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For German model and actor Claudia Ciesla,Germany now implies a holiday while India has become her place of work.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |
May 11, 2010 4:52:32 am

Model and actor Claudia Ciesla is learning Hindi,taking acting lessons and is willing to try her luck again in Bigg Boss

For German model and actor Claudia Ciesla,Germany now implies a holiday while India has become her place of work. “Amazing how life takes a 360-degree turn,” she says,as she ambles to her suite at Hotel Piccadilly and takes a seat. Ciesla had stopped over in the city en route Jalandhar,where she will be participating at a fashion show at Lovely Professional University (LPU). “The show is being organised by the students and I will be wearing their creations,” says Ciesla,brand ambassador for LPU with a fetish for sarees,lehengas and salwar-kameez. “I find these Indian garments very fashionable and elegant,” she says,adding that she has a sizeable collection of these clothes. “Fashion is a personal style statement. Without fashion,the world would be a very boring place,” she says.

Ciesla has been travelling and exploring different countries and cultures since she was 15. So,it came as no surprise when she landed in India and started working there. After her stint as an inmate in the third season of Bigg Boss,she got herself an apartment in Mumbai too. “I also got offers for a couple of commercials and a Hindi film,” she adds. “I don’t have room for negative energy in my life,maybe that is why I survived in Bigg Boss. It was frustrating to be an outsider with no knowledge of the language or ways of the people. But I hung in there and treated this barrier as an advantage,managing to steer clear of the gossip and petty politics,” she says. “At the end of the day,it was a mental game where everyone tried to locate and exploit weakness in others.”

Ciesla says that she felt somewhat betrayed when the channel made it compulsory to speak in Hindi inside the Bigg Boss house,as she had been assured that she could converse in English. “Learning the language was one memorable experience,the other being thrown in jail with the rats,” she says,recounting her experience including the entertainment that Parvesh Rana provided. When asked what made her go on board such a show,she attributes it to Big B Amitabh Bachchan and the fact that the show gave her a great platform. “Had it been Big Brother,I would have said no for they have cameras in the shower too,” says Ciesla,who is willing to take another shot at the Indian version. The influence of the show persisted even after Ciesla was ejected from it,as she continued to learn Hindi,working on her diction,trying to understand Indian culture and take acting lessons at Anupam Kher’s acting school. “You cannot be at home in a new place if you are not open to change or absorbing new things. You’ve got to let go and let things happen,” she signs off.

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