Rahul Mahajan, who regaled audiences in the second season of Bigg Boss and went back for more during the ongoing eighth season, has come out exhausted and disillusioned. “Everyone inside the house was doing saas-bahu kind of drama to attract attention,” he says.
“Doing that naatak was unthinkable for me. When I was on Season 2, we contestants were so innocent. We didn’t know anything about camera angles. These contestants know exactly where to look, what to say and how to grab attention.”
“Everybody is faking it in there. I could not bring myself to indulge in buffoonery like Ali Quli. Nor could I turn into a villain just to create drama. I simply shut myself off. For the last one week, I just slept. Yet, I have come out exhausted,” he says.
Rahul doesn’t spare his estranged wife Dimpy from the accusations of melodrama. “Dimpy cries and cries like she’s a heroine from the 1970s,” he says. “But that’s okay. That’s her style. We may not be together anymore but I am still very protective towards her. I realised this inside the Bigg Boss. Every time there was an issue related to her, I’d be concerned. We are not divorced formally and even when that happens, we will share a healthy friendship.”
Rahul is amused to hear that contestants Upen Patel and Karishma Tanna were caught kissing on camera. “You mean a lip-to-lip kiss? I didn’t know about this,” he says. “But I am not surprised. They were constantly in one another’s company coochie-cooing to one another, and talking softly.”
Does Rahul feel Karishma is genuinely in love with Upen?
Rahul protests, “Look, emotions get exaggerated inside there. What would amount to 10 percent affection outside becomes a 100 percent in there. Who knows what they’d be feeling for one another once they are out of there?”
As for his own affection of Ms Tanna, Rahul says, “That was nothing but some healthy flirting. I didn’t go in there with the intention of disrespecting women. I meant no harm and had no ulterior motives when I was being nice to Karishma.”
But he discounts chances of Karishma winning Bigg Boss. “She may be in the top three but the winner would be either Gautam or Pritam. Gautam has a huge fan following while Pritam has worked his way into the top bracket through his sincerity.”
Rahul will now start work on a comedy film called 3 Full 3 Half. “I want to act in films. I never wanted to act in Bigg Boss,” ends Rahul.