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Bigg Boss 14 press conference LIVE UPDATES: Salman Khan introduces Jaan Kumar Sanu as a contestant

From October 3 onwards, Bigg Boss will air Monday-Friday at 10.30 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9 pm on Colors. It will be available before TV exclusively on Voot Select.

Written by Sana Farzeen | Updated: September 24, 2020 5:08:10 pm
Bigg Boss 2020Bigg Boss 14 will be hosted by Salman Khan. (Photo: Colors TV)

Bigg Boss is all set to roll out its 14h season, and this year, the show is trying to bring back the normalcy that has gone out of our lives due to the coronavirus pandemic. Salman Khan continues to be the host this year as well.

With movie theaters being shut since March, the audience has been starved for entertainment. So the upcoming season of the show is expected to fill a huge void in people’s lives. Former Bigg Boss contestants like Sidharth Shukla, Gauhar Khan and Hina Khan are promoting this season. It has also been reported that these three will also be a part of the new season as they have special powers in the game this time.

A source told indianexpress.com, “The makers want to spice up the upcoming season, and what better way than get the experts of the game to add some twist. While Gauahar and Sidharth were winners of their individual seasons, Hina and Monalisa were very popular contestants. Hina has always associated herself with Bigg Boss seasons, and she was more than happy to come back.”

As far as the contestants are concerned, a source informed indianexpress.com that actor Gia Manek and singer Rahul Vaidya will be in the house this year. Actor Eijaz Khan will likely enter the house too.

Keeping in mind the new guidelines, the contestants of this season will be quarantining separately before they enter the Bigg Boss house. The source added, “The celebrities have already started the self-quarantine process. They have been put up in different hotels so that they do not find out who their co-housemates are. They are also shooting for their reality videos, and introductory performance for the premiere night. This season, there would be 12 contestants entering the house.”

Other contestants who will be a part of this season are Nishant Singh Malkani, Jasmin Bhasin, Nikki Tamboli and Jaan Kumar Sanu.

Bigg Boss 14 will premiere on October 3 at 9 pm.

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17:08 (IST)24 Sep 2020
In case you missed Bigg Boss 14 press conference

17:00 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman jokes about his salary cut

Salman Khan says he happy to cut down on his fees if others are getting fully paid. Salman adds he is excited and hopeful that Bigg Boss would help people divert their minds and enjoy themselves.

16:59 (IST)24 Sep 2020
The salary of Bigg Boss' crew

Salman Khan asks Endemol's Abhishek Rege about the team and their salaries. Rege informs that employment has not decreased, and they would be working with the whole team but in shifts. He also mentions that everyone received full salaries all these months.

16:56 (IST)24 Sep 2020
'I wanted people to start earning again'

"The biggest reason that I am doing Bigg Boss is, I wanted people to start earning again. A lot many people died of COVID and also hunger. Bigg Boss has a big unit and gives employement to a lot of people," says Salman Khan.

16:55 (IST)24 Sep 2020
'There is nothing better than honest work'

"My biggest frustration is that I did not work for so long. I haven't taken a holiday so long in the last 30 years as I did in this period. It was a forceful chutti for me. I didn't know what would happen. There is nothing better than honest work. Treat it as a hobby and you will enjoy it," says Salman Khan.

16:53 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman on expectation from Bigg Boss 14

Salman Khan credits the contestants for the success of Bigg Boss 13. He says, "The credit goes to all of you as everyone did so well. The next season I hope is better but it will be very difficult to compete with you guys. I hope they do much better than you guys."

16:51 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman mentions GDP

"We have to work. GDP badhega fir. I am happy that Bigg Boss is back as that would bring entertainment. The contestants would be safe as they will be secure for 3-4 months in the house," says Salman Khan.

16:50 (IST)24 Sep 2020
'I am scared of sneezes and even kisses'

"I am scared to be back on the sets. Everyone is in masks, PPE kits and gloves. People do come close when they come to put the mike. I am scared of sneezes and even kisses," says Salman Khan. Following this remark, he asks Sidharth Shukla about Shehnaaz Gill.

Salman adds that he was apprehensive as there is a newborn, Aayat, and senior citizens at home. He says, "We might be able to fight it, but our families may not. You can put them at risk even when you hug them. They will survive, but we wouldn't want them to face the stress. You shouldn't take panga with the unseen, which has kind of stopped the whole world."

16:48 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman's fruitful time at the farm

"I don't go to theaters as people forget their films and come to me instead. Even hospitals I don't visit as people forget their loved ones when they see me. I only visit Tata Hospitals to meet young children to spread some smiles," says Salman Khan. He adds that he had a fruitful time at the farm and even cultivated rice.

16:46 (IST)24 Sep 2020
I did not step out for six months, says Salman

Sidharth Shukla asks Salman Khan what did he miss the most. He says, "I did not step out for six months. This is the first day I am shooting. I shot for the promos at my farm."

Salman added that they moved to the farm as his parents are old, and they didn't want to put them at risk. He also said it was stressful not knowing when work would resume.

16:44 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman talks about work during lockdown

Salman Khan says that due to the lockdown, everyone's work got affected. He advises that one has to take precautions, specially if you have old people in the family.

16:44 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman Khan asks Sidharth Shukla about Asim Riaz

Salman Khan asks Sidharth Shukla about Asim Riaz. He asks whether they got into an akhada. Sidharth says they had a chat on social media, but nothing like Bigg Boss.

16:42 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Rajinikanth gets a mention

Sidharh Shukla then asks what would Jaan Kumar Sanu do if he is constantly poked. Jaan says he follows the words of Rajinikanth - "Jhund mein toh soovar aate hai ... sher akela hi aata hai" Jaan said he too believes in playing an individual game. He added that he wouldn't hesistate to answer back when needed.

16:37 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Sidharth Shukla to guide Jaan Kumar Sanu

Salman Khan gives Sidharth Shukla the duty to guide Jaan Kumar Sanu as he feels the latter is quite a simple guy. Shukla tells Jaan that there would be a lot of unexpected situations and one has to be up for it. He asks him to stand his ground and stand up for his friends. Shukla gives Jaan a funny situation and asks how he will deal with it. He asks if a girl throws tea on Jaan (referring to Rashami Desai incident), what will he do. Jaan says he will sing 'ek garam chai ki piyali ho'. He adds that he believes both cannot be angry, and thus he would be calm.

16:31 (IST)24 Sep 2020
I am a big fan of Bigg Boss, says Jaan Kumar Sanu

"I am so excited to meet you. I am nervous and dazed meeting you. I am a big fan of Bigg Boss," says Jaan Kumar Sanu.

Salman asks Jaan to not cry in the house that he is missing his father. He also advises him to practice tasks, start working out and follow a diet. Khan adds that stay safe and don't step out of the house. He compliments Jaan's innocence smile.

16:26 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Salman Khan introduces Jaan Kumar Sanu as a contestant

For the first time, a contestant has been revealed. Salman Khan introduces Kumar Sanu's son Jaan Kumar Sanu, who sings 'Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan'.

16:25 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Hina Khan, Gauahar Khan and Sidharth Shukla are here!

Salman Khan welcomes Hina Khan, Gauahar Khan and Sidharth Shukla. The trio tease their participation but do not share any details. Gauahar says that every season Salman maintains suspense, this season they would do the same. Sidharth adds that if they are around, they will create a storm in the initial episodes. He says that in the first week, there is a whole lot of surprise that has never happened in the history of Bigg Boss.

16:19 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Makers on Bigg Boss 14 safety precautions

"Even if someone has corona symptoms, the shoot has to be stalled. Bigg Boss is a real-time show, and we cannot take a risk. All contestants would be tested and quarantined before they enter the show. The crew will also be tested every weekend. We have taken all precautions and planned things, but in case someone falls sick, we would have to give cameras to contestants to shoot. It is going to be tough, but we are committed," says Manisha Sharma.

16:15 (IST)24 Sep 2020
'It is so difficult to script such a long show'

Manisha says that it is so difficult to script such a long show. Salman adds that nobody in the world can neither script a show like this, nor are they such good performers that they can play a character for so long. He says emotions change every second, and loyalties shift every now and then.

16:12 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Do contestants leave the Bigg Boss house? The makers finally answer the question.

Salman Khan says that there is a misconception among people that contestants leave during their stay. He also asks Manisha to clear the air that he too stays throughout the show.

Manisha says that if people could leave, their budget would have gone down drastically. She also says that Salman is the only one who goes home. She clears the air that through the 100 days, contestants stay in the house locked, and the camera also records every move.

The makers believe that with the uncertainty that this year has brought upon people, Bigg Boss 14 will bring back some sense of normalcy for the audience.

"Bigg Boss is one show that over the years has brought the viewers together and been the most sought after entertainment reality show. With an unprecedented disruption and uncertainty looming over when things will improve, we wanted to evoke a sense of normalcy through the campaign and give a befitting response to all the challenges that 2020 has put us through," shared Sapangeet Rajwant, Head - Marketing, and Digital, Hindi Mass Entertainment & Head of Brand Solutions, Viacom 18.

Sapangeet added, "By creating different zones in the Bigg Boss House, like a movie hall, mall, spa, and dining area, we have magnified the theme of the show, ‘Ab paltega bhi scene, kyunki Bigg Boss dega 2020 ko jawaab.’"

Some photos of the new Bigg Boss house were also leaked online, and the audience was quite elated to get a glimpse of the house.

A source earlier shared with indianexpress.com, "Throughout the lockdown, people have missed certain activities, be it shopping, eating out or watching films. As part of the luxury tasks, contestants would be able to win a chance to enjoy these in the Bigg Boss 14 house. As Salman Khan said in the teaser videos, this would be a befitting reply to 2020."

From October 3 onwards, Bigg Boss will air Monday-Friday at 10.30 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9 pm on Colors. It will be available before TV exclusively on Voot Select.