India dashes Kardashian’s Bigg Boss plan

November 20, 2014

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UPDATE: It’s not just gold imports that India is trying to curb. It looks like Kim Kardashian’s visit to India and her guest spot on the TV show “Bigg Boss” won’t happen after all. Reuters confirmed through two sources — who predictably enough didn’t want to be quoted — that the appearance on the Colors TV network programme has been cancelled because of a “visa issue”. We and other news sources don’t know what the problem was, but solving it became too hard because of her busy schedule, according to one of our sources. Kardashian’s tour to promote her new perfume, “Fleur Fatale,” or “Fatal Flower,” continues. The original post on her visit remains below.

Here’s an attempt at a ratings boost: Kim Kardashian, the U.S. reality television star whose nude photo shoot a few days ago in Paper magazine prompted a more than generous round of attention on the Internet, will be a guest on Indian reality TV show “Bigg Boss,” the channel which airs the show said on Sunday.

On the show, broadcast on Colors TV, small-time celebrities are locked in a house for 90 days without access to phones or the Internet. The show, which is in its eighth season, has seen falling ratings this year, and the entry of Kardashian on Friday could lift sagging viewership. The 34-year-old’s photo shoot for Paper magazine last week, in which she posed nude, got much attention from Indian Twitter users, not to mention many other people online. (The photos, which most people would agree are not suitable for work viewing, are here.)

Kardashian, whose show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians” is aired in India, is not the first guest to appear on “Bigg Boss”. In the past, wrestler Khali, actress Pamela Anderson, and Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds have been on the show.

A press release sent to reporters included a quote from Kardashian in Hindi: “Namaste India… main Kim Kardashian aa rahi hoon India… Bigg Boss ke ghar mein,” or “Hello India… I, Kim Kardashian, am coming to India… in Bigg Boss’s house.”

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