Bigg Boss Season 13:  Highlights of Day 18
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Bigg Boss Season 13: Highlights of Day 18

Bigg Boss season 13 is quickly approaching the final week before the first finale and the male contestants battle it out to save themselves from nominations

With only one week left until the first finale, contestants have been fighting it out this week in an effort to reach the finale.  With the equations in the house changing and two clear groups now having been formed, the tasks have been made difficult with a lack of neutrality.  This is seen in the latest episode with Sidharth Shukla playing sanchalak and visibly preferring the housemates from his own group.

The day begins with Sidharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill still in jail.  The two are seen exercising in jail as Shefali Bagga and Siddharth Dey exercise in the garden area.  Sidharth and Shehnaaz are released from jail shortly afterwards.

Paras Chhabra reads the rules for the task of the day – a task which will give the four nominated male contestants an opportunity to save themselves from nominations.  The boys are divided into two teams – Asim Riaz and Abu Malik, Paras Chhabra and Siddharth Dey as Sidharth Shukla plays “Sanchalak.”  The girls will “torture” the teams and the main goal of the game is for the team to continue holding hands and remain strong through what the girls throw their way.

The contestants begin strategizing.  Mahira Sharma tells Paras that she doesn’t want to work against Asim, which upsets him.  Sidharth Shukla, Arti Singh and Asim Riaz are seen discussing options.  As the task begins, Mahira comes out teasing Paras, but he immediately reacts, indicating his bad mood, and tells her that he doesn’t expect this from her.  Arti begins tickling Siddharth Dey, but moves on to shaving his beard.  While Siddharth sits for this, he lets out some unwelcome comments and when Arti begins applying shaving cream to Paras’s hair, Paras stands up.  Arti’s dupatta gets caught on the board and she falls down, but accuses Paras of pushing her.  When the other contestants come to Paras’s defense, saying that she fell by accident, she begins aggressively applying shaving cream to Paras’s head once again as he attempts to protect himself.  Arti gets upset at the other girls for not trying harder to get the boys up and becomes aggressive in her tactics towards Siddharth Dey and Paras.

Shefali and Devoleena target Asim Riaz and Abu Malik.  As Asim gets up and asks for a cloth to wipe himself off, Devoleena and Shefali continue throwing chili powder on him, sparking his rage and Shefali throws a handful, hitting Asim’s shoulder in the process.  Asim tells her to not get physical and Shefali yells “Shut up,” which prompts Asim to yell the same.  Asim stands firm and tells Abu Malik that he’s going to protect him, dodging Devoleena’s handfuls of chili powder.

On the other end, Arti continues her aggression on Siddharth Dey and while applying shaving cream, hits his head.  Siddharth flicks his towel around to get her away and hits Arti with a towel.  Arti begins yelling that Siddharth hit her and the game is paused as Bigg Boss clarifies that no form of violence will be tolerated from either side.  During this break, Asim continues to fight with the girls and kicks a bucket, setting off another fight amongst the contestants.

Shehnaaz becomes very aggressive in the task and Siddharth Dey fights with her.  Paras defends Siddharth and asks Shehnaaz why she’s targeting Siddharth when Paras is his partner, questioning her loyalty.  Shehnaaz becomes more and more aggressive with Siddharth Dey, throwing masala in his face repeatedly.  Towards the end of the task, Sidharth Shukla gets angry about the comments passed by Siddharth Dey to Arti and the two get into a fight.  Arti joins in the fight and utters some unwelcome words about Rashami Desai, who earlier defended Siddharth Dey.  Rashami jumps into the argument and tells Arti off.  Later, Sidharth Shukla overhears Rashami discussing him with Devoleena and talks to Arti about this, saying he does not remember saying what she is discussing – Arti conveniently forgetting that she is the one who said it.  Bigg Boss scraps the task and commends all four players for staying on until the end.

This episode was full of fights and arguments, some verbal and some physical.  However, with the kind of determination the male contestants displayed, the task was an enjoyable one to watch.  How Salman Khan reacts to the events of this week will be seen tomorrow!

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother