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What Bigg Boss gives its contestants

Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 07, 2014
First Published: 11:08 IST(7/1/2014) | Last Updated: 11:28 IST(7/1/2014)

Most inmates of the past  seasons of Bigg Boss are remembered either for their antics or their on-screen affairs.


A few privileged ones make news thanks to their subsequent victory.


However, every season, we also witness a rather curious trend — the winner, who is greeted with much pomp and show post the win — almost always fades out of the industry. So, if you often wonder about their whereabouts, we give you a lowdown on what the last six winners of the reality show have been busy doing all this while. 


Rahul Roy
Age: 45
Year: 2006
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After a long hiatus, the Aashiqui (1990) actor is now making his Bollywood comeback with psychological thriller, To Be Or Not To Be. “I said ‘yes’ to this film because I was really looking for a strong storyline to make my comeback. I play a mad character,” says Roy.

Talking about starting anew, he says, “I’ve realised that I can’t take myself for granted. I’ll strive to regain my respectability and position in the industry. I wish to now play my cards wisely.”

Ashutosh Kaushik
Age: 34
Year: 2008

Post winning the show, Kaushik, who had also won  Roadies 5.0 in 2007, was also seen on a few episodes of various TV shows such as Comedy Circus — Chinchpokli to China and Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, among others. 

This small-town guy from Saharanpur was also part of films such as Zila Ghaziabad (2013) and Shortcut Romeo (2013).  He is currently shooting for a film called Love Ke Funday, which is a romantic comedy.

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Vindu Dara Singh
Age: 49
Year: 2009

After winning the show, Vindu Dara Singh did small roles in movies like Housefull (2010) and Son of Sardar (2012). He was also seen on some TV shows. In 2013, his name got embroiled in the IPL ­betting scandal. He is now looking forward to his upcoming films like Jatt James Bond, Non Veg, Pranam Valekum and Khanna Patel.


Shweta Tiwari
Age: 33
Year: 2011

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/shweta-tiwari.jpgShe played Sweety on the TV show Parvarrish — Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi till August 2013 and also participated in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa. In July 2013, Shweta married her boyfriend of three years, Abhinav Kohli. 

"As of now, I’m not doing ­anything. I’m planning to expand my acting school now,” she says about her professional plans. 


Juhi Parmar
Age: 33
Year: 2012
The actor, best known for playing Kumkum in the TV show Kumkum — Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan, chose to spend time with her family, post ­winning the show.

Juhi, who is ­married to TV actor Sachin Shroff, gave birth to a ­daughter in January last year. “My daughter Samaira is ­keeping me completely busy. I can work my entire life, but being with my child when she uttered her first word or when she sat for the first time was more important to me,” she says. 


Urvashi Dholakia
Age: 33
Year: 2012

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Urvashi, who is best known for playing Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, was seen doing stand-up comedy on the show, Nautanki — The Comedy Theatre, post winning the reality show. 

She then took a break. Now, she says she has started a venture on foreign shores. “There are lot of things that are keeping me busy, but you will have to wait before I make any official announcements. I don’t like to brag. All I can reveal is that I have set up a venture abroad, which I have always ­wanted to do. I believe that I have a life beyond acting, and I also like it that way,” she says.


Inmates who got lucky

These celebs didn’t win the show, but they bagged offers that changed their careers for the better

Amit Sadh
Season: 1
Position in the show: Top 5
What he bagged: Substantial role in films Phoonk 2 (2010), Maximum (2012) and supporting role in Kai Po Che (2013). 


Santosh Shukla
Season: 6
Position in the show: Top 11
What he bagged: A villian’s role in Salman Khan’s upcoming film Jai Ho.


Imam Siddique
Season: 6
Position in the show: Runner-up
What he bagged: A comedy TV show, Time Out With Imam.

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Samir Soni
Season: 4
Position in the show: Top 5
What he bagged: The lead role in Ekta Kapoor’s television show, Parichay.


Sunny Leone
Season: 5
Position in the show: Top 6
What she bagged: The lead role in Mahesh Bhatt’s film, Jism 2.


Monica Bedi
Season: 2
Position in the show: Top 5
What she bagged: The vamp’s role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s TV show, Saraswatichandra.

Sana Khan
Season: 6
Position in the show: Second runner-up
What she bagged: A key role in Salman Khan’s upcoming film, Jai Ho.

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