You can love Bigg Boss or you can hate it but there’s no escaping the mass frenzy it generates every year with every new season. Die hard Big Boss fans can’t seen to get enough of the masala and entertainment that Big Boss offers full dose. But apart from the hype and frenzy, Bigg Boss also does much more. From reviving celebrities’ careers to putting commoners in the spotlight, this weirdly popular reality show has to its claim more than a few contestants now acing it in the mainstream. Here’s 13 such Bigg Boss contestants over the years for whom the show had been a breakthrough-
There’s no end to the fame and adulation that Sunny Leone commands now in Bollywood. The popular actress however has Bigg Boss to thank for her fortune as it was only during her stint in season 5 if the popular reality show that paved her way to stardom. A wild card entry in the show, it was during her stay in the house that Leone was spotted by director Mahesh Bhatt who offered her Jism 2. The film released the following year and Leone catapulted to instant stardom. A former adult star, it is indeed Bigg Boss that lent Leone such a public stature that led her to being accepted in and by the mainstream media.
A commoner who set out on his Bigg Boss journey in its tenth season, Noida farmer Manveer Gurjar created waves not only by his presence in the show but also by claiming the coveted trophy. It was indeed commendable that Gurjar managed to hold his own while inside the house against other celebrity contestants in a season which for the first time saw also the participation of the common Indian folks. For a simple rustic lad who had virtually no chance in the spotlight, Bigg Boss sure changed his destiny by crowning him the winner.
Another commoner who managed to make an impact with his appearance on Bigg Boss has been Manu Punjabi. The lad from Jaipur went quite ahead into the show and now has his own YouTube channel Main Manu Hoon where he is seen chatting with celebrity guests and commoners.
Arshi Khan was a model before she appeared in the 11th edition of Bigg Boss as a celebrity contestant. However, nowhere was her fame close to what she currently enjoys after being a part of the popular reality show. With her many antics and in her loudness, Khan was one of the entertaining presences in the Bigg Boss house during the season. A controversial figure, Khan’s popularity soared as she emerged to be Google India’s second-most searched entertainer of 2017. Needless to say, Bigg Boss changed Khan’s fortunes for the better and made her a more recognisable presence in the entertainment industry.
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Another commoner who catapulated to fame with the tenth season of Bigg Boss was Nitibha Kaul. An ex Googler who walked into the Bigg Boss house and made for a decent contestant during her stay, Kaul is now a social media influencer and a style blogger. Interestingly Kaul is also furthering her passion for music with her own YouTube channel.
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A dancer and singer, Sapna Chaudhary was already quite a phenomenon in her home state of Haryana when she walked into the Bigg Boss house in its 11th edition in 2017. But it was her stint in the reality show that made her as phenomenal a presence pan India. With her terrific dance moves and outspoken and amiable nature, Sapna has managed to win hearts all over the country and regularly performs on stage with enthusiasm and flair. Chaudhary also has made appearances in quite a few music videos post Bigg Boss.
A Bhojpuri actress with more than a hundred movies to her name, Monalisa’s entry in the Bigg Boss house was no less entertaining than any film itself. From apparently getting close to co contestant Manu Punjabi to marrying boyfriend Vikrant Singh Rajpoot while in the house, Monalisa sure had the spotlight on her all through. Post the show, the gorgeous actress continues to sizzle on screen with her television as well as film projects.
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KRK has to be one of the most controversial contestants ever who was a part of Bigg Boss. His stint in the third season of the reality show itself was marred by violence as he became the first ever contestant to be prematurely kicked out of the house. After Bigg Boss however, he sure managed to grab limelight, courtesy of his ability to rake up controversies with his shitty mannerisms. Nevertheless, in spite of all the backlashes he commands, KRK tweets and acts for a massive audience that he primarily owes to Bigg Boss.
A well known Bollywood actor now, Amit Sadh’s claim to fame also rests with his appearance in the first season of the reality show. Thereafter he went on to participate in other reality shows like Nach Baliye and Khatron Ke Khiladi while grabbing eyeballs with his choice of films and his many unconventional performances.
A finalist of the sixth season of Bigg Boss, Sana Khan had been a model and actress long before she embarked on the reality stage. The show did well for her image as she went on to do quite a few Bollywood films, including a role in the Salman Khan starrer Jai ho.
Another model and actress who had been already popular when she walked into Bigg Boss in its eight edition is Karishma Tanna. Courtesy her fan following and her defiant attitude, Tanna stay put inside the Bigg Boss house for the entire duration of the show and even became the first runners up. Other reality shows followed after her success in Bigg Boss while Tanna continued with her many appearances both on television and in films, counting on her enhanced star power to make greater impact.
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As a wild card contestant in the ninth season of Bigg Boss, Nora Fatehi might have hardly caused a stir but she did manage to fare considerably well outside the house. Known for her stupendous dance moves, Fatehi is now making it big in Bollywood with performances in many superhit songs as well as by being a part of Salman Khan’s Bharat.
Hina Khan has been the runner up of the eleventh season of Bigg Boss and as a celebrity contestant who had a huge fan following backing her, was quite visible inside the house. While prior to the show, Khan had already enjoyed considerable success with her role in one of Indian television’s longest running show, Bigg Boss gave her popularity a different dimension altogether. Not only did Bigg Boss helped in earning Khan other reality shows, it also helped her grow tremendously in the public eye as she even went on to make a debut Cannes appearance!