New Delhi, Aug 17 (UNI) Her latest video album 'Dard-e-Sherlyn' might have created a huge buzz in film trade circles, but Sherlyn Chopra's demands were found ''pricey and too hot to handle'' by Endemol India, makers of the 'Bigg Boss 2' reality show, who showed her the door.
The 'sexy siren' Sherlyn, who was in discussion to participate in the reality show as one of its 14 housemates, could not close the deal as two of her conditions could not be met on time.
Sources close to the upcoming actress said Sherlyn asked for a sum of Rs three crore for her three-month appearance in the 'Bigg Boss 2' House. The programme is to be aired on the entertainment channel 'Colors' from tonight.
''After her first music album 'Outrageous', her second album 'Dard-e-Sherlyn' has also become a runaway success. So, she felt that only a decent price could keep her inside the House for a whole three months,'' the sources said.
It is also learnt that Sherlyn suggested that the makers install cameras even in bathrooms of the House, so that she could flaunt her vast collection of colourful bikinis and inner wear while bathing. It seemed she was keen to generate loads of teenage interest in the show from both sexes, the sources said.
It can be recalled that the practice of cameras in the bathrooms of such a reality show existed in UK's 'Big Brother' earlier, until Shilpa Shetty got the practice discontinued two years ago, with a clause in her contract stating it went against her ethics and culture. It is obvious that Sherlyn thinks otherwise.
But since 'Bigg Boss 2' found Sherlyn's demands outrageous, she was out.
''Right from the beginning of her career, Sherlyn has a very bold, outspoken, daring and sensational diva-like image. One can't really blame her for thinking of her colourful bikinis,'' quipped her publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
''Nowadays, everyone from Kareena Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra is being talked about for wearing bikinis in their movies. So why should we have double standards for reality shows? After all, they are just another medium of expression,'' Bhagwagar added.
Infact, sources close to Sherlyn said her non-participation in the show was ''hardly a loss'' for her. Rather, it is a loss for the makers of the show.
''Sherlyn is a typical bindaas new-age babe. Everyone knows that if she would have been on the show, the TRP's would have sky-rocketed simply with her boldness and flamboyance. It's hardly 'her'loss,'' they said.
On her part, the whole experience has left Sherlyn quite disillusioned. Sources closer to her said Sherlyn felt she was not really cut out for a show like 'Bigg Boss 2'.
To be aired from Mondays to Sundays, 'Bigg Boss 2', like the inaugural edition of the show, will have 14 celebrities from different walks of life who are locked up in a house together vie with each other to survive in the 'Bigg Boss - Season 2' House for 12 weeks, all this for a cash prize of a whopping Rs 75 lakh.
This edition of the show, to be hosted by Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, will be a battle of human minds and emotions at work, captured over 84 days, 24 X 7 by 32 cameras as contestants vie for the ultimate title and the booty.
The cameras will capture each and every move of the contestants and they will not have any privacy, except in bathrooms of course.
In the show, every week each housemate nominates two contestants for eviction, while the 'Bigg Boss' chooses two contestants with maximum number of nominations to be put up for public vote. Voting lines open and the viewers vote to save the contestant they like the most from the ones up for eviction. The contestant with the maximum votes is saved from being evicted from the 'Bigg Boss' house.
The challenge is to survive a popularity SMS poll, while co-living for good number of days under constant camera surveillance with other housemates for company and of course, 'the Bigg Boss'.
Among those said to be the part of the 'Bigg Boss 2' house are Jade Goody, the Briton who had Bollywood starlet Shilpa in tears with her allegedly racist remarks in UK's 'Big Brother' reality show last year.
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