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Thank you, Mr Thackeray

Pakistani television host Begum Nawazish Ali is happy to get eliminated from the Bigg Boss house. Find out what she has to say about fellow housemates and Shiv Sena’s opposition.

entertainment Updated: Oct 24, 2010 01:45 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times

I am eating chicken, daal, matar paneer and chapatti,” Pakistani television host Begum Nawazish Ali said immediately after her ouster from the Bigg Boss house. “I’m not upset about being eliminated. I think it is better to leave people craving for more, than to leave when everybody is fed up,” he said. Ali hosted a popular talk show in Pakistan in which he dressed up as a woman.

“This is the biggest reality show in India. Every performer wants a big audience and India has that.” On Shiv Sena’s opposition to the presence of Pakistani contestants on the show, he says, “We live in the 21st century. A person in Delhi is better connected to someone in Karachi, than to a person in a far-flung area in India. I only hope that the Indian public is intelligent and knows what’s best for them. We need to spread a message of love and tolerance,” he said, adding, “Indians should consider themselves lucky that they have so many platforms to show their talent… India has produced the finest actors. I love Sridevi. Also, I want to thank everyone — people who voted for me and those who didn’t, even Mr Bal Thackeray!”

While Ali had some issues with co-contestants Sameer Soni and Sakshi Pradhan, he also made some friends. “Veena (Malik) and I come from the same country, but we never got any chance to interact in Pakistan. We found our friendship here. I also bonded well with Aanchal (Kumar) and Rahul (Bhatt). I want Rahul to win the show.”

Mention Sameer Soni and he shows his displeasure. “Sameer has some qualities, which are not in his best interest. He lives on the edge. He needs the win so much that he keeps pushing himself. At the end of the day, we have to understand that this is entertainment. We are not winning the cricket World Cup for our country.”

First Published: Oct 23, 2010 17:05 IST