Amitabh Bachchan has been signed up by Colors TV to host the third series of Bigg Boss. “This is one show that has intrigued me immensely as a viewer – its format, its contestants and the psychological battle within the house,” he explains, “That intrigue, coupled with the unique concept that Colors shared with me for this season, excited me to be a part of Bigg Boss this year.” Amitabh has previously hosted the popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, so is no stranger to the small screen.
The last very successful series of Bigg Boss was hosted by Shilpa Shetty but the new series is promised to be even better with Amitabh interviewing the housemates and playing the role of pop philosopher offering them the benefit of his wisdom. “We want to take Bigg Boss to an even higher level this year – in ratings, in novelty and in appeal,” says a source for the programme, “With Mr Bachchan on board playing the Pop Philosopher, we believe that Bigg Boss this year has all the ingredients to surpass last year’s popularity.”
Meanwhile, there is further news of Big B’s role in Aladin, the fantasy adventure also starring Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandes, now scheduled for an October release. Sanjay Dutt, playing the role of the Ringmaster will be pitted against Amitabh in his role of the Genie. “When two actors like these are pitted opposite each other, there are bound to be fireworks,” says director Sujoy Ghosh. “Now whether these would be through power packed dialogue or some intense scenes or symbolic gestures is something that would be for audiences to see once the film arrives in October!”