Akashdeep Saigal couldn’t have been happier. He feels a pinch for being eliminated from Sony’s Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao shortly before the finale but he says that the elimination was a godsend. “My mother is not well. I wanted to be with her ASAP. So, now I’m not even staying to see who wins though the production team wants me to be in Malaysia,” he says. When informed about the ex-contestants who have been verbally bashing him in the press, he says, “I don’t want to take the route they did. They can happily bad mouth me because that’s how they think I am. It doesn’t make me a bad boy. I’m fine because I had my fine tuning with a few members and that’s okay.”
Saigal, like most contestants on the show, ate creepy-crawlies apart from letting them move all over his body. Remind him of the episodes and he says, “I had fun doing all that though I don’t know how I did it. Now I feel it must have been a cakewalk. But staying with the jungle mates was damn tough. Each one had his or her own way of reacting to a situation.
Additionally, even slaves locked in a prison don’t have better privacy than what we did in the jungle. We also had to cook and clean and do other things for survival. Strings would be often pulled for extremely emotional reactions. Surviving that was some challenge.”
Ask him whom he would bet his money on, since the finale unfolds on Friday with Mona Vasu, Chetan Hansraj and Anaida competing for the Jungle Crown and he says0, “I would love to see Chetan win it because he’s a buddy. But then, girls have had a strong track record of emotionally drawing votes and winning contests. I’m keeping toes and fingers crossed.”