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TV reality show Bigg Boss: Is violence equal to entertainment?
As one of India's biggest reality shows Bigg Boss reached its finale, a question that crops up after its success over these 10 years is, 'Do we Indians really love violence?'

The ongoing season has been the most animated of all the previous seasons, hitting new lows with contestants such as Priyanka Jagga Muise and Swami Om. It feels like they took all the aspects of the previous 9 seasons and crammed it into one. However, the show is in its 10th season and the response of the audience has been more than welcoming. So, does violence and rage really sell?

It is always seen that the show in its starting weeks is a little dull and doesn't enjoy that much TRP and popularity, but as the weeks pass by and the contestants get more and more involved into little quarrels the TRP does shoot up.

As seen in this season too, in the starting weeks nothing much happened and even the host Salman Khan admitted it when the show was at the 19th spot in terms TRP ratings in the second week. But soon after that followed the utter nuisance of 'Swami Om' who with his acts of disgust left not only the audience but even the makers of the show detested and was made to leave the show.

Another one of the contestants who was thrown out of the show was Priyanka Jagga who with her not only brought disgrace to herself but also tainted the image of the show. But even after all this, people still seemed interested, and tuned in to the show every day.

People may argue that Bigg Boss also has some feel good moments, I mean the show has witnessed two marriages of contestants Sara Ali in season 4 and Monalisa in season 10, but even after that, season 4 which had the highest average TRP for any Bigg Boss seasons ever of 5.15, is most remembered for Dolly Bindra and her countless fights and abuses.

Similarly, season 10 would surely be remembered for Swami Om and his outrageous acts on national television. Even if the people don't like seeing all the fights, the episodes are edited and presented in a way that makes you get involved in all the fights. The makers have 24 hours of content to choose from and make an hour-long episode from it, but still most of the episodes are filled with people having arguments, fights etc. Some episodes surely have a comparatively amiable content but most of the episodes are dominated by scenes of people going tooth and nail with each other.

So, does violence really sell? Do we Indians really love to see people fight? Well, if the statistics are to be believed then yes, we do, no matter how painful it may seem. And partly, the programming is also to be blamed for it. We are subjected to watch this, from over the top debates to the overtly dramatized reality shows, all we see is people going after each other with immense rage and this has made us believe that this is what entertainment is all about, and it leaves us wanting for more.

But as another season of Bigg Boss comes to an end, we hope the new seasons would bring in a new side of things not only for the show but also for the entertainment industry.

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