Sidharth: Sunny Leone was non-existent to me
Even though Sidharth Bhardwaj expected to win Bigg Boss 5, he doesn't mind losing it. "More than winning the show, I think I have won a millions hearts. I feel good about it. I have always said that the youth is with me. When I came out of the house, my belief became stronger," he says.
Sidharth, however, did not expect Juhi Parmar to win. "I thought Mahek Chahal or I would win the title. She was the strongest personality in the house; it was 70: 30 between us."
Image: Sidharth Bharadwaj
'Bigg Boss offered me Rs 15 lakh to leave the show'
He had an opportunity to take the money (Rs 15 lakh) offered by Bigg Boss and leave the house, but he refused because "I wouldn't have been able to look at my face in the mirror if I had taken the money and left the house. It was daring to not take the money because it was important to me. But I didn't want to break the hearts of viewers who have supported me to reach where I am," he says.
There were complaints that Sid was not doing the work assigned to him properly. His take on that?
"People have different opinions, it happens when you live in the same house, and it's not a big deal. But I don't allow anyone to dictate terms to me. I am a carefree guy and if they feel I am not doing the work properly, they should tell me nicely instead of shouting. If the same thing is said in a nice way, I will do it," he says.
Image: Sidharth Bhardwaj
'Pooja Bedi was the actual drama queen of the house'
Things between Sky and him went a bit wrong, and Sid accounts for it by saying, "I have nothing against Sky. Whatever happened in the house was all due to the circumstances. I am sure Sky is a good guy and whatever happened, happened due to the circumstances. I have no hard feeling towards him."
He says the actual drama queen of the house was Pooja Bedi.
"Everyone was playing their own game. But I feel Ms Bedi was a big nautanki and a banavati lady. The other person who was completely fake was Amar Upadhyay. He tried to play a smart game every time."
Image: Siddharth Bharadwaj with his mother
'I never had any personal problems with Sky'
And the adult movie star Sunny Leone?
"I hardly had a conversation with her. She was non-existent to me. On the second day, when we had a conversation, she told me that she is from America and does some work on her laptop.
"I thought Bigg Boss wanted some homely girl on the show to attract people from outside. I was totally clueless about her work. I have no problem with her work or anybody's work. It is their work and they worship it. My only problem is with the people. If their mindset meets mine, I will be friends with them."
So, will he be friends with Sky, Bedi and Sunny?
"I don't know. I am selective about friends. I am going to be good to everyone outside. It was the house environment that made me behave in a certain way. I never had any personal problems with Sky."
Ask him to name the most over-the-top contestant, and he says, "Spare me." (A reference to Pooja Misrra, who used the expression a lot during her stay in the house).
Image: Sidharth Bhardwaj with Pooja Missra