The third season of Bigg Boss Malayalam, hosted by Mohanlal, was being aired on a popular television channel. The Bigg Boss house was erected at the EVP Film City in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin recently announced stricter lockdown rules in the state due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. Going by the new rules, films and television shootings are not permitted. Since the makers of the Malayalam show violated the lockdown rules, Tamil Nadu police and the Health Department visited the set and sealed it. Reportedly, they were fined Rs 1 lakh for violating rules.
Announcing the same, the organizers of the show wrote, "This is Bigg Boss. In light of the widespread COVID-19 and lockdown, we are temporarily stopping the telecast of the show. Hopefully, we shall re-start the show once the situation permits." Tiruvallur Revenue Divisional officer Preethi, told Indian Express, "We have sealed the premises. A case was filed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for violation of government guidelines. FEFSI Union President RK Selvamani had already issued a statement saying that no film and small screen shootings should happen. Despite this, the production house continued to shoot as it was a continuous episode. We entered the set and saw people inside the glass doors, and food was delivered to them inside the set."