Bigg Boss, the biggest reality show in India started with a bang as Salman Khan welcomed the 14 participants. Compared to the previous seasons, this one has people from eclectic backgrounds, from criminal backgrounds; TV serials, Indian cinema, Pakistani cinema, a person from the legal background, a controversial scrapegoat and many others. Let us look at them one by one:
1. Shweta Tiwari: One of the top female celebrities on Television, the vivacious Shweta Tiwari is also a Bhojpuri actress. She has been in various reality shows on Indian TV and though she had expressed on her blog, that she would not be doing Bigg Boss; she has certainly gone ahead and done the opposite.
2. Abbas Kazmi: Very know that Abbas Kazmi, eminent criminal lawyer; who was once appointed by the Government of India as the lawyer for terrorist Kasab; is also an actor. He had done a few cameo roles earlier in Bollywood films, including that of a policeman in the movie Rang(1993).
3. Seema Parihar: Real life dacoit Seema Parihar; who is easily the ‘man in the house' is a daring woman who has been living in the jungles for 17 years. She had been involved in the killing of more than 70 people. A movie was also made on her life, called ‘Wounded'. There are still three or four cases pending on her name.
4. Ashmit Patel: Ashmit Patel, brother of Bollywood actress Amisha Patel; is yet to make a splash a Bollywood despite having a hit called Murder(2004) to his name. The 32 year old was entangled in the MMS controversy with his then girlfriend, Riya Sen; after which they separated. Though he had a rift with his sister, things are sorted out now and Ashmit enters the Bigg Boss house with positive energy.
5. Sara Khan: Miss Madhya Pradesh, Sara Khan, and the actress who became a household name with ‘Sapna Babul Ki Bidaai Ka' is also a part of the show.
6. Bunty: One of the most wanted thieves in Delhi, with 500 cases against him; Devendra alias Bunty is also in the show. When he was asked by the host of the show, Salman Khan, if all the incidents were true or just folklore; he said that none of them were true. Director Dibakar Banerjee has made a movie, based on his story called ‘ Oye Lucky Oye Lucky'.
7. Begum Nawazish Ali: Ali Saleem Khusra born male, is the famous cross-dress, rechristened as Begum Nawazish Ali; who hosts a chat show on Pakistani channel. She is the first of the Pakistani entrants in Bigg Boss.
8. Aanchal Kumar: Aanchal Kumar is the only controversy-free girl in the BIgg Boss show. She is a top model who will be expecting the show to help her get more recognition.
9. Rahul Bhatt: Rahul Bhatt is the son of the famous director Mahesh Bhatt. A gym instructor, he was in the news in a very big controversy. He was made a scrapegoat(by the media, he insists and not by the law) when he was seen with David Headley, one of the most wanted terrorists by Indian government; involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
10. Hrishant Goswami: Hrishant Goswami, is a model from Jammu and Kashmir. He is the winner of the 2004 Gladrags Manhunt Contest.
11. Sakshi Pradhan: The MTV Splitsvilla winner, Sakshi Pradhan, was in the news for an MMS, allegedly of hers; that was leaked by someone who was jealous of her. She had been intermittently flirting with the media, at one point of time; she is the talk of the town and after a while; she is out of focus. For the next two months, Sakshi Pradhan will be in Bigg Boss house.
12. Sameer Soni: Sameer Soni, who comes from an investment background; went on to modeling and thereafter in movies. He did not have much luck in Bollywood, though he was seen last in I Hate Luv Storys. Sameer was also in the news as the ex-boyfriend of late model Nafisa Joseph, who committed suicide six years back. He is now dating actress cum business woman Neelam Kothari
13. Veena Malik: Veena Malik, the Pakistani actress was in the news for leaking the betting scandal involving her ex-boyfriend, Pakistani cricketer, Mohammad Asif.
14. Manoj Tiwari: Known as the Amitabh Bachchan of Bhojpuri Cinema, Manoj Tiwari; who also has a postage stamp dedicated to him in Holland, will be in the Bigg Boss house.