She kissed a girl and slapped a guy - all on national television. Now, Monika Maryjane has made it to the final of the third season of the
show Splitsvilla. She talks about her controversy-ridden journey so far.
What made you participate in the show?
I'm a big fan of reality shows. The way the audience relates to you through a reality show; it's not possible even through a blockbuster film. On a personal note, I wanted to test myself.
Aren't such shows just a way to get publicity?
More than a platform for publicity, participating in a reality show is a gamble.
From being coy in the beginning, you turned quite fierce by the end of the season. Was the transformation intentional?
Initially, I was courteous to everyone. I thought in a reality show like this, Mr or Miss Congeniality will survive. But I'm a no-nonsense person. I slapped Ashish (a contestant) because I was provoked. I would've done the same even if the cameras were off. I have slapped people for misbehaving on the streets, too.
You must be desperate to win...
I don't want to win the show. I haven't found a suitable partner to win it with. I don't like any of the guys on the show. I'm already a successful anchor and I came on the show just for fun. Of course, no one wants to lose.