Relationships, they say, are made in heaven, and consummated on earth. Sometimes, they are also made inside the Bigg Boss house, under the 24x7 glare of dozens of cameras! Case in point: Karishma Tanna and Upen Patel's new-found love for each other in Bigg Boss 8.
Not a big deal, you'd say. But do you remember what this wannabe model/actor claimed just when she was coming into the contest? She had said, at that time, that she was in a 'serious relationship' with her boyfriend and, therefore, simply not interested in having affairs inside the house.
But that was then. For the past few weeks, Upen and Karishma have set the house on fire with their escapades, most of them bordering on the steamy variety.
While Upen always professed his love for Karishma, it was only recently that Tanna decided to admit her feelings for him. Before Upen was voted out of the show, he had told Karishma that he would love to be her 'prince charming'. Post his re-entry, Karishma has been quite vocal about her soft corner for Upen.
RJ Malishka, who had called the house to wish Pritam on his birthday, had a very pointed question: She asked if Upen and Karishma were a couple. Karishma's reply was even more surprising. "It is too early to call us a couple."
Not satisfied with the reply, Malishka continued to probe and asked the dreaded question: What about her earlier claims of having a relationship outside the house? Karishma surprised everybody by saying that what she had outside did not feel complete and it was only Upen who made her feel more positive and happy.
But in a show like Bigg Boss where grabbing maximum footage is the biggest priority of all the contestants, you believe such 'news' at your own peril. Remember how Diandra Soares guaranteed some good TRPs for the channel with her 'birthday gift' for Gautam Gulati? While Gautam's family wasn't too thrilled with the idea, Diandra's friends stood by her and told Gautam that the duo was a cute-couple! Gautam, however, was not too sure and claimed they were 'just friends'. On her part, Diandra not backtrack on her feelings even after being eliminated from Bigg Boss.
Is Karishma trying to become Diandra for the sake of staying in the game? Despite her boyfriend, is Karishma trying to ensure she is not voted out for the sake of TRPs?
Even model-actor Sana Khan, who was evicted from Bigg Boss- Halla Bol recently, has spoken about the two. "It does not look authentic to me at all. If the audience does not feel it is real, how can it be? Everything has a logic, but this (Karishm-Upen closeness) was so sudden. Whatever it is, I don't feel it is right," she had said after being voted out of the show. She went on to say that the couple's coming close so soon after Upen's re-entry is hard to digest for the housemates and the audience.
The show's host Farah Khan, however, has been diplomatic about the issue. "Upma (Upen and Karishma) is doing very well. I'm happy that TRPs are doing very well. I cannot take the credit for that. I think the show has also become more interesting now."