Here’s what the contestants have to sign up for before they get roped in for the reality show
Reality show Bigg Boss has an ironclad contract. There is no room for ambiguity. The contestants know what they are signing up for, when they initial on this 23 pages long contract, with clauses that cover everything from the behaviour of the contestant, to the prize money.
BollywoodLife.com managed to get their hand on one such contract and gives you a detailed summary of the most interesting clauses that the contestants have to abide by. Take a sneak peek at some of the clauses from this and past Bigg Boss seasons:
Clause 1.2 (a) – Signing amount
Every celebrity is paid a bomb to participate in Bigg Boss. This particular contestant was paid somewhere close to Rs 8 lakh as the signing amount, which is payable within seven days of execution of the contract. And this signing amount is the minimum guarantee in case a housemate is evicted at the end of very first week.
Clause 1.2 (b) – Weekly consideration
Apart from the signing amount, participants are also given a weekly consideration, if the contestant manages to stay in the house over a period exceeding two weeks. Obviously, weekly consideration is payable to a contestant only for the period of his/her stay inside the glass walled house. Last season, Tanishaa Mukerji was paid somewhere around Rs 8 lakh per week, which was the highest when compared to the weekly consideration of her co-contestants.
Clause 1.4 – Term of the contract
A Bigg Boss contestant is required to be available exclusively to Viacom 18 (producers and broadcasters of the show) for the period of 117 days, of which approximately 100 days is for shooting inside the house and the rest 17 days for the preparation, promotion, marketing and promo shoots.
Clause 1.7 – Contestants cannot interfere in the matters of editing and final cut of the episodes
No contestant is allowed to interfere in the nature and manner of editing of the programme. So let’s just say, if Ali Quli Mirza touched Sonali Raut under the blanket (which he did) and he doesn’t want it to be shown on the TV, it can’t happen.
Clause 1.9 – Identity of the contestants
A participant is not entitled to know the identity of the other contestant. Bigg Boss 8 contestants, Minissha Lamba and Arya Babbar talked on the phone just days before they entered the house and they apparently strategised about their stay, which was a clear breach of contract.
Clause 1.10 (b)  – Criminal convictions have to be notified to the makers
Celebrities with criminal conviction (other than those already notified to Viacom 18) are not allowed to participate in Bigg Boss. So celebrities like Monica Bedi, Rahul Mahajan, Devender, Abbas Kazmi and Aseem Trivedi, who were criminally involved in some way or the other didn’t hide their identity from the makers before entering the house.
Clause 1.10 (b)  – No holy books. Makers will provide them
No celeb is permitted to take any reading material including holy books inside the house. The producers provide holy books or scriptures to whoever who needs them. This season, Soni Singh got some puja ka samaan in her luggage, which was taken away from her.
Clause 1.11 – No talking with the media about the selection before entering the house
Participants are not allowed to liaise with the media about their selection. If they do then the producers have the right to exclude that particular contestant from the show.
Clause 1.13 iii and 1.13 (a) – Fine for leaving the house
The most important clause in the BB contract. A contestant is liable to pay Rs 50 lakh if he/she leaves the show mid-way. When Rahul Mahajan called it quits from BB2, he paid a fine to the producers. Similarly, both Kushal Tandon and Gauahar Khan were asked to pay the penalty for their untimely exit from BB7. However, they both returned to the house and the rest as we all know is history.
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