Salman Khan quits Bigg Boss OTT for film shoot; Anil Kapoor steps in as host | Bollywood

Bigg Boss, the provocative reality series, is gearing up for its third installment on the OTT platform. However, this season marks a significant change as film megastar Salman Khan will be absent from hosting duties, due to engagements with a new film project, Hindustan Times has learned. (Also read: Post-security concerns, Salman Khan departs to Dubai for an event; ‘Sikander’ film shoots scheduled for June)

June will see the launch of the next installment of Bigg Boss OTT.

Introducing the New Host

A reliable source disclosed that Salman Khan has decided to step aside from hosting Bigg Boss OTT’s third season, paving the way for Anil Kapoor to assume the role.

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Currently, Salman is dedicating his attention to preparing for ‘Sikandar’, a film under A.R. Murugadoss’s direction. This commitment to film work is a key reason for his departure from the Bigg Boss OTT hosting responsibilities, the source explained.

The inside informant also mentioned, “Salman plans to begin filming for ‘Sikandar’ in June. His busy schedule and his desire to avoid redundancy for the audience, due to his synonymous role as the TV show’s host, led to his decision to skip hosting the OTT show.”

Another source confirmed the change, noting that “Anil Kapoor is indeed the host for the new season, and he’s expected to bring his unique flair and iconic humor to the stage.”

Clues to the Switch

The program’s producers teased the switch with a recent promotional clip. Jio Cinema unveiled a teaser on Instagram this Wednesday announcing Bigg Boss OTT’s return in June. This teaser was capped off with a voiceover catchphrase “Yeh season hoga khaas ekdum jhakaas,” alluding to Anil’s famous catchword ‘jhakaas’.

“Anil is eager to helm the show and infuse it with his individual charm. The host change aligns with the dynamic of introducing fresh hosts for each new season,” the source revealed further.

Insight on Bigg Boss OTT

Bigg Boss OTT is a digital adaptation of the renowned Indian reality show Bigg Boss. Its debut run was broadcast on Voot with filmmaker Karan Johar at the helm. For the second season of Bigg Boss OTT, Salman Khan took over the hosting role.

The series first aired in 2021, culminating with Divya Agarwal taking the title.

The sensational show followed up with its second outing in 2023, where influencer Elvish Yadav claimed the victory, with runner-up Abhishek Malhan close behind. The official launch date for Bigg Boss OTT 3 is still under wraps at this moment.

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