A televised suhaag raat, ‘inmates’ making out on camera, and now the entry of Baywatch hottie Pamela Anderson — reality TV show Bigg Boss 4 is turning up the heat on the tube like never before, running itself into “indecency” charges and being called a “sleaze fest” in Parliament.
Former Playboy model Anderson, who will be paid Rs 2.5 crore for her three-day stint in the show starting November 16, has made the moral police livid. Congress MP Jagdambika Pal, who raised criticism against the show during a parliamentary session, says he now plans to write a letter to the Information & Broadcasting ministry, asking them to monitor the show. “There is vulgarity, and now, they are bringing the Hollywood actor — they should have some ethics and realise that Indian culture does not permit this,” he says, adding, “No family can afford to watch it together.”According to Shiv Sena spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, the party, too, is taken aback by the ashleelta. "We are against the obscenity on the show, and plan to bring it up urgently in Parliament. They are showing wedding nights … what’s next, a blue film?" says Raut. Former inmates agree that Anderson’s entry will only add to the sleaze. "In front of her big boob show, Veena’s cheap tactics will fall flat," says season II contestant Sambhavna Seth.
The channel, however, is not worried. “Pamela is a big name and we have been trying to get her for a long time. She will add international glamour,” said the spokesperson for Colors.
Last week, the show aired footage of actors Ali Merchant and Sara Khan getting intimate on their on-screen wedding night. Actor Veena Malik was also seen getting cosy with co-inmates Ashmit Patel and Hrishant Goswami, and Dolly Bindra has been so abusive that even film-maker Pritish Nandy, otherwise known to be a staunch supporter of bold content on screen, wrote that she should be evicted. A civil court in Bhopal has even served notice to the channel for “showing vulgar content”.
Pam already in India
Pamela Anderson, who will be a guest on the show from Tuesday to Friday, arrived in India Saturday, says a source. “She came with a 14-member team and has been staying in Lonavala. She has been insured by the channel; if any physical injury happens to her, the channel’s insurance company will be liable to pay a huge, undisclosed sum,” adds the source.