A week after the third season of Bigg Boss Telugu started, Tamanna Simhadri, the first transgender person to be on the show, entered the house on Sunday as a wild card entry. Tamanna is a familiar face to the Telugu audience after her stint in the recent Assembly elections held in Andhra. She fought against Nara Lokesh and was the first transwoman to contest the polls from the Mangalagiri constituency in Andhra.
Meanwhile, actor Hema, one of the senior most contestants in the house, was eliminated on Sunday. Contestants were given blue, pink and red slips to write down the names of a good, average and bad contestant. Baba Bhasker was voted as a good contestant by most and Jaffar an average contestant. Hema left the house after being voted as a bad contestant by most of the inmates.
After the actor was evicted, Hema held a press conference on Monday expressing the displeasure in the way the Bigg Boss house had projected her image.
â€śSince day one, the contestants dumped a lot of responsibilities on me. Varun Sandesh eats a lot and I was trying to limit the food intake of others too so that we can save a lot. Even most of the Bigg Boss promos were centred around me which I guess created a negative impression about me,â€ť she said at the press conference.
Meanwhile, Tamanna was received with open arms in the Bigg Boss house by the contestants. Tamanna is from Vijayawada. With aspirations to become a model, she separated from her family and moved to Mumbai. She was crowned Miss Transgender Mumbai in 2010. She later returned to Andhra and also gave a shot at politics.
Entering the Bigg Boss house, she said she doesnâ€™t have any strategies or plans and that she will play the game according to the situation.
â€śI will win the hearts of the housemates and the viewers across the Telugu states,â€ť she told Bigg Boss Telugu 3 host Nagarjuna.
The third season of the Telugu reality show Bigg Boss kick-started on July 21 on STAR MAA amidst allegations of sexual harassment against its organisers. After two successful seasons anchored by actors Jr NTR and Nani respectively, the current season has contestants who are familiar faces belonging to the film and television industries and social media.