Good food and toilets promised, celebs return

Producers heed contestants demand

After creating fuss over all sorts of complaints including tough tasks, the quality of food and cleaning of toilets in the dense forest of Malaysia, the seven outraged celebrity contestants of the Sony's reality show "Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao" have returned.
"Yes, they came back, it happened late last night," the channel's spokesperson Shola told Deccan Herald on Wednesday. She was not aware of the reasons that made the celebrities change their mind and return to the show.

There were 10 contestants in the reality show that began telecasting on the channel from July 13, but one withdrew in the first week. On Tuesday, seven out of nine contestants packed their bags and left the venue for home, but were cajoled by the producers midway to return.The show is being shot in Taman Negara tropical rain forest, which is Malaysia’s largest jungle.

The celebrities who feature on the show are actors Aman Verma, Chetan Hansraj, Shweta Tiwari, Akashdeep Saigal, pop singer Anaida, model co-ordinator and choreographer Marc Robinson, actress Mona Vasu, ex-MTV Roadie Palak, and Haryana's former advocate general Fiza, whose conversion to Islam to marry the state's former deputy chief minister Chand Mohammed hit the headlines.

Added agony

According to the show’s format, contestants have to nominate one candidate for a task everyday whereby the chosen one has to win some stars through the task. To add to their agony, the number of stars collected by the nominee determines the quantity of food the contestants would get for dinner - so it becomes necessary to perform the task well.

On Tuesday, Saigal was given a tough task wherein he was made to put his face into a glass jar full of insects, scorpions and snakes, to test his strength. He successfully completed the task  keeping his head inside for nine minutes, but when he came out his neck and face were swollen due to many bites.

He was angry and so were his fellow contestants, who termed the show as "sadistic" and then packed their bags. They walked through the jungle and reached a jetty to cross the river to reach the mainland, but were stopped by the show's crew.

"The participants were well aware of the rules of the game, they had seen episodes from the 'I am Celebrity...' on which this show is based, so they cannot say they did not know the rules," Shola said.

Demands met

However, it is learnt that the celebrities decided to return after some of their demands were conceded by the producers. One demand pertained to the quality of food, another was about cleaning toilets. The celebrities refused to clean the toilets anymore and asked the producers to get it done on regular basis. Meanwhile, another television celebrity Negar Khan will be joining the show as contestant. She was to enter the show at the beginning, but could not do so due to visa problems. Shola confirmed Negar's wile card entry sometime next week.

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