Bigg Boss is in my DNA; Salman Khan’s and fans’ love count more than the trophy: Rakhi Sawant on taking home a cash prize for mother’s treatment and her BB14 journey


Rakhi Sawant emerged as the full paisa vasool entertainer of Bigg Boss 14. Although she could not win the coveted trophy she returned home bagging a cool cash prize of Rs 14 lakhs. exclusively caught up with her at the Bigg Boss 14 Grand Finale last night for a candid conversation.

Talking about participating in the first season of Bigg Boss and now once again in Bigg Boss 14, Rakhi spoke about the changes and said, “Pehle season ka mujhe yaad nahi hai, itna kuch khaas pata nahi tha, social media bhi nahi tha, itna highlight nahi tha. But iss baar bahut fan following mila, bahut pyaar mila; sab upgrade bhi hue, dhurandhar khiladi the unke beech mein jaana it was not a joke (I don’t remember the first season that well, at that time there was no social media and not much exposure. But this time round there was social media, more exposure that earned me lots of fans and their love, the players were also more shrewd and it wasn’t easy being with them inside the house).”

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Rakhi, who had entered the BB 14 house as a challenger with a few other contestants said that only Kashmera and Vikas were her friends. Talking about them she said, “Kashmera Shah and Vikas Gupta ke alawa koi dost hi nahi tha (There were no friends except Kashmera and Vikas).” Further talking about the relationship and equations with other contestants now that the reality show is over, she said, “Main sara bair-bhav Bigg Boss house mein chod ke aayi. Jo bhi mujhse dosti karega , baat karega main usse baat karoongi, uske alawa main kya kar sakti hoon. Abhi toh mere haath mein hai na, Bigg Boss house ke andar mere haath mein nahi tha kisi ko avoid karna, jinhone mujhpar paani fenka, taane mare, naak toda (I left all the baggage inside the Bigg Boss house, whoever will befriend me or talk to me I will talk to them, I can’t do anything more. Now it’s all in my hands, in Bigg Boss house I couldn’t avoid those who spoke ill about me, threw water on me and hit me on my nose.)”

When asked whether she regrets taking the cash prize and foregoing the trophy, Rakhi said, “Mujhe bilkul bhi regret nahi hai trust me. Meri ma hospital mein julajh rahi hai apne pain se aur chemotherapy and other treatment kar rahi hai so mujhe paison ki bahut zaroorat thi. Mera pura bank balance zero tha, ma ka rinn koi nahi chukka sakta. Mujhe third runner-up, first runner-up par nahi aana tha, meri ma agar bach gayi toh usse zyada kya chahiye. Koi regret nahi hai but jo Salman ne mujhe jo bracelet diya and itni tareef kari, usse zyada luck kya hoga (I don’t have any regrets. I needed money for my mother’s treatment, if my mother gets well that will be my prize. No one can repay a mother's debt. Moreover, the love I received from the fans and Salman and his praises mean more to me).”

She further thanked Bigg Boss, Salman and her fans and said, “Bigg Boss toh mere DNA mein hai, Bigg Boss meri aankhon mein hai, meri sharer mein hai, meri aatma mein hai. Bigg Boss ne jo mujhe diya hai woh kaun dega, Bigg Boss ne mujhe janta ke ghar-ghar tak pahunchaya, mera talent mera entertainment. Thank you Bigg Boss mere parmeshwar, Salman Ji and junta (Bigg Boss is in my DNA, in my spirit. Bigg Boss has given me an opportunity to reach countless homes, to show my talent and my entertainment. Thank you Salman, thank you Bigg Boss, thank you my fans).”

(Transcribed By: Vandana Srivastawa)