'Cool' teacher-comedian Priya Malik makes it to Big Brother Australia

  • Vishakha Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 11, 2014 02:05 IST

Dubbed 'Posh Spice' of the house, Indian-origin comedian Priya Malik has been making waves in Big Brother Australia 2014.

The 27-year-old, a "cool" teacher, according to her family members, was born and brought up in Dehradun and got her English Honors degree from Venky's at Delhi Unoversity. "Smart" and an "A-grade student", Priya studied Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary) at Uni SA and was teaching at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) College, before she made her way to the show.

She is also part of the South Australian Writers Centre and participates in the 'Quick & Dirty' sessions which "features snapshots of new work by writers focusing on a different theme each month." Priya has also been writing poetry and prose from a young age and was South Australia State Finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam in September 2013.

She is, however, more popular as a comedian and made her way to 'Adelaide Comedy' a platform that "brings the world’s funniest stand up comedians" together. Her move to comedy came about when a student of hers told her, "Miss, you're funny. I'll pay to watch you."http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/9/Big_Brother.jpg

Priya's funny side is pretty apparent in the official promo video where she's heard saying "my butter chicken brings all the boys to the yard."

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According to her husband Bhushan, 36, Priya's stint at Big Brother came about after a bunch of her friends kept insisting that she should participate in Big Brother or Bigg Boss in India. She was nominated by someone (the couple doesn't know who) and she was subsequently called for an interview.

For Priya, her Twitter followers have been a big positive too as she has been one the most popular candidates on social media. Though her account is blocked now, viewers have been tweeting about her using #PriyaBBAU. She has been nominated as the 'head of the house' and, as Bhushan says, is doing well for herself. People, however think she's been given a "villain's role".

"She's animated and more importantly, she's being herself. You need to watch the show to know her better," adds the proud husband.

Expected to be the 'firecracker' this year, Priya is living her dream in the Big Brother house, as she always wanted to be on television. Her sentiment resonates in the promo where she says "I don't mind whether I'm loved or hated as long as I'm being talked about."

Priya has been locked down since August 31 and the series is being aired from September 7. In the episode that aired on Spetember 9, Priya was seen using 'reverse psychology' on her partner to win a task worth $10,000 each. Indian viewers can watch the show on YoutTube.

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On concerns of racism that stem from an ugly episode between Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody in the UK version of Big Brother in 2005, Bhushan said "I know she is there to win let's hope that something like Shilpa Shetty doesn't happen." Shetty went on to win the series which was shrouded in controversy and attracted the largest ever complaints to the UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, raising concerns of bullying.

Bhushan, however, thinks that Priya has nothing to worry about, yet. "She's living her dream and I'm supportive of her in each and ever way."

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