Tejasswi Prakash was recently declared the winner of Bigg Boss 15. Pratik Sehajpal and Karan Kundrra were the first and second runners-up of the show. Many were left shocked as Shamita Shetty, was out of the finale race and the one who age-shamed her and called her ‘aunty’ emerged as the winner. For the unversed, it was during BB’s final task, Tejasswi and Shamita got into a major fight. Tejasswi called her ‘aunty’. However, she later apologised to Shamita but several celebrities like Bipasha Basu and Gauahar Khan among others came out in support of Shamita and called out Tejasswi for age-shaming her.
We had a chat with the actress where she spoke at length about Bigg Boss 15, being age-shamed, character assassination, on her marriage plans with Raqesh Bapat and a lot more. Shamita said that time and again she was subjected to a lot of personal attacks. “This is game where everything is allowed except hitting. It has been such a tough journey because there were times when I genuinely broke. There were times when I thought I can’t take it anymore. There were times when I wondered why I am inflicting this sort of pain upon myself. I questioned my decision a lot. But I am glad that I could put the pieces together and come back stronger,” she added.
The actress also said that the second half of her game changed when she got got sick and tired of the personal attacks, being made fun of, and people taking her entry lightly, people age-shaming her. She did whatever she could do within her capacity to defend herself and send out the right message. She added, “Because I truly believe this is a platform where you need to send the right message out to people. And at end of the day people say whatever they want to say and it shows their mentality, values and principles. My values and principles are a little different. I stood by them. I played my game my way keeping my values and principles in mind. So, I can do what is within my capacity.”
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She further said, “I can’t stop other people saying or doing what they want to and it’s unfortunate if there are people out there who normalise stuff like this. Because that’s not the world we are living in today. I would like to see things change and I think things have changed. Age shaming at a time like this, I mean c’mon it’s 2022.”
“There are people taking the liberty and calling people aunty. It’s ridiculous. I am Viaan’s (Shilpa Shetty’s son) aunty but in what context are you saying it, when and why are you saying it. Specially for somebody who stands for so called women empowerment say something to put another woman down because you are insecure. That’s not happening,” Shamita said.
The actress added, “I was playing my part in a task. That’s why I said in what context are you saying? It’s not nice. It’s just very cheap and shows your mentality. That is her upbringing not mine. “
You can watch the full interview of Shamita Shetty here.