Anil Kapoor on hosting Bigg Boss OTT Season 3: Nobody can replace Salman Khan

The reality TV show is set to premiere on JioCinema on June 21
 Anil Kapoor (Left) and Salman Khan (Right)
Anil Kapoor (Left) and Salman Khan (Right)

Anil Kapoor, who will be hosting the season 3 of Bigg Boss OTT, earlier hosted by Salman Khan, said that it would be wrong to say he has "replaced" the superstar as both of them have their own standing.

The reality TV show Bigg Boss is synonymous with Salman, who has been hosting it since the fourth season. However, he could not continue for this season due to his unavailability. Anil, who has co-starred with Salman in films such as No Entry (2005), Race 3 (2018), Biwi No. 1 (1999), and Yuvvraaj (2008), said the former presenter is excited about him stepping in as the host.

Speaking to reporters at the press conference of Bigg Boss OTT season 3, Anil said, "He is irreplaceable and so am I. Everyone's asking this question but it is very wrong. Nobody can replace Salman Khan. Similarly, nobody can replace Anil Kapoor. I spoke to him about it and he was excited that I’ve now taken over a non-fiction show.”

He added, “I wanted to do something different for a long time now. I have done many movies, judged shows but have never done anything like Bigg Boss, so I am very excited for it."

Calling Salman his younger brother and friend, Anil said "replacement" was an incorrect term and that actors often get replaced due to various reasons.

"Everyone has work, sometimes for some reason one can't do it or doesn't have time to do it. Recently, I have been replaced. I don't know the reason for getting replaced, but these things happen. Many people have replaced me, I have also replaced people. We are just doing a job, we should do it with a lot of sincerity and honesty," he added.

The 67-year-old also seemed unfazed when asked about being trolled on social media and being pitted against Salman as a host.

“Do it (trolling). How does it matter? Trolling is a part of life now. It is a part of social media, you have to face it. I have worked with honesty and sincerity, and by the grace of God, most of the times it (response) has been positive,” said the actor.

He added, "Sometimes, a few things didn't work. Even when things don’t work, I still keep on doing different things. I have been here (in the industry) for 45 years and I must've done something right (in my career) that I am still here today.”

Anil, who was last seen in this year's action drama, Fighter, said he is looking forward to exploring newer kinds of films and shows, like Bigg Boss OTT 3.

"I am at the stage in my career where I want to do something I have never done before. I have done in a way a non-fiction thing on the film front, which was a global success that is Slumdog Millionaire.”

He added, "I have done fiction shows on OTT (The Night Manager) and television (24). So, this (Bigg Boss OTT 3) was something I had not done. I thought why not do this? I'm happy to do it."

Reflecting on the fights that take place in the house of Bigg Boss, he said, “If someone crosses a line, I will have to be fair and firm. There would be a few things, which would be controversial in Bigg Boss and they might be uncomfortable as well but all these things happen and that happens in life too. How you handle it is important.”

He added, "If the contestant will lie to me, I can handle that. I will get to know if he or she is lying to me. But if they lie to themselves then it would be bad. I will have to show some empathy and discipline. I will also have to speak wisely with them. I will have to be true to myself. Maybe some people will like it, some won’t. But I promise to be true to myself in every situation."

The actor further said that he would like Salman, Kapil Sharma, Karan Johar and himself to feature as contestants on the reality show, which should be hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

Starring over a dozen celebrity contestants, Bigg Boss OTT 3 will premiere on June 21 at 9 pm on JioCinema Premium.

The makers have promised interactive features and an unfiltered ad-free 24-hour live channel, delivering an immersive OTT experience to audiences.

The upcoming season is produced by EndemolShine India, part of the Banijay Group.

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