Even as Bigg Boss Season 4 took a flying start, actor and contestant Ashmit Patel was seen breaking down on Day 1 in the opening episode’s last shot. One wonders why!
Ashmit got into the House all smiles after a spirited dance performance, and was courtesy personified, specially when model Aanchal Kumar entered. He not only escorted her to show the bedroom, but helped her with her luggage. “Ek hi room hai,” he told her, as Aanchal realized, she’d have to share the huge master bedroom without walls, with all the contestants. “Surprise pe surprise de rahe hai Bigg Boss,” quipped Ashmit.
But Aanchal seemed to have quickly adapted to the surprises and even followed Ashmit back into the room as he ventured to help model Hrishant Goswami a few minutes later.
“Though it’s too early to predict whether Ashmit and Aanchal have the hots for each other, a vibe seems to be set,” said Ashmit’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar, specially hired by the actor last week, to act as his damage limitation man while he is in the House. “I’m more concerned about why Ashmit broke down and am eagerly waiting for the Day 2 footage to check out what went wrong. I’m hoping it’s not something serious,” he added.
“Ashmit is a very determined and courageous boy and I am positive, whatever the problem, he would regain his confidence and bounce back,” remarked Bhagwagar. The PR specialist has earlier handled Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty for more than five years and even as she fell into the infamous racism controversy in the UK reality show.
Many other Bigg Boss contestants like Rakhi Sawant, Diana Hayden, Shamita Shetty, Sherlyn Chopra, Vindu Dara Singh and Zulfi Syed have been Bhagwagar’s clients from time to time. He also handles the PR for actress Neetu Chandra, whose name was dragged by current Bigg Boss contestant and Pakistani actress Veena Malik in the international match-fixing scandal last month. Neetu, who was also approached for the reality show, refrained from participating, saying she was not cut out for it.
Meanwhile, inspite of tough competition from the premiere of the Commonwealth Games the same evening, Bigg Boss is reported to have touched a new high in TRP ratings for its channel Colors this Sunday.
Fresh from one of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters Dabangg, Salman Khan’s star-power has managed to draw enormous interest and viewership, while the 14 varied contestants like Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab’s ex-lawyer Abbas Kazmi, MTV Splitsvilla 2 winner Sakshi Pradhan, Pakistani actress and comedian Veena Malik, director Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul Bhatt, actors Ashmit Patel and Sameer Soni, Pakistani cross dresser Begum Nawazish Ali, model and actress Sara Khan, Devender Singh alias Bunty the thief, television actress Shweta Tiwari, model Aanchal Kumar, dacoit Seema Parihar and winner of 2004 Gladrags Manhunt Hrishant Goswami are expected to generate more buzz, as they remain locked in the House for more than three months, with around 35 cameras, following every move of theirs round-the-clock.