B to be paid Rs 126 crore for Bigg Boss 3
Boss Season 3 Contestants
Amitabh Bachchan to host
Bigg Boss 3
Amitabh Bachchan was
last seen on television three years back while he hosted the reality TV
show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'.
|4 Sep 2009, In what could
be an extravaganza for television viewers, superstar Amitabh Bachahan will
seen hosting the third season of reality TV show Bigg Boss.
The reality TV show Bigg
Boss 3 will go on air in the month of October and Big B would be hosting
the show for the entire period of the next season of the show.
In a confirmation of the
news, Amitabh Bachchan told through a text message, "The news is true."
The reality TV show's
last season was hosted by bollywood star Shilpa Shetty and had busted the
popularity charts. The first edition of the show was hosted by actor Arshad
What made you agree to
be part of Bigg Boss?
Behind every game show
or reality show there is someone who has devised the whole thing.
I found that intriguing.
A lot of shows may be regarded as frivolous, but to make something frivolous
also takes time. Behind Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), for instance, there
was a very qualified psychologist. I believe this is what excited me. The
way people behave when they’re locked up in a house for 84 days without
any contact with the outside world. Does it give them the opportunity to
come out with things they’ve been nurturing inside? Why do they behave
the way the do?
Have you seen the show?
I’ve seen snatches. When
I heard about the concept of the show, I thought – how do people think
of these things? There’s someone behind it, someone has obviously devised
the whole thing.
Are you aware that the
show got into a lot of controversies last year? Many people felt it was
not ‘family viewing.’ Are you comfortable with that?
I’m aware of the controversies
and no, it doesn’t upset me.
What did your family have
to say about your decision to be part of this show?
Well, all of them gave
their inputs. We do discuss things over the dining table. But they’re happy
if I’m happy. And I’m happy.
But they weren’t happy
when you decided to do KBC, were they?
No, they weren’t. They
were skeptical, they thought I would be moving from 70 mm to 15 inches.
But then everything worked out well.
KBC was very successful.
But today, the television scenario has changed drastically. There is a
lot of fragmentation. Programmes don’t get the kind of ratings KBC got.
Are you worried that people will say, ‘Oh, he’s fallen from a rating of
16 to 4!’
So long as they’re saying
that, it’s okay. It means they’re watching the show.
What has happened to your
contract with Star?
The contract has been
How much are you getting
paid for Bigg Boss?
You had a certain persona
in KBC. What is the persona and style you’ll adopt in Bigg Boss?
You know, in KBC, that
little prologue was my idea. It was not part of the international game
show. The show was telecast at such a time (9 pm at night) that I thought
a little gyaan dhyaan would put people in the right spirit. That time of
the day was right for a little discourse. Once people became familiar with
the format, they would tune in just to hear that prologue. In the case
of Bigg Boss, ever since Rajesh (Kamat, CEO of Colors) said he wanted to
take the show to another level, I decided I would look at what goes on
inside people’s minds. It’s not going to be intrusive, I’m not going to
intellectualise it, but sometimes, the odd thing does come out. Suppose
two people have had a fight. And suppose there was a third party who was
not a participant, who could impart some wisdom, some philosophy. And this
is something that’s relevant not just for TV. Even in our lives, if we
could just sit rationally and talk, a solution would present itself. If
we can inculcate this in the show… it would be great.
What do you think of the
TV scenario today?
Now this will sound as
if I’m promoting my film Rann.. but the way TV is in our country today,
everyone has an opportunity to express himself. That's fine. But there
are so many channels, each one is competing for eyeballs and there is a
certain trivialisation of content to gain viewership. It's not wrong as
a business proposal. You trivialise content to get your business going.
But if you listen to your conscience, your business suffers.
A lot of people would
say Bigg Boss is trivial too.
Well, they said KBC was
encouraging people to gamble. In Bigg Boss, we’re looking at what goes
inside the minds of people.