April 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Bollywood musician Anu Malik is to quit Indian Idol show due to financial reasons, as per sources. The Sony’s musical reality show has Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant on its jury panel this season.
Apparently a cold war has transpired between the channel and Anu regarding the injustice of payment shelled about to him and Sunidhi. Anu has, in fact, warned the channel to take a call immediately or else he can also quit the show.It’s just three days left for Indian Idol season 5 to hit airwaves and it seems a furor regarding financial issues has cropped up amongst the jury.
According to a tabloid report, Anu is being paid less than Sunidhi. The latter is reportedly getting a remuneration of almost Rs.7.5 lakhs per episode, Anu gets only Rs. 5 lakhs per episode. This vast difference had annoyed Anu so much that he is not co-operating with the producer now.
Danish Khan, vice president and marketing head, Sony Entertainment Television reportedly admitted that they are having issues with Anu Malik but they are confident of sorting it out.