When Salman Khan announced Karan Mehra's elimination on this week's Weekend Ka Vaar, the contestants were surprised. Karan appeared a bit numb, probably finding it difficult to believe, and finally when he was dropped at the gate of the Big Boss house, the other big name on television, Gaurav Chopra’s expression was that of disbelief.
Perhaps, what left them all surprised was how a big television star with huge fan base was voted out. Karan is best known for playing 'Naitik Singhania' on popular tele-serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, the character that he has played for eight long years. An avid Bigg Boss fan and observer from within the media said, “Maybe the celebrities were thinking that they will finally remain on the show whereas all the commoners will be gradually voted out. But it doesn’t look like that will happen.”
Karan, in an exclusive interview to Firstpost, said that he was trending and despite that he was out of the show.
“I don’t know how and why I’m out of the show, the channel would know better. But I have heard that the channel had made some changes this week, it was decided on the basis of both, votes and the content. I don’t think, it’s ever been done, not in this season definitely. So it’s very unfair. If that’s how they want to do the show, then I am more than happy to be out. For me what matters the most is that I left that house with my dignity intact. In fact, the audience, my army of fans is upset, they are wondering how come after voting for me in such large numbers, I’m out of the show. People loved the way I was playing the game,” said Karan.
However, the show representative clarified this by saying that Karan was voted out purely because he didn’t bring anything to the show and its audience. “He must be trending on social media because of his popularity for last many years but we guess people were not voting for him simply because he wasn’t entertaining. He was neither taking any stand and nor was he great at tasks. Then how could he have lasted on the show? He must be feeling bad because he is the very first celebrity contestant to be shown the door.”
Karan feels that he left the show at the right time, “with the respect I earned in last 15 years”.
“My stay was good, I got first-hand experience and contrary to common belief, I am now convinced that the show is not scripted. We are ourselves and everybody is playing the game in their own head. There were lot of ups and downs but I have had my good moments as well. I have made few friends in the house who will be so for a lifetime,” said Karan.
Among the celebrities, Karan was the only one who remained calm and composed, but he also kept to his group comprising his screen son, Rohan, and Gaurav, Rahul Dev. He wasn’t seen interacting much with the others. Nevertheless, Karan shared a cordial relationship with all the contestants, and drew a lot of criticism once for getting Lokesh nominated during the phone booth task.
However, Karan expressed difficulty in dealing with contestants like Swami Om, Manu Punjabi and Manveer Gurjar. “Swami Om would often talk nonsense and Manu and Manveer would always get into a fight with us. Time and again we tried to explain things to them but talking to them was like banging our heads against the wall. Hence, we started avoiding them,” said Karan, who feels that Gaurav and Rohan are strong contenders, “They are both quite sorted in their heads and I would also root for them."
But how did he feel when Salman slammed him and other celebrities on the show for not bringing any entertainment, and even accused them of being lazy and lethargic?
“Salman wasn’t getting personal and didn’t have any vendetta against us, probably those were his and the channel's views. But then, I just can’t fight, or add to a fight, or abuse people. I believed in avoiding things that are stupid. They were all adults on the show, how do we explain to them what is right and what is wrong? For instance, when Swami Om would talk nonsense about women, the only way to distract him was to ask him to tell a new story,” said Karan.
He further added, “Everybody has their own ways to entertain and there are different ways of taking a stand. Probably the criteria of entertainment has changed and maybe people like me, Gaurav, Rohan and Rahul are unfit to provide entertainment.”
After Priyanka Jagga, Akanksha Sharma and Navin Prakash, Lokesh Kumari Sharma is the fourth commoner to leave the house, and the only consolation she has is that a big television celebrity (Karan Mehra) was eliminated a day before she was voted out.
Initially, going was good for Lokesh, as she became one of Salman’s favourites and she would have the actor in splits. Former contestant, Kamya Punjabi who had once visited the set as a panelist, had also praised Lokesh and boosted her morale by saying that people outside were copying her style of talking.
“Yes, lot of people liked me and I bonded well with all the contestants on the show. I wanted to do much more but I’m feeling bad that I am out. It wasn’t difficult to be on the show, I would have faced many more difficult things. But the problem was that nobody cared about the opinions I had, the points I wanted to make, and I was treated like a kid. Nobody took me seriously,” laments Lokesh, who strongly feels that a commoner will emerge victorious in this season.
“Manu, Manveer and Rohan could be in the top three, and Manveer may win. Gaurav and Bani may follow with fourth and fifth positions,” she said.
Besides bonding with her Bigg Boss house brothers, Manu and Manveer, Lokesh also had a great tuning with Bani. “Bani may appear a bit rough but she’s a nice person. She has the potential of being the captain of the house. She would give me lot of good advice, such as how I should first think about myself because I have this habit of thinking about others first. Now I’m feeling bad that I had given Bani's name for the 'Khalnayak' chair this week,” sighs Lokesh, who is an aspiring actress and is pursuing theatre from Mandi House, Delhi.
Updated Date: Nov 21, 2016 10:39 AM