Undoubtedly, Salman Khan-hosted reality gaming show, Bigg Boss, is one of the most popular TV shows out there that has a huge following, both online and offline. Created by Endemol, the show is based on the Dutch reality game show Big Brother, which gained a large following when it first premiered in November 2006 and the team has successfully rolled out 15 seasons. This time, Bigg Boss 16, has arrived with a bang with new and well-known faces both from the entertainment industry and commoners.
Originally, the show began with 16 contestants, but as per the show’s format, new contestants will enter the house as wildcard contestants as days go on. The creators have roped in some of the popular names in the television industry apart from less-popular faces. No doubt, the show has a lot to offer from drama to entertainment to bullying to fighting to friendship to romance and a lot more. Let’s go through the list of contestants that are going to be a part of the show.
Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia
The first contestant on the list is a 27-year-old actress, lawyer, and model who caught the spotlight with the daily soap Choti Sardaarni. A former beauty queen, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia is a prominent name in the television industry who has gained a huge following, not to mention her 1 million Instagram followers. She has worked in music videos, short videos, and web series apart from movies and films.
Sumbul Touqeer Khan
Next on the list is Sumbul Touqeer Khan. An 18-year-old actress from Katni, Madhya Pradesh, Sumbul stepped into the limelight after playing the titular role on Star Plus’ soap Imlie with Fahmaan Khan. She began her career as a child artist with Jodha Akbar in 2013. Her other acting credits include Ishaaro Ishaaron Mein, Chandragupta Maurya, and Article 15.
Sreejita De is a 33-year-old actress who is best recognized for her starring roles as Mukta Rathore in Colors TV’s longest-running soap Uttaran and Dilruba in Star Plus’s Nazar. Originally from West Bengal, she currently resides in Mumbai. Her other notable credits include Life Ok’s Piya Rangrezz with Narayani Shastri, Star Plus’ fantasy drama series Yehh Jaadu Hai Jinn Ka! alongside Aditi Sharma, and web series Naxalbari with Rajeev Khandelwal and Tina Dutta. She is engaged to Michael Blohm Pape, a German.
Shot to fame with Colors TV’s Uttaran, Tina Datta has already built an impressive resume. Prior to Bigg Boss 16, she appeared in shows like Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 and multiple editions of Box Cricket League. The 30-year-old actress is one of the most prominent names in the television industry who’s gotten millions of fans across the country. Her acting credits include Karmaphal Daata Shani and Daayan.
The next contestant who is on the list is Udaariyaan fame, Ankit Gupta. The 33-year-old actor landed his breakout role in 2012 with Nalender Yadav where he played the role of Tutiya Dil. The actor was also seen in several soaps like Sadda Haq, Begusarai, Mayavi Maling, and Kundali Bhagya.
Priyanka Chahar Choudhary
Young budding actress and model from Jaipur, Rajasthan who became a household name with Udaariyaan. Priyanka Chahar Choudhary started her career in 2019 with Gathbandhan and has starred in shows like Yeh Hai Chahatein and Parineeti to name a few.
Manya Singh is a 21-year-old former beauty queen whose entertainment career began when she finished as first runner-up in the Femina Miss India 2020 beauty pageant. She’s quite a hit on Instagram, thanks to the spicy photos she posts on the platform.
Altaf Shakikh, better known to the world as MC Stan is a 23-year-old rapper and music producer. The rapper has released two albums such as Tadipaar and Insaan. He has a strong presence on social media with more than 3 million subscribers on Youtube and 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Some of his hit songs include “Basti Ka Hasti”, “Shana Bann”, “Snake”, “Bitch” and “Broke Is A Joke”.
Originally from Tajikistan, Abdu Rozik achieved stardom after he sang the Hindi song “Inna Sona”. The 19-year-old singer holds the world record for being the world’s smallest singer. His soulful rendition of Tajik rap songs has earned him a huge fan base on social media.
A model-turned-politician who won the title of Miss Uttar Pradesh in 2014. Archana Gautam has earned a reputation for herself as a bikini model by winning Miss Bikini India 2018. She represented India at Miss Cosmos World 2018 and won the title of Most Talent 2018. A graduate of IIMT, Meerut, she made her Bollywood debut in the film Haseena Parkar.
Soundarya Sharma is 28 years old and is perhaps best known for her glamorous photos on Instagram where she has over 5.5 million followers. She is a model and actress. She had a lead role in Anupam Kher-produced film Ranchi Diaries. She studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the New York Film Academy.
Shalin Bhanot is quite a well-known television actor. Back in 2004, he launched his career in showbiz with MTV Roadies 2, and the actor has been unstoppable since then. Of all the TV soaps and films he had starred in so far, the one that made him a household name was Naaginn. He played the role of Keshav in the first two seasons alongside Sayantani Ghosh.
Having already won season 2 of Bigg Boss Marathi, Shiv Thakare is hoping to repeat the same on Bigg Boss 16 as well. In 2019, he topped the list of Top 15 Most Desirable Men on Marathi Television by The Times of India. He is also known for his appearance on MTV Roadies Rising. Apart from TV series, he has also starred in some music videos. He’s dating his fellow Bigg Boss Marathi co-contestant Veena Jagtap.
The man behind Heyy Babyy and the Housefull film series, Sajid Khan is an actor, comedian, and film director. With his presence on Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss and it is safe to say that entertainment is guaranteed. He briefly dated actress Jacqueline Fernandez while filming Housefull 2. He was accused of sexual abuse by many actresses during the MeToo movement.
Gautam Vig is 35 years old and is best recognized for his acting talents. He has acted in various projects, including Agni Vayu, Flat 211, and Naamkarann. He recently ended his run on Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2.
A famed dancer, Gori Nagori caught the spotlight after the Rajasthani song ‘Le Photo Le’ in which she had performed went viral. She is a typical Rajasthani and has worked in various Bhojpuri and Hariyanvi songs.