Fenil and Bollywood

Rakesh Khanna in Bigg Boss

Posted on: October 23, 2009

Rajesh Khanna agrees to enter Bigg Boss as a wildcard entry

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 23, 2009)

Rajesh Khanna is destined to be part of Bigg Boss 3. The veteran actor, who will now be introduced as a wildcard entry in the show within the next two weeks, was a strong contender when the channel was finalising the contestants a few days before the show was about to be aired. However, he wasn’t finalised because of dillydallying at that point of time.

“The main  problem with Mr Khanna was he wanted  permission to be allowed to drink  within the house. We  couldn’t  allow him  that,”  says a source from the channel.

Things have changed now. With Kamaal R Khan’s inglorious booting-out on Wednesday, the channel is once again negotiating with Rajesh Khanna. This  time Rajesh Khanna says he’s willing to give up on his hard drinks till he is inside the house because, apparently, he finds the friction, tension and drama on theshow far more  intoxicating than the drinks.

A highly-placed source from  the channel confirms and says, “We’ve  opened up negotiations with Mr Khanna  and he has  agreed to be  on  the show. We  will be introducing   him  in the  show as a  wildcard entry in  the next two weeks.”

Interestingly, rumours have it that Rajesh  Khanna’s superstar son-in-law Akshay Kumar was opposed  to the idea  of  his father-in-law participating in the reality show.

“If  this  is  true  then  Mr Khanna must be  all  the more inclined to  do so. He  doesn’t like to be  told what  to do,” adds the source.

Incidentally, Rajesh Khanna will be paid the highest amount ever  given to  a contestant. Given that Khanna was Bollywood’s first superstar, it will be interesting to see him interact with the reality show’s pop philosopher Amitabh Bachchan who had taken over as the superstar after him.

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