Model and actor Arav, who has attracted both fans and detractors on Bigg Boss Tamil, is surprised that he was chosen as the winner of the show on Saturday. Following the dramatic exit of Oviya, chances of him winning the game looked unfavourable. But since then, things steadily began to look up for him.
“I never thought I’d be the winner. In life, I have seen many disappointments. So, when I agreed to be a part of this show, I had no great hopes,” he says.
At the same time, Arav was determined to play the game. “I stayed at the house without any strategy and was only going with the flow. I was just being myself. I have been living in Chennai by myself for about eight years and life inside the house was pretty similar to my routine. Just that I was cut off from my friends, family, internet, and phone,” he tells us.
Arav, who entered the house as a commoner, slowly developed a fan following. “I know I am here only because of the people who voted for me. I am immensely grateful to them. But there were days, before I understood the game, when I felt like I was breaking down,” he says. It was never about winning the show, according to him. “I was more concerned about my journey and reputation,” he says.
Arav believed that Ganesh Venkatraman or Snehan would win the title. “Right from the beginning, they were tough competitors and participated in every task wholeheartedly. I knew they’d travel with me for a long time on the show, and that’s what happened. Honestly, I’d have been happy if they had won the title too. They have come to mean a lot to me,” he smiles.
Arav had acted in Saithan before he became a household name, thanks to Bigg Boss. “I am keen on establishing myself as a good actor. I have a few directors approaching me for lead roles. I am open to doing negative roles as well. At the end of the day, only the script matters,” he says.
We begin discussing the Oviya episodes. There were some “misunderstandings”, Arav says. “I knew Oviya was interested in me, but I thought she was just playing around. Once I realised it was serious, I told her it won’t work out. She was also confused and not in the right state of mind.”
Would Arav sign a film if it starred Oviya? “Absolutely. Why not? We are still good friends. I am ready. She even congratulated me on the stage and I guess she’s happy that I won the title. If people want to see us together on screen, I am up for it,” he says.
Arav turns philosophical, as he wonders about life after the Bigg Boss show. “People seem sweet to you. Then, they talk about you when you’re not there. It all happens in life.” He holds the time he spent at the Bigg Boss house to be very precious.
“When I agreed to be a part of the show, I didn’t know the rules and regulations. I’d never watched the other versions of the show. I had no idea it would be this difficult. Without gadgets, life was hell. For all those who say we were acting—you can do it for a day or two. Nooru naal epdi nadikka mudiyum?!”