There’s going to be another Big B in Bigg Boss: Amitabh Bachchan returns to the small screen after four years, as the host of the controversial reality show. Or rather, as Colors, the channel on which it appears, maintains, he returns more as a ‘pop philosopher’ than a host.
“I’m excited, and a little apprehensive too as to how the show will be received,” says Bachchan, whose last TV outing was on Star Plus in Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) Dwitiya in 2005. A sudden illness pulled KBC II off the air, leaving Bachchan with 20-odd episodes he still owed Star Plus. To do Bigg Boss, Bachchan had to extricate himself from that contract. “The issue’s been amicably settled,’ he says shortly.
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Getting Big B is a big deal for Colors CEO Rajesh Kamat. The Indian version of the international hit Big Brother, Bigg Boss was part of the Colors arsenal when it took on Star Plus last year. Kamat claims Bigg Boss played a key role in pushing Colors to the No. 1 slot this April. But though the channel made it to the top, the battle for No. 1 still rages, with Star Plus providing tough competition to Colors.
Colors now wants to take Bigg Boss to the “next level” by getting Bachchan to be part of the show. The actor says he agreed because he was “intrigued’ by the concept. “Why do people behave the way they do?” he asks, referring to the housemates who fight, squabble and bitch their way through their weeks of incarceration.
Will Big B’s presence help Colors establish itself as the unchallenged entertainment leader? It’s the viewers’ votes that will clinch the deal.