In spite of her indifferent attitude on the Salman Khan-hosted reality show Bigg Boss, Sonali Raut made her presence felt among her more gregarious co-contestants. And she continues to be unfazed even after her eviction from the show.
"Winning or losing doesn’t matter to me. I feel like a winner as I entertained people even though my journey wasn’t easy. Neither did I have support in the house, nor was I part of any group. I learned a lot, including what my strengths and weaknesses are," she says, adding that she joined the show to meet Salman, and also because it "gives [one] a lot of visibility and has a certain mass appeal".
She also did quite a few household chores on the show, including sweeping the floor and grounds. Even though she was mocked by her co-participants for doing a lazy job, Sonali seems to have discovered a new side to her. "It doesn’t matter what people say in the house; only my image in the real world is important to me. I didn’t get affected by any of it (mocking). But I have more respect for maids now," she says.
Sonali’s attraction towards co-contestant Gautam Gulati created quite a buzz, but she isn’t sure if it would have gone anywhere. "We are friends. We were close, and we fooled around, which got termed as love. All this also depends on how certain friendships are broadcast," she says.
Ask her about Rahul Mahajan’s statement (he said he had a crush on her) and Sonali says, "It is sweet of him. Had I been in the house, we would have connected, given our Marathi background."