Salman Khan says he is charging more than the reported Rs. 50 million sum per episode for hosting the seventh season of celebrity reality television show “Bigg Boss.”
The actor is said to have doubled the amount he was charging for the previous season for the Colors show, but Khan wants to keep the media guessing about his paycheck.
When asked whether he was getting Rs. 50 million per episode, Khan joked, “The figure is small; I am charging more.”
Khan, 47, who returns as the host for the fourth time on the show, will play the double role of an angel and devil to the contestants holed up in the “Bigg Boss” house for three months.
The actor said it would not be a tough call for him because he has small doses of both inside him.
“There is nothing unique in the show. It is just that we have this new concept of heaven and hell. I play a double role in it and will bring out the differences (between angel and devil) through my body language. It would be difficult to change costumes each time,” said Khan.
“We all have two sides — both devilish and angelic, but it depends totally on us how good we can be in bringing out the goodness in us and suppressing the bad side. It’s going to be fun and entertaining for me,” Khan said.
Last season saw Khan trying his best to make contestants like Imam Siddiqui and Rajeev Paul behave properly. The actor said he would try his best to keep a rein on contestants’ behavior this time, too.
“Though it’s not my job to control them (contestants) on the show, I do it so that the blame does not come on me. If I don’t stop them from behaving badly then people would think that I promote such behavior. In normal life, it is not a big deal, but behaving badly on a primetime show is not permissible at all because families watch it,” he said.
Khan believes the show has helped many celebrities get a new lease on their careers.
“Many actors have gotten an image makeover after their participation in the show. There are many in our industry who are stuck without it being their fault. The biggest example is Rahul Bhatt. When he entered the show, people thought he would give solid entertainment to the show. But he clarified his part on day two of his arrival,” Khan said.
The actor feels that contestants who create a nuisance are not accepted well when they come out of the show.
“‘Bigg Boss’ is a family entertainment show. The show has nothing to do with being from a small town or big town. Everything is so magnified on television and print that many contestants feel they will get a career high.
“They think by doing that (behaving badly) they will get noticed but people will be wary of them. When they come out, they will not get many offers. Nobody wants to work with an erratic person. It’s important for them to control themselves,” he said.
“Bigg Boss” goes on air Sept. 15.