Salman Khan at the launch of Bigg Boss 6 in Mumbai on Sunday evening
Salman Khan returns to Bigg Boss with the promise of a “cleaner and more chilled-out” show this season, starting October 7. A t2 chat with the man of the moment...
It’s that time of the year again. Do you look forward to hosting Bigg Boss as much as we look forward to seeing you on the show?
Ya, ya sure…100 per cent, definitely. It’s a great show and I enjoy my time on it. Last year, you know, we got slightly carried away, which was not something that our family audiences liked. This time we will look at including people on the show who will not get carried away that easily.
The promise that you have made this year is of a cleaner, more family-friendly show. But don’t you think that will take away the USP of Bigg Boss?
See, the chhote-mote jhagde will have to be there… that kind of stuff happens in our real lives too. I am not saying that we will get only righteous people on the show… but the abuse and the maara-maari will have to be tamed this time. It will have all the masala and spice, but presented in a better way. At 9pm, when you are about to sleep, no one likes to watch people screaming and shouting. I understand that when people are locked up in a house for three months, emotions will flare up. When people get angry, obviously they will not recite poetry (laughs)… they will shout and abuse and say harsh things. The abusive language is anyway beeped out, but that has to be cut down. Let’s see how we are able to do it… it will depend a lot on the kind of contestants that we choose this time around. But then, you never know how people react when they go into the house. But I promise you that this season will be more chilled-out.
Was that a condition that you put before Colors to come back to the show this season?
No, no beta… I love the show. I was always going to be on it.
You had said on camera last year that your mother (Salma Khan) had said she couldn’t watch the show anymore because of the abuses and the frequent fighting…
Yes, yes… pretty much. My mum told me that her friends stopped watching the show because of all this. Mum is otherwise very chilled-out, but even she felt that yeh zyada ho raha hai, you know. All of us are grown-ups, so it’s fine, but there are families where kids and grandparents watch the show together and that wasn’t a good sign for me. I even told the contestants last season that it’s not cool to do stuff like this in front of children.
How much will you miss Sanjay Dutt as co-host this season?
Ya, ya I miss him so much. We had a great time last season, not only what you saw on air, but the whole process… the days we worked together… it was a complete blast.
How long would Salman Khan last in the Bigg Boss house?
I would tire Bigg Boss out! Bigg Boss would run away (laughs).
Tiger would have broken out... he would have run away. You have seen in the film how good he is at running from one place to another!
What has your time on Bigg Boss taught you about human nature?
Oh, so many things. A celebrity goes inside (the house) and becomes a common person in the first two-three days itself. You don’t like the people you are with, but you have to live with them because you want to win the game. There is conflict of interests. It shows that we have the capability to adjust to any situation when we know that it will benefit us. Then when they come out, they miss the house like crazy because that becomes home for them. They have a lot of personality changes… they come out after spending time in Bigg Boss and then they actually are able to react to things and people better. They learn a lot of patience.
Your new look in the show promos has grabbed eyeballs…
I wasn’t shooting, so I thought let’s try out a different look. It was just a beard, but people were kind of liking the look. But now it’s off.
Ek Tha Tiger is inching towards the Rs 200-crore club. How much of a high is that for you?
I feel very happy, very fortunate that the film has done so well. I knew it would make a lot of money, but considering the response it got on the first day itself, it should have made 200 crore fataak se! It shouldn’t have taken so much time! When you know it’s going towards 200, then your patience goes away. It should have made 200 bahut pehle. But as I said, I am happy because the producer-distributor share from this film is huge… Kabir (Khan, the director) is happy… Yashraj (Films) is happy… and so I am happy. Now films are making 200, a year later we will have films that will make 300… business will only grow.
How do you react to the fact that you are your only competition… you make the records and you break them…
Kahaan yaar, Aamir (Khan) hain na! Look at the records he creates… it’s so difficult to break them! I only keep trying. Aamir is the benchmark for all of us. Aur ab toh Dhoom (3) bhi aane waali hai next year!