Salman Khan-hosted Colors TV reality show “Bigg Boss 8” has emerged one of the most popular shows during prime time in the night but recently leaked contract details by Bollywood Life show that the actors or Bigg Boss inmates are forced to sign on dotted lines, most of them strict and sometimes vindictive too.
From its beginning, the rules were rigid, running into 23 pages of a contract, with many do’s and don’ts and nobody can violate them while staying in the glass house. For the latest eigth season, each of the contestants are paid Rs.8 lakh and those who get evicted in the first week of the show, will get this minimum signing amount.
Those who linger on get paid in addition per week later on and amount varies at the discretion of the show managers. Tanishaa Mukerji in “Bigg Boss 7” was reportedly paid Rs.8 lakh per week, the highest amount among the inmates. Those who quit midway should pay a penalty of Rs.50 lakh and Mahajan was asked to pay as he had quit halfway.
The tenure of the contract is for 117 days, and a participant is obliged to be ready to participate in the show for the producers Viacom 18. While 100 days is for shooting inside the house, the other 17 days is for promotion activities and shoots.
Other conditions inlcude that the participants cannot intrude with editing process or influence altering any part of the episode. Before entering the show, they are not supposed to reveal or know the identity of his/her co-contestant. Minissha Lamba and Arya Babbar had violated this clause.
Celebrities with criminal cases are not allowed to participate in “Bigg Boss” and the exception here is Salman Khan, the host who is facing two criminal cases. The exception clause is solely at the discretion of the producers and in the past contestants like Monica Bedi, Rahul Mahajan, Abbas Kazmi, Devender and Aseem Trivedi were allowed despite being convicted for criminal offences as they had voluntarily revealed those cases.
Interestingly, bookworms may find the contract ridiculous as participants are not allowed to bring or read books, including holy religious books inside the house, they can make special request to the producers who can decide and supply them, if deemed fit.