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Bigg Boss 9 is struggling to gain TRPs. While the housemates are literally fighting it out to make the show popular, one of its most high-profile contestants, Rimi Sen has been the biggest disappointment. The Bollywood actor, who many expected to bring in the much needed glamour, inside the house, has in turn stayed away from any kind of action. Many have also begun calling her the "rock" on the show. All this after the producers paid her a whopping 2 crores!
So if you were wondering why host Salman Khan has been pestering her to come out of her shell and show her fun side, this hefty amount is the reason. Inside sources also say the makers have been asking Rimi to justify the remuneration. No wonder she is saved every week from evictions.
But is it justified to pay a contestant this much considering the others get anywhere between 3 to 20 lakh per week? According to the contract, each participant gets a signing amount apart from a decided sum every surviving week on the show. Here is a list of former contestants in Bigg Boss who raked in the maximum moolah.
1. Pamela Anderson
The biggest bait for participating in the controversial reality show has always been the money factor. So much so that even international celebrities couldn't refrainfrom it. The highest paid celebrity so far was Pamela Anderson who got 2.5 crore for her three-day stay in the house!
2. The Great Khali
The wrestler, who was a part of the fourth season, was paid close to 50 lakh per week! Entering the house as a wild card, he went on to become the first runner-up on the show.
3. Karishma Tanna
The model-turned-actress was one of the most controversial and favourite contestants of season eight. Well, she was also the highest paid, getting close to 10 lakh per week.
4. Tanishaa Mukherjee
After a failed Bollywood career, Tanishaa tried her hand at reality shows, finishing second on its seventh season. She was signed for a fat pay cheque of 7.5 lakh per week, and within 10 weeks of her stay in the house, she managed to earn even more than the actual cash price of the winner.
5. Shweta Tiwari
India's soap opera queen, Shweta won the fourth season, apart from receiving 5 lakh remuneration for her stay per week. She was one contestant who walked out of the house rich!
6. Navjot Singh Sidhu
The former cricketer was a part of the sixth season before attaining the tag of a laughing machine on television. He was signed for 4 lakh per week. And he stayed in the house for five weeks.