By Hindustan Times
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: 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.’
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.