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The 13th season of “Bigg Boss” began on September 29th and is now well underway. Hosting for his 10th consecutive season is none other than Bollywood superstar and actor Salman Khan. It wasn’t until the season began that the show’s contestants were finally revealed, and among the many are celebrities Siddharth Shukla, Paras Chhabra, Shefali Bagga, Abu Malik, Aarti Singh, Asim Riaz, Devoleena Bhattacharya, Rashami Desai, Mahira Sharma and Shehnaaz Gill.
In this article, we discuss what’s happened over the show’s first two weeks on air — including an overview of its format and characters, as well as its evictions and controversy.
Siddharth Shukla: An actor who gained popularity with a lead role on the television show “Balika Vadhu” and his supporting role in the film “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.”
Paras Chhabra: One of the most controversial actors on the show because of his flirtations with contestants while in an off-screen relationship, Chhabra is best known for his participation on “MTV Splitsvilla.”
Mahira Sharma: One of the most prominent TV actresses in India, she has starred in the drama series “Kundali Bhagya” and participated on “Naagin 3.”
Devoleena Bhattacharjee: A trained Bharatanatyam dancer and television actress who’s best known for her role on drama “Saath Nibheena Saathiya.”
Shefali Bagga: A television and TV news anchor for India Today.
Shehnaaz Gill: A model-turned-actress, who’s acted in such films as “Kala Shah Kala.”
Aarti Singh: The niece of actor Govinda and sister to actor/comedian Krushna Abhishek, she is best known for her appearances in the film “Waaris ” and the comedy series “Comedy Nights Bachao.”
Koena Mitra: A model and actress, appearing in such films as “Anamika” and “Besh Korechi Prem Korechi.”
Rashami Desai: A television actress who’s best known for her work in the soap opera “Uttaran.”
Rashami Desai and Siddharth Shukla — The Roti Fight
Do celebrities have strong opinions on rotis? Perhaps on the size rotis should be? What if those opinions conflict? On October 8th, Siddharth Shukla and Rashami Desai got into an ugly spat in the kitchen, when Paras Chhabra entered the scene and caused another commotion here.
Shehnaaz Gill — Crazy for Attention
Before bed, Shehnaaz Gill decided it would be fun to scare the other contestants by acting crazy. Not only is Gill’s charade hilarious, but so are the reactions she elicits. Don’t forget to turn up your audio to hear what Siddharth Shukla says about Asim Riaz.
Paras Chhabra — The Gossip King
Chhabra has mastered the art of manipulation. Catch him in action, gossiping about other contestants on the show and turning them against one another. Even opinionated Rashami Desai accepts his views.
The Paras Chhabra and Aarti Singh Fight
Controversy seems to follow Paras Chhabra around. Aarti Singh eventually confronts him, accusing him of pitting contestants against one another. What begins as a civil discussion soons spirals completely out of control.
Devoleena Bhattacharjee — Queen B
After she was crowned queen, Devoleena Bhattacharjee attempts to delegate work to contestants. Each participant throws a tantrum, with one even faking pains in their hands and legs to get out of chores.
“Bed Friend Forever”
Because there are a limited number of beds in the house, contestants are made to share. Before the show began, each participant had an assigned bedmate of the opposite gender. However, due to public outrage, this couldn’t be enforced. In the end, everyone got to choose their own partner. Watch to see who picked who!
What happened in the first two weeks?
The show began with all thirteen participants entering the Bigg Boss house. Heading straight into the nomination, each female participant was given a heart-shaped cushion with her picture on it. They were then made to choose a male housemate with whom they felt they could strike a connection. These were the matches they came up with:
Rashami – Paras
Koena – Paras
Shefali – Paras
Mahira – Paras
Aarti – Siddharth S
Devoleena – Siddharth S
Dalljiet – Paras
Shehnaaz – Abu
Male nominations had to then choose a female participant that they didn’t feel a connection with. At the end, Devoleena, Rashami, Shefali, Koena and Dalljiet were all nominated.
Toward the end of the week, female contestants were given a black ring to choose a male contestant who wasn’t deserving enough to stay in the house. Fashion model Asim Riaz was nominated thrice for this.
Lucky for him, nobody was evicted during the first week, as voting lines were closed.
The second week saw nominations for eviction. This time around, it wasn’t one nomination but two contestants who had to leave the house.
Two windows were kept in the garden. At regular intervals, Bigg Boss would call one male and two female participants. The female participants had to convince the male participant to save them from nomination this week. Only the male participant had the sole discretion to decide who was up for eviction. After making his decision, he closed the window on the female he decided to nominate; the other participant was automatically considered safe.
The pairs were as follows:
Paras — Mahira and Shehnaaz
Siddharth S — Aarti and Rashami
Siddharth D — Dalljiet and Shefali
Abu and Asim — Devoleena and Koena
Shehnaaz, Rashami, Dalljiet and Koena were nominated for eviction. Two of them would have to leave, and the other two would continue on to the next week.
Dalljiet Kaur and Koena Mitra received the least amount of votes, prompting Salman Khan to evict the duo from the house. They became the first contestants to be evicted on the 13th season.
Who are the favorites for this season? Which contestant do you like the most? Who will cause the most controversy? Tell us your views in the comments below!
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