By Radhika Bhirani
Shilpa Shetty, who won
international reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007, could have given
various tips to younger sister Shamita for surviving the Indian version of the
show titled "Bigg Boss", but all she told her was "Be yourself".
completely backed off when 'Bigg Boss' was offered to me. She was absolutely not
instrumental in helping me decide whether or not to take up the show. And when I
decided to go for it, she never even gave me any tips. She just said - 'Be
yourself', " Shamita told over phone from Amby Valley in Maharashtra, where the
show is being shot.
Shamita, who made her Bollywood debut with
"Mohabbatien" in 2000, is now in the "Bigg Boss" house, surviving without her
family or any connection with the outside world. The show started
"Bigg Boss", which airs on Colors, has other celebrities like
Poonam Dhillon, Claudia Ciesla, Kamaal R. Khan, Sherlyn Chopra and Vindu Dara
Singh competing with one another. The show being hosted by Bollywood megastar
Amitabh Bachchan has the celebrities staying inside a specially designed house
under constant camera surveillance and no contact with the outside world.
The last season of the reality show had been hosted by Shilpa Shetty
following her "Big Brother" win.
Before entering the house, Shamita was
excited about stepping into the small screen as well as testing her strengths on
the show, where she will be staying for three months with 12 other
"Television is something different for me, something I haven't
ventured into before. But I was ready for it. When Shilpa did 'Big Brother',
people asked me if I would want to do it. But my answer was
"However, in the past one year, I have become a very different
person and I did feel that I have become strong enough to get into something
like 'Bigg Boss', " she added.
Asked about the changes she has observed
in her personality over the past year, Shamita said: "Well, I have been
attending a course at the Oneness University for a long time. And that has
helped me understand myself and life in a very different perspective.
am more aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a person and I do believe my
stint in 'Bigg Boss' will help me be an even stronger person, " she
So how will she handle the difference of opinion and preferences
between the occupants of the "Bigg Boss" house?
"My intention of going
to this show is very positive. I am quite an adjusting person and I hope all
goes well because I plan to keep a smile on my face always.
"I know there
will be a blend of different people on the show, but I don't know what to
expect. I am just going to have fun there, " Shamita said.
her family and friends, the actress says she will miss watching television,
music and her privacy.
"Music is my life. I don't know how I'll live
without it...but I guess, that's the real challenge of being on 'Bigg Boss', "