is in a soup — both on screen and off it. While inmates Dolly Bindra and Sameer Soni were kicked out from the show on Thursday for coming to blows, the show earned the wrath of the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry for defying its order to telecasting only after 11pm.
On Wednesday, Bindra and Soni were involved in an ugly war of words, which led to them being dumped from the show. “Dolly has been abusing and provoking people. On Wednesday, she picked a fight with Shweta (Tiwari). When I intervened, she abused me and even attacked me with an object, which left me bruised,” said Soni. Dolly, however, said, “I was not indisciplined. I was aggravated. How could he talk to me like that?”
Meanwhile, the channel’s open defiance to the ministry’s order has also angered the authorities. The channel cited Eid as the reason for not getting the ministry’s orders. “It was a gazetted holiday (on Eid), so we never received a notice,” said a spokesperson from Colors.
“We had informed the channel through fax, email and even SMS. The whole media knew about it. How can they claim that they did not,” retaliates an official from the I&B ministry who did not wish to be named. Sources indicate that the channel is in a fix as the ministry’s directive has clashed with the much hyped entry of Pamela Anderson in the house. “Colors had hiked the ad rates from Rs 1.5 to Rs 3 lakh for the episodes featuring Pamela. The channel stands to lose big money if the show is removed from the 9pm prime time slot,” said a source. At the time of going to press, the Bombay High Court had directed that the show will continue to be telecast at 9pm till November 22, after the channel filed a petition in the court.
(With inputs by Navdeep Kaur Marwah)