Mumbai, Nov 17, 2013 (Agency)
TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who took offence when she was called a "kid" in the "Bigg Boss" house, admits she felt vulnerable and unprotected as one of the inmates.
"I was the youngest and I am also a very private person. I connect with very few close friends in real life. Suddenly, I was thrown together with all these people I had never met," said Pratyusha, who was evicted Saturday.
"Everyone in there was much older than me. It was scary. But it was also a challenge. I've come away from the experience much stronger and I'd like to think wiser," she added.
But the "Balika Vadhu" fame actress made some good friends in there.
"Kamya Punjabi was my best friend in there. I also grew very close to Armaanji (Armaan Kohli), Tanisha Mukherjee and very recently Ayjaz Khan. who entered 'Bigg Boss' very late. They're my friends for life," she said.
As for doing another reality show, Pratyusha said: "Not for a very long time. And even if I am offered one, I'd think very carefully before doing it. Right now I only want my old life back."
Having said that, she does have many pleasant memories.
"No one had anything bad to say about me. I'd rather not think about the unpleasant side of the experience. 'Bigg Boss' is the biggest reality-show in India, and perhaps in the world. I went into it on a clean slate. I had completed all my pending assignments and put a closure on personal issues. I've come out of the experience ready to start my life on a clean slate. Please wish me luck," she said.
However, she has no idea which way her life would go from here.
"I've just stepped out of 'Bigg Boss' and I am completely disoriented. I don't even remember my phone number. I've gotten used to live my life with the cameras watching every move I make. I wonder what it would be like to go back to living a normal life when there are no camera," said Pratyusha.
By Subhash K. Jha