Bigg Boss is one of the most successful television reality shows in India with good TRPs no matter what language it is aired in. The first version of the show, Bigg Boss Hindi, was hosted by Bollywood star Salman Khan and after its huge success it was made in other languages as well. While Kamal Haasan hosted the Tamil version, the Telugu version was helmed by Jr NTR and Kannada by Kiccha Sudeep.After the success of Bigg Boss Marathi, the makers are all set to spread their wings down south by launching Bigg Boss Malayalam soon. And superstar Mohanlal has been given the responsibility to shoulder the show as the host.
Talks of Bigg Boss Malayalam had been doing the rounds for some time. Recent reports reveal that the show producers have given the responsibility to the superstar Mohanlal to host the first season and the location for shoot is Kochi.
Reports also indicate that Suresh Gopi and Mammootty were considered to host the show initially. Suresh Gopi is already a popular face on Malayalam television with his Ningalkum Aakaam Koodeeshwaran quiz show. But, the makers have decided to have Mohanlal as the host.
Bigg Boss is an adaptation of the US show Big Brother.The show has been a huge success all over India with the Hindi version, hosted by Salman Khan, being the most popular. The show has been recorded in various versions also. TheBigg Boss Kannada show was started four years ago and is in its fifth season. Bigg Boss Telugu also saw significant success and is hosted by Jr NTR.The show in Tamil received mixed reviews but Bigg Boss Telugu received rave rave views. Bigg Boss Kannada was also out with its fifth season last year with Kichcha Sudeep playing host once again.
Superstar Mohanlal on a small screen
It may be mentioned here that Mohanlal had made his small screen debut with the program Lalsalaam, which was a talk show on his own films, and if agrees to Bigg Boss, it would be his second foray into TV.Mohanlal has a line-up of movies waiting to come out this year. Odiyan, directed by V. A. Shrikumar Menon, is expected to hit theatres by October, while Ajoy Verma directed Neerali will release in June. Kayamkulam Kochunni directed by Rosshan Andrews, and costarring Nivin Pauly is expected to be released this year.
While Salman Khan, Kiccha Sudeep, Kamal Haasan and Jr NTR have all hosted the Bigg Boss shows in their region successfully, it needs to be seen how the reality show would fare among the Malayalam speaking television audiences.