Kashmera Shah tried to play cupid between Arti Singh and Sidharth Shukla in Bigg Boss 13. (Photo: Arti Singh/Instagram)
Bigg Boss 13 recently welcomed contestants' family and friends to play the game on their behalf. Arti Singh's sister-in-law Kashmera Shah was one of the connections. As readers would know, Kashmera was a housemate in the first season of Bigg Boss.
In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, the actor opened up about re-living the Bigg Boss experience. She said, "It was an amazing time. I have been wanting to go back for a long time but never got an opportunity. This time it was more interesting as I got a chance to play the game for someone else. It was an added responsibility as I did not want to spoil her game. She has been doing so well all this while and has been surviving alone."
When we told her that many in the audience did feel that Arti Singh ruined her game by changing her equations, Kashmera Shah said, "I don't think so. Arti actually was safe that week. If she had been eliminated, I would have been a little upset. For me, Arti has not been really playing the game. She has been in the background all this while. I got her to the forefront at least. She is not a mellow person so I told her that she needs to stand up for herself. She shouldn't be taking anyone's atrocities. I spoke to her about women empowerment. She needs to speak and even fight for herself, and most importantly have the desire to win. I think she has improved her game in the last few days."
Recently, Arti Singh was in the limelight after she questioned co-contestant Sidharth Shukla for not saving her from nomination. On the same, Kashmera said, "He has saved Arti so many times. As a player, it's his right to make a decision he wants. I would have saved Arti but why would Sidharth do that? He doesn't owe her anything. Also, Arti has never been in a position to save him, so if he felt Paras Chhabra deserved it, I am sure he must have a solid reason for the same. Sid is a very logical person and he might have seen him as an equal and so saved him."
Arti Singh and Sidharth Shukla are among those who have made it to the finale week in Bigg Boss 13.
When Kashmera Shah was inside the house, she had even tried to strike up a matrimony alliance between Arti Singh and Sidharth Shukla. When asked what was Arti's brother Krushna Abhishek's take on the same, she smiled to say, "Krushna was happy that I took the initiative. Honestly, as a family, it has been a confusing time for us. We did not really understand what was happening between them. After the fun video on how Arti is around Sid all the time, I decided to ask her about it. Krushna supported me for the same but Arti had to give the final answer. I really got along with Sid but Arti flatly refused saying that she doesn't see a partner in him."
Time and again, the audience has seen Arti Singh talk about how she is not confident of winning, citing that Sidharth Shukla and Rashami Desai are more popular than her. Since Kashmera has been a contestant, we asked her if it all boils down to popularity or do viewers choose the winner according to their journey. She replied, "It's always according to the journey. Otherwise, the popular Bani J would have won instead of the commoner Manveer Gurjar (season 10). Your journey really counts. One has to have the right spirit, attitude and make a place for themselves in the viewers' hearts. Also, they should have leadership qualities and be active from day one. Most importantly, the audience should be able to identify themselves with you. Whoever can manage all of that, they will eventually win."
Lastly, we quizzed her about the advice that they, as a family, gave to Arti before she embarked on the Bigg Boss journey, and how much did she manage to follow it. "Krushna has not been in a situation like this, so he just told her to have fun. As for me, I told Arti that she shouldn't get in the bathroom or blanket with anyone. She has to maintain her dignity. I also told her to enjoy, which she did in the initial days. But for the last few weeks, she has been isolated and quite sad for whatever reason," Kashmera Shah concluded.
Bigg Boss 13 will air its finale on February 15.