8 Bigg Boss Contestants Whose Fortunes Changed After They Appeared On The Show

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Just watching one episode of the reality show Bigg Boss will awaken the gossip God in you! How else would you know how celebrities would survive if they had to cook, clean, dress up, do the regular chores and share a house with individuals who are a potential pain in the neck? With over 15 seasons of entertainment-packed episodes, we have seen some celebrities for whom this show was more of an opportunity to be recognised, and they flourished in their careers after the season was over. Read on to know them all.

1. Rakhi Sawant (Season 1)

Rakhi Sawant
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The original drama queen had to be 1st on our list. But again, what’s a Bigg Boss contestant without drama! Despite being eliminated in week four, she returned as just a wild card entry and ended up in the final four. After the season, she debuted in her album SuperGirl  and was placed second in the dance reality show Nach Baliye the same year. In addition, she had an appearance in the 2008 film Dekhta Hai Tu Kya. Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, a reality program, premiered under her direction in 2009, and in 2010, she presented a conversation show, Rakhi Ka Insaaf.

2. Shweta Tiwari (Season 4)

Shweta Tiwari
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Television actress Shweta Tiwari won Season 4 of the show, making history as the first female winner of the competition. After success in the show, she was invited to participate in other popular reality competitions like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, Comedy Nights With Kapil, and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11. She also appeared in films like Bin Bulaye Baraati, Benny And Babloo, Miley Naa Miley Hum, and Married 2 America.

3. Sunny Leone (Season 5)

Sunny Leone
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The model-turned-actress appeared on the fifth season of Bigg Boss, after which Mahesh Bhatt gave her the leading role in his next film, Jism 2. Jackpot, One Night Stand, Ragini MMS 2, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Singh is Bling, Ek Paheli Leela, Mastizaade, and Beiimaan Love are just a few of the films she signed up for. Pink Lips, Tu Zaroorat Nahi Tu Zaroori Hai, Choli Blockbuster, and Laila Main Laila are just a few of her many smash hit item songs. In addition, she advocated for pet owners to spay and neuter their animals, and in 2006, PETA recognized her as their Person of the Year.

4. Gauahar Khan (Season 7)

Gauahar Khan
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Gauahar Khan participated in the show’s seventh season and ultimately won. She also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and I Can Do That!. In addition, she has presented several programs, including Ticket To Bollywood & India’s Raw Star. Ishaqzaade, Fuddu, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Fever, Tandav, Begum Jaan, Tera Intezaar, Nine Hours in Mumbai, Parchayee, The Office, and 14 Phere are just a few of the series and movies she has featured in.

5. Prince Narula (Season 9)

Prince Narula
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The actor-model who ultimately won the season was supported by a large audience. Following Nach Baliye 9, he appeared in series like Badho Bahu, Naagin 3, Box Cricket League 2, and Laal Ishq. He made his first digital appearance in 2019 on ZEE5’s Bombers. Since 2016, he has served as the Gang Leader on MTV’s Roadies.

6. Nora Fatehi (Season 9)

Nora Fatehi
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Nora did not last long on the show, but after that, she appeared on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the film Satyameva Jayate, and on the item song Dilbar. She has acted as a supporting character in several films, including Bharat, Street Dancer 3D, and Batla House. She also makes cameos in songs like Rock Tha Party, Kamariya, Ek Toh Kam Zindagani, and Kusu Kusu.

7. Hina Khan (Season 11)

Hina Khan
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Hina Khan was a celebrity participant in Bigg Boss season 11 and ended up in second place. To kick off her digital career, she starred in a 2018 short film SmartPhone, alongside actor Kunaal Roy Kapur. During the 2018 season of Kasautii Zindagii Kay, she was cast as the show’s main antagonist. In the years following, she has appeared in a wide variety of media, including the upcoming films Hacked and Unlock and Naagin 5. She wowed the crowds on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 and 2022. It’s worth noting that she made history by being the first TV actress ever to walk the red carpet.

8. Shehnaaz Gill (Season 13)

Shehnaaz Gill
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Shehnaaz competed in the show Bigg Boss Season 13 as a celebrity contestant and secured second place. After the show, she got the opportunity of starring in music videos like Fly, Kurta Pajama, Bhula Dunga, Shona Shona, Waada Hai, and Keh Gayi Sorry. In 2021 she co-starred with Diljit Dosanjh in the film Honsla Rakh. She was honored as the Most Promising Fresh Face at the ET Inspiring Women Awards in 2021 and appeared on the digital cover of Filmfare the same year. She also appeared as a guest star on Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan and Dance Deewane 3. Currently, she is on the set of Salman Khan’s Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan.

From season 1 to season 15, Bigg Boss has been all about entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment! What’s life without seeing celebrities fight over trivial things stuck in a house! So, which among these celebrities are you a fan of? Let us know in the comments section!

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