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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 22, 2009)
Mumbai: For the first time in the history of reality television, a participant has been thrown out for violent behaviour. It is learnt that the producers of Bigg Boss took the decision after all the participants threatened to walk out of the house if actor-director Kamal R Khan of Deshdrohi fame was not thrown out.
The show’s producer, Ashvini Yardi, confirmed, “Yes, Kamal R Khan has been ousted from Bigg Boss Season 3.” She added, “His behaviour was not acceptable at all. We don’t advocate the use of violence to settle differences. What Kamal did was completely out of line and against the rules of the Bigg Boss house. So he asked to leave the house.”
A source said, “Khan has been misbehaving with all the participants. What’s appeared on television is only about one-third of his bad behaviour. The last straw was when he threw a bottle at a participant. What began as a verbal spat between Khan and Rohit Verma took an ugly turn when Khan threw a bottle of water at Rohit. Rohit ducked, but Shamita Shetty wasn’t as lucky—the bottle hit her hand. Khan also got into a fist fight with Raju Srivastav.”
In the original version of the show, Big Brother, in Australia, two participants were temporarily removed for allegedly sexually assaulting another participant in 2006. In 2007, UK Big Brother participant Jade Goody was thrown out for racist remarks against Shilpa Shetty.
Indian reality shows too are no strangers to dramatic exits. TV actor Shweta Tiwari walked out of Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao saying she couldn’t cope with jungle life and her co-participants. Politician-actor Rahul Mahajan walked out of Bigg Boss after being asked to apologise for running out of the house. TV actor Chetan Hansraj got into a fist fight with a participant on Bollywood Ka Ticket. Trade pundits say much of the high drama on reality shows is scripted.
Reality show writer Mamoj Munteshir, shocked at the latest episode, said, “I don’t see this as a good sign for India’s global image. With due respect to Khan, I ask if he’s proud of his behaviour in the Big Boss house.” He added that channels and production houses had to be accountable while selecting contestants for reality shows.
Kamaal Rashid Khan is the first celebrity to be prematurely ousted from the Bigg Boss house because of his rude and violent behavior. While the previous two seasons of the show had their share of fights between participants with Ravi Kishan and Rakhi Sawant constantly bickering during the first season and Raja Chowdhary and Sambhavana Seth arguing in the second season, Kamaal’s fit of rage was far too much to tolerate.
A source from the channel says, “It began with something as trivial as allotting points to co-participants for their performances, which was part of their daily tasks. While everyone generously gave each other points, Kamaal did not bother to give too many points to Rohit Varma and Shamita Shetty. Later, during a discussion at the dinner table when the two dismissed their act as charity, Kamaal was enraged on realising that they were hinting at him.”
“A verbal spat that ensued between Kamaal and Rohit took an ugly turn when the former threw a bottle of water at Rohit. Rohit ducked and managed to dodge the bottle, which hit Shamita’s hand. Everybody was shocked and Raju Shrivastav clearly told Kamaal that his behaviour was unacceptable. The unsolicited advice angered Kamaal further and the agument deteriorated into a fistfight. Ismail Darbar immediately stepped in and played peacemaker before things turned uglier. Just when everyone was calming down, Bakhtiyaar Irani too gave Kamaal a piece of his mind. By then, Bigg Boss felt it was time he said something and asked everyone to assemble in the living room. He sternly ordered Kamaal to pack his bags and leave the house. Any form of violence is not permissible in the house and since Kamaal did not heed the rule, he is out,” adds the source.
Ashvini Yardi, Programming Head of the channel, confirms and says, “Yes, Kamaal R Khan has been ousted. His behavior was absolutely unacceptable. We do not advocate resorting to violent means to settle differences. What Kamaal did was completely against the rules of the House. So, he was asked to leave.”