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‘Bigg Boss Tamil’ winner Mugen Rao can’t wait to conquer the world, beginning with Kollywood first

Mugen Rao says it was his quiet determination that convinced the audience to keep voting for him on ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’

Mugen Rao says it was his quiet determination that convinced the audience to keep voting for him on ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

24-year-old on wanting to make his mark as an actor and singer, and looking forward to working with his friend Abhirami Venkatachalam

Mugen Rao is still getting accustomed to reality after over 100 days of being cut off from the rest of the world.

“Except that this is a new reality for me...not the one I remember,” he grins.

The Malaysian is the winner of the third season of Bigg Boss Tamil, in what he terms a “historic achievement” not only for him —but also fans of Tamil cinema and entertainment back in Malaysia.

“I cannot wait to get back to Malaysia and thank them for their support during the course of the show. However, I am now going to move to India, to Chennai, in the next month. My life has to be based here from now on, as I aspire to be a musician and actor in Kollywood,” he tells us.

Mugen never expected to win, he states, but somewhere down the line, acquired a quiet confidence during his time on the show. “There were plenty of challenging moments —it’s tough to pick just one —that could have deflated me, but inspired me instead.”

The Malaysian native has already made plans to make Chennai his home base after the show

The Malaysian native has already made plans to make Chennai his home base after the show   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Despite other favourites like Tharshan and Losliya occupying most of the limelight over the first couple of months (as well as on social media), 24-year-old Mugen slowly made his presence felt, being an understated influence on the other contestants, garnering plaudits for his soft demeanour and most of all, his compassion.

“Yep, I think people saw that and also my determination. No matter what happened on the show — controversies or multiple nominations — I keep trying and came back. That’s the quality of mine I hold dearest, which I’m assuming had the audience vote for me,” Mugen says.

He’s right: the show was in no measure smooth sailing for him, most notably for his anger issues and then his much-debated relationship with fellow contestant, actor and dancer Abhirami Venkatachalam, on the show.

Mugen explains, “I’d just like to state on the record that we are very good friends, and will always remain so. In fact, I’ve met her since the show ended and we keep in touch. Seeing all these trolls and so-called-fans abuse her online and cheapen our interactions is quite sad. I hate to think that a girl’s name is getting spoiled because of me in some way. I genuinely hope it stops and she has the most fantastic of careers henceforth.”

The youngster is quick to add that he’s in touch with his other friends from the show; avid watchers will well remember the antics of his ‘Boys’ gang and the now-popular ‘We Are the Boys-u’ song that became quite a sensation. “I miss them terribly, but most of all, I miss my ‘Gurunathar’ (Bigg Boss)! He was extremely nice to us, kept us company whenever we were stressed, and indulged us whenever we asked him anything. After 100 days inside the house, that feels more like home to me than the outside world.”

There’s already talk that Mugen and Abhirami have been offered a film together; would he be interested in such an on-screen pairing? “Of course it’d be great to work with her! My aim now is to enter the Tamil movie industry and make a mark, as well as do more music videos. The love I’ve gotten from the Tamil Nadu viewers of the show has been… incredible, and I can’t wait to give it back.”

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