Rahul Mahajan dropped out of Bigg Boss 14 on Monday. The former contestant entered the latest season of Bigg Boss as a challenger a few weeks ago. When he kept a low profile during his stay at home, a recent feud with co-contestant Rakhi Sawant brought him into the limelight.
After exiting the show, the entertainer from the pilot spoke to indianexpress.com about his journey, his bond with other housewives and whom he would like to see as the winner.
Excerpts from the conversation:
Did you expect it to end this weekend?
To be honest, I did not think so. However, I am a spiritual person and believe in seeing things positively. We do not know when our journey in life will end, so how can we decide about Bigg Boss. I believe in enjoying every moment that we get, rather than considering how I could have lived longer. I was missing my wife, and now my plan is to go to Goa and spend some time with her. Also, I was probably the only challenger who entered aimlessly. I did not want fame or money. I went for the show completely in love.
How was your overall experience in Bigg Boss 14?
The experience has been amazing. Given the time we are in, Kovid-19 is very scared and tense. For the first time in months, we were without masks, enjoying ourselves. In addition, it was a great way to do some digital detox. I have quit alcohol and smoking, and I am no longer affected by the phone or the Internet. Therefore, it was very important experience of my life.
You felt that Rakhi and Arshi are enjoying doing all your work at home.
While both of them claimed to do all my work, the real person who did my laundry was Ejaz Khan. He washed my clothes secretly because he felt that it would affect his angry, middle-aged image. He is a perfectionist, and will complete the job so well. He was really cute to me.
Rakhi Sawant and Arshi Khan also fought a lot for your attention, saying that they have been your friends for years. What is the reality of the equation?
At the end of the day, they were both fighting each other. Given that they are both of similar personalities, they knew that only one would reach the top. I was just a subject of argument. While I have never met Arshi, I have known Rakhi for a long time. However, this was always a collaborative equation. The two of us had done Swayamvara and also worked together for a few days in Comedy Circus. Furthermore, we never met or interacted. Before we entered the show, Rakhi and I spoke, as we both had our share of doubts. We wanted to be there for each other in the game.
You handled the situation well where Rakhi tried to pull your dhoti. What was going through your mind?
It was wrong for him to do so. It could have been such a big issue if a man had done this to a girl. However, I knew that there is nothing that I would gain from fighting him. There was no point in making enmity with him. I also knew that everything she was doing is for the camera. She is only trying to earn her bread and butter, which she thinks may be entertainment.
In Weekend Ka Vaar, Salman Khan mentioned how some contestants had formed the “Hum Log and Tumor Log” group. As a challenger, did you also feel abandoned by the original housewives?
Not at all. I had such a hot equation with most of them. I cannot comment on what Salman said. If he had asked me, I could have told him the real situation. I was loved by everyone and I was never treated differently. I think Rakhi and Arshi have a slightly different personality, and perhaps even because of their language, some contestants could not relate to them.
Who did you bond the most in the house?
Abhinav Shukla was the most beloved of all. Rubina used to call him Babbi and I started doing the same. I have been dependent on my wife, and I did not know how I would work alone at home. However, Abhinav handled me and handled everything for me. We would spend hours under the sun talking about everything. He was so caring that Rubina once got upset with him that she does nothing like that for him (laughs). They were both such good friends to me.
So, would you like to win them?
I think only the worthy should win the show. If I had to win my friends, I would send my wife the trophy home. It is the decision of the audience who should win.
Season 2, and then 8 and now 14 – which has been the most exciting time for you in Bigg Boss?
I enjoyed my season more. However, I received more love and care this season. They all gave me great respect, and I feel fortunate to have that support. This does not usually happen in Big Boss.