Kushal: I don't regret my behaviour inside Bigg Boss
The drama that ensued when Kushal Tandon walked out of Bigg Boss with Gauhar Khan following suit, seems to have culminated in the latter’s return to the house.
Kushal seems to have left the show, at least for now.
“I don’t regret my behaviour inside Bigg Boss house,” Kushal says. “I never abused anyone, never used unparliamentary language. Unlike Armaan Kohli, who has given gaalis to every girl in the house and then apologised to them, I never did anything I’d regret later.”
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Image: Kushal Tandon
'I saw a lot of disrespect for women inside the Bigg Bosss house'
So how did all that drama happen, that led to the two leaving the house?
“I didn’t plan anything,” Kushal shrugs. “I’ve been brought up in a particular way where I automatically respect women and expect others to do the same. I saw a lot of disrespect for women inside the Bigg Bosss house. Armaan ladkiyon ko gaali deta hai. He hasn’t spared anyone.
“My breaking point came when during a task, Andy was given the freedom to say anything to anyone. Andy abused that freedom. He was flashing lingerie into a lady’s face and commenting on it. No self-respecting man would stand around watching a woman’s intimate wear being flashed around so cheaply. So I retaliated. I am an emotional person. I react from my heart. If I see wrong being done, I will always speak up.”
Image: Kamya, Pratyusha, Gauhar and Kushal
'Salman is not upset with me'
So if Kushal stood up for a woman’s dignity, why is the show’s host Salman Khan so upset with him?
“I don’t know why this perception has been created. Salman is not upset with me,” he says. “I respect him and am his fan. My proudest moment was when he told me that I would be a star.
“Like him, I am brat. I went to Bigg Boss to do some masti, play pranks, flirt and be a brat. When Priyanka Chopra visited Bigg Boss, she called me the most popular brat. I never meant any harm to anyone. I’ve come away with positive vibes for everyone, except a few like Tanisha. It’s not that I hate her. It’s just that you can’t get along with everyone in life.”
Image: Gauhar and Kushal
'I am very fond of Gauhar'
That brings us to the big question of the day: Are Kushal and Gauhar Khan a real-life pair?
“I am very fond of Gauhar,” he says. “And very close to her. But how can a permanent relationship be formed on a reality show? We have to wait for the show to get over and then see where our friendship goes. Gauhar walked out with me from Bigg Boss, not to give me company but because she saw that I had taken an ideological stand and she too felt I was right.
"She walked out knowing she might have to pay a penalty of Rs 50 lakh for breaking the Bigg Boss rules. But she didn’t care. At that moment, she only saw what was right. I admire her for this.”
Kushal doesn’t see the possibility of returning to Bigg Boss in the near future. “If by popular vote I am called back, only then will I go back. I think I’ve come away with my reputation clean. The entire nation saw I did nothing wrong. And yes, my mother had made me promise not to fight for food. You never saw me whining for khaana.”
Image: Kushal and Kamya