Love it or hate it, "Bigg Boss" is always in the news with one controversy or another.
Bigg Boss Tamil
The Tamil "Bigg Boss 3" was recently in trouble again as the Tobacco Monitor (the app to report COTPA offences) has filed a complaint with the state and central government authorities against the production house and channel Star Vijay, for equipping the "Bigg Boss" house with an 'illegal' smoking room.
This is nothing new as since season one, it has featured a smoking room, where the contestants are allowed some time away from the cameras.
Season three has seen the smoking room radically redesigned into a much smaller space, but this time, it has no cameras at all, so the viewers aren't able to listen in on the conversations.
Over the course of the three seasons, many contestants, especially the women such as season one star, Oviya, have been shamed for smoking on the show, both by other "Bigg Boss" contestants as well as audiences online.
S Cyril Alexander, who is the state convener of Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control, has issued a press release on the issue.
"According to the Section 4 of the COPTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act) 2003, no person shall smoke in any public place: Provided that in a hotel having thirty rooms or a restaurant having seating capacity of thirty persons or more and in the airports, a separate provision for smoking area or space may be made."
He states that designated smoking areas are meant to be only in airports, hotels and restaurants alone, and that the illegal smoking area would give a 'bad influence' to the countless number of families who view the show across the world.
The organisation has also apparently sent a complaint letter to the show's host, Kamal Haasan, as well as the "Makkal Needhi Maiam" president who was involved in public smoking during his election campaign at Puducherry.
"He has been anchoring the Bigg Boss show, and has now involved in promoting smoking and having a designated smoking area inside the house along with the producers of the show," adds the statement.
Bigg Boss Telugu
Actor Nagarjuna Akkineni is facing protests from students for being the host for the third season of the Telugu version amidst allegations of sexual harassment against its producers.
A group of Osmania University students had staged protest on 20 July at Nagarjuna's house, demanding a ban on the show and questioning his silence over the allegations made by two female contestants against the show organisers.
News anchor-turned-actor Gayatri Gupta and journalist Swetha Reddy have lodged complaints with police that the local organisers of the show sought sexual favours from them. They alleged that four coordinators of the show denied them entry into the show since they had refused to oblige them.
Hyderabad police have registered a case against four members of the reality show.
Advocate K. Jagadishwar Reddy filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Telangana High Court, wants TV shows such as "Bigg Boss" to be subjected to the same censorship as film censorship.
Bigg Boss Hindi
Actor Ajaz Khan has been arrested recently by the cybercrime team of the Mumbai Police for sharing the controversial TikTok video and for mocking the Mumbai police.
The video was first posted by the "Tik Tok" star Faisal Khan of the Team 07group and who had reportedly tagged it as 'communal'. In it, he urged all Muslims to wake up and act against the alleged mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari. Ajaz Khan shared the video which ultimately led to his arrest.
Mumbai police had already filed a complaint against Faisal Khan. In the video Ajaz is seen mocking the Mumbai police asking 'warrant laya kya'.
According to the police, the actor was arrested under section 153A which is promoting enmity between two groups and section 67 which is transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
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Source: MSN, India Today, The Hindu
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