Indian Version of Big Brother, Big Boss, Derived from George Orwell's Novel, 1984

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The popular television ‘reality’ show, Big Boss has really caught up with the Indian audience, with the winners enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, producers making their money and viewers enjoying their dose of entertainment. Few are aware that Big Boss is in fact the Indian cousin of ‘Big Brother’, the internationally popular original show where contestants are closely monitored by cameras in the house and personal microphones. The term ‘Big Brother’ and the basic idea behind it originate from George Orwell’s novel 1984(NineteenEighty-Four) published first in 1949. Written in 1949 and set in 1984, the book is a futuristic view of a totalitarian society of Oceania that is present day Great Britian. The Queen is no longer the ruler of …show more content…
The popular television ‘reality’ show, Big Boss has really caught up with the Indian audience, with the winners enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, producers making their money and viewers enjoying their dose of entertainment. Few are aware that Big Boss is in fact the Indian cousin of ‘Big Brother’, the internationally popular original show where contestants are closely monitored by cameras in the house and personal microphones. The term ‘Big Brother’ and the basic idea behind it originate from George Orwell’s novel 1984(NineteenEighty-Four) published first in 1949. Written in 1949 and set in 1984, the book is a futuristic view of a totalitarian society of Oceania that is present day Great Britian. The Queen is no longer the ruler of Britian. It is ruled by the ‘Party’, which has 24x7 surveillance on its citizens. The actions, speech, and even the thoughts of each and every person are monitored. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel which will send shivers down your spine. The party rules by its three slogans, ‘WAR IS PEACE’, ‘FREEDOM IS SLAVERY’, and ‘IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH’. The author gives us an account of a gloomy, over politicized, and authoritarian society of the future.
The central character in the book is Winston Smith, a low-rung member of the Party who works for the Ministry of Truth. Winston is among the lowest ranks of the Party hierarchy. The Ministry of Truth, contrary to its name is actually the ministry that deals with falsifying facts and is