Post-eviction from the reality show
politician Sanjay Nirupam chats with
about his brief stay in the house and his experiences with the other inmates.
How does it feel to be the first casualty?
(Laughs) Casualty? That’s an interesting choice of words. Well, someone had to be the first one to go. At least this way I’m No. 1.
Why the early eviction?
It was the generation gap and the professional gap. I was much older than the others, except Ketki Dave. So there wasn’t much interaction.
Rahul Mahajan comes from a political background, too, yet he has fit in quickly?
Rahul is not a politician. He’s one of them.
You regret going on the show?
No, my intention was to show people that politicians are human beings, too. Most of the others are Andheri residents, my neighbours, yet had never stayed with a politician before. Even though I wasn’t there for long, I think I struck a chord with some.
Monica Bedi’s reasons for coming on the show made me emotional. She spoke about how no one wanted to rent out a place to her, given her connection with Abu Salem. So she had accepted Bigg Boss to make some money to buy a house. I promised to get her a ghar.
Will you keep that promise?
I will. It’s not a big deal. After getting to know her closely, I’m willing to stand guarantee for her. She fell in love with a man and after eight months learnt of his underworld connections. “Maine pyar kiya hai, koi gunah nahin and it’s because of me that he surrendered. So why am I being punished?” she asked. I had no answer.
The Crime Branch has asked for uncensored tapes of the show hoping to catch Bedi revealing something incriminating about Abu Salem. Comment.
That’s up to the channel and the producers. All I can say is that no one is above the law of the land.
Item girl Sambhavana Seth was upset about being pulled up by you for her career choices. What do you say to that?
If I offended her, I apologise. But this is a question society will ask her, too, even if she didn’t expect it from me. And she had no justification for the compromises she made. Her reaction only proved that even today, in our society, for a woman, her dignity is important.
Will your appearance on Bigg Boss help you in the forthcoming elections?
I didn’t come on the show to gain political mileage or cheap publicity. I wanted to see what it was like to live 24x7 with 32 cameras. How many politicians would dare take up the challenge?