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tv Updated: Oct 31, 2009 10:49 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Preity and BipashaIf all goes as planned, soon you might just stop visiting cinema halls to watch your favourite actors singing and dancing on the screen. Buzz is that over the next few months, half a dozen popular celebrities will make their debut and comeback on TV.

After stories that Preity Zinta and Bipasha Basu will host TV shows (a sports based show and an international beauty show, in that order) started doing the rounds, news is that Sanjay Dutt and Sushmita Sen might also make an entry on television, with Raaz Pichle Janam Ka. Sanjay Dutt was expected to host a TV show, which apparently didn’t materialise for reasons best known to the channel and the star. Sushmita Sen, meanwhile, didn’t garner much popularity as a judge on Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina on Colors.

On Raaz Pichle Janam Ka, the stars will be hypnotised and asked questions about their past life. The idea is to find a solution to their present problems. Sen and Dutt have been offered a hefty sum to the tune of half a crore or a crore. However, there’s no confirmation on that now. According to sources, the stars are expected to be amongst the first few participants on the show to get the initial ratings going.

Besides that, Karan Johar will return to the small screen as a host, this time on a show anchored by Yashraj Films, as part of their content deal with Sony Entertainment. The show, Mera Sabse Bada Fan Mera Hero, is expected to start rolling in the last week of November and will go on air in the last week of December or the first week of January. The show will launch a search for the wackiest and the biggest fan of a reigning star.

Meanwhile, the grapevine insists that Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia are apparently being paid Rs 3 crore and Rs 1.5 crore respectively, only to enter the Bigg Boss 3 house. Kapadia is rumoured to be charging between Rs 50 to 60 lakh per day. The reason she’s still undecided on the show is that sister Simple, who’s unwell, is bedridden. But if she agrees to appear on the show, and the couple last for more than two weeks, individually, they will make more money than Amitabh Bachchan on the show. Apparently, Big B is being paid only Rs 1.5 crore per episode. Now, that’s something that one needs to go figure!