You might have seen and known her as the youngest contestant on Bigg Boss 6 show but in her own words "she was the wildest of all'. South siren Sana Khan who survived inside the house of scandals for almost 100 days is on cloud nine ever since Bigg Boss season 6 got over. Even if she didn't win the reality show, the starlet is quite sure that this stint would be a stepping stone to kickstart her filmy career in Bollywood.
Spilling beans about other Bigg Boss co-contestants, giving trivia about incidents that weren't aired on screen, sharing her bittersweet experience on the show and revealing what's next on the agenda, here's Sana Khan in a candid chat with itimes.com.
Being the youngest contestant inside the Bigg Boss house, was it an advantage for you in many ways?
No ways. Do not even think that I was anyone's favourite. Everyone in that house had come to play a game, they planned and plotted against me and that's why I got nominated in the first week itself. The problem is people couldn't see me as a happy person and they were jealous. They used such crass words against me 'shaani ban rahi hai yahan par' (she's trying to be oversmart). But it was only in the end they realized that I am like that only.
Without any major fan following you managed to reach the finals - top 3. What do you think worked in your favour?
I was being myself and didn't really wear a mask to hide anything. I enjoyed, laughed, made friends and played the game too. I have been following Bigg Boss for last 5 seasons and never understood why contestants remained so tensed all the time. Situations inside the house may make you feel frustrated but there's nothing can stress you out so much. For me, Bigg Boss house was like a resort and I enjoyed this lovely paid holiday.
People outside think that your link-up with Rajev kept you in limelight more than required. Do you agree?
It's how you see it. I can also say that Rajev (and Vishal) got limelight because of me. I never told Rajev to say good things about me or never went up to Vishal and asked for an apology. It was their decision. As far my relation with Rajev is concerned, I guess enough has been said, shown and read about it. I'd only say that it was such a cheap thing to even think like that. He was just a friend and would always be like that. I can't ever imagine being his girlfriend or even think of having a fling with him because I never see him from that perspective. I was in the show because I am a personality and not because I got footage due to someone else.
Who do you really blame for all these link-up stories - viewers or contestants on the show?
Of course it all started from within the house only when people like Niketan and Sapna started saying things about me and Rajev. It's like if you repeat a wrong thing 10 times, it also starts to sound correct and we were inside the house for 24 hours and several stories were built around me.
Why did you never react to it or made your point clear?
Honestly, I used to pity on them that being so mature, 35 plus of age, they talked about such petty things. It only shows their cheap mentality and upbringing. It shows where they come from. They were like 'Tupperware Shop' - full of plastic on their faces and in their lives. The reason I never reciprocated to them in the same manner is because then there wouldn't have any difference between me and them. I maintained my dignity. I could never play a prank on Urvashi because I knew her young sons and old mother were also watching the show. But sadly those so-called mature people never thought the same and were so insensitive.
Somewhere Salman Khan also crossed the line and added fuel to this fire. Don't you agree?
I had told this to Salman also that just to prove my purity I can't tie a rakhi to Rajev. I think Salman as a host brings a lot of humour to the show and I knew that he was just joking and teasing me and didn't really mean what he said. The crew and unit also inform him and give him a feedback about what is happening inside the house round the clock. So I think there was a certain level of understanding between a contestant and a host.
People also said a lot about Salman favouring me and I feel somewhere this has not allowed me to win the show.
Do you think because of your friendship with Rajev, he could never go back to Delnaaz?
Rajev and Delnaaz had their own set of issues and differences and I don't think anything went wrong because of me. The problem was that both were equally important for me as friends. While Delnaaz started to see my as her support system, Rajiv too trusted me a lot and would vent out his emotions in front of me. But I never defended either of them and simply listened. Somewhere I was in a sticky spot.
Did you ever feel that you were being framed and whatever happened with other contestants was brushed under the carpet without being highlighted as much?
Don't know if I was being targeted, but yes whatever others did was not shown on air or spoken about. I never spent time with Rajev inside the blanket; still we came in spotlight for no reason. I saw Niketan having fun inside the blanket but I never discussed about that in open because just to defame him I can't spoil 3 girls' name who too were involved. You see, Urvashi, Karishma and Mink come in package with Niketan. All these used to spend time inside the blanket till 2 am in the morning and give massage to each other but no one discussed about it. WHY?
Was there anything between Urvashi and Niketan that you think viewers didn't get to see?
I am not a 15-year-old who can't see or say things. I just maintained silence because I genuinely respected their age and work experience. I have been brought up like this. So if I didn't say things on the show, I would rather not comment on them now.
Your closeness and fondness for Aashka also raised many eyebrows. What was all that?
(Smiling) Oh yes, even I am amused to know that people linked me with Ashu Of course, there was nothing between us. If she kissed me, the clipping was shown to the outside world in slow frame and captured her lips approaching my cheeks and at a point it looked that we would kiss each other. Come on! It was height of insanity. I had a spiritual connect with Aashka and we connected emotionally also. I was looking for sibling love and she gave me that comfort and affection. What's wrong in it? We used to fight like sisters and people gave another meaning to it.
It's so strange inside Bigg Boss house - if you give a massage to a guy he becomes your boyfriend and if it's a girl then you are lesbian. Phew!
You were good friends with Karishma then what happened once she came back in the house second time?
There were lots of things. I like people who are like me and Karishma certainly was not one of them. She never took a stand and was being too diplomatic. Being in everyone's good books was the only thing she knew and wanted. She never kept her promises. On several occasions she broke my trust. Bigg Boss projects you as a person not as a personality. She came back from her dad's funeral and at that time she should have been full of love and emotions but she wanted to play the game. Also, she played manipulative games inside the house and lied a lot. In the garden area it was Karishma who would touch Vishal and get close to him and then tell Niketan and others that Vishal is trying to feel her and he is hitting on her. How cheap!!! She was the biggest attention seeker.
Vishal's entry as a wild card was a turning point in your journey too. What's the truth behind your dating stories with him?
Are you crazy? I never dated him ever in my life. I just knew him from a month before and we met at a couple of parties with a common friend. Rest, we used to go to the same gym everyday, that's it. Who said that we dated before our Bigg Boss stint??? Had he been my boyfriend I would have never allowed him to do such stupid things on the show. And if were dating, do you think I wouldn't have spoken to him for 10 days, I would have rather kicked him or slapped him as a girlfriend. I came to Bigg Boss house because of Salman khan not of Vishal. I don't have any ego or attitude rather he was seeking attention. He came, he left and I survived till the end. That says it all.
Your gestures and concern for him was evident. Would you mind dating him now, since the show is over?
Sorry I don't even want to have him as a friend, forget dating. He said that he has dated me already so now he would want to date Karishma. He took Karishma'a side just because she told him that I said things about her father, which I fact Vishal's best friend Sapna said. He is an 'ehsaan faramosh'.
One person you hated the most inside the house.
Hmmm, there's a tie between Vishal, Karishma and Sapna. I can never forgive them. Vishal was a cheat and insulted me. Karishma sort of disturbed me emotionally. She always acted kerosene in the fire. And Sapna was a hypocrite. I don't understand, a person like her, who apparently fights for women's liberation, pointed fingers at me and Rajev. She is joothi number one (liar of top order).
So what's next now? Are you getting any calls from producers?
Yes, I am getting more calls than before. I read two scripts also. I was approached for Ragini MMS but I said NO because I don't want to kiss or make love with Sunny Leone and then be called a lesbian for the rest of my life. I don't want to get launched with such a role or film that would typecast me. First film is always very close to an actor's heart, so I am giving full space and time before making my big Bollywood debut.