Tonight, it will be curtains for
Bigg Boss 4
. And one of the four contestants left in the House — Shweta Tiwari, Dolly Bindra, Khali and Ashmit Patel — will drive home in a brand new luxury car with the Rs.1 crore booty. Speculations are rife that anchor Salman Khan and his family are rooting for Ashmit Patel, a close friend. So, is the finale rigged?
“I’ve known Ashmit since he was a boy. But that doesn’t mean I would ‘fix’ the show for him. My family watches Bigg Boss and has its favourites. But the Khans don’t drive the country’s pick. Whoever gets the maximum votes, will win. Period,” asserts Khan, dismissing the allegations made by ex-Housemates, Manoj Tiwari and Sameer Soni, as a case of sour grapes.
Khan’s favourite contestant on the show was undoubtedly Pamela Anderson.
“I was the happiest man on earth when she arrived,” he beams. He’d said that if the Baywatch babe entered the show, he’d enter the House. She did, he didn’t. “Whom do you think she was with behind closed doors when the cameras were off?” he retorts.
His favourite guests were Dharmendra and Anil Kapoor. Not Katrina Kaif? “Of course, she is my favourite,” he asserts. So, why did he make her squirm on the show with his scathing remarks about Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan and how after ‘mature’ co-stars like Akshay Kumar and him, she was on her way down with the ‘
“Negative remarks? Cold vibes? What are you saying?” he asks, looking bewildered. “That’s the way Katrina and I behave with each other, totally chilled out! I would have been faking it had I said, ‘
Kaisi hain aap Katrinaji
?’ I’m not a fake, neither is she.”
are setting up for a box-office clash on May 27. Won’t that fuel more rumours given that both stars have a common focus —Katrina Kaif? “Ranbir is a kid who’s just started out. Imran and he will take over from us Khans, Aamir, Shah Rukh, Saif and me, some time. But there’s time for that yet. For the moment, there’s no competition or comparisons,” he maintains.
Will Khan be back on
Bigg Boss 5
? “I haven’t been approached yet but if I am, I wouldn’t mind,” he admits. Apparently, Sony also wants him back on
10 Ka Dum 3
, expected to flag off mid-way through the year? “What I decide will depend on which channel approaches me first with the better offer,” he quips. “I’m a flexible guy and these shows don’t require much from me.
10 Ka Dum
is just 20 days of shooting and Bigg Boss a Friday every week. Who knows, I could even fit in a third show!”
Given his success rate on the small screen, there seems to be a definite possibility of a fee hike? “You’ll have to ask my manager that,” he says. “I don’t know how to make money, I only know how to spend lavishly.”