The growing closeness between the 34-year-old Diandra Soares and 27-year-old Gautam Gulati in the Bigg Boss house this season, hasn’t gone down well with the latter’s family. However, Diandra’s father Benedict Soares, who retired as a hydraulic specialist and is a social worker, has no problem with his daughter’s new beau.
What are your thoughts on Diandra and Gautam getting close, while in the Bigg Boss house?
I have no idea what’s happening between them. Like every one else, I can only see it. In any case, that’s up to her. Diandra is a grown-up girl, an adult and knows what she is doing. And no, as a family, we have no problem. Also, it’s a show.
Are you aware that Gautam’s family is not happy with the relationship?
Look, everybody has their opinion. We stay in Mumbai and it’s a city where anything can happen. Also, this has happened inside the house, so it’s become a big thing. What would you do if it was outside?
Your take on Gautam as a person?
He comes across as a quiet person, who only reacts strongly when somebody provokes him. I don’t know what his intentions are because I have never met him. I don’t know whether he is in the show to have fun, play a game, etc. In previous seasons, we have seen contestants forming relationships which fizzled out once they were out. I don’t know whether Diandra and Gautam will continue or go back to their houses when they are out!
Is Diandra the way she is coming across in the show – bold, frank and carefree?
Yes, that’s exactly the way she lives. She is not projecting an image. She is natural and normal.
Apart from Gautam, she is bonding with Puneet Issar…
Yes, it’s a show. What is Bigg Boss, after all it’s a game about surviving inside the house. She knows it. She is also not the kind to be influenced by anybody though she will listen to everything. At home, also, she is like that. Ultimately, she knows what she wants and does accordingly.
Did you expect her to go bald in the house?
No. I was shocked to see her like that, though it’s not the first time she has gone bald. She shaved her head earlier at a fashion show in Goa in 1999 and twice after that. Yet, I don’t know what prompted her to do it this time. Since she is in the fashion business she does different things to her hair, cuts it short, colours it, etc, but something must have happened inside for her to suddenly go bald. She is a little moody.
What do you think are her chances of winning?
I feel she will win. She is very strong – when someone attacks her she gives it back the same way. What is there is there, right is right. She is a survivor.