Actress Preity Zinta who is known for her dare-bare attitude has singled out another Bollywood actress Sonali Raut for praise amongst this year’s Bigg Boss contestants.
“Sitting in NYC and catching up on my Bigg Boss 8 episodes. Can you believe it? Love Sonali Raut for being a cool cat in that mad house,” tweeted the fiery Zinta.
“Some cats purr, some claw, some rave, some paw. But when one cat meows to another, its true love for sure,” responded Sonali’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar, who had once handled PR for Zinta’s superhit movie Kya Kehna!
Meanwhile, media maverick and film producer Pritish Nandy is also gaga over Sonali Raut. “There is something special about Sonali Raut,” he tweeted. Following up, Nandy explained, “I will tell you what’s special about Sonali Raut, since so many of you asked. It’s attitude. I like her insolent attitude.”
“Sonali Raut makes tea for all in Bigg Boss, cooks great food, makes chapatis by the dozen, washes utensils, mops and cleans the House. She actively participates in most tasks and has even continued tasks with great zeal after falling and getting hurt. Even then, most Bigg Boss housemates are hell bent on calling her a kaamchor (lazy bum),” laments her publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
“All one can fault her for, is her unique flip-flap way of sweeping the floor. Or for her dialogue ‘Main kya yahan jhaadu maarne aayee hoon?’ But repeatedly targeting her for that, isolating and bullying her, and branding her a kaamchor, is hardly fair on the spunky girl,” he remarks.
True that. From the last few days, most contestants have been criticizing the Bollywood actress or bitching about her without reason.
Karishma Tanna says “Sonali feels she is meant for bigger things in life, than work inside the Bigg Boss House”. Pritam Singh and Diandra Soares allege, “she sleeps all the time”. Ali Quli Mirza says “Sonali does not listen to the Captain regarding work and does her own thing”.
Dimpy Mahajan’s issue has been that “Sonali does not make round chapatis”. But the Raut gal proved Dimpy wrong, when she made perfectly round chapatis when Salman Khan asked her to demonstrate during the Weekend Ka Vaar episode.
Even the House Captain Gautam Gulati who was head-over-heels for Sonali earlier, doesn’t miss a chance to bring her down these days. “No one will speak to Sonali for two hours from now,” is what he ordered other contestants when Sonali complained of being targeted.
Dale points out that most Housemates, except Upen Patel, have made Sonali their scapegoat. “They have also conveniently forgotten the fact that whereas someone or the other have always fought with them, Sonali is still the only contestant who has kept her dignity and not indulged in a single dirty fight on Bigg Boss.”
Returning from Bigg Boss, Aarya Babbar had to rush to Delhi for an urgent meeting today morning. But when he boarded his flight, he realized that it was not the same feeling as before.
Having spent the first few grueling days in a claustrophobic mock airplane, with the aircraft theme in Bigg Boss, Aarya got the heebie-jeebies recollecting the memories of the tiresome sleepless nights spent on a plane’s recliner seat on the reality show.
“Aarya told me he felt uneasy throughout his flight to Delhi as he relived the Bigg Boss moments,” mentioned his publicist Dale Bhagwagar. “He kept calling the airhostesses, asking for water and eatables; just to make himself feel the difference between the Bigg Boss aircraft and a real one.”
Now now! The food may have surely been more interesting, but we wonder if Aarya found the airhostesses more entertaining than his BB Airlines passengers Karishma Tanna, Soni Singh, Sukirti Kandpal, Sonali Raut, Natasha Stankovic and Diandra Soares.
“What is the logic and sense of giving Puneet Issar a re-entry on Bigg Boss in a day of being nishkasit (evicted)? Is being kicked out of Bigg Boss a joke? Are the sensibilities of viewers being taken for granted?,” questions Aarya Babbar’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
During a task on the reality show a day ago, Bollywood actor-director Puneet Issar, who once accidently injured Amitabh Bachchan during Coolie, became physically violent with Aarya, groping him around the neck and flinging him on the ground.
“Though Mr Issar’s violent behaviour was straightaway against the rules of Bigg Boss, strangely there was much discussion and deliberation, before Bigg Boss decided to condemn the move and evict him. More surprisingly, Mr Issar is back on the show just in a day. Obviously, Aarya would feel demoralized with this manipulation of Bigg Boss?,” Dale points out.
The PR specialist has a completely valid point. After all, we keep hearing that ‘Bigg Boss is not scripted’, ‘not scripted’, ‘not scripted’. So one wonders, how come Puneet Issar has managed to stage various exits and entries.
Puneet was kept in a separate room as part of a Secret Society first, then in the Bigg Boss House, then he was taken out with Minissha Lamba, then put back in the House, then he was nishkasit, and now he is back yet again.
“Moreover, Mr Issar’s name stayed put in the voting process even after being nishkasit. Does this mean, he was never out of the race?, asks the publicist.
“If Bigg Boss is a ‘reality’ show, then it can’t be a ‘game’. And if it’s not ‘reality’, but only a ‘game’ for the sake of ‘entertainment’, then Bigg Boss has to remain fair throughout,” he concludes.
As Bigg Boss 8 moves from one week to another, a lot of eyes are falling on the lissome Sonali Raut. While the suave Gautam Gulati seems to be head-over-heels for the diva, the other guys too, are in hushed awe of the couple.
But Gautam’s extra attention towards the beauty, could be brewing jealousy and indifference in some. Like, Ali Quli Mirza has begun lecturing Sonali on how she should behave with Gautam on national television.
This week, he reminded her that unlike Housemate Upen Patel who is from UK, Sonali is a homebred Indian and should give thought to her conservative culture. He advised her against hobnobbing with a flirty Gautam, who had a stint with Diandra Soreas in the first week of the show.
In a way, Ali may be right. Because there are times we find Gautam talking lightly about Sonali behind her back. It makes us wonder, if he is commodifying her. Though, the couple have also been a support to each other, whenever the rest of the Housemates have ganged up against them.
“It’s nice of Ali to caution Sonali. But then, she is a new-age hip and open-minded girl. At the same time, ethical and strong-headed too,” says her publicist Dale Bhagwagar. “The guys don’t know what stuff Sonali is made of. But let me assure you, the girl knows her limits and knows them well. She will not forgo her dignity for TRPs,” he remarks.
“Sonali won’t be susceptible to anyone, unless conned,” adds the PR specialist. Now, now! Isn’t that exactly the worry?
Aarya Babbar seems to be a man of many shades. An actor, director, lover… and now even a writer. Yes! You heard it right. Soon after Bigg Boss, ‘Babbar sher’ (as he is fondly called) plans to release a fiction novel, whose name is being kept under wraps.
“Aarya was down with jaundice a while ago and that’s when he finished writing a book within three months of conceptualizing it. It will be released by Penguin Books India,” informs his publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
Actually, the thought of penning a novel had been lingering with him from quite some time. But he was too busy with his Punjabi films to dedicate time to it earlier.
One of the successful Punjabi films Aarya acted in, co-starred another Bigg Boss contestant Minissha Lamba. Recently, there was quite a hullabaloo on the reality show, when Aarya revealed that Minissha is actually his past girlfriend.
We also hear that the book has a mischievous title. Then, is the so-called ‘fictional’ book ‘inspired’ by his ‘real life’? “All I can say is that an airplane (which is also the theme of Bigg Boss Season 8), plays an important part in his book,” mentions Dale.
“Even on the show, Aarya has maintained that he finds an airplane a very romantic place,” observes the PR specialist, who seems to be using a co-branding tactic for the book with Bigg Boss.
Aarya is perhaps the only actor to pen a fiction novel, instead of writing on a subject revolving around Bollywood. Few are aware that he has enjoyed his flings with the pen since the tender age of fourteen.
He’s been writing poems, has scripted a play called Gorky+Tinku Ke Kaarnaame, and has even written a graphic novel titled Pushpak Vimaan.
The Aarya Babbar-Minissha Lamba Bigg Boss controversy is getting more and more intriguing with time. And everyone including Housemates, Twitterati and sections of the media are wanting to encash on it.
This has not gone well with Aarya’s sister Juhi Babbar, who has stated that she was misquoted in the media. A section of the media quoted Juhi saying, “Before the show, he (Aarya) had even spoken to Minissha and her family on the phone. He promised them that he would take care of her and never nominate her.” (sic)
Juhi clarifies, “That is a quote carried out of context and thus incorrect. Aarya did not speak to Minissha on his own. Since she called him and messaged him umpteen times, he returned her calls once or twice. He did not make the first move, neither did he bring it up in Bigg Boss.”
She adds, “Though Aarya had decided not to nominate her as she was his friend, he did not speak to her family, as mentioned in the article.”
“After Aarya revealed that it was Minissha who had made several calls and sent several messages to him before their entry into Bigg Boss, it has become clear once again that Aarya did not plan to plot from his side,” remarks Aarya’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
Minissha had falsely accused him of planning to plot a “romance” in the House, which did not go well with Aarya, who flared up and revealed his past with Minissha on the show. When provoked beyond tolerance, Aarya clarified on Bigg Boss that she was actually his girlfriend in the past, and it was he who also recommended her name for Bigg Boss. But he stressed that he did not plot a “romance” as she incorrectly claimed.
Earlier, Dale had mentioned that he had reminded and advised Aarya to abide by the rules of Bigg Boss, which do not permit a connect between speculated contestants prior to the show. But the Bollywood PR specialist had also pointed out that Aarya had told him, Minissha kept calling and messaging him, despite him ignoring her. This made him call her back out of courtesy; a fact he revealed on Bigg Boss this week.
“What is wrong in speaking the truth? What is wrong in admitting the past? Isn’t Bigg Boss a ‘REALITY’ show? Then why is Aarya Babbar being EXPECTED to HIDE the REALITY on it?”, questioned Aarya’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar, in response to the Housemates and select Twitterati blaming the Bollywood actor for revealing his past relationship with actress and ex-co-star Minissha Lamba on television.
“Why is Aarya being crucified for speaking the truth?,” reiterates Dale. “If a lady admits her past, it is fine. But if a guy admits it — that too, in a gentlemanly manner; and when provoked and asked — it is labeled as beizzati (disrespectful). Isn’t that double standards?”, asks the public relations specialist.
In a clarification last week, Dale had already mentioned about Aarya having told him that Minissha was desperately trying to meet and discuss Bigg Boss with him before the show rolled.
He had even said, Aarya could show phone call records and messages to the media, to prove this when he comes out. When questioned about their equation, Dale had even mentioned, “They had a thing for each other in the past.” Now Aarya has said the same things on Bigg Boss, establishing that his PR had the facts in place all along.
After an outburst on the Weekend Ka Vaar episode with Salman Khan, Aarya revealed that his relationship with Minissha had ended on a sour note, but they preferred to stay cordial with each other.
Aarya must have really been fond of Minissha, which is why, when he was asked by the Bigg Boss team before the show, if he wanted to recommend anyone else, he had taken Minissha’s name (another fact he revealed on the show). Little did he know that she would bad-mouth him behind his back and even call him a “Thali Ka Baingan” (a disloyal and fickle-minded person) on Bigg Boss; which led to his flare up.
What can we say! If one is chided by the Housemates and public for speaking the truth on a ‘reality’ show, others may attempt to hide truth in future!
If there is one contestant in Bigg Boss Season 8, from whom others could take a lesson in determination and team spirit, it is undoubtedly Bollywood actress Sonali Raut.
The Xpose heroine met not with one, two or three, but four consecutive accidents in Bigg Boss, when she repeatedly fell on slippery vehicular fuel, which had dripped on a thin parapet, while doing the TVS Scooty Zest 110 task opposite Soni Singh.
But to everyone’s surprise, each and every time she fell with a solid hurting thud on her hips and back, Sonali sportingly got up without making a fuss about her pain and continued the task.
“In Bigg Boss, Sonali has constantly shown what real women of substance are made of. She has proved that she’s not only a diva, but also the most determined Housemate, in a uniquely calm and restrained way,” remarks her proud publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
“With the kind of deadly falls she underwent, someone else in her place would have cribbed, cried and done a lot of drama, apart from giving up on the task midway. But not Sonali. Isse kehte hai, winner material,” he beams.
In fact, after Sonali slipped for the fourth time, Minissha Lamba even suggested that they should stop the task while Sushant Divgikar rushed to her and gave a tight hug.
“The thuds were terrible and we all saw it. But look at Sonali’s spirit and guts. She got up every time she fell and continued, until the task ending buzzer went off,” Dale points out, “just hoping, she hasn’t hurt herself with any deep tissue or bone injury”.
So true! Sonali may have lost the task to Soni Singh, but emerged as the real winner in the eyes of the viewers.
“Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho gaya. Aarya Babbar stands vindicated in Bigg Boss,” celebrated the actor’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar, as Aarya echoed his defensive words from the last two days, on India’s No. 1 reality show.
With the clarification coming in the form of an outburst against Minissha Lamba, Aarya freed himself from Minissha’s serious allegations that he tried to plot a “romance” with her for Bigg Boss. When Minissha had accused Aarya, Dale was quick to point out in the outside world, that it was not Aarya, but Minissha, who had actually planned to plot.
“Aarya had told me that Minissha was desperately trying to meet and discuss Bigg Boss with him before entering. Even though I was also in touch with Minissha regarding PR, I reminded Aarya that BB rules do not permit a connect between speculated contestants before the show,” said the Bollywood PR specialist.
He added, “I advised him to maintain a strict distance with Minissha till he entered the House. Aarya completely understood and agreed to it. However, he told me, Minissha kept calling and messaging him.”
When Dale was asked about the couple’s intimacy, he admitted, “They had a thing for each other in the past”. Now, Aarya has himself revealed on the show that he has earlier been with Minissha for six to seven months. This was during the time they worked together in the popular Punjabi film Heer & Hero.
Two days ago, in a private discussion with Deepshikha, behind Aarya’s back, Minissha instead, turned things around and put the ‘plotting’ allegation on Aarya.
Yesterday, one of Dale’s earlier PR-clients Hrithik Roshan visited the Bigg Boss House, to celebrate the success of Bang Bang with the Housemates. When he casually asked Minissha, who she felt was the “Thali ka baingan” (fickle-minded person) of the House, she took Aarya’s name.
Aarya could not tolerate this anymore. As Hrithik left, he agitatedly confided in Karishma Tanna how Minissha had kept calling and messaging him before the show rolled, even while he was shooting in high-altitude Ladakh for Bangistan, produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.
Following Minissha Lamba’s allegation that Aarya Babbar wanted to plan and plot a fake romance with her on Bigg Boss before they entered, Aarya’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar has vehemently denied her claims.
Dale goes on to inform, “Before entering Bigg Boss, Aarya was shooting in Poland for Bangistan produced by Ritesh Wadhwani and Farhan Akhtar. After that, he went to participate in another schedule of the movie in Ladakh. When he returned to Mumbai two days before the reality show rolled, he went shopping for some new clothes and accessories to wear in Bigg Boss.”
“Then, just a day before entering the House, he rushed to an early morning 6am shift to complete some of his remaining portions for Bangistan. Next day, he started packing his two red bags at 3am before he left for the Bigg Boss House in Lonavla. Where did he have the time to plan and plot with Minissha?”
“By the time I first met Aarya, the names of both the Bollywood actors were speculated by the media. In fact, I was already in touch with six to seven people, including Minissha, who later entered the show,” informs the PR specialist.
“Aarya told me, Minissha was desperately calling and messaging him to discuss Bigg Boss. But I reminded him that Bigg Boss rules do not permit a connect between probable contestants and he completely understood and agreed,” reveals Dale.
“Aarya and Minissha have worked together in the popular Punjabi film Heer & Hero and have shared an intimate bond in the past. So it would have been emotionally troubling for him to ignore her messages.”
In the latest episode of Bigg Boss, Housemate Minissha Lamba shocked everyone, when she told Deepshikha Nagpal that Aarya Babbar tried to plan and plot a fake romance with her before entering the reality show.
Minissha narrated, “Aarya called me and said, I want to win the show under any circumstances” and that she should fake a “romance” with him. Minissha stated that Aarya wanted to call her “jaan” on the show and hold her hand. She told Deepshikha, “I refused him saying, I am in a relationship with someone and can’t afford to lose my respect for the sake of TRPs.”
Well, it seems Minissha is bluffing Bigg Boss as well as the public about this. Aarya’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar has revealed that when Aarya’s name began to be speculated by the media before the show rolled, Minissha, who has worked with Aarya in the popular Punjabi movie Heer & Hero, was trying to meet and discuss Bigg Boss with him.
Dale informs, “Aarya had told me that Minissha was desperately messaging as well as calling him and asking him to meet. I immediately reminded him that as per the rules of Bigg Boss, speculated contestants cannot connect with each other before the show. Aarya is an extremely responsible person, so he understood and totally agreed. But he told me, inspite of him ignoring, Minissha was calling him.”
Now Minissha has gone ahead and said exactly the opposite on the show, “Her claims that Aarya wanted to plan or plot with her to win, are preposterous,” Dale remarks in defense of his PR client. “Of course, like every contestant, Aarya wants to win the show, but his upbringing is not of the cheating types. On the contrary, he is a man of ethics and fair play, and we all have been witnessing that side of him in Bigg Boss too.”
Maybe, Minissha realizes that if she tries to bluff in front of Aarya, she would stand exposed by him. That is why, she would have chosen to narrate her version behind his back. “When Aarya comes out, he may be able to show phone call records and messages to the media. Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jaayega,” says Dale.
Ok, so Minissha may be playing a game with Aarya. But why? “They had a thing for each other in the past,” quips Dale. OMG:-O Is there a Bigger story here?