Ashmit cries over lost love but vows to be strong

In a surprising turn of events actor Ashmit Patel broke down crying in the Bigg Boss House on Day 1, over the infamous MMS scandal, shedding tears and saying he lost his love because of a controversy.

In the drawing room of Bigg Boss, when Manoj Tiwari probed why Ashmit had been selected for the show, the Bollywood actor mentioned that he suspected, it was because of the controversies he was once embroiled in. But Veena Malik being from Pakistan, seemed unaware about Ashmit’s past and continued to ask, so did Manoj Tiwari.

Ashmit dodged the questions for sometime saying, “Batane ka koi matlab nahin. Its controversial and I can’t talk on camera,” but slowly dropped his guard and began pouring his heart out.

“Over the years I’ve gone through a lot of pain,” he revealed. “If it was only about me, I’d have overcome. But there was someone else involved. There was a lot of pressure, family problems and upheavals. Even as my film Murder was being shot, my debut film Inteha flopped and my career went for a toss,” he recalled.

“I was young and naïve and branded an unsuccessful and flop actor. Then, I fell seriously ill, had no cash, no luck. But when the Press wrongly blamed me for distributing an MMS of my girlfriend and labeled me a ‘demon’, I was heartbroken. I lost my love. Woh mera pyaar tha, par mujhse bichad gaya,” Ashmit lamented.

“But I bounced back and I’ve decided to fight. I won’t be a loser. I’ve managed to get my family back together and I’m proud of it. It’s not important whether I win or lose in Bigg Boss. The fact that I have decided to stand up against odds and face the process called life, makes me a winner any which way,” he remarked getting emotional, as he got up and walked out of the drawing room, unable to contain his tears.

Meanwhile, Shweta and Manoj Tiwari got philosophical about the “misunderstandings” life had to offer Ashmit, but it was Sameer Soni who seemed to have got it right. “I’m glad Ashmit has finally faced his past. It was long due. Kyonki yeh sharafat mein chup rehta hai,” he said.

Outside that House, Ashmit’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar heaved a sigh of relief. “When I saw the footage of Ashmit breaking down on the first day itself, I was worried. But having faced his past with such admirable courage, he has actually emerged stronger,” he remarked.

Ashmit breaks down as Bigg Boss takes a flying start!

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.

Neetu carries the Queen’s Baton

As New Delhi gets ready to host the Commonwealth Games in October 2010, actress Neetu Chandra became one of the few privileged Bollywood celebrities to have the honour of running with the Commonwealth Games torch (popularly known as the Queen’s Baton) in her hometown Patna, this week.

Neetu was selected for the relay, owing to her active association in sports. Apart from being a regular basketball player, the actress is a Black Belt 2nd Dan, having participated in various martial arts tournaments at a district, national, as well as international level.

“The Commonwealth Games promote international integration, so it was a huge honour for me to sprint with the torch. I got goose bumps in excitement,” she exclaimed after the run. “The Queen’s Baton felt like a ‘power baton’ and gave me a different kind of high. It was a mix of pride and responsibility,” Neetu added. Way to go, girl!

More about the Queen’s Baton relay:

The Queen’s Baton relay began when the baton, which contains Queen Elizabeth II’s message to the athletes, left Buckingham Palace on 29 October 2009. The baton reached India last month, through Wagah Border from Pakistan. Currently in Bihar, it is headed to West Bengal next. It will arrive at the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on October 3, 2010, having visited the other 70 nations of the Commonwealth and travelling throughout India, reaching millions of people to join in the celebrations for the Games.

The baton was designed by Michael Foley, a graduate of the National Institute of Design. It is a triangular section of aluminium twisted into a helix shape and then coated with coloured soils, collected from all regions of India. The coloured soils are a first for the styling of a Queen’s Baton. A jewel-encrusted box has been used to house the Queen’s message, which is laser-engraved onto a miniature 18-carat gold leaf – representative of the ancient Indian patras. The Queen’s Baton is ergonomically contoured for ease of use. It is 664 millimetres high, 34 millimetres wide at the base, and 86 millimetres wide at the top and weighs 1,900 grams.

It has a number of technological features, including the ability to capture images and sound. It has global positioning system (GPS) technology, so that the baton’s location can be tracked. It has embedded light emitting diodes (LEDs) which change into the colours of a country’s flag whilst in that country. The baton also has a text messaging capability so that people can send messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Baton bearers throughout relay.