After giving the show a family-oriented twist this season, the makers of Bigg Boss are now gearing up to add one international name to the mix.
The channel, Colors, has approached seven global celebrities, one of whom will appear on the show for a few days.
An insider reveals, “There are seven celebrities who have been approached, including Paris Hilton and actor Julia Roberts. The other names are actor Jackie Chan, boxer Mike Tyson, television host Padma Lakshmi, retired Australian cricketer Shane Warne and his fiancée, actor Liz Hurley.”
Apparently, some Pakistani celebrities were approached too. “But the channel wants to play it safe. Also, two other Indian personalities will also enter the house in early November. One of the international names will be finalised as per their availability and fee. The production house and channel hope to lock the name in two weeks and bring the celebrity to India by the end of November,” says the insider.
In the previous two seasons, Baywatch actor Pamela Anderson, former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds and sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama have appeared on the show. They stayed in the house for three and seven days and one day respectively.
Earlier, in season two, late Jade Goody — infamous for her racial slurs against Shilpa Shetty on the UK’s Big Brother show — had stayed on the show for a longer duration. In season four, Pakistani personalities Veena Malik and Begum Nawazish Ali were among the inmates. The former has stayed back to make a Bollywood career in India.
Indian-origin wrestler The Great Khali stayed on till the end on season four, and last year on season five, adult film actor Sunny Leone entered the house, where she was even offered a film that kick-started her Bollywood career.
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In tonight’s episode, the contestants will perform a 24-hour long task called Rajneeti, where they will be divided into two parties. Bigg Boss will choose team leaders, who will dress up as politicians, and then woo other housemates to join them. The task will test their patience, dedication, friendships and the thirst to win. READ MORE
Bigg Boss 6 contestants mint bigg moolah
Reality shows are a cool way of making a quick buck and getting instant fame. This year, Bigg Boss might have turned family-oriented, but contestants are laughing their way to the bank.
Ex-cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu gets Rs 4 lakh per week while popular TV actors Urvashi Dholakia and Delnaaz Irani get Rs 2.5 lakh per week. Rajev Paul, Vrajesh Hirjee, Sayanti Ghosh and Aashka Goradia bag Rs 2 lakh a week, while others like cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, Gulabi Gang vigilante Sampat Pal, models Karisma Kotak, Niketan Madhok and hairstylist Sapna Bhavani get between Rs 1-2 lakh a week, claim industry sources. In addition, there are many others who also make a deal over a lump sum amount before going into the house. For every week that a celebrity stays in the house, they get a certain raise as well. MORE ON THIS
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The housemates rise and shine to the electrifying track –Muquabala and a few of them are seen grooving to the song with some pulsating energy. After this lively wake up, Vrajesh is talking with Aashka and Delnaaz about his towel! He expresses his anger against Niketan as he had taken ‘the captain’s’ black towel without Vrajesh’s permission. Karishma and Sana are seen discussing about Sayantani’s performance during the face off. They feel bad for her loss as they did like her performance, dedication and expression.
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Superstar Salman Khan flagged off a Bigg Boss 6 bus, which will take people on a ride to the location of the show in Lonavala. People will be able to see live scenes from the house at the production control units set up there.
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Bigg Boss winners were always dignified: Salman Khan
Actor Salman Khan, who returns as a host for the sixth season of reality show Bigg Boss, says, though controversies form the part of the show but the winners have always been dignified.
"Through controversies contestants feel they can go ahead in the show. The participants who were in the Bigg Boss' house thought if they would fight they will be seen more on the show...publicity. But one must not forget that the winners on the show have always been dignified people," Salman told reporters here last evening at the press conference of the show.
Bigg Boss was a madhouse: Kashif Qureshi
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BIGG BOSS in national anthem row
Reality show Bigg Boss 6 hosted by Bollywood star Salman Khan is in trouble with the Delhi high court for "commercially exploiting" the national anthem.
The court on Wednesday was listening to a public interest litigation that said the familiar high baritone voice of 'Bigg Boss' asked audience in several theatres in Delhi to stand up for the national anthem before the start of a movie or in between and it amounted to "sheer commercial exploitation of the national anthem and hurting the sentiments of the citizens of India". BB IN CONTROVERSY
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However, Bhojpuri actor, Dinesh Lal Yadav , who got eliminated from the show on Friday night, says he did not even know the two were married. "Mujhe is bare mein na pata tha aur na ab pata hai. Mujhe bilkul nahi pata tha ki who husband-wife they," says Nirahua. FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
I don't see Bigg Boss as a controversial show: Siddhu
Former cricketer and TV personality Navjot Singh Siddhu hopes to bring positivity in the Bigg Boss house. He promises to be his real self on the show as he believes it is hard to pretend for long. "I am going inside the house with a crystal clear mind and hope to convert it into a positive and resonating show with my stint," Siddhu told IANS on phone from Mumbai, before entering the house Saturday. SIDDHUISMS
(With additional inputs)