Mumbai: Former Japanese sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama, who will be appearing in the reality television show Big Boss as a guest, says he was a little sceptical of the idea because of the language barrier, but his interest in the Indian culture made him take up the offer.
    
Yamamotoyama, known as yama, will be entering the Bigg Boss house on Saturday.
"I was little sceptical of taking up the show first... primarily due to the language issue, as I don't understand Hindi or English. But I was keen to learn about the Indian culture so much that I thought the show will be a good platform," Yama said, speaking through an interpreter.
    
At 601 pounds, he is the heaviest Japanese-born sumo wrestler ever.
    
"I will have placards with pictures to communicate with the housemates. I am looking forward to it," he added.
    
The show, hosted by Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, is in its last leg of finals, with six contestants -- Amar Upadhay, Akashdeep Saigal, Siddharth Bhardwaj, Juhi Parmar, Mahek Chahal and Sunny Leone.
    
When asked if he had heard of Salman, Sanjay or any of the contestants, he said, "I have heard about both but don't know much about them. I have seen the rushes of the show but I am not aware about the contestants. I had seen the fourth season of Bigg Boss."
    
Yama, however, knows `Kolaveri Di', as the song has reached Japan too. And he knows Salman's `Dabangg' steps.     

The 27-year-old wrestler made his professional debut in 2007; but in April this year, he was asked to retire by Japan Sumo Association after he was found to be involved in match fixing. When asked about the charges, Yama said, "It is not true."

(Agencies)