December 23, 2020, 6:35:21 am
On Tuesday, wildcard contestant Sonali Phogat walked into Bigg Boss 14’s home. Phogat, a BJP leader and TikTok star, seemed quite excited to be on such a large platform.
Before joining the show, Sonali Phogat spoke exclusively to indianexpress.com about her trip and participation in Bigg Boss 14. She also shared her opinion on the participants in the reality show.
Excerpts from the conversation:
If someone Googles your name, it says BJP Leader and TikTok Star. Who is Sonali Phogat really?
(Laughs) That’s right. I am involved in politics and am also an artist. I belong to a small village in Haryana and got married shortly after I finished school. My real journey began after that, and it was quite interesting. I’ve always wanted to serve society and also become an actor. Fortunately, my husband has always supported me. The place I come from, women have never dreamed. I also had a long fight. I feel like the journey has only just begun for me, and now that I step on Bigg Boss, I hope my story can inspire a lot more women.
How did Bigg Boss happen and why are you coming in so late?
I had discussed my wish to enter Bigg Boss with my friend Raaj Shaandilyaa and he said he would suggest my name. Nothing happened, however, and he told me I was doing a great job and Bigg Boss wasn’t the only platform where I could share my beliefs. However, recently I received a call from the creators and as this was an exciting opportunity I immediately said yes.
Don’t you think it will be difficult for you to make an impact since the show has been around for a long time?
I’ve seen the season and don’t think any of the roommates will provide the necessary entertainment. The challengers also appeared recently. And now, with my involvement, things get more interesting and fun. I am sure I will have a lot of fun.
They come from a completely different background. Do you think you will manage to win votes among these popular celebrities?
I accept that most of them are very well known in their respective fields as I am still growing. I’m not scared though, as Bigg Boss isn’t a show about popularity. Those who are honest and entertaining will win the hearts of the audience. I am sure I will be able to distinguish myself on the show and get support and votes from the audience.
There was a recent controversy surrounding Sultan Singh that made headlines. Are you going to use Bigg Boss’ platform to share your side of the story?
The problem is currently in court so I can’t talk much about it. However, I have and will always stand for the law.
Also, if you are affiliated with BJP, will you be image conscious when you represent your party on national television?
I’ve been with BJP for over 14 years now and party members know me pretty well. The party has people who have a lot of sanskar and I also enter the show with the same sanskar. We’ve always been against the wrong, and I’ll do the same on the show.
So what can we expect from Sonali Phogat in Bigg Boss 14?
Anyone who knew me or heard from me knows how I am. And I’ll be like that at Bigg Boss 14 too. I want to entertain the audience and bring some happiness and love to the show.
Describe the participants of Bigg Boss 14:
Abhinav Shukla: He is a very mature and sorted person. As the season stared at, he was not seen and only appeared to be there to protect his wife Rubina Dilaik. But now he’s also trying his best to make a name for himself in the house.
Rubina Dilaik: She is very intelligent and sensible. There is always a lot to learn from her. I don’t find a flaw in her and she always makes sense.
Eijaz Khan: He thinks too highly of himself. Nobody deserves a victory for him but him. He has no respect for others.
Jasmine Bhasin: There is a lot of childishness in her, but she does a really good job on all tasks. Right now her focus is more on making her relationship with Aly Goni public.
Aly Goni: He only seems to be on the show for Jasmine.
Rahul Vaidya: It’s pretty sorted and doesn’t get into unnecessary fights. I think I’ll bond with him really well.
Nikki Tamboli: She plays the game really well. She looks pretty good too, and I like to see her on screen.
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