Nari-Shakti in Bigg Boss 5
By Natasha Coutinho
Shakti Kapoor, of the casting couch fame, is the sole male participant of Bigg Boss – Season 5. Featured with him are 13 ladies who will have to make do with the ‘villain’ as a companion for 90 days. The female participants are 1. Pooja Bedi 2. Rageshwari Loomba 3. Mahek Chahal – acted in Nayee Padosan 4. Juhi Parmar 5. Pooja Mishra – VJ and model 6. Nihita Biswa – wife of dreaded gangster, Charles Shobraj 7. Shonali Nagrani – Cricket presenter 8. Shradha Sharma – actress 9. Gulabi Sapera – Rajasthani singer-dancer 10. Vida Samadzai – Afghan beauty 11. Sonika Kaliraman – participant of Khatron Ke Khiladi 12. Mandeep Belvi – Film reviews presenter and actress, and 13. Laxmi – transvestite and dance instructor.
I spoke to some leading TV stars to find out their reactions to the lop-sided cast of Bigg Boss – Season 5. Here’s what they said:
Ankita Lokhande (Archana of Pavitra Rishta): “I can’t recognize any of the participants except Shakti Kapoor. I had heard that Ekta Kapoor would be entering the house and I was excited about seeing her on the show. I was offered the show but could not go because of ‘Pavitra Rishta’. Shakti Kapoor will be entertaining and I’ll watch the show for him. Thank god I did not go, but it will be interesting to see how this season pans out with Shakti Kapoor being the lone male on the show.”
Manasi Parekh – (Of Gulal fame): “Of course I am going to watch Bigg Boss 5. It’s like a Diwali mela that we wait for every year; it’s the ultimate circus! Instead of sympathizing with the ladies I should say poor Shakti Kapoor! 13 ladies together means an entire army of madness. Nari-shakti ke saamne Shakti Kapoor ki shakti kam pad jaayegi! I can’t catch the first episode as I will be busy with the rehearsals for my show ‘Star Ya Rockstar’, but I will try and watch the rest of the episodes.
Karan Mehra (Naitik from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai): Names like Mike Tyson and Jonty Rhodes were being bandied around. Even Parul Chauhan was to be there. I’m really surprised at the final list! I have worked with Shakti Kapoor in my fashion designing days. I had styled his look – and that of the entire cast – for the film, Haste Haste. I’d love to see how Shakti fares in Bigg Boss’ house whenever I manage to catch the show. It is definitely interesting that he is the sole male participant.
Rucha Habnis (Rashi from Saath Nibhaana Saathiya): I don’t like Shakti Kapoor but I am sure he will have fun being the only male in the house. I will watch Bigg Boss 5 because it always has something new and interesting in the form of activities and tasks. It will also be fun to watch how the ladies from different cultures and different professional backgrounds get along in the same house.
Harshad Chopra (Mohan from Dharampatni): Good for Shakti Kapoor that he will be locked up with 13 girls. I am too busy shooting for my show so I don’t think I will be able to watch Bigg Boss – Season 5.
Aishwarya Sakhuja (Toasty/Tanya from Saas Bina Sasural): Hearing that Shakti Kapoor is the only male participant this season in Bigg Boss made me smile. It will certainly be interesting to watch if I can take out time from my shoots. 13 women staying in that house will either have a good bonding or you know what I mean. But yes Shakti is certainly one lucky man!