Bigg Boss 14 first runner-up Rahul Vaidya: Was heartbroken after losing Indian Idol but I’m fine today

Rahul Vaidya ended his journey as the first runner-up of Bigg Boss 14 as Rubina Dilaiq took the trophy home. The Indian Idol fame singer made a slow debut in the show hosted by Salman Khan, but soon became a fan favorite. Vaidya’s visit to the reality show will also be remembered for her many fights with Rubina and the big offer for girlfriend Disha Parmar on her birthday.

In an exclusive chat with Indianexpress.com, Rahul Vaidya showed the journey of Bigg Boss 14, which he achieved on the show and also revealed his wedding plans.

Excerpts from the conversation…

So how has Big Boss been for you so far?

I came up with the sole intention that I win the new fanbase, and that’s what happened. Winning the trophy matters, but only up to a point. I am glad that the journey is over now, and I can go back to my parents, my girlfriend and spend time with them. The intention has been achieved, so it seems like an entire trip, and there are no complaints.

Years ago, even during Indian Idol, you faced a similar fate. does that hurt?

Someone asked me if it was deja vu, but it is not. Indian Idol was 15 years ago, and I was a different person then. I was very shocked after losing Indian Idol but I am fine today. When I entered Bigg Boss 14, winning the show was not my objective, I wanted to be myself. And during that course, I earned a lot of love. This is what I wanted. Bigg Boss also helped me win my soul, and gifted me with RKVion, a huge family and a beautiful journey. What else do I need?

You were accused of riding on Rubina Dilaik’s back.

I don’t think that ever happened. And if I was actually riding on her back, she was doing the same to me. If you cut my journey down to that, what is left? It was both ways. It was a show, and now that it’s over, I think we’re both mature enough to let everything go. I wish him all the best in his life.

Did you both sit down to talk about what is causing this enmity between the two of you?

Honestly, we got time today (on Sunday) while we waited for the finale. When we talked we realized that we did not know where it all started, why and how it started. So we decided to overcome it and moved on.

A section of the audience feels that you are bringing on nepotism and even the proposal was a PR strategy to hog to some extent. Would you like to clarify?

No comments. I think people move things in their own way. I will never fake my most special feelings for votes or strategy. That’s not how I play. I believe in winning with dignity and losing with grace.

Over the past few weeks, your bond with Eli Goni gave us information about a different side of Rahul Vaidya. But the show came too late.

I don’t think you can plan a bond. If it were to happen, it would happen, and that’s why it happened to Ellie at the right time.

Your best and worst moments in Bigg Boss 14?

Best was when I re-entered the show, and when Disha came during Valentine’s Day. It was so special. And the worst will happen when I walk out of the show.

Many feel that you were defeated by this step.

Honestly, I don’t think so. Even Gauhar Khan had left the house in his season, but managed to win. Just because I ended up as runner-up, people would like it. It was about feelings, I had a weak moment, and I walked out. It was my decision and I stand by it.

Not a trophy, but what are you withdrawing from Bigg Boss 14?

Immense love and gratitude. A lot of new learning has been learned about ourselves. And most importantly, I got new fans on this show. I hope they continue to love me and support me.

Finally Rahul, when are we hearing the wedding bells?

hopefully soon. Mostly till June, July. I really don’t want to waste time anymore.

Eli Goni, Rakhi Sawant and Nikki Tamboli were the second finalists of Bigg Boss 14.

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