Bigg Boss Halla Bol winner Gautam Gulati shared close camaraderie with model and contestant Diandra Soares on the reality show, but he says that he will ultimately settle down with a girl chosen by his mother.
Excerpts from the interview:
Ques: How does it feel to stand with that trophy?
Gautam: Trust me, it's a great feeling. I wanted to see my mother before anyone else after I won the trophy. It's her values that have brought me where I am. I'm not a stranger to popularity. So, I know I need to handle this new level of success in my life in a capable way, or it will slip out of my hands. I want to do good work and not just become another Bigg Boss winner.
Ques: Your popularity soared higher while you were in Bigg Boss
Gautam: It's a great feeling. My colleagues inside the Bigg Boss house didn't understand my feelings. But all of India did and appreciated me. They've made me a star.
Ques: How do you plan to take this forward?
Gautam: By doing good work, of course. I am going to sign good projects to entertain my fans. You'll soon hear some announcements.
Ques: How would you describe your experience in Bigg Boss?
Gautam: I went in the show as an entertainer. But the most unexpected things happened to me inside the Bigg Boss house. But no issues. At the end of the day, I was victorious. I remained cool and calm even when I was provoked. There was no double speak or hypocrisy in my attitude.
Ques: You were very quiet, sober and sensible inside the Bigg Boss house
Gautam: I didn't go with the purpose of providing content for the TRPs. Other contestants did very strange things on the show. I won because I was myself on the show. When the others squabbled, I stayed calm. I wanted no trouble.
Ques: Were there many attempts to provoke you?
Guatam: Oh yes, a lot! I used to make Herculean efforts to control my temper. And I succeeded in getting rid of my temper each time. Every time I felt like losing my temper, I turned it into an occasion of fun and frolic. I went out of my way to defuse tension in the house. Had I lost my cool when provoked, then there would have been no difference between them and me. When one party is upset, the other has to be calm.
Ques: You were 'Mr Clean' inside the Bigg Boss house and yet you were quite a Casanova with Diandra Soares and Karishma Tanna. Explain this contradiction?
Gautam: There is no confusion within me about my priorities. I am going to marry the girl that my mother chooses for me. As for what happened inside with Diandra, it was a momentary impulse. If a girl kisses me, what do I do? I can't reject it. It would be rude. So I kissed her back. I realised there is an Emraan Hashmi in me. And that part of me got provoked. But that part of me is done with. I don't want to carry forward that image at all.
Ques: Is the image of 'Mr Clean' very important to you?
Gautam; It's not about a clean image. It's about being true to myself. Whatever I've done in my life, I've done openly and unapologetically. But when I know there are no genuine feelings from my side, it's better to stop the relationship from going in that direction. Better to remain friends rather than create false hopes of a relationship.
Ques: With a 'Do Not Trespass' sign around your heart, how will you handle the female fans?
Gautam: I am certainly not going to hurt my fans. I'll find a way of keeping them happy without being untrue to myself. Other stars take care of their fans. So can I.
Ques: What are your plans now?
Gautam: I've done an international film called Darpok, which had taken me to the red carpet of the Cannes International Film Festival. I want to do both Bollywood and international films. Trust me, my entry in Bollywood would be as solid as my entry in Bigg Boss. I never thought I'd be presented so well in Bigg Boss. It's all due to my body language. Now, it's up to the filmmakers to capture the same body language.