NT Rama Rao Jr: 'Bigg Boss is as per Telugu sensibilities; I did not watch Salman Khan's show'
Hyderabad: Actor NT Rama Rao Jr is excited about making his television debut with the Telugu version of widely popular reality television show Bigg Boss. He says he sees this as an opportunity to explore himself.
Bigg Boss Telugu is slated to go on air on 16 July on Star Maa. Talking to the media here on 8 July, NT Rama Rao Jr said he accepted the show because he likes challenges. "Challenges excite me. When Star Maa approached me with the offer, I didn't think even for a minute to say yes. I was intrigued because I saw it as an opportunity to explore myself," he said.
"I don't know anything about hosting, and I see this as a challenge I would like to take head on. It's also the kind of show where the contestants can also explore themselves," he added.
The show will have 12 celebrity contestants brought together for 70 days, surrounded by 60 cameras and cut off from the outside world in one huge house.
Jr NTR said he didn't watch the show in other languages. "My cousin had once introduced me to the show. I must have watched a few minutes of one episode where Salman (Khan) was hosting. I decided not to watch the show in other languages because I didn't want to get influenced by what they (other hosts) did," he said, assuring the show has been programmed keeping in mind Telugu sensibilities and culture.
Asked if he received a fat paycheck for the new role, he said, "They have paid me enough. Honestly, I didn't worry much about remuneration. I was more excited about the challenge," he added.
While the names of the 12 contestants are being heavily guarded, the industry grapevine is that actors Posani Krishna Murali and Tejaswi Madivada are part of the show.
Bigg Boss is the Indian version of the international format Big Brother, one of the most successful reality television series ever. The Endemol-owned format has had 10 blockbuster seasons in Hindi.