Hollywood actress and model Pamela Anderson entered Bigg Boss 4, an Indian television reality show on Wednesday night, creating excitement among television viewers in India.
Media reports said Pamela was surrounded and mobbed by a large number of people including journalists on her arrival in Mumbai. Her subsequent entry into the Bigg Boss house was seen as a big surprise to its participants, who warmly welcomed her.
Pamela Anderson’s entry into the show comes at a time when the Indian Information & Broadcasting Ministry directed entertainment channels to shift airing of their controversial reality shows including Bigg Boss to a time slot after 11 pm.
Bigg Boss is telecast daily at 9 pm.
The ministry feels that the show was not suitable to be viewed by children due to increasing use of vulgar language and acts by contestants.
The two-page order issued by the broadcasting ministry has also asked channels to run a viewer advisory when the programs are aired.
Meanwhile, Pamela settled down in a television set put up for the Bigg Boss show by a channel in Lonavala, which is 135 kilometers from Mumbai.
Anderson, 43, who shot to fame with Baywatch, said she was excited about being in India, a country she’d heard so much about and only wished that her kids – sons Dylan, 13, and Brandon, 14, - were also here with her.
“But I do hope to visit the Taj Mahal someday with them,” she was quoted as saying in a media report.
The Canadian-American model did not rule out the possibility of taking up Hindi film offers. “It all actually depends on my boys. I’d love to do films here, but I can’t bear the thought of staying away from my kids for so long,” she said. Anderson was also quick to admit that she is not a fan of reality shows although she is in India to participate in a reality show.
“It’ll be a fun experience. It’s one of those silly fun things I did for money, because I do have to pay taxes back home. But, the biggest draw here was getting a chance to come to India and give out a message, as I’ll be talking about the concept of water conservation and other issues with the other house guests,” she said.
Pamela Anderson said she misses doing shows like Baywatch on television. “Its been kind of downhill after that, but I’m not embarrassed about anything I’ve done,” she says.
The actress is flying back on Friday night. Pamela Anderson expects to take back loads of bangles, Indian wear and a lot of fond memories. “I hope to be back soon,” she said.
In a related development, Indian television viewers are likely to feel happy to know that the time slot move is not going to be implemented until after Anderson’s exit from Bigg Boss house following a stay issued by the Bombay High Court on government order.