Television bahu Dipika Kakar on Sunday was announced as the winner of Bigg Boss 12. The actor beat her brother Sreesanth in the final round. Apart from the coveted trophy, Dipika also won prize money of Rs 30 lakh. While Deepak Thakur walked out of the game with Rs 20 lakh, Romil Chaudhary and Karanvir Bohra ended up in the fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Post her big win, Dipika sat down for an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com. She talked about her journey, struggles, bond with Sreesanth and plans of using the prize money.
A few days back during the debate task, Dipika Kakar had shared that she wants Sreesanth and herself to be the top two contestants in the show. Talking about her winning moment, the actor said, “I was so excited that my words came true. And I am really proud about both of our journey. While the whole house was against us, we played the game with all our might. We also maintained our personality from day one. And of course winning the trophy makes me really excited. When I saw Shoaib (husband Shoaib Ibrahim) and my sister-in-law Saba so happy and emotional, I couldn’t hold my tears.”
Bigg Boss 12 would definitely be remembered for the bhai-behan jodi. Sharing that she never planned to find such a deep connection, Kakar said, “My bond with Sreesanth has been the best thing I gained from Bigg Boss 12. We went through our share of ups and downs. And like any relationship, ours also grew with time. Also, when you are in such a competitive environment, you are always on the threshold of emotions. I must add that both of us equally invested in this bond and it is definitely for keeps. I think I will miss our cute banters and fun moments the most.”
Dipika Kakar was often compared to her on-screen character Simar from Sasural Simar Ka. It was also used to pull her down. When asked if it affected her in any way, she said, “Not just that but everything about me was used to pull me down. Be it my cooking, my caring nature or my relationship with bhai, everything was questioned. But I had the belief that I am doing right. Never did I go so blind in the game that I lost myself. Throughout the game, I was honest to myself and I knew the audience would connect with that.”