Superstar Salman Khan on Thursday said the coronavirus lockdown was "stressful" for him as he had to take a forced break of nearly half a year which is the longest he has been away from work. At a virtual launch event of Colors TV, Salman Khan announced the Bigg Boss 14 which is starting from October 3.
"My biggest frustration is this that last six months I have not worked. I have never taken such a long break in 30 years, which I was forced to take this year. Ever since I did 'Maine Pyar Kiya' and began working, every year I try and take a break from 25th December to 3rd January. But ever since I started doing Bigg Boss over the last 10 to 12 years, I would work a few days even in my holidays but I am happy doing that", Salman said.
This year, Salman Khan will be taking a pay cut for hosting the show in order to ensure every crew member gets their due payment. The actor spoke about this while talking to Abhishek Rege, CEO of Endemol Shine India.
When Salman asked Abhishek Rege, "We are paying full salary to everyone?", he replied, "We are paying salary. Obviously, you might not see huge increments, but we are paying full salary to people".
To this, Salman responded: "Very good. What about mine? Doesn't matter. I am more than happy to cut it down so that everyone else gets paid".
On Thursday, apart from launching the new season, the actor also gave a virtual tour of the Bigg Boss house for the 14th season, which has an in-house spa, restaurant, theatre, and shopping mall for the housemates. He also introduced this season's first contestant, playback singer Kumar Sanu's son, Jaan Kumar Sanu.
Former Bigg Boss contestants Sidharth Shukla, Gauahar Khan, and Hina Khan made a guest appearance at the virtual launch event to promote the upcoming season.