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Bigg Boss 12: Who are our 2018 housemates?

Bigg Boss 12, the Indian Big Brother, has been on everyone’s mind for quite some time now.

Just hours before the 12th annual season of the show commences, the final contestant list has been revealed.

Indian Express has penned who the so-called confirmed housemates are for the show hosted by Salman Khan!

Dipika Kakar

Amidst the celebrity names on the show is TV actor Dipika Kakar, known for the serial Sasural Simar Ka and reportedly one of the highest-paid contestants on Bigg Boss 12.

After participating in Nach Baliye in 2017, Dipika tied-the-knot with her long-time boyfriend and now husband, Shoaib Ibrahim. For this, she also converted to Islam.

Recently, she made her Bollywood debut in JP Dutta’s war film Paltan, where she was paired opposite Gurmeet Chaudhary.

The actor said she never planned to participate in the reality TV show hosted by superstar Salman Khan. “Bigg Boss 12 was not a planned move. I have never been calculative with my career.

Last year, when I was offered the show I was not able to do it as marriage was on cards but this year I felt let me give it a thought.

When everything worked out well, it was like let’s go and experience it,” she told the media.

S. Sreesanth

Bigg Boss is the prime place for stirring controversy and one such polemic individual is ex-cricketer Sreesanth will also be a part of the show.

Recognised for his witty humour and short temper, all eyes will be fixed on him this season. The cricketer-turned-actor recently also participated in Khatron Ke Khiladi.

He was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a couple of years back.

Sreesanth is currently serving a lifetime ban for his part in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. It will be interesting to see whether he scores a sixer in the BB House!

Karanvir Bohra

Karanvir Bohra is a popular name in the Indian Television industry.

Having done several popular shows like Kasuatii Zindagii Kay, Qubool Hai, Saubhagyavati Bhava and Naagin 2, KVB has also come on previous seasons as a panellist giving his view on the contestants.

Discussing of what the most challenging part of doing BB12 will be, Karanvir told an Indian news media outlet:

“Being away from my children will be the most difficult part of this journey. How many firsts I am going to miss I don’t know. I am missing their second birthdays as well.”

Further, in the interview, Karanvir also said that he will not be avoiding any fights, but will stand up for ‘what is right’.

Nehha Pendse

Nehha is an acclaimed Indian actress who has been appreciated in films like Gour Hari Dastaan.  

The actress was last seen as co-host in Kapil Sharma’s Family Time with Kapil and entertainer in Entertainment Ki Raat.

Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu

It is a real surprise to know that devotional singer and Bhajan maestro Anup Jalota will also be a housemate this year.

Apparently, his reason to go into India’s infamous house is due to shed some weight and gain a fitness regime… Which really speaking, sounds quite strange.

But other than that, it would be interesting to see how his spirituality and constant effort to spread divinity will impact the atmosphere of the house.

Accompanying Mr Jalota will be his girlfriend Jasleen Matharu – whom he has been dating for 3.5 years.

There is a vast age-gap between the two and Jasleen has just confirmed the relationship:

“This is going to come as a huge shock to my parents and friends as no one is aware of my relationship with Anup Jalota ji.

We have been dating each other for the last three and a half years. We usually don’t get time to spend with each other in the outside world due to our busy schedules, but now with the help of Bigg Boss, we will get to do so.

Also, we will get to know if we can stay together forever.” 

Srishty Rode

If you thought Dipika and Karanvir Bohra were the only TV actors joining the house this year, think again.

Srishty Rode is also another name to add to this list. She is known for appearing in several successful serials like Choti Bahu, Ishqbaaaz and Saraswatichandra.

Earlier, it was believed that she would be entering with her boyfriend Manish Naggdev, but this apparently will not be happening.

Romil Chaudhary and Nirmal Singh

Nirmal is a policeman and Romil is a lawyer.

The two friends are from Haryana and have claimed that the rest of the housemates will have a bit of a tough time with them whilst the audience will be entertained by this.

Sourabh Patel and Shivashish Mishra

Sourabh and Shivashish are buddies from Madhya Pradesh.

By profession, Sourabh is a farmer, whilst Shivashish is a businessman – almost opposite sides of the spectrum.

Being educated and street-smart, Sourabh intends on breaking the stereotypes of a farmer, whilst his best friend wants to enjoy the BB experience!

Deepak Thakur and Urvashi Vani

Ever thought a celebrity and fan cannot be together on one platform? Well, Deepak and Urvashi prove this question wrong.

Gangs of Wasseypur singer will enter the show with his fan Urvashi – who once apparently ran away to meet Deepak!

Saba and Somi Khan

Jaipur-based sisters Saba and Somi Khan are another Jodi entering the BB house.

Both are very sincere and will make sure that no one comes between them!


It certainly seems like Colors TV has planned a brilliant lineup of contestants for this season.

Bigg Boss 12 kicks off tonight at 9 pm!

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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