For Kannada audiences, it was a big deal when they learnt that Bigg Boss will have its Kannada version, with Kiccha Sudeep hosting it. Soon thereafter, there were speculations galore on the contestants. From top heroines to politicians and even sportspersons, every name was associated with this show. With the contestants in Lonavala, ready for their 3-month challenge, sans any contact to the world outside, we give you the probable list of 13 names:
Nikita Thukral (born July 6, 1981) is an Indian film actress and model, who has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. She is best known for her item number "Kodana Kodi" in Tamil film Saroja.
Thukral was born into a Punjabi family and was raised in Mumbai. She completed her M.A in Economics from Kishinchand Chellaram College. She was spotted by producer D. Ramanaidu while dining at a hotel in Juhu. He offered her a role in his upcoming film Hai (2002).
After appearing in Hai, Thukral starred opposite Fahad Fazil (Fazil's son, who then known as Shanu) in his film debut Kaiyethum Doorath. The Malayalam film was not a box office success, but she was able to find additional roles in Tamil and Telugu films like Kurumbu and Sambaran. In 2005, she entered Kannada cinema with S S Niwas's Maharaja. Thukral then returned to star in a Tamil film and featured in Venkat Prabhu's multistarrer Saroja as Kalyani, the muse of a gangster portrayed by Sampath Raj, and won critical acclaim for her performance. Her appearance in the song "Kodana Kodi" was appreciated as the song became popular, while her role in the film also led to her winning the ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award. The success led her to sign on to appear in a big film production, Gautham Menon's Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikaalam in a role alongside Trisha Krishnan, but the film was shelved after two schedules. In addition to acting, Thukral has also done modelling work for designer Roopa Vohra.
In 2011, she has appeared in the Tamil thriller film Muran as Indhu, alongside actors Cheran and Prasanna.
Nikita Thukral was reportedly banned from Kannada films for three years starting from 10 September 2011 by the Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) for an alleged illicit relationship with actor Darshan. The ban was implemented after Darshan's wife accused that he had assaulted her and in her complaint, she suggested that Thukral had been responsible for his violence. Consequently, Nikita denied the claims calling it "ridiculous" and asked for proof, announcing a voluntary break from Kannada films for trying to slur her image. Since the announcement of her ban, fellow film personalities have rallied in support of Thukral, who had been in hospital at the time due to low blood pressure and stress. Subsequently, the ban was revoked after five days of extensive campaigning against the KFPA's original decision.
Vijay Raghavendra: Arguably one of the star names in this list of contestants, this actor is a favourite amongst fans and industry persons for his gentlemanly behaviour. - Full Details Vijay Raghavendra Kannada Bigg Boss 2013 Contestants/Participant
Tilak: The Emraan Hashmi of Sandalwood, a popular baddie in many films, this ladies' man too has entered the house - Full Details Tilak Kannada Actor Kannada Bigg Boss 2013 Contestants/Participant
Vinayak Joshi: A popular podgy child actor, he is now a fitness freak and is looking at a career as a solo hero. Full Details Vinayak Joshi Kannada Bigg Boss 2013 Contestants/Participant
Sanjjanaa: This *** siren of south films is all set to sizzle in the house we hear, and is even equipped to set the summer all scorching! - Full Details Sanjjanaa Kannada Bigg Boss 2013 Contestants/Participant
Nikita Thukral: Another ***y belle from south Indian cinema, this Mumbai-based actress, who found herself in the midst of controversies lately, has entered the house.
Chandrika: This actress, who used to sizzle on screen 10 years ago, is another interesting name that has entered the house.
Shweta Pandit: She started her career with roles in films like Paramathma and has now moved to becoming a heroine and recently did an item number for Yogaraj Bhat's next production.
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Anushree: This popular VJ and host is a friend of many in the industry and is known for her cheerful nature and friendly demeanour.
Nurse Jayalakshmi: The controversial nurse, whose kissing pictures with politician Renukacharya, has entered the house too.
Aparna: One of the most well known Kannada news anchors, she has found herself in the list of the final 13, we learn.
Arun Sagar: This actor-theatreperson-art director is another popular name with industry persons and will be one of the most interesting contestants to watch out for.
Rajesha: A winner of a reality show on Kannada television, this small town boy has found his fanfare with many households.
After enthralling north Indians with its captivating authentic actions, Bigg Boss, last season hosted by Salman Khan, is all set to make its Kannada version for south audience. South superstar Sudeep has been roped in to present the show which is being launched on ETV Kannada.
Sudeep, who has been part of Hindi films like Bhoot Returns and Makkhi also confirmed the news and said, “The show is all about human emotions and isn’t formatted. It is a reality show in the truest sense and is spontaneous. I am glad to be associated with it."
Deepak Dhar, CEO, Endemol India, says, "We will be incorporating fresh ideas in the regional format based on our observations and learning from the Bigg Brother format globally. We hope to create entertaining content driven by reality in its unadulterated form."
According to source it is too report that the Kannada version will see same house in Lonavala, where the last session of Bigg Boss took place in winters. The show is currently roping in inmates and filling initial requirements. It is expected to go on air on this March.
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