Salman Khan will be back with his controversial reality show Bigg Boss 13 which will start airing on Colors TV from September 29 onwards, Monday to Friday at 10.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm. And while the list of probable contestants is already out, it is now being said that Rashmi Desai is being touted as the highest paid celebrity of this season.
According to reports, Rashmi would be paid a whopping Rs 1.2 crore for her stay in the Bigg Boss 13 house. Remunerations that contestants get to be on the show depends on a one-point agenda: Bigger the celebrity, bigger the fee.
Unlike previous seasons, Bigg Boss 13 house will be located in Mumbai and not Lonavla in order to attract more popular celebrities as contestants. The total prize money will reportedly be a whopping Rs 1 crore. For the last few seasons, the prize money had been around Rs 40 to Rs 50 lakh only. The contestants will get a chance to reach the finale in just four weeks.
With the show set to come back on the small screen soon, let's take a look at the contestants of past editions who made big bucks by getting locked inside the house.
* SHWETA TIWARI
Television star Shweta Tiwari, who would go on to win Bigg Boss season 4, received Rs 5 lakh for her stay per week, according to reports. She is still remembered for her fights with Dolly Bindra.
* RIMI SEN
The "Dhoom" actress was reportedly paid a whopping Rs. 2 crore as signing amount, although she failed to generate much controversy once ionside the house.
* PAMELA ANDERSON
The "Baywatch" star added glitz to desi small screen with her brief appearance on "Bigg Boss 4". She was reportedly paid Rs 2.5 crore for her three-day stay in the house.
* BANI J
Veejay Bani appeared on season 10 of "Bigg Boss", and went on to become runner up. It is believed that she was paid Rs 1.5 crore for her stint in the show.
* KARAN MEHRA
The "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai" star featured on "Bigg Boss 10", and according to reports was paid Rs 1 crore to sign the deal.
* S. SREESANTH
Former Indian cricketer Sreesanth, who lost the "Bigg Boss 12" trophy to actress Dipika Kakar, reportedly got Rs 50 lakh per week.
* KARISHMA TANNA
The actress, who became talk of the tinsel town after her link-up with actor Upen Patel, got close to Rs 10 lakh per week, claim several reports.
* TANISHAA MUKERJI
Actress Tanishaa Mukerji made waves with her fights as well as romance rumours with actor Armaan Kohli. She received Rs 7.5 lakh per week, reports state.
* HINA KHAN
"Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai" star Hina Khan, who was one of finalists of "Bigg Boss 11", apparently got around Rs 8 lakh per week.
* NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU
The former Indian cricketer participated in Bigg Boss 6. He reportedly signed the contract for Rs 4 lakh per week.
* THE GREAT KHALI
WWE wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known by his ring name 'The Great Khali', was part of season four and was apparently paid close to Rs 50 lakh per week.
* SHILPA SHINDE
The season 11 winner brought lots of drama to the show, and Shilpa was paid approximately Rs 6 to 7 lakh per week.
* VIKAS GUPTA
He was the most controversial contestant of season 11. He was apparently paid Rs 6 to 6.5 lakh per week.
* ANUP JALOTA
The singer came in the house with Jasleen Matharu as a 'jodi' in season 12. It is reported that he got Rs 40 lakh per week.
* KARANVIR BOHRA
He was in "Bigg Boss Season 12", and apparently charged Rs 20 lakh per week for staying in the house.
* DIPIKA KAKAR
The "Sasural Simar Ka" star won season 12 of the show, and reportedly got Rs 15 lakh per week.
(With IANS Inputs)