The past Sunday onwards, what dominates the TV screens of Malayali households is no other show but Bigg Boss Malayalam. It was not just the ‘Mohanlal as the host’ factor, but also sheer curiosity to learn how the internationally renowned show would pan out in the Kerala context. The programme has just completed a week, and already promises to be ‘dramatic’ enough, in the presence of Ranjini Haridas, Shwetha Menon, Archana Susheelan, Basheer Bashi and more. What does the audience think of it, at the one-week point? We quiz a few:
‘It is a five-star jail’ - Shamna Kasim
I wonder how they would manage to survive 100 days without talking to their family, especially parents. I watch the show whenever I get a chance and it does give a glimpse of the other face of the contestants and how they are, in real life. It’s like a five-star jail, but I felt sad when Shwetha chechi had to request for more chicken.
‘Lalettan is the compelling reason to watch BIGG BOSS’ - Ronson Vincent
The highlight of the show is Lalettan as the host. I also see it as a variety programme on which you get to see actresses without make-up and discover their quirky side. It was interesting that Ranjini Haridas doesn’t know how to sweep with a broom (laughs). Regardless, I liked her and Shwetha chechi better on this show, as compared to their other programmes. As the audience of the programme are a lot inclined to serials as well, the makers of Bigg Boss should have some healthy content in store for them.
On the flip side, I do feel that contestants are artificial in their responses, at times. There is also a rumour that it is a scripted show, and makers should do what it takes to change that impression.
‘The show is lacking the quality OF tHE other language versions so far’ - Abhilash Balakrishnan, techie

The Malayalam version of the show is hardly exciting. For starters, except for a few actresses, the participants aren’t well-known enough. Most of them are playing it safe and resorting to certain antics just for the sake of drama. The other versions had what it takes to spark a feud among the contestants for theatrics, but in Malayalam, the antics are silly. For instance, wearing an underwear on head. Though I don’t want to compare, it was noteworthy that in Hindi, Salman Khan had a great, informal rapport with the contestants. We must wait and see how Mohanlal handles the contestants further.
‘The show is Better than Malayali House’ - Anjumaria Baby, college lecturer from Trippunithura
Bigg Boss had a great opening, hosted by Lalettan. As compared to Malayali House, which had a similar format, Bigg Boss is any day better and even the interactions are a lot more dignified. At the same time, my interest in the show is waning as the participants aren’t active enough. Also, the channel could have selected a few more renowned contestants, which would have made it further engaging.

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