Bigg Boss Season 6 – Promoting negative character(istic)s?

22 Nov

Let’s start by saying that Bigg Boss is an adult reality show and airing it at 9:00 PM on a national channel should definitely be not allowed.  This year it is slightly better as the house mates are not indulging themselves into abusive arguments.

Our advice to the Bigg Boss is not to get rural and orthodox people involved in the show just to increase their TRP (Television Rating Point). Yes we are going to talk about Sampat Pal Devi and Imam Siddiqui, both of them are out of the show. Sampat Devi known as Mataji left the house based on viewers voting while Imam was thrown out of the house for his violent and indecent behaviour.

Sampat Pal Devi

Gulabi Gang founder - Sampat Pal DeviSampat Pal Devi is the Founder/Leader of Gulabi Gang which is a group of rural women in pink saris, wielding bamboo sticks in pursuit of justice. She was born in 1958 in the Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, Sampat Pal Devi was the daughter of a poor shepherd. In early childhood she tended the goats and cattle but yearned to go to school. She taught herself to read and write, learning from her brothers who went to school. Seeing her enthusiasm for education, one of her uncles took the initiative to enroll her in school. After having studied up to the fourth standard, she was taken out of school and married off to an ice-cream vendor at the tender age of twelve. At 15 she became a mother and went on to raise five children in the next few years. She worked as a government health worker but resigned her job later to become a social crusader.

In 2006 she started a society called the Gulabi Gang with a group of women from her village to fight various forms of social injustice. This developed into an organized women’s movement with tens of thousands of members spread over several districts in Uttar Pradesh. The women members wear pink saris and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, which they use whenever they come up against violent resistance. The group, which the Indian media portray positively, was reported to have 20,000 members as of 2008, as well as a chapter in Paris, France. A movie, Gulab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit in the leading role, is to be released on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013.

Out of all house mates Sampat Devi was the least literate and probably would have never seen the Big Boss kind of crowd in her life, also none of the Bigg Boss mates would have gone through the hardships of life as her. Considering her background we think that she did a great job in the Big Boss house, would have probably done much better if she had got some guidance and education from the Big Boss before the show. It was sad to see some of the house mate speaking negative about such a strong lady. Sampat Devi was a hard core rural lady who definitely needed some hand holding and special advice to carry her in the Big Boss house. Eventually Salman Khan did advise her to take help from the so called Sir of the house Navjot Sidhu in case she doesn’t understand some things. Eventually Salman and the rest of the house mates never understood where she came from and her way of taking the things in life. The rural Indian women are still suffering big time as they used to during the stone age, organizations  such as Gulabi Gang means a lot for the suffering masses in a country where Government does nothing for its people. Through Big Boss we had thought Gulabi Gang to get national recognition and exposure to the great things which Gulabi Gang has done for the rural India.  Gulabi Gang message got lost somewhere as Big Boss made Sampat Devi part of stupid games and activities which probably she couldn’t understand. We sincerely hope Big Boss to do a program on Gulabi Gang and showcase Sampat Devi’s daring contribution towards improving India. The piece of advice for Bigg Boss is that if they do take such people in the show, they have to be sensible enough towards these people and provide them proper guidance to cope up with the smart people of Big cities.

Imam Siddiqui

Imam Siddiqui thrown out of Bigg BossA 47 year old image consultant, casting director, choreographer and of course a homosexual. He is also a former model, fashion critic and anchor. On the show he seemed to be an orthodox person living a lonely life. Big Boss probably got him in the house to create some drama which indeed he did very well until his drama went out of bounds and it reached a point where he was asked to leave the house. Again Big Boss has to be very careful in getting such orthodox people in the house as it may lead to some communal conflicts in the country. How in the world Imam Siddiqui entered in the hose with cigarettes?, he was smoking all around in the hose, did Big Boss allowed Imam to dictate his own terms and eventually had to kick him out when he backfired. We still strongly feel that Imam Siddiqui at some point  will be called back again in the big house. But the case of Imam Siddiqui definitely raises question marks on Bigg Boss selection ethics and policies. Looks like the Big Boss team is ready to cross all lines to get the TRP going their way.