participants who will be part of the show as commoners. Interestingly, most of them have had their share of limelight and fame in their life and wouldn’t exactly fit in the bracket of the “aam admi”.
From a close relative of a notorious Mumbai don to a famous regional dance artiste, here’s a look at the contestants for this year:
1. Zubair Khan
Haseena Parkar’s son-in-law Zubair Khan reportedly produced Apoorva Lakhia’s Haseena Parkar that starred Shraddha Kapoor in the eponymous role. Parkar was Dawood Ibrahim’s sister who managed his crime empire in Mumbai after the don fled India after the 1993 Mumbai blasts. “Underworld mein mera nikaah zaroor hua hai, lekin apni pehchaan maine khud banayi hai,” he says in the video. He has been producing films for 15 years now, under the banner Garbage.
2. Sapna Choudhary
Haryanavi singer and dancer Sapna Chaudhary is also likely to enter the Bigg Boss house as a commoner. She is one of the most popular singers in the region. After she was trolled and slammed online, she got depressed and even attempted suicide last year.
“Agar main ashleel hoon toh Bollywood mein item number karne wali har heroine ashleel hai,” is how the singer whose shows can bring out thousands in Haryana introduces herself.
3. Shivani Durgah
A tantrik/godwoman, Shivani holds two PhDs from Chicago University and hails from Noida. She introduces herself saying, “Ek talaab ki machchli gandi hai to iska matlab ye nahi ki poora talaab hi ganda ho.” Is that a reference to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who was recently sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two of his female followers.
4. Jyoti Kumari
Originally from Masaudi, Patna (Bihar), Jyoti is a student of Hans Raj College (DU) in Delhi. She is a peon’s daughter. “Ek mamooli chaprasi ki beti ke sapne mamooli hon ye zaroori nahi,” she says in the trailer.
It seems Colors is already sure of its mix of commoners and celebs. The commoner contestant — who added both buzz and controversies to the show last year — seem to be its X-factor this year too.
Talking about the outrageous claims and antics of the show and whether the past will repeat itself in Bigg Boss 11, Colors CEO Raj Nayak told Economic Times, “People forget what it was about but they remember that there was something and that’s what creates the buzz. Publicity, good or bad, is publicity. We don’t want to change the DNA of the show but what we have done very subconsciously (and probably slightly intentionally too), is create a reflection of the real world. Real life. So what happens there, happens within the house too- You hate your boss sometimes, there’s jealousy amongst peers, you like a boy, you fight with your mother for coming home late etc. All these things happen in the Bigg Boss house, but, compressed into a span of 100 days. So, basically, we take people and put them in a condition where the clock is ticking and wring them through situations where their real selves come out. I keep telling everybody that it is the best program on the education of human psychology. If you want to understand human behaviour sit and watch Bigg Boss.”
Salman Khan will host Bigg Boss 11 and it will be the sixth time for him on the show. It premiers Sunday, October 1.
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