As the day of Bigg Boss launch inches closer, excitement is also rising among the audience and media. Colors on Tuesday organised a grand launch of Bigg Boss 11 in the luscious lawns of a co-operative society. Staying true to its ‘padosi’ theme, the entire setting had a neighbourhood feel. Salman, in his inimitable style, took over the stage for some fun media interaction and also answered the journalists’ grueling questions. From the coming season, his paycheck to his neighbours and more, the Dabbang actor was at his charming best even when the heat kept him perturbed.
While most questions pertained to the show and the contestants, indianexpress.com asked Salman whether he is prepped up to compete with Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan who are all set to play host in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Ted Talks India: Nayi Soch, respectively. Salman, Shah Rukh, and Akshay definitely are the biggest superstars in Bollywood today and we asked the Bajrani Bhaijaan actor whether it would be a new era of competition on TV.
Giving a wry smile, Salman replied, “I think Shah Rukh and Akshay are amazing. Shah Rukh is a great host and so is Akshay. He has also got an amazing comic timing and is quite witty. On the other hand, Shah Rukh has his own personality, his own style, swag, and charisma. I think it’s going to be quite a tough competition.” And then with a mischievous pause, he added, “for them,” before breaking into an infectious laughter.
The host who joined Bigg Boss from the fourth season also added in the conference that he really liked the show and it is a learning ground for him. Salman said, “I really like Bigg Boss and I have learnt a lot, seriously. Bigg Boss has not only made me more patient but has also taught me when to react and when to let go things. Har bar bolta hu ke aur nahi karunga (I keep saying that I don’t want to do it anymore) but I keep coming back. Mere bina Colors walon ko TRPs nahi milti (Colors doesn’t get TRPs without me). So, they keep getting me back.”
Talking further about the show, the Sultan actor added, “It is the most difficult format and you need to have patience, willpower, sensibilities and a thorough knowledge of the game. There’s not much food. Just one bathroom. You have fights. Friends turning enemies. It’s too much to cope up with.” Referring to last year’s difficult contestants Swami Om and Priyanka Jagga, the actor shared, “I just hope there is no badtameezi (ill-mannerism) in the house. It gets to me.”
Salman also confessed to being completely ignorant of the theme and format each season though he added that given a chance he would change a part. “I do not like the first-week eviction. I think it takes time before people show their real colors. You cannot judge someone in such a short time and that I feel is a little unfair.”
Bigg Boss 11 will launch on October 1 on Colors. While on weekdays, the controversial reality show will air at 10:30 pm, on weekends it will air at 9 pm.