'Doing item numbers is not my aim'
Already in the news for her role in Karma: Crime, Passion, Reincarnation and her friendship with Salman Khan, it was her stint in Bigg Boss 3 that really made the German model, actress, and singer of Polish descent (her father is Polish and her mother is German) a household name in India.
She lasted 10 weeks before getting evicted from the reality show. Her fans got to know more about her experiences when she came to the rediff office for a chat on Wednesday.
For those who missed the chat, here's the transcript.
Claudia Ciesla says, Hi everyone! This is me, Claudia. Sorry for being late. Just reached the fantastic rediff office. You know how the traffic is in Mumbai. :)
robert asked, how you feel working in big boss
Claudia Ciesla answers, Had a nice experience and learned a lot. And I am very happy that I learned Hindi.
krishnan asked, what r ur future plan?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I am for sure staying in Mumbai for longer. I'm looking for an apartment here. I already got a lot of offers, but I will choose only the best! :)
sandy07 asked, was parvesh fighting all the time with Bindu is good for Bigg boss
Claudia Ciesla answers, It's for sure interesting. But I think fighting is not a good way to discuss.
krishnan asked, tell us when did u start knowing India, and what interest u more
Claudia Ciesla answers, I came to India one and a half years ago for my first movie, Karma. After this I was travelling back and forth from Germany to Mumbai, Mumbai to Germany, etc. But it's too tiring, and is better to stay here in Mumbai.
arun asked, hi claudia. .you are so beautiful.. hope to see you much more in India and in indian movies and tv
Claudia Ciesla answers, This I can promise you! Just keep watching, and stay up to date. You will for sure find me!
VKTSAP asked, Did you get a chance to connect with other former housemates like Rohit, Ismail, Tanaaz and others?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I haven't met them yet. But I just got their numbers from Endemol, and will call them soon.
VKTSAP asked, what are your views on Rohit?
Claudia Ciesla answers, Rohit was irritating all of us. He didn't stop gossiping about everybody. It was a hard time, but we also had fun. I hope he learned a lot in Bigg Boss.
sauravtyagibit asked, ok tell me what is your thinking about india before coming india and right now???
Claudia Ciesla answers, Before I came for the first time, I didn't know what to expect. Just now, after being more than ten times in India, I've fallen in love with the country. I love the mentality of the people, the way of thinking, and that the family always comes first.
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'Salman Khan is very gentle'
Claudia Ciesla answers, Not at all. We are just friends. He's a nice and intelligent guy, but both of us are very focused and have future plans.
viindu asked, r u unhappy for nt winning BB3 after comin really close
Claudia Ciesla answers, Not at all. I am very happy to reach the tenth week. It was an amazing experience. I didn't expect that I would stay for so long in the Bigg Boss house. Let the best win!
jnokj asked, So what are you thinking after Big boss?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I am just watching Bigg Boss every day, and it's a strange feeling that I am outside and they are still there. So I would love to jump over the wall and still be together with them.
live asked, What made you choose Bollywood over Hollywood, you could've easily made it there?
Claudia Ciesla answers, Bollywood is something special. And it's also new in Europe. If you are watching Bollywood movies, you just forget about all your problems. And I also love India and the mentality of the people.
Prabeshh asked, What is your Home Town in Germany?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I am living next to Munich.
Harmeet H asked, Hey Claudia, could you tell us your most memorable moment from the Big Boss house? I am sure there must be loads, but if you had to pick 1, what would it be ?
Claudia Ciesla answers, There are many of them, but I enjoyed when the three children of 'Happy To Help' task came to the Bigg Boss house. It was a wonderful moment, and we had a lot of fun. Also, when Akshay Kumar came twice to visit us, and everybody was very excited about it.
satnam asked, wots you think about Vindu? is he good guy or Bad (your personal opinion)
Claudia Ciesla answers, Vindu is just straight forward. He'll tell you everything that he feels, directly to your face, which is a positive and negative thing sometimes. Vindu keeps talking to himself, which is very funny, but nobody really understands it.
kjb asked, Hi Claudia, How do you know Salman Khan?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I met him and his family at a party. He's very gentle. And his family is lovely.
kj asked, which place you would like to visit in India along with BB3 members. (I think you have talked about this during show as well)
Claudia Ciesla answers, I would love to visit Rajasthan and Agra. I would also like to see the Himalayas and Kashmir. This is the top of my list, but there are so many of thousands of beautiful places in the whole India. So I will keep traveling for the next ten years, at least, to see everything! :)
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Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani
'I am too young to be thinking of marriage'
Claudia Ciesla answers, I don't think so, especially not Bhaktiyar, because he's happily married. So, negative.
mayank asked, Hi Claudia Ciesla....... what do you in your free time? what are your hobbies?
Claudia Ciesla answers, Horse-riding is one of my hobbies, which I've been doing for ten years. Also, travelling is something wonderful. But, actually, I'm working all the time! But music is always with me, comforting me, especially Bollywood music.
nis108 asked, whome do you wish to win
Claudia Ciesla answers, I think Vindu is very strong, and he has a lot of support from outside. But I also wish that Pravesh will win, because he is playing the right strategy.
Chitru asked, do you think BB3 would have been difficult for u, had Pravesh not been there?
Claudia Ciesla answers, You see, Bigg Boss is a mental game, and very emotional. So Pravesh and I were trying to make the best out of it. But also, without him, I will be the same in the show.
heyclaudi asked, Are you single.....How about marrying an Indian.....anyone not Pravesh.
Claudia Ciesla answers, Yes, I am single. Just now I am not thinking about marriage, because I think I'm too young, and I have still a lot of time. But in the future let's see what will happen. :)
ashley asked, DO U HAV ANY PLAN TO SETTLE DOWN IN INDIA?
Claudia Ciesla answers, Yes, of course. I am already searching for an apartment or house in Mumbai. So I have already settled down!
invader asked, Hello Ms. Ciesla, Its very Good of you That you are Actively Supporting Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India) . I Have a question > Do you really want to Make a Career in Indian Film Industry, And How difficult it is to Live in Bombay, As we know the Infrastructure is really Bad. Please give you Honest answer on this. As Even when we Visit Bombay, We find it very Difficult. Cheers!
Claudia Ciesla answers, Yes, I am thinking Khushii since half a year back. And I think it's very important to do charity to help poor people and children. We cannot just forget about them. And, yes, I really want to make my career in India. I love the traffic because it's totally different from Germany. It's a lot of fun. Just take it easy, and enjoy! :)
rahulrahul asked, Caludia, everybody asked u abt u and ur experience in INDIA...well what abt ur Home Land Germany ? Who all are there in your family and dont u miss them ? and what is ur most memorable moment outside INDIA
Claudia Ciesla answers, Of course I am missing my family, terribly. But all the time I have telephone contact with them, so we even when I'm in India, we are very close to each other.
nida asked, hey Claudia , i think Vindoo talks a lot .. is he as irritating in person
Claudia Ciesla answers, That's true. Vindu is talking non-stop, 24 hours a day, even when he's sleeping. Sometimes nobody understands what he's talking about. And, also, sometimes everybody appreciates a little more silence.
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'I was the one person who was not bitching and gossiping all the time'
Claudia Ciesla answers, I don't care how people are looking like or from which country they are. The most important thing is what kind of human being you are.
empee asked, i must say, without you BB is boreing
Claudia Ciesla answers, I feel the same. I am watching them every day. So keep watching it. I will surprise you!
ANUPGREAT asked, How did u feel when u met Bollywood's top actor Mr Amitab Bacchan
Claudia Ciesla answers, It was a wonderful feeling. It was like fulfilling a dream of mine. He's an amazing person, and I hope to get the opportunity to work with him one day.
kui asked, how is poonam in bib boss
Claudia Ciesla answers, Poonamji is a very experienced lady. She's always trying to be diplomatic. But I think just now everybody recognizes her strategy and how she is playing.
kbc asked, Hi Claudia Ciesla .. So is BB3 is real or fake..
Claudia Ciesla answers, 100% real. Whatever you have seen has been natural and it was really played by the candidate.
kartik asked, Hi claudia...what kind of roles are looking at doing in the Hindi film Industry?
Claudia Ciesla answers, Hindi, Bollywood movies. And I don't just want to do item numbers. That's not my aim. Better to do nothing than this.
saju asked, how is hindi language for u
Claudia Ciesla answers, It's a very sweet language. And I will for sure keep learning it, with the proper grammar.
iceman asked, you really though a foreigner would win big boss in india ,what was your chances ?
Claudia Ciesla answers, If it is possible that Shilpa Shetty could win Bigg Boss in UK, then I think everything is possible. It's about good strategy and how you're playing the game.
kbhadra asked, For what reason, do u think, the Indian people voted you?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I think because I was trying my best to learn Hindi, they also could relate to me. And I think I was the one person who was not bitching and gossiping all the time. That's why I think they like me.
shaunak asked, hi Claudia if u wud have to describe the BB3 inmates including past & current in 1 word what wud it be??
Claudia Ciesla answers, Rohit: bitchy; Kamal: irritating; Vindu: strong; Pravesh: clever Poonamji: diplomatic; Tanaaz: very loud; Bhaktiyar: cannot control it; Aditi: reserved; Raju: very funny; Ismailji; respectable; Shamita: distant; Vinod: good human being.
Image: Hitesh Harisinghani
'I turned vegetarian after ten weeks in Bigg Boss house'
Claudia Ciesla answers, It's a very tricky question. The most negative people were Rohit and Kamal. And, watching now from outside, I think Vindu is being very funny, and he's selling himself very well. Poonamji is the motherly type. And Pravesh is also very entertaining.
babarab asked, hey whats your favourite indian food?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I love Indian food. And I turned vegetarian after ten weeks in Bigg Boss house. So I love all the subji, like bindi and lauki and yellow dal.
ashwin dalal asked, what was your game plan
Claudia Ciesla answers, I just wanted to show who I really am. And everything keeps changing so fast in Bigg Boss, so you can't really have a long-term strategy in there.
Owais asked, Hi Claudia, dont you think that Tanaaz and Bhakhtiyar were good house mates and you voted Tanaaz out only because you came under the influence of ROHIT THE CHEATER???
Claudia Ciesla answers, Rohit, of course, was manipulating everyone. But I also felt that Tanaaz and Bhaktiyar were a couple in the show, and were supporting each other for such a long time, so everybody felt that this was unfair. That's why actually the whole house wanted one of them to be out.
goeldeep asked, Hi Claudia, hope you are keeping well, do you think life has changed after BB3 bcoz of lot of publicity you got, surely make a difference !!
Claudia Ciesla answers, Yes, of course. I got a lot of publicity and new opportunities in India, for which I am very, very thankful to Bigg Boss and Endemol, for giving me the chance.
fatherofhollywood asked, What is your favourite movie. Have you seen Taj Mahal?
Claudia Ciesla answers, My favourite movie is Black, with Amitabh Bachchan. Also Singh is Kinng and Partner. But there are also a thousand more.
sweet_anshu asked, what have you learnt from Big boss?
Claudia Ciesla answers, I learned patience and discipline. I also learned to understand the feelings of other people. And, most importantly, I learned Hindi, yoga, and how to cook Indian food! :)
Naveen1 asked, I have become big fan of yours...how can i get your autograph photograph
Claudia Ciesla answers, You just visit my web site -- www.cclaudia.net -- over there you will find my latest information and pictures.
Claudia Ciesla says, First, thank you so much everybody for being here with me in the chat. And also thank you so much for supporting me for such a long time in the Bigg Boss house. Keep watching it! And don't miss even one episode. Love you all, Claudia
Image: Claudia Ciesla