Skip psychology lectures, watch Bigg Boss
by Aditi Mittal
It has been two weeks since Bigg Boss Season 7 has been on air and it has been a personal, life altering experience. It’s obvious why the season is called “Saath-7”. My household has gone from a prime time war zone in which we battle for the remote control to a family sitting together, shovelling fork-fulls of dinner in our mouths, watching Bigg Boss, with glazed eyes.
Since its inception seven years ago, Bigg Boss has been accused of going from an examination of the human psyche in a controlled environment to a showcase of Rajat Rawail’s thick slab of a chin, jiggling over his shirt collar as he sobs for three days. To these naysayers I say, NO. Forget the criticism it faces. Bigg Boss is a key to unlocking the human mind, in a sociological as well as psychological sense. As an expert on Sigmund Freud (just read his Wikipedia page twice and looked up those old Xeroxed notes from college. Unrelated: You will not BELIEVE some of the things he’s said about sons and mothers), I have reached the conclusion that Bigg Boss is as expansive as the human mind.
To clarify, I’d like to divide the existing framework of each episode Bigg Boss episode into its three components.
1. The Salman + Weekly Promotion Storyline
2. The Lives of the Housemates
3. Bigg Boss himself
Freud, proposed the human psyche could be divided into three parts
1. Id: This part of the mind is supposed to function on the basis of the “pleasure principle,” and makes one to behave in ways that seek gratification of every impulse. It is deemed ‘The seat of human passions.’ One cannot, of course, mention the word passion without thinking of Salman Khan. Whether it is his passion for flirting with the token white woman participant in the Bigg Boss house, to making fart jokes with his weekly guests, to phoning in eight-minute long dance routines because the script writers could just not come up with any content for that link.
Example of Principles of Pleasure-making Moment from the past week (when Anil Kapoor was on the show to promote his 24): After the obligatory rum-pum-pum-1-2-ka-4, Khan and Kapoor discussed how they must go on each other’s shows to promote their projects, oblivious to the fact that this was exactly what was transpiring at that very moment. It turns out, Salman’s new movie is coming out in December and the season climax of 24 will be shot during that time as well. More promotions for everyone! They end it by hugging for just a bit too long.
2. Ego: This part of the mind operates on the “reality principle.” It looks to satisfy the Id’s desires in a manner that can be deemed socially acceptable. This is the seat of what we usually call common sense. That Ego-Id dichotomy is obviously in this season’s theme of Jannat vs. Jahannum (both are titles of Mahesh Bhatt films incidentally). Finding a way to have your cake and eat it too is the most basic survival strategy in the house.
Zeher Hai Ki Pyar Hai Moment of the week: Kushal Tandon enters the Bigg Boss House in order to cure himself of borderline alcoholism, falls punch drunk in love with fellow participant Gauhar Khan. This leads to Tanishaa making a public service announcement against alcoholism and the rest of the house nominating Gauhar for elimination because they were “embarrassed” by her and Kushal behaving like a couple. If there’s one thing for sure, you can put 15 of us in a room and we’ll manage to form our own little version of a Khap panchayat.
3. The Super Ego: This is the part of the consciousness that controls us, judges us and prevents us from behaving in a manner that’s not deemed socially acceptable. This, I believe, is Bigg Boss.
The Pipes Have Been Blocked Moment of the week: One day, the inmates of the house woke up to Bigg Boss’ ominous baritone informing them that until further notice, their water supply has been cut off. Fifteen bleary-eyed adults contemplating the use of pool water for their morning business was funny. But not as hilarious as watching VJ Andy, who is normally as polite as a tarantula in heat to the guests on his Channel V show, do 100 sit ups because Bigg Boss punished him.
So am I exaggerating when I say that watching this season of Bigg Boss has been a life altering experience? Now family discussions are replaced by discussions of how long Rajat would have lasted in Jahannum in spite of the lack of Western toilets. Personally, just two weeks of Bigg Boss and I feel like I’ve already made up for the Psychology and Freud classes I bunked in college.
Aditi Mittal is a stand-up comedian, actress and teacher. She's on twitter as @awryaditi and she blogs at http://doesmybloglookbiginthis.wordpress.com
Updated Date: Oct 04, 2013 12:27:20 IST