It’s official. Amitabh Bachchan is back on Kaun Banega Crorepati that will soon start airing on Sony. But who will fill in for him on Bigg Boss 4 that starts in the last quarter of this year, on Colors? Bachchan was the pop philosopher on the show last season.
The buzz was that it could be Shah Rukh Khan. But according to a well-placed industry source, SRK “has a contract with Star Plus that forbids him from taking on a show on another channel”. The next choice is Aamir Khan who has turned down KBC 4, saying “he doesn’t have the time for TV shows”.
Salman Khan is also supposed to be in the running. His spokesperson doesn’t deny the possibility that he’s been approached. “But Salman will be doing Dus Ka Dum 3 and the show’s format is being tweaked to make it appear fresh. He has assured the channel (Sony) of his cooperation but will start on DKD3 only after he has wrapped up his on going films. That includes his home production Dabbang,” says his spokesperson. “At the moment, he’s not even thinking of another show.”
The reason Bachchan didn’t want to continue on Bigg Boss 4 was reportedly because “grilling” the eliminated contestants and analysing the motives behind their sometimes bizarre behaviour in the House, was not the thrill he had expected it to be. The fee, insists a source close to the channel, was not the problem.
Now, if either of the Khans don’t give Bigg Boss the thumbs up, the channel will probably look at ‘younger’ options. “They may even be considering returning to Shilpa Shetty.”