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Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 09, 2011
TV actor Shweta Tiwari, who won the reality show, Bigg Boss, on Saturday night, says there was a lot that she learned during her days in the Bigg Boss house. “I felt independent; I learned to cook new dishes, and made some good friends.” Ask her to name them, and she elaborates, “Samir (Soni), Seema (Parihar) and Manoj (Tiwari) are my friends for life.” Reacting to allegations that Manoj rigged her win by buying lakhs of votes, she says, “If I have won because of him, I say thank you to him.”

The actor, who walked away with Rs.1 crore as prize money, says that she’ll spend it all on her nine-year-old daughter, Palak. “Ek maa kya kar sakti hai itne paiso ka? (what can a mother do with all that money?) Everything that I earn is for Palak. I missed her immensely all the 96 days I was in the house,” she says.

Another thing she missed was peace of mind, thanks to co-participant Dolly Bindra. “There were many unpleasant fights in the house. If I had my way, I would have deleted them from the whole show. Itni gaaliyaan sunni padti thi, main sochti thi koi itni gaaliyaan kaise de sakta hai (I had to hear so many abuses; I wondered how one could abuse so much).” 

Bindra, who stood fourth, had said that she targeted Shweta because the latter had duped her of money years ago. But Shweta defends, “I can swear on my heart this is not true. I never knew Dolly before the show.” About speculation that she will tie the knot with beau Abhinav Kohli now, she says she is not “entertaining these queries now.”