It took a lot of extra zeroes on the cheque to convince Salman Khan to agree to host this season of Bigg Boss. He apparently asked for approximately Rs 160 crores per episode and got just that from Colors who were desperate to get the Khan superstar on board at any cost.
An insider spills the beans, “Before every season of Bigg Boss , Colors and Endemol(the producers of Bigg Boss) have to re-negotiate with Salman because every time he says he doesn’t want to return to Bigg Boss. This time was even more difficult. Covid ke kaaran Salman ne saaf inkaar kar diya. He told Colors he won’t shoot during Covid.”
Apparently the Channel assured the Boss of Bigg Boss that he won’t have to shoot with real participants and crowds. Only his virtual presence was required.
But at a price. Apparently Salman asked for approximately Rs 160 crores per episode.Which is a hike of nearly 30 percent in his fee as compared with his remuneration for the previous season.
Sources say Colors is happy to pay Salman whatever he wants.
“This season is tricky. There are Covid rules in the Bigg Boss house which means less excitement, no getting physical, no sensational happenings. This time Bigg Boss will have to rely even more on Salman’s presence,” an informed source reveals.