The Chak De Haryanvi gal, Chitrashi Rawat who was the latest to be eliminated from Sony's Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao camp, talks about her stay in the creepy Malaysian forest.
It was great, I am an adventurous kind of girl who likes to go camping and live the hard life. I was kicked about the whole idea of doing tasks for food and emerging as a survivor. This was the reason why I said yes to this offer when it came along. I also wanted to do Fear Factor last year but my Comedy Circus dates clashed.
Any regrets on being eliminated?
People who come in via wild card don't last long; they just come for some time and leave. To be very honest, I never trust the entire voting system. Do people even vote? They told me that I was in the bottom two, I said fine. Then they said you are eliminated, I said cool.
Do you think that one of the reasons for your elimination was your lack of controversy?
I don't want to be noticed just for doing or saying certain things. Nobody really likes show-offs, they consider them silly. People want to watch real characters. I was what I am, a bindaas happy-go-lucky girl. Luckily, both my roles in Chak De and Fashion were similar to me in real life, so people already knew who the real Chitrashi was.
Although many people talk about the bold attitude of Negar Khan, we became very good friends. She is a very sweet girl. It is not right to label people just for the way, they dress. In fact she was the only girl in camp with whom I had a rapport with. Anaida and Mona were always in a different zone.
Your spat with Mika?
I don't want to dwell too much on things done for publicity. He told me some thing which I did not like; so I gave it back, period. Everybody saw what his real character was. The public is smart enough to know when people pull such stunts.
You and Jay were quite close?
We got to know each other as we entered at the same time. He is quite different from me; he is reserved and misses his family. I was kind to him. Soon we became real buddies, we would pull each others leg for small things.
Who do you think will win?
There is a perception that Akashh will win. But I prefer Chetan, for he is like an elder brother, always helping out and being a good sport. He also does not abuse. He is also very strong mentally and physically.
The main quality a winner needs is to maintain his cool, no matter what. You should keep your dignity intact, even if you loose.
Which were your best and worst tasks?
Among my three tasks, the dancing one was the best. At the end, I wanted more. All were surprised as to how could I be so cool with insects all over me. But I did not notice them, for I love dancing.
The one task which I hated was my elimination water task. I am a hydrophobic, so I knew that I would be out. I wanted to scream Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao, but I did it as I am no quitter.
This is your second reality show?
I would not call Comedy Circus a reality show; rather it was a talent hunt. Iss Jungle is what you call a reality show in the true sense. There are 24*7 cameras, you are also wired up, so you can't even breathe without being heard. You cannot be on guard all the time hence you sometimes end up saying what you feel. I personally am not in favor of such surveillance. I also was not like others who were playing to the galleries. Some times, I did loose my cool, but that was natural.
I have a comedy film, 'Don't Worry Be Happy' on floor with big names in the genre such as Vinay Pathak and Rajpal Yadav.
Reporter and Author: Anil Merani