Kiccha Sudeep's Bigg Boss Kannada 7 was launched on Sunday evening, 13 October. People from film and television industry have entered the show which will be aired at 9 pm on Colors Kannada for the next 100 days.
Except for one contestant, all the inmates are associated with the entertainment and arts. In fact, majority of the participants are familiar faces to the viewers which is the interesting part of the Kannada reality show, this season.
In Bigg Boss Kannada 7, the channel has not roped in commoners nor sportsmen to the show. Here, we bring you the complete profiles with photos of the 18 contestants.
Kuri Prathap: Kuri Prathap is a popular among Kannada TV audience. His presence in Srujan Lokesh's Majaa Talkies has earned him immense popularity. However, he was a familar name even before associating with this show. He came to limelight with 'Kurigalu Sir', the Kannada version of Bakra, a decade ago. The Mysuru-born actor started his journey in theatre, before his finding feet in small screen. He has also acted in over 150 films.
Priyanka: Priyanka, who is an engineering graduate, is a household name among TV audience. She shot to fame with the negative role of Chandrika in Agni Sakshi. She left the serial to be part of Kiccha Sudeep-hosted show.
Ravi Belagere: He is known for his sharp criticisms on politics. His weekly Hai Bangalore enjoys good readership for his spicy stories revolving around the lives of celebs, politics which also glorifies the underworld stories.
Apart from acting in a few movies in significant roles, he has also authored 89 books in Kannada, anchored crime-related shows and did radio shows which make him the most popular celebrity journalist among his peers in Karnataka.
Of late, he has started his own YouTube channel. It may be recalled that Ravi Belagere's daughter Bhavana Belagere was a contestant in the third season of Bigg Boss Kannada.
Chandana Ananthakrishna: She is a TV actress, who has earned popularity with his role of Chukki in Colors Super's Chukki and Raja Rani.
Vasuki Vaibhav: He is a singer and music director who came to limelight with the film, Rama Rama Re for which he scored the music. His father Jayaram was a theatre artist named Jayaram, who died before the release of his first film.
He sung 'Arere avala naguva' song from Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai which has won him a lot of fans. He has acted in a few movies.
Deepika Das is a film and TV actress. She made her debut in films with Samuel Tony's Doodh Sagar and Dream Girl. She shot to fame with Naagini serial. Her five lakh fan following on Instagram holds mirror to her popularity.
Veteran actor Jai Jagadish has acted in over 600 movies after starting his career with legendary filmmaker Putanna Kanagal's Phalitamsha. Gaali Maathu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu, Bandhana , Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu and Garjane are some of his popular movies. Gradually, he started doing negative roles.
He turned producer with Shivaraj Kumar and Ramesh Aravind's Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga. He wore director's heat with Madana. His wife is actress-filmmaker Vijayalakshmi Singh, sister of National Award winning filmmaker SV Rajendra Singh Babu.
Gurulinga Swamiji from Agadi Akki Mutt is the eighth contestant to enter the house. He is a follower of 12th century philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara aka Basavanna. He wants to do his bit to the people of flood-hot North Karnataka. He will donate whatever he earns from the show to the affected people.
Bhoomi Shetty is a TV actress who has become a household name among Kannada TV audience with the role of Mani in Kinnari serial. She hails from Kundapura. She has worked in a Telugu serial called Ninne Pelladatha. She made her debut in films with Yogish-starrer Lambodara.
Kishen Bilagali: He is a dancer and choreographer who is also the winner of Hindi reality show, Dance Deewane.
Duniya Rashmi: She started her career with superhit movie Duniya. After her film, she appeared without a trace. Now, she wants to revive her career and hoping that Bigg Boss Kannada gives a good beginning for her in the second innings.
Chandan Achar is the 12th contestant. He is an actor, who shot to fame with Kirik Party. He has worked in the films like Mugulu Nage and Chemistry of Kariyappa. His next film is Avane Srimannarayana.
Sujatha Akshaya is a multifaceted talent who has become a household name with Radha Ramana serial in a negative role named Sithara. Apart from acting, she is an RJ.
Raju Thalikote is a theatre artist and film actor, who has acted in the films like Manasaare, Pancharangi, Rajadhani, Charminar and Anjada Gandu.
Chaitra Vasudevan is a popular VJ and emcee who came to limelight with Chat Street. She made her acting debut in a small role in Kiccha Sudeep's recently-released movie Pailwaan.
Chaithra Kotoor was worked behind the camera for a few years and came to limelight through acting in Soojidaara. Upon release, the actress was centre of controversy after she accussed the film's leading lady Haripriya of being insecure and trying to reduce her importance to her role in the Kannada film.
Shine Shetty did small roles in daily soaps before playing a lead role in Meera Madhava. He has acted in a couple of movies that include Gvana Yajna and Asthitva. By his own admission, his career did not progress to much extent and decided to start a street food shop in his native. Yet acting remains his passion and wants to revive his career with Bigg Boss Kannada.
Harish Raj is a popular name in television and film industry. He started his acting journey with television serial Hosa Chiguru Hale Beru in 1996 and made his debut in films was with Doni Saagali in 1998. After working in numerous of serials and films, he turned director with Kalakaar. In 2011, he infamously stabbed himself and tried to jump from the top of Santosh theatre in KG Road in Bengaluru after the theatre owner refused to allow the screening of his movie Gun due to lukewarm response to the film from the audience.