Vacating the Bigg Boss home after two months of uninterrupted stay was a painful experience for him. But Bhojpuri actor-singer Manoj Tiwari does not want to look back at his hasty departure from the show. He would rather capitalise on his new-found status of television celebrity.
Manoj says he could not believe the verdict as he has a big faithful fan support predominantly in Uttar Pradesh and his home turf Bihar. “I had a mixed experience. One negative aspect of Bigg Boss-4 is that we were not able to know the exact number of people who voted in our favour. Even Khali was discussing this point with me today. Of course, there are advantages. People at airports and on the streets are familiar with the reality show.”
Though he humiliatingly snubbed co-contestant Shweta Tiwari, Manoj says he does not have any ill feelings towards the winner of Bigg Boss.
“The reason for scolding Shweta was edited out by the Bigg Boss team. For eight weeks she was my friend but on the ninth she went against me because some members brainwashed her. Her image would have taken a severe beating had her act of betrayal been shown. But I am happy she has won. She went through unpleasantness on the show but refused to get provoked. The winner has to maintain his/her calm and not get into unnecessary fights.”
“Among the remaining contestants left, she was definitely my favourite,” he says.
Though he admits that World Wrestling Entertainment champ Khali was a formidable contestant, Manoj says since he stayed for fewer weeks than other contestants he was ineligible for the final round. “As an internationally-famous wrestler Khali had a good chance of winning. Sameer Soni and Seema Parihar also stood a strong chance to win Rs.1 crore. Though Seema Parihar nominated me yet she showered so much love and affection on me that I have forgiven her. But I would not like to maintain any contact with Ashmit Patel.”
Though Manoj had verbally lashed out at host Salman Khan, even accusing the star of getting him evicted from the show, the former no longer holds any grudge against him. “Salman bhai hugged me and we made up. I don't like to say anything against me. He said I was ahankari but I am swabhimani. He is like a child whose moods keep fluctuating.”
Manoj is upbeat about his upcoming film projects. He is playing a shooter in Mard No.1. The film is on the lines of Rajnikanth's South Indian films and has “entertainment value”. The production team and crew are from Hyderabad.
For the record, he clarifies that Mard No.1 has not been inspired by Amitabh Bachchan's Mard though he holds the Bollywood superstar in high esteem. “For me Amitabhji is a role model; no one in the industry can act like him. He also advised me to steer clear from rajneeti.”