The Sidharth Shukla Interview: ‘I Have Never Been Disrespectful to Any Woman’

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Bigg Boss has never had a more controversial winner than Sidharth Shukla who took the crown a few weeks ago.  Long  after his victory which continues to generate debate, I finally cornered Sidharth for an  interview. He replied to all the controversial questions politely and calmly, giving me  no glimpse of the temperamental aggressive persona he projected on Bigg Boss.

It’s been tough to get your time for this interview..

I am sorry about the delay. These last few months have been crazy. And now, after I am out (of the Bigg Boss house) I am down with a severe cold. So I haven’t really had a chance to let my victory sink in.

Why did you have so many haters so vehemently opposed to your winning?

To be honest, I haven’t met that many haters. I didn’t see people wishing me to lose. I’ve only received love and appreciation. Maybe I see only the love because that’s what I  want to see.

Sidharth Shukla

And if  that many people wanted  you to lose you wouldn’t have won, right?

True. And no matter who you are, there will be those who like you and those who don’t. You’ve got to live with both. There were those who felt I didn’t have it in me to win. Well, I just proved them wrong. I did have it in me. There are people who belittle the success of others. I am not one of them. I can’t talk to people the way do. So I really don’t know how  their minds work.

But you do have a  temper problem, don’t you?

You know, I really don’t have a  temper problem. It’s  the tense environment  I was put into. One ends up behaving in a particular way. But if you watch the show now — I know you told  me you didn’t — you will see I was never the aggressor. I never started any of the fights. I only reacted when I was provoked. Only when I was put in a  spot did I find my behaviour  to be aggressive.

Tempers will rise when  12-14  people  are locked up together  for month…

Yes, exactly. One can’t be on one’s  best behaviour for so long.

Sidharth Shukla

Sidharth, I want to ask you about the allegations of Shilpa Shinde. She feels you didn’t deserve to win.

I  found it really bizarre  for someone to behave  like this. I couldn’t understand why she was bringing  up something that is  not a few months old but years old.

So you did have a relationship with her?

I wouldn’t want to talk about it but that was ten years ago. Why am I the bad person ten years later when I am about to win Bigg Boss? I am really amazed. I never thought her to be that kind of a person, someone who would talk like this about me. But I guess we all have our roles to play in life. She has played her role. Fair enough. That’s cool. As long as she was happy doing it.

What about the allegation that Salman Khan was partial to you?

I have no idea where that came from! He was fair to me and to all the other contestants. Every time he came to interact with us on the weekend episode, he would tell me everything that happened. He would tell me how the fights looked to the outside world. I’d give him my point of view, like everyone else. I really wonder why anyone would think that he was biased towards me. Because he wasn’t! Why would he be partial to me? I don’t know the gentleman at all. And  why would he favour me? I’m just a two-bit actor.

Not true any more! You get mobbed like Salman Khan!

That’s kind of you to say. The only change I see is that people know me for who I am. Earlier they’d associate me with the serials I acted in and call me out by the names  of my characters in those serials. That has changed. Now they call me out as  Sidharth Shukla. I really like that.

Was that  the real you in Bigg Boss?

A hundred percent. No one can act for 4 and a half  months. That was  the real me. The mask of others slipped away and they were exposed.

Sidharth Shukla

You were accused  of being disrespectful to the women in Bigg Boss?

That really amazes me. I’ve never been  disrespectful to any woman. I don’t consider  the gender of  the people I am associated with. Male or female I treat them as equals. These 4 and half months are when I’ve been subjected to these accusations. Never before was I pulled up for disrespecting anyone.

What has been your  takeaway from Bigg Boss?

 That people are double-faced. They may be sweet to you on your face. But the minute you turn away they  abuse  you. In there in Bigg Boss I learnt I was a very good judge of  human nature. People behaved exactly as I thought they would.

What are your immediate plans?

I am waiting for my next  move. I am in no hurry. By God’s grace and  your good wishes Bigg Boss would be  a new beginning for me.

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