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EXCLUSIVE: Bigg Boss 16: Evicted player Vikkas Manaktala calls Shalin Bhanot ‘stupid’; gives clarification on his ‘neechi jaati’ remark

en Bollywood News EXCLUSIVE: Bigg Boss 16: Evicted player Vikkas Manaktala calls Shalin Bhanot ‘stupid’; gives clarification on his ‘neechi jaati’ remark

After eviction former Bigg Boss 16 contestant Vikkas Manaktala spoke about his experience, game and much more in the Salman Khan-hosted show.

Salman Khan hosted show Bigg Boss season 16 is already in its 13th week now, and till now numerous evictions have taken place. This week, Vikkas Manaktala was evicted from the show. In a conversation with Bollywood Hungama, the actor opened up about his stint in the show while sharing his experience. Here’s the excerpt from his conversation with us.

EXCLUSIVE: Bigg Boss 16: Evicted player Vikkas Manaktala calls Salin Bhanot “stupid”; gives clarification on his “nichi jaati” remark

EXCLUSIVE: Bigg Boss 16: Evicted player Vikkas Manaktala calls Shalin Bhanot ‘stupid’; gives clarification on his ‘neechi jaati’ remark

What was your vision when you said ‘Yes’ to the show?

My only intent was to go and experience staying in the Bigg Boss house. And see what kind of experience it turns out to be. And that was very, very important and going to be. You never know what's going to happen tomorrow. I was actually supposed to go at the start, but things didn't work out. Later on, when the wildcard proposal came, Guunjan really pestered me to go there as a wildcard. I wish it had been a longer stay. The reason was to go and experience it, and see how it feels to be in the show.

What is your take on the backlash you have received for saying “nichi jaati” on national TV?

I don't know about other people and other celebrities using custom slurs according to their convenience or out of accident or out of a slip. I did not make a casteist slur, it was a slip of the tongue, which was corrected in the very same instance. And the same realisation was there and prompted, and it was conveyed very clearly. And, I would again want to emphasise on this, that there has been no intent to disrespect any caste. And I hold everyone in a lot of respect. If you must have seen my stint, however long it has been, has been honest and dignified. Even when people went low and made comments about my personal life and cursed me and so on, and exploited the emotions that I had. Then also, I maintain dignity for them. So in no way, I can ever think of using casteist slurs. I'm going to just specify the exact words, I have only said "nichi soch". Even if unknowingly, I have hurt anybody's sentiments. I have folded hands, I apologise to everyone listening to this. And I hope you guys can forget about this slip of the tongue and continue showering the love that you have been on me. And let there be love for everyone involved.

What’s your take on your eviction, given that you enter the show after its foundation was already established?

By the time a wildcard entry goes inside associations and groups are formed which are difficult to shake. But I think the great thing is that I knew the behavioural pattern of people. So for me, it was not difficult to really see them. Even after knowing their patterns, I went with an open mind to go and connect with them. And whenever I felt that the people were acting really smart. I called out their game, I called out what was unfair, and I called out what was wrong. I called a spade a spade. And I don't shy away from that. And unfortunately, the stint has turned out to be a small one for reasons unknown to me. But I'm just happy that I got to experience it. And I'm also very happy that my honesty came through. And, despite the issues and the backlashes and the causes, and the conversations and really bad taste, I maintained my dignity in every human possible situation. So I'm very happy about it. So it's been a great experience.

I had a lot to add to the game. I think the experience turned out to be a small one. But it was not an experience that I could have done anywhere else.

What was your strategy/plan for Bigg Boss?

My only plan was to just be as I am, which I think I was able to achieve. To be honest in every given situation, whether being angry, being happy, being friendly, calling out people's games, calling out people's issues, calling fake a fake, calling a spade a spade, and calling a stupid stupid, which was most of the time Shalin Bhanot. So that was my plan to be honest, in every given situation, and circumstance and I think I was able to achieve that. And I don't think contestants can put any effort and have the freedom to make it to the final cut, though that final cut, which has to go, is to be decided by Big Boss and Big Boss alone. So what is shown how it is to be played, is only in Big Boss’ hands. So I don't think anybody can make any sort of effort. Yes, there are players who feed the audience who do it for the camera, but I didn't do any of that.

Who do you see as the finalists?

I feel the other top three will be Abdu Rozik, MC Stan and Sajid Khan.

Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Vikkas Manaktala issues apology over his ‘neechi jaati’ remark on national television after NCSC issues notice


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