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What truths do reality shows like Bigg Boss hide?

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | EZEKIEL MAJELLO G
Published Aug 24, 2019, 12:00 am IST
Updated Aug 24, 2019, 12:27 am IST
Apart from the usual issues, this season has seen a lot of controversies which remain unaddressed, leaving viewers in the lurch.
Addressing this issue, Bigg Boss Season 1 title winner Arav says,
 Addressing this issue, Bigg Boss Season 1 title winner Arav says, "Attempting suicide is breach of contract. Everyone in the house has mental pressure, it depends on how we deal with it. In the first season, it was all new for us and we had more pressure than what the season 3 contestants have now."

It all started when the TV actor and a Bigg Boss contestant, flirted with five women, describing them as friends and claiming that he usually behaves this way with his cousins (Mama Ponnu) too for fun. Bigg Boss Tamil season 3 may be an immense hit among the masses with an average of 50 lakh viewers per day, but its huge reception is attributed to the numerous controversies, fights and drama which are typical of most reality shows.

Another contestant had bluntly confessed about how he groped women during his college days while travelling in buses to the show host. While his behaviour was not called out at that moment, he was later asked to vacate the show without the organisers addressing the issue even with the fellow contestants.

 

And now the latest buzz is that another contestant has attempted suicide as a protest. The motive behind the suicide attempt is still a mystery for the viewers.  Sources claim that the TV channel has filed a complaint against the artiste for threatening them with suicide, which is a breach of the contract. The channel did not air the incident nor give any explanation about it when it took place as a result of an argument with another contestant on proving her love for the state of Tamil Nadu.

Contestants going through mental stress and agony in such shows are not new and the audiences have witnessed this in the past seasons too. While the first season saw a popular contestant opting out due to the mental stress created by the fellow contestants, the second season saw another actress throwing garbage on another in frustration. Bullying and groupism remain the main reasons for provoking such behaviour. Present participants also have been whining against targeted bullying.

Addressing this issue, Bigg Boss Season 1 title winner Arav says, "Attempting suicide is breach of contract. Everyone in the house has mental pressure, it depends on how we deal with it. In the first season, it was all new for us and we had more pressure than what the season 3 contestants have now."

Arav-Oviya dealt with the similar kind of mental stress in the first season and Arav had to really work hard to win the title.Arav-Oviya dealt with the similar kind of mental stress in the first season and Arav had to really work hard to win the title.

Psychologist Latha Janaki says, "Bigg Boss is a platform to identify their own selves; it is a task of balancing emotions.

It thus becomes an example for viewers to gain self-confidence, explore new ideas and motivates them to try harder to succeed in their lives".

Going by the Bigg Boss controversies, the show does have some valuable lessons for viewers to look out for.

It helps them judge the participants and allows them to identify wrong behaviour and empathise with the right side.

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