Salman Khan wants to welcome Shah Rukh Khan on Bigg Boss 9

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 13:29 IST
Bollywood actor Salman Khan performs during a news conference to announce the ninth season of reality television show 'Big Boss' in Mumbai, India, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) (AP)

They might be gearing up for a box office clash (Raees and Sultan are likely to be released on the same day) but arch rivals-turned-friends Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are in no mood to fall back into animosity. Dabangg star Salman has said that Shah Rukh Khan can come on his show Bigg Boss 9 to promote his Dilwale: “I don’t think he will go inside (the house). I would love him to come on the show. If he has dates he is more than welcome to come on the show, meet the contestants. I am saying it this way because I don’t want it to get carried away in a different way”.

Films of SRK and Salman Khan will hit theatres on the same day, Eid 2016. (HT Photo)

“He should come...promote (his film), have fun, share his life experiences...he has lots of experiences to share,” he said. Shah Rukh’s Dilwale would be releasing on December 18 and around that time Bigg Boss would be on air. Usually actors go on reality shows to promote their films. After years of cold war between them, Shah Rukh and Salman are back as friends and are often saying good things about each other. Interestingly, the Dabangg Khan and King Khan would clash at the box office with their films next Eid. “There is a film of both of us coming on the same date,” Salman said referring to the clash of his next film Sultan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.

Former contestants Puneet Issar, Pritam Singh, Urvashi Dholakia, Praneet Bhatt, Rajeev Paul, Karishma Kotak, Ali Quli Mirza and Siddharth Bhardwaj gathered to set the pace of the forthcoming season by looking back at their journeys in the show and delving on their “troubled times”.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan performs during a news conference to announce the ninth season of reality television show Big Boss. (AP)

The evening gained momentum as the song Ek main aur ek tu...double trouble toh hona hi tha welcomed the former contestants on the stage. Puneet called Dolly Bindra as the biggest troublemaker of all the seasons, while Ali dubbed Puneet as the troublemaker in the previous season.

Salman -- famous for his notorious qualities like fueling controversies and constants brickbats -- will host the show for the sixth time. Salman had to step down from the show’s extended edition Bigg Boss Halla Bol last year due to other commitments.

Without spilling any beans about the high points of Bigg Boss 9, Salman said, “It is better to let a surprise remain a surprise... it will be revealed slowly.” The wit and humour in Salman’s one-liners and leg pulling made everyone chuckle. Salman, after seeing a witness box on the stage, joked, “I hope this never returns in my life. I am better off standing outside it.”

An Indian version of international series Big Brother, the show has celebrity contestants locked inside a house for three months under constant camera surveillance. They are without any luxury and are made to live like a common man.

Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors TV, also shared his experience while scripting the theme of the new show. “My trouble started in April when my wife, daughter and even my driver started to ask me whether Salman will be hosting the show this time as well. But the actual trouble began when we started to approach Salman,” he said. Nayak added that the aim of the forthcoming season is “to make it more engaging” keeping the entertainment and fun in family zone.

Nayak highlighted the importance of this show by noting that the show has helped many celebrities in starting their new professional innings. “Tanishaa Mukerji, Armaan Kohli and Gauahar Khan got the recognition. Their career got re-boosted in many ways because the show provides 100 days visibility. Hence, it is a great platform,” Nayak said.

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