While Ridhima Pandit is excited to see Karan Johar after 'Koffee With Karan', she also goes vocal about her love for Salman Khan.
Ridhima Pandit may have already gained popularity on TV but she is excited to be a part of Bigg Boss OTT nonetheless. The actress, who lost her mother recently, shared how she would have reacted to the news. She also spoke about her views on Karan Johar and Salman Khan hosting Bigg Boss.
Ridhima spoke about her gameplan on the show and how she wants people to know her as a person rather than the characters she has played. The actress also gave a brief insight into what her future looks like.
Excerpts from the interview...
You are quite a popular name in the TV industry. What prompted you to say yes to Bigg Boss?
I've been a big fan of the show since its inception. I've followed pretty much every season. If I was shooting, I would record the Weekend Ka Vaars. I have been offered the show since the time I started working on Television from 2016. Keeping in mind 2020 was a very difficult year for me since my mother passed away. It was offered to me last year as well and I was in talks but it was God's way of not going ahead. After she left us, I certainly felt that my purpose should now be my work. I immediately enter every house through the TV sets.
Did she also like Bigg Boss?
Oh yeah. She would tell me that I wouldn't be able to survive since even guys cry in the house. She would call me delicate, sensitive and emotional. That's my mother speaking, who wouldn't want me in difficult situations. She also knows that I'm a very fierce and no-nonsense girl so I can deal with anything that comes my way.
What are you expecting from the show?
I don't know. I'm just hoping that I entertain my audiences and they get to see different sides of my personality as Ridhima and not the characters I have played all these years.
What is the real you like?
I'm always hangry for sure. I'm no different than the rest of us. I'm hangry to the point where I start crying if I'm hungry. So if I don't get to eat on time, that is my major weakness. Other than that, I'm emotional, very vulnerable, someone who trusts people real quick and maybe this show will teach me not to do so. I'm also very headstrong, fierce and cannot tolerate injustice.
There are times in the house when you have to fight for every grain for food. People even refuse to do tasks at times. How will you react then?
Just watch me and how I fight. Then I'll forget who is watching the show. Once I'm hungry then I don't care.
Who has been your favourite contestant on Bigg Boss so far?
Shweta Tiwari, Gauahar Khan, Karishma Tanna, Rubina Dilaik and Shehnaaz Gill.
What is your gameplan for the show?
Nobody can afford to have a gameplan in this show. There may be different situations that you can be put under. What gameplan are you going to take over then, man? It's about how you deal with the pressure and take it. I'm going to be real and honest.
What kind of tasks are you expecting in this season?
I'm not competitive by nature but I don't know what happens to me. If you ask me, even in Khatron Ke Khiladi, I didn't expect to be that competitive. I just want to give my best but that gets my winning spirit out. I hope it comes out this time as well. My endurance level depends on task-to-task. I can't comment on it now.
How will you deal with people who wake up with the intention to fight?
You remember Tanaz Irani or Imam's 'Time Out'. I'll use those tactics and irritate them. I won't spare them.
Which area do you think will become your new home - garden, kitchen or bedroom?
Since I'm a hangry person, I should be in the kitchen na? So I can keep making food for people and myself.
Are you apprehensive being locked up in the midst of COVID-19?
No, in fact it's the safest place to be. We also get to live without masks after almost a year and a half. I'm more worried about my loved ones outside if the third wave hits us. I would lock up my father at home but now since I'm not there, he won't listen to anyone.
How long do you think you can survive the tough situations? Do you see yourself winning the trophy?
I don't want to overcommit. I want to go with the flow but here, it could go against you. You have to be headstrong. That's my intention but I will have my weak and vulnerable moments so I don't know how far that takes me. I could jokingly tell you that I'm taking the trophy home but it's a very tough game. It's the ultimate test of your mental endurance level. I do see myself as the long-haul horse but let's see. I'll give my best for sure.
What are your thoughts on Karan Johar hosting the show?
I'm super excited. I love watching Koffee With Karan, how candid he gets. I watched all his movies. Karan sir has mentored so many people in the industry and will do that to us in the show so it will be a lot of fun.
What would be your reaction if Salman was hosting Bigg Boss OTT?
The excitement level would be the same. I love Salman Khan! I don't know what I'll do when I see him on the opposite side of the screen.
What will you miss the most in the Bigg Boss house?
My family, freedom, privacy, phone and pani puri.
Do you see your career take a turn after doing the show? Would we see you in films or web series?
Why not? Of course. As an actor I'm looking forward to doing challenging roles no matter the platform. After this, there's no stopping me.