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'Rahul is just a good friend'

As the ex-companion of India’s most notorious gangster, she has had to try hard to fit in. Sudipta Dey chats with Monica Bedi.

tv Updated: Nov 15, 2008 15:24 IST
Sudipta Dey
Sudipta Dey
Hindustan Times

As the ex-companion of India’s most notorious gangster, she has had to try hard to fit in. Which is what Monica Bedi was trying to do when she took part in reality show

Bigg Boss 2

. “After I came back, I was offered a few roles in television, but I wanted a platform to show people what the real Monica is like,” says Bedi, who was eliminated from

Big Boss

last evening.

Bedi is fighting a number of legal cases in the country, but what bothers her most are negative impressions about her. Desperate to rescue her image, she stepped into the Big Boss house, where she survived for three weeks before being voted out. “It was not because people in the house hated me, but they wanted the stronger contestant out. They conspired against me,” is how she explains it. However, she won a wild card entry and was back within weeks, seeming to have won a few hearts. “I got the maximum audience votes for the wild card entry,” she points out.

This time around, she will have no such luck, though she still feels cheated and conspired against. The last contestant to have been evicted, Diana Hayden, had accused Rahul Mahajan and Bedi of “playing dirty games”. In defence, Bedi says, “It is really surprising that such an educated girl, who has seen the world, couldn’t take the fact that I had nominated Ashutosh (Kaushik, fellow housemate and winner of MTV Roadies 5.0), who was playing games from the very beginning, to be voted out. She had a grudge against me.”

On Mahajan, who asked her to marry him on the show, however, Bedi is far less forthcoming. In the end, she settles for, “He is just a good friend.” Which is a little odd, considering she discussed having children with him on the show. Indeed, her support for him is touching. “He should win, not because he is my friend, but because he has handled all the humiliation thrown at him on the show, and because he plans to give the prize money to charity.”

As for Bedi, the dream house that she wanted to buy will have to wait. “I have to concentrate on my career now. Bigg Boss has given me a lot more than I had expected. I’m getting film and TV offers,” she says. Among those offers are “a couple of reality shows”.

So, let the reality show.

First Published: Nov 15, 2008 15:16 IST