Bigg Boss 11 episode 1, 2nd October 2017

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Bigg Boss 11 is that glorious place where people go to fight. At times they are fighting because they have had disagreements earlier — here is looking at you Vikas Gupta and erstwhile ‘bhabiji’ Shilpa Shinde. Others are fighting for no apparent reason — we are talking about Haryanavi singer Sapna Chaudhary and Haseena Parkar’s son-in-law Zubair Khan. After that dust-up, Zubair happily launched into yet another fight, this time with club promoter Puneesh Sharma. Clothes were shed, threats were issued and voices were raised.

And then, Bigg Boss played ‘Tere Saamne Wali Khidki Mai’ and everyone started dancing. It seems the unwritten rule of Bigg Boss — as understood by its participants is — ‘maximum tamasha gets maximum eyeballs ensuring the longest stay inside the house’. Just how fruitful will be this ‘shock and awe’ model for its 18 contestants is yet to be seen. Till we know more, keep a headache pill handy. The die-hard fans, read on.

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In other seasons, contestants take time to warm up but Bigg Boss 11 is in a hurry. Instead of a lazy introduction to its various participants, it is off to a flying start, which meant the three major fights we already mentioned and lot of other threats — mostly issued by contestant Arshi Khan. She is upset because the housemates have to cook for four padosis — Lucinda Nicholas, Luv Tyagi, Mehjabi Siddiqui and Sabyasachi Satpathy — as per a Bigg Boss diktat.

Ostensibly, the first episode of Bigg Boss 11 was about the birthday celebrations of erstwhile TV bahu Hina Khan and VJ Benafshir Soonawalla, but in reality the die-hards were rubbing their hands like Gollum and waiting for Shilpa Shinde to unleash her fury on Vikas Gupta. Or was it the other way round? It is immaterial, a good fight was enjoyed by all.

Some would say their arguments were juvenile but Bigg Boss viewers live for this stuff and there was more — so much more — on Monday. In fact, Shilpa and Vikas’ Monday fight was about Sunday’s fight making this a self-sustaining model for the next three months. That is the life expectancy of a Bigg Boss season.

Shilpa and Vikas continued the fight that began in the inaugural episode itself. While the other contestants arrived to see what was happening, Shilpa and Vikas launched into a heated argument, with the former TV programmer alleging that Shinde’s unprofessional behaviour had led to her bailing on four shows. He also called her a ‘psycho’ and ‘mentally challenged person.’

But fights weren’t all that happened on the first day. Bigg Boss introduced the ‘gharwale’ and ‘padosi’ angle to the season. The first ‘task’ involved the housemates cooking food for the neighbours, which provoked Vikas. He lost his temper and refused to prepare food because he felt that he was spoken to rudely by Luv, one of the padosis. Arshi also promised to add chillies to their food next time she prepares it.

Things are set to get spicy in here.

Bigg Boss airs at 10:30 pm on weekdays on Colors. Stay tuned for daily updates.

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