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 BollywoodLife.com 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

Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad tried to trap and drag aspiring actresses, models into the betting racket: Avantika Gaokar

Bollywood actress Avantika Gaokar who is currently shooting for a film in Lucknow, today made a shocking revelation. Speaking to this reporter over phone from Lucknow, she alleged that flamboyant bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad, who has underworld connections with Ravi Pujari and Dawood Ibrahim was fond of socializing with aspiring models and actresses as well as visiting dance and ladies bars and ‘having fun’ with the bar girls. “He loved the good life and was a womanizer,” Gaokar said.

Sonu Jalan was arrested by the Thane Anti Extortion cell (AEC) headed by former encounter specialist PI Pradeep Sharma. His interrogation led to several big Bollywood names popping out. Salman Khan’s brother Arbaaz Khan was already summoned for questioning and he has admitted to betting via Jalan for the last 6 years. He also admitted that he lost about Rs 3 crore in the process and was being threatened and blackmailed by Sonu Jalan and gangster Ravi Pujari.

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Speaking exclusively to IndiaScoops.com, Avantika Gaokar said, “Jalan was fond of flaunting his underworld and Bollywood connections. He had approached me through another Malad-based bookie in 2017 to join his racket, but I had flatly refused. The bookie by the name of Ranjit who worked for Jalan put me on the phone with him. On the phone Jalan told me that many models work for him indirectly as tippers and earn Rs 1-2 lakh per month. He mentioned the names of 2-3 well known upcoming actresses who are working with him. He is involved in every single match, no matter which part of the world it is being played in. He told me one of the actresses was able to purchase a flat in Lokhandwala within 2 years of working with him.

Jalan used the models as honey traps to lure high net worth businessmen. The ‘girls’ were used to trap the businessmen or even do regular ‘business’ with them. The WhatsApp messages, conversations and images were later on used by Jalan and his network for recovery of pending dues, Avantika revealed.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the IPL betting case has taken a new twist, with police saying that they will widen the net in interrogating more people from the film fraternity, a Zee News report suggests.  On Tuesday, the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch arrested Jalan, alias Sonu Malad, one of the country’s leading cricket bookies. He was arrested in connection with a betting racket that was busted in Dombivali on May 16.

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Sources are also saying that after Arbaaz, Thane Police may also summon Vindu Dara Singh. Sonu Malad is likely to have told interrogators that he met Vindu twice with his aide Prem Taneja. Taneja is also a bookie who was arrested along with Vindoo by Mumbai Crime Branch in IPL fixing and betting case.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan to be arrested in Rs 1000 Cr IPL Cricket Betting Racket

In May 2013, Vindu allegedly told the police that he placed bets on Gurunath Meiyappan’s behalf. After his release from jail, 13 days after his arrest, Vindu maintained innocence. However, his summons will probably reveal more in the murky fixing scandal.

Also Read: Bookie threatens Arbaaz Khan, records video: Producer Parag Sanghvi, Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested

After Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad was arrested on Tuesday, he reportedly told the cops that he had befriended Arbaaz Khan, who in turn introduced him to other Bollywood stars.

Also Read: 6 Bollywood stars, 4 Producers and several Hotel & Pub Owners exposed as Arbaaz Khan confesses

Earlier on Friday, Arbaaz Khan was summoned to record his statement by Thane police in connection with betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His name reportedly came up while the police were innterrogating bookie Sonu Jalan who was arrested on Tuesday.

Gehana Vasisth might be the first contestant confirmed for Bigg Boss 12

Bigg Boss season 11 was quite interesting and with an interesting set of contestants, the controversies around them were also quite interesting. Everyone is eagerly waiting for season 12 of the controversial reality show to return soon.

And though during Season 11, the fights set in from Day 1, there were a lot of interesting revelations made by Gehana Vasisth. From claiming Arshi Khan to be married to a 50-year-old man to alleging that Bandgi Kalra was a divorce, from revealing that Shilpa Shinde and Vikas Gupta were ex-lovers to calling Priyank Sharma a male escort, Gehana doled out some interesting scoops and ripped apart the Bigg Boss 11 contestants time and again.

And while she was such an interesting character, she was touted to enter the house as a wild card contestant. Though she did not enter the house this season, it is being said that the makers are saving the south actress for the next season.

While Gehana had claimed that the makers did not have a big budget for the show and that is why the quality of housemates was such, turns out the low budget was one reason why Gehana did not enter the house. Revealing the truth behind Gehana Vasisth not entering the house, Bhojpuri actress Mahima Singh Puri had claimed that, “Gehana Vasisth who is doing very well in the South had demanded Rs 1 crore to stay in the madhouse and take on Arshi Khan. But the makers did not have such a budget this season, so they are holding back Gehana Vasisth and saving her as the star attraction for season 12.”

Though Gehana has not commented on the matter or confirmed the same, her manager, Suresh Shetty said there were some financial issues due to which the deal could not be worked out. But if Gehana would have entered the house, watching her and Arshi Khan under one roof would have been a visual treat.

Now let us see if the south actress makes it to the Bigg Boss Season 12 or are the rumours just a false alarm.

Bigg Boss and Dus Ka Dum will compete with each other on the TRP charts: Salman Khan

After a successful season of Bigg Boss, Salman Khan is ready to take the small screen by storm with Dus Ka Dum season 3. The show premieres on June 4th and while interacting with media Salman Khan not only played the game with a few journalists but also replied to their queries in his trademark style.

Dus Ka Dum 3 is a an interactive game show where host Salman Khan asks the contestants, primarily commoners about the most general questions and convert them into statistics. Salman Khan will be heard asking the familiar question ‘Kitne pratishath bhartiye…’ once again on the show.

The channel is confident about cashing on Salman Khan’s popularity on the small screen and we also have no doubts about it. But will Dus Ka Dum 3 will be able to beat to Bigg Boss 12 when the TRP numbers come out since both the shows are being aired on rival channels. Salman Khan has no favourite here and said,  “I wish Bigg Boss and Dus Ka Dum keep on beating each other on TRP charts,”

He has been hosting Bigg Boss for many seasons now, so when asked him which Bollywood actor could step into his shoes for hosting the show in any contemporary. Salman gave a very diplomatic answer and named all his friends in the fraternity. Bhaijaajn said, “Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt can host Dus Ka Dum other than me”

Keeping his cool while answering all the questions, Salman Khan had an epic reaction when quizzed about Race 3 trailer being trolled on social media. His first song as a lyricist for ‘Selfish’ was also not spared by harsh comments but it doesn’t affect the superstar at all. He said, “People with two or three followers are not trolls”

Apart from ‘Dus Ka Dum 3’, Salman Khan has ‘Race 3’ releasing on June 15th 2018 and will soon begin shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s next ‘Bharat’ with Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani.

Source: DNA

Colombo Police Not Doing Enough to Nab Absconding Tamil Film Director hiding in Sri Lanka: Avantika Gaokar

A Tamil director who had reportedly fled to Sri Lanka and released a fake video of a Mumbai model and actress is supposedly hiding in Colombo.

The actress has now accused the Colombo police of shielding the director and not doing enough to nab him. “He is moving and travelling about freely in Sri Lanka,” she told a Mumbai-based news channel. Gaokar’s team has appealed to the Sri Lankan media to bring up the matter so that the local police will act.

“He is sending me vulgar and obscene emails from Colombo. The Indian police have submitted the IP address and other technical details of his location in Colombo. Even the make of the mobile phone handset he is using to send the emails is known to the police. Why does it take the Colombo police so long to act. It’s been almost 15 days now and he is not been arrested,” Gaokar’s manager told the news channel.

Mumbai model and actress Avantika Gaokar’s nude pictures were initially leaked online and now the same Tamil movie director has released a fake nude MMS video on YouTube of the actress.

In a statement to a website, Avantika accused a small-time Tamil director Rameshnath Venkat Rao of releasing a nude MMS video on YouTube that he claimed to be of hers.

Calling the video fake, she said the 22-second clip was uploaded on YouTube around Sunday midnight but was deleted within hours after she and other viewers reported it. Rao had earlier threatened to release the clip when Avantika filed a case against the man for allegedly leaking her nude images online, as per the statement.

The accused had reportedly fled to Sri Lanka, after two arrest warrants were issued against him by courts in India.

“I was shocked to learn from my friends that this fraud and conman director after releasing my nude photos has now uploaded an MMS. When I checked it I found that it was fake. It was a video clip from some porn movie and he had simply renamed the video as Avantika Gaokar nude mms. My friends and I, several of us reported the fake video to YouTube using the report option and luckily the video was deleted within few hours. But by then the fake video had got about 2000 views,” Avantika told IBTimes.

The Mumbai-based model had earlier alleged that Rao had fraudulently acquired her nude pictures and sold them to a media house without her permission. She said that the man, claiming to be a casting director, had sought her nude photos saying a Hollywood director wanted to see those for the audition of a Netflix show.

However, the private pictures got leaked online, and after Rao failed to come up with a satisfactory explanation, the model filed a case against him.

Avantika had further said that the concerned Hollywood director had confirmed that he did not ask anyone for any nude pictures, and also the mentioned that the Netflix show didn’t exist in the first place.

All the leaked bikini images of Avantika Gaokar can be viewed here. Avantika’s management confirmed that about 15 raw bikini images have been leaked which were meant to be confidential and private. More images  (See Pics) of Avantika Gaokar in a hotel wearing a red bikini were also leaked today.

Uncensored, unedited Avantika Gaokar’s Bikini, Nude and Semi-Nude Leaked Pics

Model and actress Avantika Gaokar found herself in an uneasy and embarrassing situation on Sunday when a website leaked her bikini photos. Her manager said that the images were leaked by a rogue director Rameshnath Venkat Rao from Sri Lanka who has been blackmailing Gaokar for the last one month.

All the leaked bikini images of Avantika Gaokar can be viewed here. Avantika’s management confirmed that about 15 raw bikini images have been leaked which were meant to be confidential and private. More images  (See Pics) of Avantika Gaokar in a hotel wearing a red bikini were also leaked today.

According to sources, Avantika had shot the sample or reference images a month ago on the request of a Hollywood film director for an international web series.  Click here for Avantika Gaokar nude mms clip news.  The earlier nude images can be seen here.

Avantika was not available for comment, but her publicist said they have already filed two police complaints against Rameshnath Venkat Rao who has fled to Sri Lanka and is leaking images from the neighbouring country.

The police have confirmed the location of the leak. The IP address shows that Venkat Rao is hiding on the outskirts of Colombo and leaking all the photos and video clips from there, her publicist informed, adding that there are two arrest warrants pending against Rao and the police have moved the concerned courts to cancel his passport.

Avantika Gaokar’s Bikini, Nude and Semi-Nude Images Leaked Again, this time from Sri Lanka?

Model and actress Avantika Gaokar found herself in an uneasy and embarrassing situation on Sunday when a website leaked her bikini photos.  More images  (See Pics) of Avantika Gaokar in a hotel wearing a red bikini were also leaked today.

Her manager Flynn Remedios said that the images were leaked by a rogue director Rameshnath Venkat Rao who has been blackmailing Gaokar for the last one month. The leaked bikini images of Avantika Gaokar can be viewed below.

avantika-gaokar-bikiniAccording to sources, Avantika had shot the sample or reference images a month ago on the request of a Hollywood film director for an international web series.

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However, she was shocked to find out that the images got leaked on social media and have already gone viral.

Avantika is currently shooting for a Bollywood film in Lucknow. She is also signed on for the Trilok Mukhi Productions’ mega-budged historic period film Pratapgad where she plays the main lead.

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Avantika was not available for comment, but her publicist Flynn Remedios said they have already filed two police complaints against Rameshnath Venkat Rao who has fled to Sri Lanka and is leaking images from the neighbouring country.

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The police have confirmed the location of the leak. The IP address shows that Venkat Rao is hiding on the outskirts of Colombo and leaking all the photos and video clips from there.

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PICS: Goan girl Avantika Gaokar shoots topless for director Maneesh Singh’s Bombay Dost

Move over Radhika Apte and Esha Gupta. There is a new bold babe on the block. And her name is Avantika Gaokar.

Her family shifted abroad when she was a little baby, only to come back to India recently. Gaokar is not new to controversy. She has accused a small-time Tamil film director Rameshnath Venkat Rao of leaking her nude pics and video clips. Click here for Avantika Gaokar nude mms clip news.  The nude images can be seen here.

More images  (See Pics) of Avantika Gaokar in a hotel wearing a red bikini were also leaked today.

Says the spunky and devil-may-dare Avantika Gaokar, “I have almost no memories of my early childhood in India as we shifted abroad when I was very young. I am from Goa, and the first few years of my life were spent at Pernem in North Goa. Once we shifted abroad, everything changed.”

Now the 20-plus Avantika Gaokar is back with a bang after about 16 years of living abroad and ready to take on Bollywood with gusto and gumption.

The bombshell is slated to be one of the contestants of the forthcoming season of the stunt-based reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi. Speculations about her being a part of the Salman Khan hosted controversial reality show Bigg Boss have also been rife for a long time.

She impressed director and producer Maneesh Singh at the first go who signed her on for one of his projects Bombay Dost which is based on lesbian and gay relationships in India. Avantika will play the main lead in this project.

Singh who was looking for a bold new girl with a desi look and clean North Indian Hindi accent, but minus the qualms of posing nude or topless immediately got to work. Shooting for the project will begin next month and Singh is so besotted with Gaokar that he also signed her on for one of his Tamil projects as well, two days after she was signed for Bombay Dost.

Singh had to shelve his film a year ago, after he met with an accident in Alwar near Rajasthan. He has since re-launched the project and it will go on floor in July, this year.

Director accused of selling Avantika Gaokar’s nude pictures sends rape threats on email

Actress Avantika Gaokar has accused director named Rameshnath Venkat of threatening to throw acid on her face and get her raped by Naxalites, reports IB Times.

After Gaokar had exposed Rao’s nude pics racket and also filed a police complaint against him, Rao who has since fled to Sri Lanka threatened to release nude mms clips.  The images can be seen here.

According to Avantika’s manager, Rao sent an e-mail threatening to throw acid on her. He also said that he would get her kidnapped and raped by Naxalites, the model’s manager claimed while adding that the e-mail has been submitted to the police. Rao is now wanted by the police and even a local court has issued a non-bailable warrant against him for his arrest.

The alleged threatening came after Avantika filed a police case against the director for allegedly selling her nude pictures to a media outlet, which later got leaked online. Later, Rao had allegedly uploaded a nude MMS clip on YouTube as well, claiming that to be of the actress. He later on uploaded a second clip which was also fake according to IB Times.

However, the video turned out to be a fake one and nude video was soon deleted after Avantika and some other viewers reported it to YouTube authorities.

The entire controversy started after the Mumbai-based model had alleged that Rao fraudulently acquired her nude pictures, and later sold them to a media outlet by making a fake authorizing letter. She had stated that Rao had convinced her to send the photos saying that a Hollywood director wanted those pictures for a Netflix show’s ‘look test’. However, the show didn’t even exist in the first place.

She had also said that Rao had asked her to send a nude video as well, which she didn’t oblige. “Rakeshnath Venkat Rao was trying to get me to send him a nude video as well. I am lucky, I didn’t listen to him. He made such big promises, which I now know are all false. He tried to first sell my nude photos to a prominent Mumbai tabloid, but when that didn’t work out, he sold the pictures to Indiascoops.com. He showed the website a fake authority letter which claimed he had the rights to use or sell the images. My signature on that form/letter is fake,” Avantika had told International Business Times India.

Later a police case was filed against Rao, who according to Avantika fled to Sri Lanka.