Rakhi Sawant is calling a TV channel her “maayka” as it has taken up the task of setting up her
. “I’ve been a ‘public property’ and owe everything to reality shows. So why not get married through one?” she says of her upcoming show
Rakhi ka Swayamvar
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Every participant is legally bound to wed her if he wins. “Main is reality show ke through apna dulha dhundugi from India and abroad,” the ‘bride’ declares. “Sabko chhoot hai, auditions de aur apni kismat ajmaye.”
Why this plan? Rakhi replies, “I’m unique and have always done things that make news. Thus, I came up with this idea.”
Her ideal guy is not necessarily rich — “Paisa hi sab kuch nahin hai,” says Rakhi the wise — but he should be good at heart, a good dancer, someone who “doesn’t stink” and has basic cricketing knowledge. Broken marriage no bar. Further requirements are: “Women ki respect karta ho, sach bolta ho, intelligent ho, sense of humour ho. He must be manly, because aajkal to samajh nahi ata, koi straight hai ya gay.”
Less than perfection is okay, but if she could have her dream man, it would be… hold your breath, Prince Charles! She is not afraid that marriage might dent her career — “look at Aishwarya Rai and Malaika Arora Khan”. She wants a “spicy saas”, too. “I don’t want to be bored at home. She has to quarrel with me daily,” Rakhi laughs.
The plan is a surprise for her family. “It’s my life, and they wouldn’t agree anyway. Show ayega to unhe bhi pata chal hi jayega.” She is confident of viewer approval. “Jab Indian audience Sita mata ka swayamvar apna sakte hain to mera kyu nahi?”
And what if ex-beau Abhishek Awasthi applies? “I’m not interested in giving him a second chance,” she signs off.