Oviyaa added that the makers should not ‘torture’ the contestants for the sake of TRPs.

Actor and model Oviyaa in Bigg Boss Tamil close-up shot
Flix Kollywood Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 16:39

Actor and model Oviyaa, who shot to fame with Bigg Boss Tamil in its very first season, has suggested on Twitter that the show does not do enough to protect the mental health of the contestants.

Although Oviyaa owes her current popularity to the show hosted by Kamal Haasan, the actor had a tough time on the sets. There was a huge controversy when the actor allegedly tried to take her own life in the house. Oviyaa was attracted to her housemate Arav but the latter was not interested in making a commitment. Further, she was isolated by the others in the house.

On Twitter, Oviyaa asked her followers if they agreed or disagreed with banning Bigg Boss.

While people voiced their opinions, Oviyaa added that the makers should not “torture” the contestants for the sake of TRPs.

The first season of Bigg Boss Tamil aired on Star Vijay from 25 June to 30 September, 2017. Oviyaa’s exit after her suicide attempt led to a lot of discussion about the show’s ethics. Oviyaa was in the house for 41 days after which she quit, claiming mental distress. She allegedly tried to take her own life because she was not allowed to leave the show when she wanted to.

Responding to a user who said that contestants should read the contract of the show before committing themselves, Oviyaa said that a contract should not be a “license to put someone in mental trauma” (sic).

She also added that she does not want to see another Sushant in Tamil Nadu.

The death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has renewed discussions on mental health, bullying and nepotism in the film industries.

If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide-prevention organisations that can offer emotional suppport to individuals and families.   

Tamil Nadu

State health department's suicide helpline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584

Karnataka

Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222

Kerala

Maithri: 0484 2540530

Chaithram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.

Telangana

State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 amd and 7 pm)

Aasara offers support to inidviduals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those  undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.    

24x7 Helpline: 9820466726
 
Click here for working helplines across India.

 

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