Karan Mehra was not expecting that he would be the first celebrity to get eliminated on Bigg Boss 10. That is why when host Salman Khan announced his name in the Weekend Ka Vaar episode on Saturday, it took him — and all the celebrities — sometime to understand that Salman was not joking. But nevertheless, he says it was a perfect time to get evicted as it was his wife Nisha Rawal’s birthday. Also, his wedding anniversary being just days away, Karan is happy to be out.
“Staying away from Nisha, not being able to see her or contact her for 35 days, was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. Of course, she has always been a pillar of strength. She only said you should go for it and that’s how I made up my mind to go for Bigg Boss 10,” Karan said in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com.
Karan’s humongous popularity and fan following were the major reasons why he stayed inside the house, despite getting a weekend dose from Salman for being a non-participant in most of the tasks on the show. Ask Karan the reason of his low profile and he says his personality is all about staying away from controversies. But he does feel he is answerable to his fans and says the show’s certain voting criteria got him out.
“It’s a little disappointing for the fans, I know, because they did not leave any stone unturned for voting. According to the voting, I was at number one and suddenly to have the criteria where 50 percent of my votes will be counted and 50 percent of the content I give will be considered for my eviction. It kind of sounded like they were trying to get me out or maybe I was not doing things right in the house but I’m okay with it. I stood by what I said when I went inside the house. Because they knew whom they were inviting,” Karan reasoned.
We saw how Salman categorically slammed Karan for not taking a stand whenever Swami Om passed sexist remarks against the women in the house. But, Karan says seeing the same women chit-chatting with that man after a spat was pretty confusing for the rest of them to understand how to react. “In the entire house, I was the only one who barely spoke to Swami Om. But if women are okay with it and then chit-chatting with the same guy and crying when he is leaving and again showing anger when he is commenting on the same thing, why would I keep coming between those 2-3 people again and again? It becomes very confusing for us. It’s very easy to say that men didn’t take a stand for this. But if you were there in the house for 35 days, you’ll know there is no point talking to this guy, because he doesn’t understand anything. You avoid the situation.”
Karan entered the house after quitting his hugely popular show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai where he played Naitik. His calm personality and ever smiling face have remained his most striking feature till date. But exactly this is what that did not come handy to him on the controversial show, where the best way to grab the cameras is by indulging in lousy fights and plotting. “There was a certain respect that all of them had for me. They might be talking about me behind the back. They might be saying certain things. But I still think they respected me a little bit, of course all of them called me Karan Ji, all the girls had respect. I went in with respect and came out with respect.”
Karan mostly kept to his celebrity group. Hence, he managed to make friends with Bani, Gaurav, Rahul, Rohan. He believes Gaurav and Rohan are playing the game right. “Rohan is very competitive. He is doing right things. He does have ups and downs but I think he is getting very matured in the show. I was there to stand by him no matter what. I hope without me, he does the same thing.”
On the other side, Karan feels Manu need to improve his strategy. “Manu always goes back on all his words. He is very influential with Indiawalas. Whatever he tries to do about situations gets seeded in the minds of others.”
Karan is considering certain projects but is yet to take a call. As of now, he just wants to relax and spend some quality time with his family and wife. Here’s hoping that he makes his next professional announcement soon. His fans are waiting.