Salman Khan on Bigg Boss: 'Many come on the show to revamp their careers, so they should behave'

Seema Sinha

Sep 27, 2017 11:37:17 IST

It’s that time of the year when Salman Khan will be back on your television screen with the 11th season of one of the most popular reality shows, Bigg Boss. This is his eighth season and strangely enough, this time there were absolutely no speculations of ‘will he’ or ‘won’t he’ host the controversy-laden show.

“Yes, every time I create this [confusion] (grins mischievously). Bigg Boss has a great format, there is nothing better on TV than this. But yes, I like Kaun Banega Crorepati as well,” Salman tells Firstpost in an exclusive chat.

Looking a tad bit exhausted and yet dapper in blue shirt, navy blue trousers and turquoise blue jacket — with a light stubble accentuating his good looks — it’s only been a few days since the actor touched down in Mumbai. He'd been busy shooting the Abu Dhabi schedule of Ali Abbas Zafar's Tiger Zinda Hai, with co-star Katrina Kaif.

Salman Khan on Bigg Boss: Many come on the show to revamp their careers, so they should behave

Salman Khan returns as the host of Bigg Boss 11.

Salman said that he had a great shoot, of the much-awaited sequel that releases in December. “Tiger is alive and kicking,” he laughs. But before that he’s excited about this week’s release, Varun Dhawan-starrer Judwaa 2 in which he plays a cameo. Apparently, Salman, the star of original Judwaa, had told Varun to be prepared to face criticism from his fans. Varun had also mentioned that Salman wanted him to win over his fans, to which Salman says, while laughing out loud, “Arre, Varun has already won my fans.”

Coming back to Bigg Boss, which kick-starts on 1 October on Colors TV with the theme 'Neighbors', one wonders why Salman is often in two minds about hosting the show. He elaborates, “Sometimes I do feel like I don’t want to do the show and I say it. But then I realise that this show has lot of positive elements for the audience to take from. When we are watching it, we do feel that the behaviour of certain contestants is wrong and automatically we don’t like that person. You feel that if such a situation arises in your life you will never react to it like that. Similarly, when someone shows a positive attitude, we get inspired from that person. There are lot of good things you can take from the show,” said Salman.

However one thing is non-negotiable; he expects all the Bigg Boss participants “to behave properly”.

“I know it is not easy considering they come from different backgrounds and are mingling for the first time. There is friendship, there is politics, and they have to deal with many tricky situations. But whatever be the case, they should behave,” he says, further adding, “I think many people come on the show for revamping their career and if they are fighting and misbehaving with people, industry professionals will not prefer to work with them.”

He continues while talking about the process, “I watch the show twice every week; once when the show comes out and then I also get these DVDs. I make my notes, my points. Then, before going on the sets, I watch it again to refresh my memory. While dealing with difficult situations, I try to figure out how the fight began, who's responsible, who played mischief.  I try and understand which route each contestant is taking. Then, which are the contestants who are clueless, contestants who are not pretending and being natural, being just themselves. This way I get to know who's real and who's playing games.”

Further, commenting on the controversies and TRPs, Salman says, “I keep in mind that children, women and even senior citizens are watching the show, but yes, there is this game of TRPs, I understand. But if TRPs need to be raised with violence and abusive language then I definitely don't approve of that. I try and stop that right in the beginning. This is the host's home too. You need to take care of your guest so that they have a comfortable stay. But when certain contestants get out of control then they have to be told — ‘Leave My Home’. I know kids watch the show, my mother watches, everyone else’s mother watches it — and when they cross the limits, it is not acceptable.”

“But it’s all so unpredictable. We don’t know what’s going to happen, who are the contestants, how will they behave week after week. It also depends on how creative the team is – whether the contestants will be kept hungry, or 'troubled' in different ways, or whether they will get enough sleep,” he adds.

Besides the controversies that arise due to the show format, there have been instances when Salman was also accused of playing favourites, to which he says, “That the contestants themselves create. These days creating controversies have become so common. People create it to raise curiosity level.” Is there any rule in the game that he wants to change? “I think the first week of elimination is not right because it takes a little time to settle down and mingle with people. So, whoever gets eliminated in the first week, I think it is unfair," he says.

Everybody wants to know — does Salman Khan watch television?

“I do watch news, movies and some of these comedy shows. Sunil Grover is outstanding, I don’t miss his show, then there’s Krishna Abhishek, and Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma which has been on air for the longest time,” says Salman.

With rumours of Salman taking home a fat pay cheque of Rs 11 crore per episode one wants to know, between the two – show format and money – what lures him more?  Pat comes the reply, “For survival, money is most important, no doubt, but I have lot of other expenses, too. As money comes to me, I have to give it away (hinting on his court cases?). (laughs) Jab jab tareekh aati hai..tareekh pe tareekh tareekh pe tareekh aati hai...”

Salman Khan with Raj Nayak of Colors. Firstpost image.

Even after spending about three decades in the industry, Salman’s career and popularity has remained unmatched. In fact, it has been growing in leaps and bounds, to which he explains, “I had become too complacent before Wanted (2009). Then I realised that I need to work harder on every film. When the audience sees the pain of your hard work on screen then they appreciate your performance. You need to be better than your previous film.”

With both Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, too, venturing onto the small screen this year, Salman was earlier asked for his opinion on the growing competition. “It will be tough as everyone has their own USP,” was his diplomatic answer. But as we all know, the superstar is not known for his diplomacy. Here's the second part of his answer — "It will be tough for them,” he grins mischievously.

Updated Date: Sep 27, 2017 11:39:02 IST

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