The seventh season of Bigg Boss Kannada went on air from Sunday, 13 October, with a grand launch event which introduced all the contestants to the audience. 18 contestants are part of the Kiccha Sudeep-hosted show this season. [Crawl down to see the contestants' pics]
The show was kick-started at 6 pm and ended at 11 pm. Like previous seasons, there was lesser scope for performances of the participants, yet each contestant got sufficient time to leave an impression in the minds of the viewers.
Bigg Boss Kannada 7 Contestants' Names:
Kuri Prathap, Priyanka, Ravi Belagere, Chandana Ananthakrishna, Vasuki Vaibhav, Deepika Das, Jai Jagadish, Gurulinga Swamy, Bhoomi Shetty, Kishen Bilagal, Duniya Rashmi, Chandan Achar, Sujatha Akshaya, Raju Thalikote, Chaitra Vasudevan, Chaithra Kotoor, Shine Shetty and Harish Raj are the 17 contestants who are taking part in Bigg Boss Kannada season 7.
Except for the Swamiji, each and every person is associated with film and television industries in one or the other way. Indeed, this is probably the only season where almost all the familiar names to Kannadigas have entered Sudeep-hosted show.
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10.58 pm: Harish Raj is the 18th contestant. He is a multifaceted talent.
10.44 pm: Shine Shetty is 17th contestant to enter the house this season.
10.30 pm: RJ Chaitra Vasudevan and Chaitra Kootur are the 15 and 16th contestants.
10.08 pm: Raju Thalikote is a theatre artist and film actor.
09.43 pm: Sujatha 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.
09.37 pm: Chandan Achar is the 12th contestant. He is actor, who shot to fame with Kirik Party.
09.25 pm: Duniya Rashmi is the tenth contestant.
09.12 pm: Kishan is the tenth contestant. He is a dancer.
08.48 pm: Bhoomi Shetty is a TV actress from Kinnari serial. She is from Kundapura.
08.40 pm: Gurulinga Swamiji from Agadi Akki Mutt is the eighth contestant to enter the house.
09.09 pm: Veteran actor Jai Jagadish is the seventh contestant. He is an actor, who has acted in over 600 movies. His wife is actress-filmmaker Vijayalakshmi Singh, sister of National Award winning filmmaker SV Rajendra Singh Babu.
08.08 pm: Deepika Das is the sixth contestant to enter the show. She hails from Hassan. She shot to fame with Naagini serial. She has five lakh follower on Instagram.
08.02 pm: He is a singer and music director who came to limelight with Rama Rama Re for which he scored the music. His father Jayaram was a theatre artist named Jayaram, who died before the film's release.
The 24-year old earned popularity with 'Arere avala naguva' song from Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai. He has acted in a few movies.
07.48 pm: Vasuki Vaibhav is the fifth contestant. He is a musician, who dreamnt of becoming a filmmaker. He entertains the guest by singing skills.
07.36 pm: Chandana is the fourth contestant. She is a TV actress.
07.28 pm: Before entering the house, Ravi Belagere reveals a secret as he claims that he is good in astrology.
07.18 pm: He reveals that in 1989 Parameshwar Gundkal, Colors Kannada Chief, had approached him, requesting you to give me a job of a cartoon designer. He told Param the profession does not guarantee two square meal. Today, the writer is proud of Gundkal's achievement.
07.16 pm: Ravi Belagere praises Sudeep for his growth in film industry and calls him Ämitabh Bachchan of Sandalwood." He says, Ï love you, Sudeep.
07.09 pm: Noted journalist and author Ravi Belagere is the third contestant. He is known for his sharp criticsism. He is accompanied by his daughter Bhavana, who was a former Bigg Boss Kannada contestant.
06.45 pm: Television actress Priyanka is the second contestant to enter the show. She is also given a secret envelope.
06.42 pm: TV actress Vaishnavi performs for 'Kage banna' song from Ulidavaru Kandanthe.
06.23 pm: Kuri Prathap sent to the house. There is a surprise. He is given a cell phone, which can make outgoing calls. He can speak, but can't listen to the words of the person in the other side.
06.21 pm: Kuri Prathap is a popular among Kannada TV audience. His presence in Srujan Lokesh's Majaa Talkies have earned him immense popularity.
06.10 pm: Kuri Prathap is the first contestant to be introduced this season. Kiccha, on a lighter note, tells him that he has broken an important rule of the show as he already revealed to the public about his entry to the show.
Prathap claims someone identified it after he purchased 99 underwears at a mall. His response leave the audience in split.
06.05 pm: Sudeep enters the show with a song from Pailwaan.
05.58 pm: The seventh season of Bigg Boss Kannada 7 takes off. Sudeep is inside the house. Usually, he visits after a grand entry on the stage. He sings 'Neene rama neene shama' song from his Mukunda Murari. He drinks a cup of coffee.
As per the reports, Ravi Belagere, Kuri Prathap, Jai Jagadish, Duniya Rashmi, Kiran Raj, Vasuki Vaibhav, VJ Chaitra Vasudevan , Pankaj, Gurulinga Swamiji, Bhumika Shetty and Deepika Das are said to be taking part in Bigg Boss Kannada 7.
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