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Love at last fight

Vishal and Shraddha, winners of MTV Splitsvilla, claim that their romance isn’t limited to the telly. Rahul Sabharwal speaks to the couple.

tv Updated: Sep 05, 2008 14:59 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

It’s over — the meanness, the bitching and, most importantly, the drama. Vishal Karwal and Shraddha Haribhai have come out on top in the much talked about MTV Splitsvilla. But forget the money or the chance to become MTV’s first couple VJ, it’s love that has been the greatest reward for these two.

Vishal isn’t too shy to admit, “Being surrounded by girls is always great — on- and off-screen.” Shraddha looks at it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity — both challenging and emotional”, but she is certain she wouldn’t do it again. The show’s format (two guys selecting and eliminating from 20 girls week after week) has had its share of critics. The winners say on the same note, “It’s the girl who has the power in the end.” <b1>

The couple confess that their romance is not limited to the show and are hopeful that in the future they’ll stay with each other. While Shraddha admits to having a liking for Vishal from day one, he’s definitely not the “love at first sight” kind of guy. “I knew that as an individual, she was my kind,” he says, but adds, “I admit that I also liked Annie, Prianca and Ritu.”

The reality show had its wild moments, too. Ask them about their favourite one, and both are quick to reply, “Bosky and Prianca’s mud fight.” Shraddha adds, “The sensuous dance competition was another thing I enjoyed watching as well as doing.”

The show may have given a boost to their careers, but Vishal says that after Roadies and now Splitsvilla, he is done with reality shows. Shraddha is up for it only if she gets a chance to host a show. Both are equally keen to jump on to the Bollywood bandwagon. However, Vishal won’t hesitate to return to his old job of being a pilot if nothing good comes along by the end of this year.

Asked to choose between love and money, both reply instantly, “Love”. Vishal adds, “I could’ve joined my father’s family business instead of struggling in Mumbai if it was money I was after.”