'If I get a chance to go inside the house again, I would show them that a hungry lion attacks, but an injured lion wreaks havoc.'
Vishal Kotian was one of the strongest contestants in Bigg Boss 15.
That's why his elimination came as a shock.
"I had gone to win the game but when the format was changed, it was the beginning of all my problems," he tells Rediff.com Contributor PS Aaryan Khanna
You got eliminated despite being one of the strongest contestants. Are you upset?
Of course! Who would want to be out of the house when you want to win?
Frankly, I would play the same way if I get the chance to play again.
I think the show has a very simple format.
The contestants are supposed to dominate you and you have to tackle that and the audience will decide on who will stay in the house.
So what do you think went wrong in the last few weeks?
In the first two weeks, I was playing well.
But after that, the people inside the house started deciding who would leave and it became difficult to mess with them.
I had to change my game plan because in the first week itself we were told that the audience will decide on who will stay in the house and who will be eliminated. That was completely fine.
But when the people inside the house started deciding who will stay in the house, it became difficult because in order to please the other people in the house, I had to compromise.
I had gone to win the game but when the format was changed, it was the beginning of all my problems.
Everyone said that they don't trust me but when in need, everyone's first choice was Vishal Kotian.
What is your take on Karan Kundrra and Tejasswi Prakash's romance?
Tejasswi is a good friend of mine and Karan Kundra was insecure when it came to my friendship with her because he thinks that a girl and a boy can never be friends.
However, we don't have any hard feelings for each other.
I think he was just insecure about me because he used to think that I am a very strong contender.
I would say that both Karan and Tejasswi are very sweet. Their relation is moving ahead really fast and I don't think their relationship is fake.
They really care for each other. The speed with which the relation is going ahead is the only problem because when a relationship grows too fast, it becomes suspicious and seems as if that they are doing it only for the game.
I have stayed inside the house and I would say that the relationship is not fake.
With whom did you bond the most inside the house?
Since the beginning, I thought he was one of the strongest contenders in the house.
When he came up to me and said that we should play together and have each other's back, you can get a fair idea of the fact the I was a strong contestant.
When I got evicted, he was the one who was saddest about it.
He hugged me and told me that our story ended even before it started because he knew that I was a strong player.
It would have become more interesting now that the wild card entries are in the house.
If I get a chance to go inside the house again, I would show them that a hungry lion attacks but an injured lion wreaks havoc.
Who do you think is the weakest contender?
Rajiv (Adatia). When I used to think about the top three contestants in the house, I thought of myself as one of them along with Tejasswi and Umar.
I considered everyone else weak.
Now that I am out of the house, I think Rajiv is the weakest, then Nishant, Shamita, Pratik and Karan.
Is there any positive thing that you have learnt from the show?
This house will teach you something every day.
I have learnt a lot.
For instance, the importance of your family.
Earlier, I never hugged my dad, but now I do that every day.
My stay in the house has had a huge impact on my humility.
I am a very down-to-earth person and whatever I am today is all because of my hard work and the dedication towards my work.
I feel that I am like an aeroplane that starts its journey from the ground and reaches the sky.
The house has reminded me once again that it is very important to stay connected to your roots and be down-to-earth.