‘Bigg Boss 14’ budgets slashed due to coronavirus?

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced the film and TV industry to rethink their productions moving forward. The makers of ‘Bigg Boss’ are no expectation as they look to tweak certain rules for the contestants as well as making amendments to the contestants’ policies and contract.

Aa source close to the production said, “While every year contestants get paid weekly, this season contestants will be signed on a pre-decided budget and won’t be paid weekly. Due to the financial crunch, the show will have 5 popular faces with the lesser-known ones. Given the high amount of uncertainty involved, if in any situation the reality show is stalled in between, the production won’t pay for the episodes which didn’t happen. A contestant can be eliminated basis of their hygiene, and their temperatures will be checked on a daily basis. If a contestant falls ill, he will be disqualified, but the show won’t pay them. Contestants with good immunity will only be taken.”

Superstar Salman Khan has hosted the popular reality show since the fourth season, and the show’s popularity has only grown over all the seasons, reports Mid Day. Now, in its 14th run, ‘Bigg Boss’ usually starts in the first week of October. However, this will be delayed by a month due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

The source went on to say, “The participants will be a mix of celebrities and commoners. The team has shortlisted 30 people, of which 16 will enter the Bigg Boss house. The 16 contestants, comprising 13 celebrities and three commoners, will be tested for COVID-19 before being sent inside the house. The set, as well as the items inside the house, will be sanitised. The set will be constructed at Film City, and Salman will travel from his Bandra residence for the shoot. Only on Saturdays, will he be at his chalet.”

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