After months of speculation, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has finally confirmed that he is all set to play the host of the Tamil reality show Bigg Boss, season 2. Kamal had hosted the first edition which was a big success, with many of the lesser known contestants going on to become wildly popular.
In a tweet on Saturday, Kamal said, “Coming to meet my people again. Yours forever.”
Last year’s season began on June 25th, 2017 and ended on September 30th, 2017. A house was erected at the EVP Theme Park in Chennai where the housemates lived for 100 days with no contact with the outside world.
The housemates at the Bigg Boss house were Sri, Anuya, Vaiyapuri, Gayathri Raghuram, Bharani, Raiza Wilson, Snehan, Oviya, Harathi Ganesh, Ganja Karuppu, Maria Juliana, Ganesh Venkatraman, Shakthi, Namitha, Bindu Madhavi, Suja Varunee, Harish Kalyan and Kaajal Pasupathi. Bigg Boss was telecast between 9 and 10.30 pm on weekdays and 8.30 and 10 pm on the weekends. Eventually, Arav emerged winner of this show and walked away with the Rs. 50 lakh cash prize while lyricist Snehan was declared the runner-up.
The show’s standout contestant in the first few weeks was Oviya whose self assertion among the contestants led to a big social media fan base that called itself the Oviya army.
Kamal Haasan has two films – Vishawaroopam II and Sabash Naidu – in different stages of production. The long delayed sequel to Vishwaroopam was passed with an U/A by the Central Board of Film Certification. Kamal is also part of director Shankar's Indian 2, the sequel to the hit film Indian. The pre-production of the film, rumoured to be made on a budget of Rs. 200 crore, began from February 2018.
The first season of Bigg Boss was also rife with political innuendos about the actor’s entry into politics. Having entered politics in February this year, it remains to be seen if and how the actor will use the Bigg Boss platform to talk about strategies.