Comedian Raju Srivastava is in for some serious trouble. He may have to pack his bags and leave the Bigg Boss House where he’s currently holed up. Apparently, Srivastava had signed a contract with the soon-to-be launched entertainment channel MASTiii.
The terms of the agreement require him to be present for the channel’s promotion for 10 days a month, with the channel deciding on which days he should be available.
Says Markand Adhikari, Vice Chairman and MD of Sri Adhikari Brothers that owns the channel, “Raju informed us that he was entering the reality show, Bigg Boss 3, two days before going in. Both of us had agreed to the terms that come into force from November 1 and are valid for three years. The contract was signed on July 29 and no one is allowed to break it without mutual consent.”
About a week ago, the promoters sent notices to Colors, Endemol and other producer bodies. A separate notice has been sent to Srivastava’s house. There have been no replies to date from anyone concerned.
Adds Adhikari, “We are anticipating that Raju will not breach the contract but are working with our legal team on the nature of action we are liable to take if the terms are not honoured.”
The comedian has shot some promotional material for the channel. Ahswini Yardi, programming head, Colors, didn’t respond to our phone calls or text messages.