His notorious antics on the reality show, Bigg Boss, have made him a household name. And now, Imam Siddique seems set with his television career. Apart from being signed on for a new comedy show, he has also been approached for a number of brand endorsements.
"I will be associated with a clothing line soon. I have even told those approaching me that I won’t quote a price and that they should decide how much money I am worth," says Imam, adding that his stint on Bigg Boss has been the most rewarding experience of his career.
"I have never been more humbled or honoured. In the last seven days, I have received invitations from Saudi royal families to attend Umrah and Haj.
I am getting paid Rs 5 lakh to attend wedding receptions, shake hands and click photographs. That too just for attending these events; there is no performance even," he says.
Imam also continues to take digs at Shah Rukh Khan, after his offhand remark during Bigg Boss about making the latter’s career. "I am waiting for Lakshmi Mittal to invite me for the next wedding in his family. He paid a non-dancer like Shah Rukh Rs 2 crore; I will give a better performance for half the price," he says.
While he maintains that TV soaps are not his priority, Imam is quite excited about his next show, Nautanki – The Comedy Theatre. Ask him if he will be part of an act or whether he will just make an appearance on the show, and he says, "That’s for me to do and you to guess. I can’t give it away. Let it be a surprise."
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When Imam-Salman clashed over Shah Rukh
Actor Salman Khan jumped to the defence of his arch rival Shah Rukh Khan while having an argument with Bigg Boss contestant Imam Siddique, recently. Apparently, Imam got into a heated argument with Salman, and said that he cast SRK for ad films that worked very well for him. To this Salman said: "Shah Rukh is in the industry because of his hard work and support of his fans... not because Imam cast him in an advertisement. WARMONGER
BIGG BOSS 6: Imam Siddique apologises to Urvashi Dholakia
Imam Siqqidue in the secret room of Bigg Boss 6 house. Imam had a feed of the main house where he could see the inmates live.
After a period of 98 days and a nail biting finale, Bigg Boss season 6 came to an end with Urvashi Dholakia being declared the winner. Urvashi has won the grand prize of Rs. 50 lakhs and a trophy. During the course of her stay, the actor faced tough competition from fellow inmate Imam Siddiqui, who won Rs. 10 lakhs for creative contribution to the show and additional Rs. 5 lakhs for being declared as Mr Manoranjan. BIGG STORY
BIGG BOSS 6: I don’t regret my behaviour: Imam Siddiqui
Imam Siddiqui talks about his journey...
Famous for his fights in the house, and flouting rules while claiming to ‘play the game’, 47-year-old Imam Siddiqui nevertheless was the entertainer in. Ask the first runner up if it must hurt to have missed the trophy by a whisker and he says, "Not at all. I have a pragmatic sensibility and life aesthetic based on spirituality. Clearly the audiences thought Urvashi deserved it and so do I. I had said to her that playing negative roles on-screen has made her negative. I apologise for that though I don’t regret saying it." FULL STORY
(With additional inputs)