A Mumbai-based model and actress Arshi Khan has allegedly claimed that a senior official associated with the casting and selection of participants or contestants for Bigg Boss 9, had demanded Rs 20 lakh in order to make it to the controversial reality show, according to a posting which first appeared on India-Forums.com, and subsequently on various other sites.
The popular reality show on Colors – Bigg Boss has been mired in some controversy or the other each year. This year, Arshi Khan’s allegations are not surprising and the same allegations were raised in the past as well, by others.
According to sources, the casting director was in touch with an event organizer based in Indore and Mumbai and was even offering official contracts to prospective participants who were ready to pay Rs 15 to 20 lakh to participate in the show.
According to a spokesperson for Arshi Khan, who has sent a legal notice to the channel Colors, as she had canceled several assignments and other events as an individual from the Casting and Programming department had assured her that she was selected for the show and would be taken in as a wild card entry. “He first demanded Rs 20 lakh. I was not willing to pay such an amount. Why should I pay? Bigg Boss on Colors is a popular show with a good viewer ship and TRP, but it does not mean that one must pay to get into such shows. Later on the same person contacted my manager and demanded personal favors and said if I was not able or willing to pay the “entry fee”, it could be waived off, if I agreed to his terms and conditions,” Arshi Khan said in Mumbai on Monday, adding that she had canceled several other appointments, assignments and events to be able to be part of the show.
We tried to contact Colors for their statement, but no official spokesperson was available for comment.
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