Yes. I told her that she "made" me in the UK.
What was her reaction?
She said "You’ve made me in India". She meant for the kind reception she got here. The channel was apprehensive about my reaction if she was invited, but I had no reservations. I think it is essential to forgive and move on.
Who will fill Goody’s slot on Big Boss?
I don’t know. I was really shocked to hear about her illness. I’m praying for her.
What will you bring to Big Boss?
I want to make it very different from the usual TV hosts. I’m an actress and I’ll bring that to the show. I want the audience to be curious about everything, what I’ll wear etc.
What do you think of the inmates?
Each has their own characteristics. Their true picture will unfold. When you win your first task and first ration, the fun begins.
You’re looking really glamorous—is it a deliberate makeover?
Perceptions towards me have changed. People expect more of me and I know I’m being watched, here and abroad. It all adds to the trps!
You must be raking in a huge amount?
I’m not disclosing the amount but I’m being paid well and deservedly so, I think!
So, Big Brother was your turning point?
Well, it gave me international recognition which my earlier work hadn’t. It gave me a different kind of respectability.
The most difficult part of Big Brother?
The cultural sensibilities and the fact that I was away from family.
Are Hollywood films happening?
I really can’t say at the moment. I’m doing Sunny Deol’s home production, my own home production and I did a special appearance in Dostana. Big Boss too is interesting.