TV actor Gautam Gulati saw off competition from Karishma Tanna, Pritam Singh, Dimpy and Ali Quli Mirza to be crowned as the Big Boss 8 winner in its eighth season.
The reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss- Halla Bol’, which came to an end last night after 132 days with the announcement of Gautam Gulati‘s win, was initially hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who was later replaced by filmmaker Farah Khan for the extended version.
Farah handed the trophy and Rs 50 lakh as prize money to Gautam Gulati, who she fondly calls ‘Gullu’.
“I cannot believe that I have won. It has been an exceptional journey with plenty of ups and downs but it is an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Gautam Gulati after the big announcement.
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“I am greatly indebted to my family, friends and fans who have supported me throughout my journey on ‘Bigg Boss’, and cannot thank them enough. Emerging victorious is like a dream come true and I am now ready for the next phase of my career,” Gautam said after his win.
The 27-year-old actor became the winner of the longest season of the controversial reality show that has celebrities holed up inside a house with cameras watching their every move.
Ali and Dimpy became the first two champions to be evicted on the finale, leaving behind Gautam, Karishma and Pritam in the race.
“It is an achievement that I came this far. Being a non-celebrity, it is a big thing. I think I took the right decision to quit the show with Rs 25 lakh,” Pritam told PTI after coming out of the house.
The top three finalists were then offered an amount of Rs 25 lakh and an option to quit the game. RJ Pritam accepted the offer and exited the show.
Finally Gautam was declared as the title-holder, with Karishma finishing as the runner-up. Interestingly, both started out as enemies on the show, when it began but developed a cordial relationship in the last few weeks.
“I am happy that I have finished as the runner-up but at the same time I am feeling bad that I did not win. The show’s win mattered to me. But I am happy for Gautam,” Karishma told PTI.
Dimpy was the first to get evicted with Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha taking her out of the house after grilling all the finalists.
Ali, who became second to lose in the race, had an uncomfortable exit as he was escorted out by Ajaz Khan.
Ajaz, a previous ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant, had entered this season as a challenger, along with four others – Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Mahek Chahal and Sana Khan. But he was evicted in the second week after he allegedly hit Ali during a fight.
The finale was attended by some of the ex-contestants of the season – Praneet Bhatt, Puneet Issar, Sonali Raut, Diandra Soares, Mahek, Sana, Sambhavna, Upen Patel and Rahul.
Gautam, who is known for his role in TV show ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’, entered the show as an underdog. He was sidelined by the house mates after he abused Karishma during a task.
Karishma blew up the matter and while she gained sympathy in the house, Gautam, who was a new face for the audience, ended up earning fans outside with his devil-may-care attitude.
He later became a member of the ‘P3G’ group that included Gautam, Puneet, Praneet and Pritam.
Karishma and her friends– Diandra, Upen, Sushant Digvikar and Arya Babbar– were called the ‘Bedroom Gang’. The ‘P3G’ group broke up with wild card entry of Dimpy but Puneet and Gautam remained close.
Gautam Gulati’s romance with Diandra gained him some notoriety, while Karishma too found love in Upen, who re-entered the show to confess his feelings for her.
The 31-year-old actress, who had a boyfriend outside the house, accepted Upen’s proposal, thus breaking up with her ex.
The show saw a performance by Malaika Arora Khan inside the Bigg Boss house. Adding to all the entertainment was Khatron Ke Khiladi’s stunt architect Rohit Shetty who came crashing into Bigg Boss house through a glass wall while taking the finalists back to the outside world.
Ex-contestants from the show Upen, Puneet, Diandra, Sonali Raut, Praneet and the challengers Ajaz, Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Mahek Chahal and Sana Khan cheered on the finalists.
Diandra will just remain a good friend: Gautam Gulati
‘Bigg Boss 8- Halla Bol’ winner Gautam Gulati did get close to supermodel and fellow contestant Diandra Soares on the show but the actor says he is not keen to take their relationship to the next level and would just like to be friends with her.
Gautam and Diandra hogged the limelight for getting intimate on the reality show, which came to an end last night after 132 days. The 27-year-old actor, however, said he does not see any possibility of a relationship with Diandra.
“We will remain friends but I will not get into any relationship with her. I don’t think that is possible and even she knows that. She is a smart girl and a good friend. We never spoke about dating on the show.
“I think I was into an Emraan Hashmi zone and later realised that our kiss was not taken well outside. But my friendship with Diandra will continue,” Gautam told PTI post his win.
The ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ actor was also in the news for his friendship with another contestant Sonali Raut, who proposed to him on the show. Gautam said though he admires her, he never felt anything more than friendship for the ‘The Xpose’ actress.
“Sonali is a very nice girl. I like her attitude. She is very daring and I like this quality in a girl. But I can only think of her as a friend and I made that clear to her as well,” he said.
Gautam beat his arch-rival Karishma Tanna and friend-turned-foe Pritam Singh in the finale to become the winner.
He was rewarded Rs 25 lakh cash prize and a car. He said he is overwhelmed with the love and support he has received from his fans and finds the craze around him unbelievable.
“Things were stressful inside. In fact it was torture. But people outside supported me and that is why I am here today. My win is their win. I can’t believe people love me this much. I am surprised and grateful to them.
“All those, who were against me on the show, apologised while congratulating me. I feel that is my victory,” he said.
Gautam first grabbed headlines by abusing Karishma on the show during a task. This turned her and all other house-mates hostile towards him.
The actress did not relent even after Gautam’s repeated apologies, which ended up earning him the tag of a hero among the viewers as he put up a brave front against all, who cornered him.
Since then, the two have shared a love-hate relationship and have been called each others’ biggest nemesis. When asked if there is still bitterness between them, Gautam said, “Today we all are friends but had Karishma not done what she did during that task, I would not have ended the show like this. She started the task and I completed it today.”
On the show Gautam grew close to a gang of boys, famously called ‘P3G’, which included Puneet Issar, Praneet Bhat and Pritam.
Gautam shared a volatile relationship with Pritam but the actor said he truly considers the RJ a close friend and wanted him to win the show.
“As a friend, I wanted Pritam to win. I said this on the finale too. I always wanted to protect members of ‘P3G’, so I felt that if not me then Pritam should win the show,” he said.
The TV star was announced as the highest vote-getter on the finale of ‘Bigg Boss 8’, which was extended by a month in the form of a special series ‘Bigg Boss- Halla Bol’ and also saw an entry of five contestants from previous seasons as challengers.
Gautam, however, did not feel pressurised by the entry of new people and said his focus was intact. “I was determined after I met my brother and mother during the finale. I decided to give my 100 per cent. I did not feel any pressure during the ‘Halla Bol’ segment,” he said.
When asked if he would keep in touch with contestant Ali Quli Mirza, who made some nasty comments on the actor in a task, Gautam said, “Of course, I will. His family has apologised to me. He was also genuinely sorry about it so I thought to let it go.