Chennai: The much anticipated Kamal Haasan’s Bigg Boss in Tamil was finally aired on Sunday and the maiden episode, much to everybody’s surprise, didn’t get great response. Going by the initial response on social media, the show failed to impress audiences but die-hard Kamal Haasan’s fans are hopeful that it will pick up steam in the coming days. In his maiden television avatar, Haasan lacked the ease and sense of humour that his Bollywood counterpart Salman Khan brought to the show.
The 15 participants of the show include actors Sri, Anuya, Vyapuri, Gayatri Raghuram, Bharani, Raiza Wilson, Snehan, Oviya, Harathi, Aarav, Ganja Karupu, Ganesh Venkatraman, Shakti Vasu and Namitha. Julie, a girl who rose to fame during the Jallikattu row, is the only non-actor in the group of participants who will stay locked inside a house for 100 days, absolutely cut out from the outside world. Haasan will visit the house once every week to eliminate a participant.
With his mass popularity, Haasan will take the popular reality show to every Tamil household. In a recent interview to Times of India, he said, he chose to be part of the show because of its reach. “I would say that it is the demography of the audience and the numbers of people you can reach that made me take this. And, of course, the money you get also matters. I am in this business for the money, and I won’t be doing films for free. What also matters is that television’s reach is fantastic because in the case of movies, you have to sell tickets, etc. So, for me, the more the merrier. Both the audience and the money is good.”