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'Money did not prod me to join Bigg Boss'

Rahul Roy, the winner of Big Boss talks to HT City about life before and after the reality show.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 15:37 IST

It’s the season for resurrections. Now, if Shilpa Shetty has made tidal waves after winning Celebrity Big Brother, on the outskirts of Mumbai another star was reborn on Saturday night.

He had almost faded out of the showbiz scene, and then one fine day the 39-year-old actor emerged as the surprise winner of Bigg Boss.

Soon after the triumph, Rahul Roy talks to HT City about life before and after the reality show.

Has it sunk in that you have won the Bigg Boss competition?
I really didn’t realise till now what a big deal this is. All I heard from everyone was that it’s my steadfast composure that got me through the show.

What made you go for the show?
Money was never the prime factor to join Bigg Boss. Apart from accepting the challenge, the only thing that I prayed for is that my wife, Rajlaxmi, and family should feel proud of me.

Can you synopsise the experience?
It was an amazing, though incredibly tough, experience. What the show taught all of us in three months can’t be learnt outside in 30 years. I am now hooked onto reality TV.

How did you keep your calm in the face of so many volatile situations with other housemates?
I got by only because I’ve been practising spirituality for a year.

You mentioned giving a part of the Rs 50 lakh prize to charities involving children.
My mother worked for Unicef for 36 years. I am going to continue working towards that without making too much noise.

What next?
I have received tremendous support from John Abraham and Arshad and now I plan to do some substantial work

First Published: Jan 31, 2007 15:37 IST