Aarav has emerged victorious in the first season of Bigg Boss Tamil. He has beaten Ganesh Venkatraman, Snehan and Harish, who had also entered the last stage of the reality TV show hosted by Kamal Haasan.
Snehan is the runner-up, while Harish has ended at the third place. Ganesh Venkatraman was eliminated first among the four and it was followed by Harish. Snehan and Aarav were in the last stage and in the end, Aarav had the last laugh as he received the maximum votes from the public.
Aarav won a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh.
However, the result has come as a surprise to many. Netizens and online polls had indicated that Ganesh Venkatraman would be the winner and Snehan would end up at the second place.
Considering the accuracy of the online polls in predicting eliminations week after week, people had thought that it would be a cake walk for Ganesh Venkatraman. In the end, it is Aarav, who has walked away with the trophy.
Nonetheless, neither Ganesh nor his wife showed any sign of disappointment. They accepted the people's verdict and the actor was happy to be part of Bigg Boss Tamil.
The show was kick-started on 25 June and the curtains have been dropped on 30 September.
In a surprising development, he was announced as the winner of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show.
The D-day is here. The grand finale of Bigg Boss Tamil first season is being held on Saturday, 30 September. Ganesh Venkatraman, Harish Uthaman, Snehan and Aarav are in the last stage of the reality TV show hosted by Kamal Haasan. Below, we bring to you the live updates of the event:
Bigg Boss Tamil grand finale: Live updates
12.35 am: Kamal Haasan dances on stage along with the contestants.
12.33 am: Aarav thanks his teacher, parents and audience. In fact, he dedicates the trophy to the Tamil audience for voting him.
12.30 am: Aarav is the winner of the first season of Bigg Boss Tamil.
12.27 am: Now, all the contestants are on stage. They are presented Vivo mobiles.
12.23 am: Kamal Haasan, once again, sends a political message to the public.
12.21 am: The two finalists are on stage.
12.10 am: Now, rumours say Aarav is the winner and Snehan is the runner-up. A photo of the former with the trophy is doing rounds.
12.01 am: Kamal Haasan to enter the house and bring the two finalists on stage. Before that, a special video on the host is being played.
11.52 pm: Suja Varunee is performing on stage.
11.43 pm: Harish is out of the game. The actor tells that he is happy to be out of the show as he wants the person, who has stayed 100 days in the show, should win the trophy.
11.40 pm: Oviya is inside the house to bring one contestant out of the house.
11.37 pm: Rumours have started doing rounds that Snehan is the winner of the show. It will be revealed in the next 30 minutes.
11.31 pm: Ganesh shows no signs of disappointment. The actor tells Kamal Haasan that he is happy to have stayed in the game till the last stage.
11.15 pm: Shocking. Ganesh Venkatraman eliminated from the show.
11.08 pm: Harish's parents, Ganesh's wife, Aarav's family members and Snehan's relatives speak about the four finalists.
11.02 pm: Now, its Gayathri's turn to perform on stage.
10.55 pm: Aarathi dances to a mix of mass songs.
10.53 pm: Kamal Haasan reveals that the first season of Bigg Boss has garnered 76.76 crore votes. (Exact figure: 76,76,53,065)
10.48 pm: Young fans of Bigg Boss come on stage for a funny episode of chat where they will answer questions asked by Kamal Haasan.
10.36 pm: Wow. Some of the hilarious memes shown at the show and the audience along with inmates laugh out loud.
10.33 pm: Shakthi apologises to Oviya.
10.24 pm: Kamal Haasan thanks Julie for her performance. A special video capturing some of the best moments of the show is being played.
10.21 pm: Julie performs on stage.
10.13 pm: Shankar reveals that the idea struck his mind three years ago and he developed the story for the last two years. He worked on it even as he was busy with Rajinikanth's 2.0 which is in the post-production stages.
10.10 pm: The big moment is here. Director Shankar comes on stage and invites producer Dil Raju to come on stage. He announces the second instalment of Indian 2.
10.07 pm: Oviya occupies the stage and thanks fans. The actress says that she felt that nobody likes her when she was inside the Bigg Boss house, but she came to realise the love being showered by people only after she was out of the show.
10.06 pm: Bharani talks about the life after Bigg Boss Tamil and tells about the popularity of the show. Kamal Haasan sits next to the contestants.
10.00 pm: All the inmates enter the stage except for Oviya and Bharani. Kamal tells that all the eliminated participants were shown the door by the audience, but Oviya and Bharani were sent directly by the Bigg Boss.
9.52 pm: Except the four finalists, Kamal Haasan calls all the inmates to leave the house.
9.50 pm: "It is good to be back home," Gayathri tells Kamal.
9.47 pm: A loud cheer from the fans on Kamal Haasan taking Harish's name. Is he a dark horse?
9.47 pm: Aarav tells it is one of the biggest moments in his life.
9.46 pm: Inmates share their views on re-entering the house.
9.45 pm: All the contestants sitting together like a family and speaking with Kamal Haasan.
9.34 pm: Oviya, Julie, Suja and Harathi are having fun.
9.30 pm: Oviya sharing a light moment with Raiza. Contestants are having a memorable time inside the house.
9.22 pm: Shakthi and Raiza tell Aarav to be prepared for the trolls coming from Oviya fans once he is out of Bigg Boss Tamil.
9.19 pm: Snehan requests Bigg Boss Tamil to play a song. And Oviya shows once again that she is the best dancer among the inmates by just doing a few moves.
9.17 pm: Oviya is the centre of attention. Her every move appears to be captured by camera.
9.14 pm: Oviya and Julie have sort out all the issues. They are singing together and appear like friends now.
9.12 pm: Oviya shakes hands with Aarav. Tells him that he has lost weight and leaves the room without talking further.
9.09 pm: Waiting for Oviya and Aarar's encounter. How will the duo greet each other?
9.02 pm: Namitha is missing. Seems like the actress is upset with the show. Remember her cryptic poem after being eliminated from the show?
9.01 pm: And there we are. People's favourite Oviya in all smiles, looking energetic as ever.
8.58 pm: The four finalists wake up to the song from Aalapooran from Mersal.
8.56 pm: The eliminated 15 contestants enter the Bigg Boss house.
8.50 pm: The public views about the show. Celebs like Sathish, Sibiraj, Karthik Subbaraj speak about Bigg Boss Tamil and Kamal Haasan's performance as anchor.
8.40 pm: Expecting too many commercials today. The first one is underway.
8.38 pm: A time for Kamal Haasan to thank everyone who has made this show possible.
8.35 pm: Kamal Haasan comes on stage. The host has sported black shirt and traditional 'vesthi.'
8.31 pm: A performance inspired by the behaviour of all the contestants. Funny and interesting performance by Sandy.
8.30 pm: The show takes off.
The show had taken off on June 25 with 15 contestants entering the house. Shree, Vaiyapuri, Snehan, Shakthi, Raiza, Oviya, Julie aka Juliana, Gayathri Raghuram, Ganja Karuppu, Ganesh Venkatraman, Bharani, Anuya, Harathi Ganesh, Aarav aka Aarar and Namitha had entered the house.
Apart from Bharani, Shree and Oviya, the contestants were shown the door through viewers'votes. Bharani was evicted for breaking the rule of the game when he attempted to escape from the house, Shree and Oviya opted out due to mental health issues.
Bindhu Madhavi, Suja Varunee, Harish Kalyan and Kaajal Pasupathi were wild-card entrants. Among the 19 contestants, only four inmates have made it to the last stage of Bigg Boss Tamil.
The audiences have witnessed a lot of drama in the house in 100 days. The TRP ratings of the show peaked new heights when Oviya was targeted by Gayathri and other inmates. However, Bigg Boss Tamil came under criticism after Oviya walked out of the show. In subsequent weeks, Gayathri too was eliminated and the viewers' lost interest in the show to some extent.
Of all participants, Oviya enjoyed the highest fan following and it is believed that she would have easily won the trophy if she was still part of the game.
Looking at the viewers' response, Ganesh Venkatraman is the hot favourite to win and Snehan might end up as the first runner-up. The winner will walk away with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh.
The grand finale begins at 8.30 pm and all the contestants, who had taken part in Bigg Boss Tamil, will be part of the show. However, it is not sure whether the complete event will be telecast in one single episode or it will be divided into two episodes.
The latest promos show that Oviya, Gayathri, Julie, Raiza, Bharani, Ganja Karuppu, Bindhu Madhavi and Suja are attending the grand finale.