Bigg Boss sex query infuriates Nihita's mom
Nihita Biswas' mother Shakuntala Thapa, a senior lawyer practising at Nepal's Supreme Court has strongly reacted to the "Did you have sex with Sobhraj?" query posed by a participant. She says... CHECK OUT SPECIALtv Updated: Oct 04, 2011 18:51 IST
Thapa, who is close to Nepal's ruling Maoist party, is a feminist and a Communist who regards beauty pageants as derogatory to women. When Nihita was a baby, Thapa dissociated herself from her husband, an Indian from West Bengal who, according to reports, was a wastrel and maltreated his children.
Since then, she has brought up her two children single-handedly, no mean task in a traditional society like Nepal where the husband's approval was once mandatory for many things -- from getting a passport to opening a bank account.
Thapa, who watched the fourth edition of Bigg Boss last year, had liked the mix of participants, who she thought were intellectuals as well.
However, she is dismayed at the present lot, feeling that since most of them share the same showbiz background, Nihita, away from home for the first time, would feel isolated in their midst.
Thapa, however, admires three of the contestant.
Folk dancer Gulabi Sapera, who narrated how her tribe killed girl children by burying them alive, is the one she admires most. She also admires third gender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and singer Raageshwari, who overcame facial paralysis.
She identifies with them because she and her children have faced severe struggle, with the Supreme Court even sentencing her to prison along with Nihita for questioning its impartiality in finding Sobhraj guilty of murder without real evidence.
While some of the contestants, like actor Pooja Bedi, are reported to be carrying a designer wardrobe with them to "Bigg Boss", the climactic item in Nihita's simple wardrobe is a sari from West Bengal. The only bit of help she sought from her mother before leaving for Mumbai was for a quick lesson in how to wear a cotton sari.
(Sudeshna Sarkar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)