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‘Bigg Boss Tamil’ Abhirami Venkatachalam says, ‘My love for Mugen is unconditional; I will wait for him till he comes out’

Recently-evicted Bigg Boss Tamil contestant Abhirami Venkatachalam has had a double success of sorts lately. Being featured on television and the big screen all at the same time has built great prospects for the actor. She speaks to The Hindu about her recent film Nerkonda Paarvai, working with Ajith, love, movies and mental health….

How was watching ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ on the screen after your eviction?

Even before I went to watch my film, what I first got was a lot of ‘Hi Fami’ ( her character’s nickname in Nerkonda Paarvai with Ajith) as soon as I got out of the Bigg Boss house. Whenever people called me, they referred to me as ‘Fami’! So I could understand that the character was actually recognised.

I was rushing to the theatre because I was a little short of time. I saw a lot of my friends such as Andrea (Jeremiah) and my bestie, who were there. They immediately went, “We need to talk about Bigg Boss and all”. People recognised me and said that they already missed me in the house, and asked me to go again as a wildcard entry.

Watching the film was amazing.. going to Sathyam now is a totally different experience. .

Why did you choose to be in the ‘Bigg Boss’ house during the time of your film’s release?

Nerkonda Paarvai is definitely a very big film and I knew the promotion was going to be massive. On the other hand, I could just go into everybody’s house daily! People could watch me and think, “Oh I love what Abhi is wearing, I love the way she smiles or cries, or I hate her,” or whatever. So I didn’t want to miss this opportunity. I kept saying that I went there just to gain love from the people. That’s all. No thought of the title was in my head.

Sakshi Agarwal and Abhirami Venkatachalam share a lighter moment outside the house

Sakshi Agarwal and Abhirami Venkatachalam share a lighter moment outside the house   | Photo Credit: Instagram

Do you think Mugen made it seem like you were annoying him to a certain extent?

I sensed it before walking out of the house. But I didn’t want to react to it, because I love this guy unconditionally. I will always make sure I keep things to myself and not hurt him at all. So I preferred walking out like that.

When you love someone, whatever people says doesn’t matter. I’ll take the blame for everything. My feeling for Mugen is true and pure, I know it and I don’t have to prove it to anyone.

During an argument, Mugen said you act differently every day and he didn’t know what to expect from you...

That was very shocking for me. I lost my hope over there. I thought he was the only person who understood me, who stood for me and did everything for me. But at the end of the day, when you discuss things with friends, your mind tends to change. A lot of confusion happened and unnecessary things were said. It just broke my heart.

But after I went home, I found a secret gift that he had kept for me in my bag. I saw that, and watched all the edited videos on Instagram with people spreading the beautiful chemistry we had. I thought when people are looking at it beautifully, why should I hold onto a one-time mistake? I’m fine now.

What do you expect will happen when Mugen comes out?

I don’t know. First of all, he needs to sort things out with the other girl. Nobody knows what their scene is actually.

Let him come out and see what drama has happened around him. I will wait and be there for him, whatever he says. We have plans to do music videos together.. he’s promised me.

Have you interacted with his companion?

I didn’t want anything to go wrong between them, if their relationship is very serious. I tried asking friends about the two of them, and apparently Mugen’s girlfriend didn’t react to any of the happenings on the show. But I can’t come to any conclusions with that, and I don’t want to go disturb the girl and ask her what happened. That’s not cool.

You didn’t cry when you left the house.. a welcome change.

I didn’t want people to say that I was crying even while leaving too! I had already started becoming stronger that week. All the tasks I did there... I gave it my hundred percent. I saw Mugen fighting with me on-screen, and that really gave me a lot of perspective. The last week showed everyone who is Abhi and what she’s capable of doing.

Kamal Haasan given a bear hug by Abhirami after her eviction

Kamal Haasan given a bear hug by Abhirami after her eviction  

A lot of housemates, including Vanitha, kept saying that your mental health was unstable...

When somebody is going through something, it is wrong to tag that emotion. Not just inside the house, but anywhere at all. Sometimes people say things in anger, but they kept doing that.

Thankfully, Tharshan knows me from outside, and in one episode with Kamal sir, he said, “The Abhi I know is not like that… so stop saying that.”

Any thoughts about Madhumitha’s actions on the show?

Madhu is a nice girl. I just hope everything is fine with her. She’s very talented and such a tough competitor. It is sad that she left midway.

Who do you think will win the ‘Bigg Boss Tami’ season 3 title?

I already said Tharshan, but now after watching certain things I actually feel my ‘Sherri’ baby (Sherin) has the capability to win. Her presence in the house is so positive. She should win, Tharshan should get the second place.

What is next for you?

I’s gotten a lot of calls when I wasn’t here. I have to trace those and speak to them, as I’m waiting for a nice opportunity. I definitely want to do a movie with Thalapathy (Vijay) soon. I have a feeling, I have acted with Thala (Ajith) so I will definitely act with Thalapathy!


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