By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Former VJ and aspiring Bollywood actor Bigg Boss semi-finalist Andy is out of Bigg Boss, much to the surprise of viewers who thought he had the potential to be a winner.
In a surprise move Andy was evicted on Tuesday night.
Says Andy, “I was out at 1 am. The very kind Bigg Boss team offered to put me up in a hotel for the night. But I preferred to drive back to town to be with my brother and my best friend who lives with me.”
Andy says he wasn’t disappointed at having come so far and then being evicted.
“You are seeing the glass half-empty. But I always see the other side. Think of it this way. I actually went up to being among the 5 finalists. Which was quite an achievement for me. I didn’t think I could survive in there for so long. The first 6 weeks were great fun. There was laughing and joking, fun and banter….Then the bullying started. Suddenly I was the victim of a lot of ganging-up and bullying. I just couldn’t take it.”
A psychiatrist had to be brought in to calm Andy down. “After a point, I just wanted to leave. But Bigg Boss got me to speak to someone. And that calmed me down. I was able to sleep peacefully. I was the master-chef in Bigg Boss. So if nothing else, I’ve come away a better cook than ever before,” says the British Asian VJ-actor whose mom, brother three sisters, nephews and nieces are the anchors of his life.
And who were Andy’s friends inside Bigg Boss?
Sighs Andy deeply, “Listen, I’d like to think of everyone in there as friends. Yes, there were cowardly double-standards and mistakes were made. But at the end of the day, we are all human. And I’d like to only focus on the good things that happened in there. I made friends with Shilpa Saklani. In the initial weeks she made me feel at home in there. When she left, I was devastated. Tanisha too in spite of her discernible dithering,was a friend.S angram Singh was my my teddy bear. We slept together. But let’s get this straight—ha ha—we shared a bed as brothers.”
Andy has only words of gratitude for host Salman Khan.
“I’d looked forward to every Saturday when he spoke to me. It was my reality-check in a bizarre unnatural situation.He was very kind to me. And he would admonish those bullies in there who went belligerently after me.He’d tell the a..holes to back off.”
Andy reiterates he has no regrets about not winning Bigg Boss. “I never expected to win. I think Gauhar or Tanissha stand a good chance of winning.As far as I am concerned I was right there till the end.I was evicted only three days before the grand finale. So I feel as good as victorious.I’ve come away a lot more patient and appreciative of the good things in life. When I came out of Bigg Boss my brother gave me a chocolate biscuit. Nothing has ever tasted so good.And hey, my Hindi has improved. Meri Hindi kafi sudhar gayi hai.”
Future plans for Andy include a career in Bollywood.
“I don’t mean I want to play the hero. There are so many roles to play in today’s Hindi cinema. I am a trained actor.I’ve done theatre in London. I’ve also done choreography and dancing for 15 years. Mumbai has been my home for 10 years now. I am not going anywhere.”