Bigg Boss 8: Imam Siddique likely to join, demands a crore as minimum guarantee

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 14:00 IST

Two years ago, Imam Siddique gained popularity for his participation in the sixth season of a reality show where he entertained viewers with his blunt words and antics. Now, rumours are rife that the TV personality is returning for a second innings in the Salman Khan-hosted show.

When asked about this, Imam says, "Yes, it’s true, and I am in talks with the team. But nothing is confirmed as yet. I‘d be delighted to go back to the house. I am a loyal person and I owe it to the channel, the team and Salman for giving me the biggest opportunity of my career." Imam claims things should be clear in the next few days.

However, this time around, he doesn’t want to work for "peanuts". "By virtue of the social media following that I have garnered, I deserve certain remuneration. They have offered me a pittance, but I need a crore as minimum guarantee," says Imam, adding, "The last time, I sacrificed money for visibility but not now. If Upen Patel can get Rs 40 lakh and a non-entity like Ratan Rajput got Rs 75 lakh to enter the show, then so do I."

The fashion stylist is touted to return to the house for a month, perhaps to add spice to the show which hasn’t got as favourable a response as the previous seasons. "I am the king and queen of ratings (sic) and when certain projections aren’t met, people do what is needed to ensure that they meet their targets. I am not a wannabe soap opera actor. I have carved a niche for myself and have a solid image," he says.

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