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Raja Rani wins Survivor India

Somya Abrol, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 30, 2012
First Published: 18:09 IST(30/3/2012) | Last Updated: 18:17 IST(30/3/2012)

Owing her victory solely to fitness is hockey player Raj Rani - the winner of reality TV show Survivor India 2012 - as she says, "Politics alone can get you nowhere, especially on this show; physical fitness can."

Going by her previous interview with HT City, her plans after winning the show still seem intact, those of first buying a house in Chandigarh and then volunteering for other reality shows. "Though I will only be receiving 70% of the winning amount (Rs 1 crore), thanks to the tax deductions, I plan to buy a house around Chandigarh first and then buy a car," says the 25-year-old.

And, if you thought she's a 'lucky' winner, wait till you hear her snail-eating story. "Yes, we'd catch little snails after every bout of rain on the island, boil them thoroughly, take out their shells and tell ourselves we're having boiled chicken."

So, does the prize money seem worth all the torture? "Yes, every sweet bit of it! Now, all those years spent with hockey - the early mornings, the hours in the sun and the strenuous physical activities - seem like years of preparation for the 45-day exam that I just went through. Let's just say I've passed with flying colours."

Ask her about her strategy on the show and she says, "Since I used to play at the centre-half position, I knew how to hold the team together and move forward. That's exactly what I did on the show, worked as a team player initially and got selected amongst the top 10. That's where the individuality came in, with my strength being my advantage."

Adding some spice to her survivor's diary, she says, "The only person I had a slight tiff with was Payal Rohatgi. Her attitude was getting too big for her head. But that didn't ruin my terms with her boyfriend, Sangram; we're still friends."

Smitten by the TV bug, Raj Rani says she would, quite obviously, try her hand at acting. "I'm not going to just wake up one day and start acting, but yes, joining Anupam Kher's acting school is on the agenda. Besides, reality shows are my first love - those are on the top of my priority list."

So, if not for the money, would you have done such a show? "Absolutely! To tell you the truth, I didn't even know we were going to get paid per episode. I would have done it anyway. The idea of getting out of the comfort of our everyday lives and living in this simulated calamitous scenario is exciting. In fact, all of us should give it a shot."

Errrr.. We're not so sure about that!

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