Cost-cutting results in Bigg Boss 12 theme change: No celebrity couples on Salman Khan’s show due to budgetary restraints?


Indian television’s most loved and controversial reality show Bigg Boss usually goes on air by October but this time it’s been preponed by a month. Salman Khan’s show will reportedly begin on September 16 and the makers have been trying their best to rope in the spiciest lot for the twelfth season, says a DNA report.

This time, it was reported, that the producers were keen on roping in celebrity couples. Salman Khan’s promo also showed how the audience will get to witness ‘vichitra jodis’ in the show.

However, some extreme changes had to me made to the format as the makers apparently could not find suitable celebrity jodis for the show, an India Forums report stated.

A source confirmed the report to saying, “There will be no celeb jodis. 6 single celebs will enter the house. 5 commoner jodis will enter the show with 5 single commoners.

Later on, the singles will be paired inside the house with the celebs and that is how the concept of ‘vichitra jodis’ will work.”

Another twist that’s likely to be introduced is that not all the contestants will be entering the main house on the first day. Some of them, including both celebrities and commoners, will be kept in a separate house. It’s not yet known whether the contestants inside the main house would be informed about the secret-house inmates or not.

According to Bollywood publicist Flynn Remedios who has handled PR for several former Bigg Boss contestants including Arshi Khan, Shradha Sharma, Claudia Ciesla, besides several others and has one ear inside the Endemol and Colors‘ offices, the real reason to drop the celeb jodis was budgetary restrains and cost-cutting measures undertaken by the makers due to a shortfall in sponsorship due to harsh market conditions.

The market is very bad. The makers have not been able to reach their targets in terms of sponsorship. The celeb jodis were demanding too much moolah and since Salman Khan’s fees cannot be cut, the makers decided to do away with celeb jodis and only bring in easily available individual celebs, Remedios said.

He also rubbished media reports that adult star Danny D and Mahika Sharma were being paid Rs 95 lakh per week.

There are hardly any sponsors. There is no money in the market. You must be bonkers if you think some Danny D or Fanny Bee will be paid Rs 95 lakh per week, particularly when they do not have any fan following or dedicated viewers in India, Remedios quipped.

One more interesting change that the audience will get to witness is that Salman, who used to earlier interact with the contestants through ‘Me TV‘ on Weekend Ka Vaar special episode, will now grill the housemates from a class-room.

The host will be made to sit in a class-room and the screen through which he will communicate will look like a blackboard, DNA reports.

We also hear that the show may get postponed due to some technical glitches and the final premiere date wil be declared soon. As of now, Sristy Rode and Shaleen Bhanot are said to have been confirmed for the controversial show, DNA reports.

with inputs from DNA

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