Like many of my fellow countrymen, I am drawn to Big Boss [my column in Sunday's DNA] in the same way that I find myself fascinated by the sight of maggots infesting an apple. For years, this attrition-based reality show has provided the nation with a cultured clash of ideas, public debate, civilized discourse, tension, solitude and most importantly, bouncing bosoms, wagging fingers and bad language.
Through the seasons, I have seen guests come to the Big Boss house for different reasons —some like Shakti to get rid themselves of alcoholism and make a point to the nation, some like Mr. Mahajan come to hit on women (and when he hits them, they stay hit), some like Rakhi, Sambhavna and Kashmira come to launch themselves into the world of reality shows. As a matter of fact, I was sure I had heard everything except —“I am a wannabe celebrity and want to make money by fighting and bitching.”
“After thoughtful consideration I decided to participate as an inmate in the (Bigg Boss) house so that I could reach out to as many people as possible. The house is much better than the ‘so-called’ temple of democracy,” he had said.
He also cited another reason for his decision – to make the women in the Bigg Boss house more aware of the situation of girls in the society.
“I want to make them realize just how many girl children are killed in the womb and how many women are burnt alive in the name of sati,” he told a newspaper……………..
There have been occasions, when criminals transform into revolutionaries. Pooja Missra revolutionary ban sakti hai – yehi ummeed leke jaa raha hoon.
Yes ! Swami Agnivesh is going in and he is taking no prisoners. What could be nobler than making Mahek Chahel aware of the state of wombs or informing superflirt Sid about the situation of girls in society or making Sonali Nagrani believe in the virtues of transparency or inculcating sraddha in Sraddha or transforming the great Pooja Mishrra into a revolutionary, a Gandhiian with Puns, a Valmiki of our times? As a matter of fact the last time I heard something as gloriously selfless was when Jesus Christ died for our sins, significantly after being in a closed room with twelve other people.
Of course, the brave Swami is facing flak for this selfless decision. Some are accusing him of lowering the image of saffron. Some are aghast that he has compared Big Boss’s house with Parliament, a comparison which I personally believe lowers the dignity of Big Boss’s House.
But I say, rock on Swamiji. I am with you. I was feeling a void after Brahmachari Shakti Kapoor was eliminated but seeing you in his place, has gladdened my heart. With so many cat fights and Meowists about, only a best friend of Maoists can bring peace and positivity. With his sterling record of being an unifier in the Anna movement,who better than him to pacify nerves, soothe egos and promote the ideal of synergy and peace that Big Boss is all about.
Not only will his advent be good for Big Boss, but it will also be beneficial for the Swami. Right now, his achievements page, except an endearing picture with the Real Big Boss, is a bit light, a fact that is recognized by the “Many other achievements are in under construction”. Well Big Boss will provide him a platform to construct many other glorious achievements that will be talked of, in years to come, with the whispered reverence one reserves for Asmit Patel and Dolly Bindra.
Only two things the good man needs to be aware of. First given the type of contestants there, if one of them come to you all friendly, do not drop your guard. Like you did here. [Video]
Even more importantly, remember that in the Bigg Boss house, there are cameras everywhere and everything he says will be recorded. In the past, the Swami has had slight problem with respect to cameras and recording gear. Like the time when he was caught in conversation with Kapil someone (his enemies claim it was Sibal, his friends say it was Dev) running down a movement he was ostensibly a member of. So the Swami will do well to remember that when he is given a khufiya karya by the Big Boss inside, it is important to do it properly without getting busted.
But something tells me that he already knows all this.
So beware Mahek. Beware Jalebi Bai. Beware Laxmi Bhai. Beware Sky.
Agni is in the house.