Kamal Haasan's appointment as host of the Tamil version of reality show Bigg Boss has been made official by Vijay TV, which will air the series from mid-June. This will be the 62-year-old actor's television debut. He was quoted by Best Media Info as saying, "When Vijay TV approached me to play host, I funnily quipped, who better than me right. All my life I have been under constant watch and I have been judged on whatever I have done, public or private. But now roles are reversed as I would stand with the audiences and watch these celebrities in the house survive this ordeal."
Last month, Kamal Haasan confirmed to The Quint that he would be hosting, saying, "Yes, I am doing Bigg Boss in Tamil. I've tried many different roles in various capacities as an entertainer but never as a host on a television show. Reality television is so far not a reality in my career. I want to see what it feels like."
The weekend episodes of Bigg Boss, the tenth season of which recently concluded, are hosted by Salman Khan. The Tamil version will reportedly air at 9pm on weekdays and 8.30pm on weekends.
Bigg Boss, which is the Indian version of international series Big Brother, isolates participants in a purpose-built house. Contestants, who have no access to the world outside for the duration they spend on the show, are assigned tasks and organized into teams. Each week, one or more contestant is eliminated.
Participants are usually celebrities - there will be 15 on the Tamil version.
Kamal Haasan, last seen in Thoongaa Vanam, also has a new movie coming up in Vishwaroopam 2, the first poster of which was revealed on Tuesday.