In Indian reality show Bigg Boss, in past few years, they give commoners to also participate with celebrities to compete for the winning titles. But it's a common knowledge that celebrity gets money for as long as they stay in the show.

But what about commoners? Do commoners participate for free or they also get any money?

  • I'm aware this is irrelevant to the question & even this stack, but the word 'commoner' to describe someone who is not famous bothers me. A commoner is someone who is not royalty [or landed gentry]. Celebrities also are not royalty & therefore also commoners. Having said that, I can't think of a single word to replace it with....
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 12:24
  • @Tetsujin that term is coined by show and contestant only
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 12:32

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Yes, commoners ARE paid to be on the show, but please note that there is a HUGE difference in their pay as compared to the celebs, celebs take a hefty 700-800k per week (many get 2 million+) whereas commoners get as low as 25k per week. Commoners are entitled to the main prize basically, which is not at all a concern for the celebs! All currency units are INR by the way.

My sources inlude the official sites of timesmedia and businesstoday group.

this this

  • 25k per week, get me in \o/
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 6:23

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