Actress Gauahar Khan has emerged as the winner of the seventh season of popular reality show Bigg Boss at the grand finale on December 28. She beat housemate Tanisha Mukherjee.
Gauahar won a prize money of Rs 50 lakh. She stayed in the house for 104 days.
"I thank my family for the support," she said after winning the show. "I am a big fan of the show. I did not expect to come so far, till the finale."
She was one of the strongest contestants from the Day One. Her romance with housemate Kushal Tandon caught everyone's attention, as the two declared their love for each other openly on the show. She constant friction with Tanisha was also a talking point in the house.
"They (Tanisha and Gauahar) have strong personalities. If they knew each other better, they could have been friends," Gauahar's sister Nigaar Khan said.
Tanisha, meanwhile, made headlines for her closeness to housemate Armaan Kohli.
"I did not expect so much love. It was an unbelievable experience. I took a risk and it paid off. I made good relationships in the show," Tanisha said. "I am happy to see my mother here. I love you a lot and missed you."
Tanisha's mother Tanuja got quite emotional, as she sat with the audience.
"I am proud of her," Tanuja said later. "For me, she has won the show, even if she doesn't win. I used to watch the show everyday. I couldn’t contact her, so the show was the only medium (of communication). Whenever she cried on the show, I cried as well."
Host Salman khan commented that Gauahar and Tanisha always stood on opposite sides, and almost became the captains of the rivals groups.
Jokingly, he said, “I don’t have to say who the vice captains were," hinting at Kushal Tandon and Armaan Kohli.
Gauahar Khan has earlier participated in shows like Khan Sisters and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
There were four contestants left in the house for the finale, including Sangram Singh and Ajaz Khan. Sangram came out first, followed by Ajaz.
The earlier evicted contestants like Pratyusha Banerjee, Kamya Punjabi, Elli Avram and Armaan performed during the finale.