WHICH “BIG BANG THEORY” STAR WANTS MORE BANG FOR HIS BUCK?
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
By James Desborough
“The Big Bang Theory” cast have just signed huge deals to return to the show, but actor Kunal Nayyar, who plays Raj, also wants his character to get more on screen loving.
Show sources say when striking his new reported $200,000 an episode contract, Kunal also asked for the writers to give Raj a girlfriend or two.
Fans have not seen Raj have much luck with the ladies in the long running hit CBS sitcom. However geeky buddies Sheldon and Howard, played Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg, have both held down firm relationships, while poor Raj continues to suffer in the love department.
Last season he had what appeared to be his most successful run with dermatologist Emily, who was frowned upon by his pals.
A source confided to Dish Nation: “Kunal was united with his cast members about the pay increase, but he also pushed hard for his character to have a relationship bloom on screen.”
“He asked that as part of the deal, he would like Raj to be given more opportunities for the script to focus on his love life. That has been verbally agreed upon so next season fans can expect to see more awkward moments of Raj with the ladies.”
Don’t feel too sorry for Kunal. In real life, the handsome actor is doing very well for himself. In 2011 he married gorgeous Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur.
“Producers really like Kunal and are looking forward to working on getting him more action. For fans too it will be a new direction as we have seen a lot of Sheldon and Amy’s awkwardness. The opportunity for them to react to Raj’s dating life easily delivers many more comic scenarios.”
Last week the lead cast members ended a dispute with Warner Bros. over their pay deals. Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki will bank $1 million per episode.