When my grandfather passed away in 2003, I grew up almost in an instant. He was living in Vadodara at the time and I had already begun living and working in Mumbai. I loved him a lot and I was shattered when Nanaji passed away.
In fact, I had to take charge of the situation including getting the last rites arranged since my younger brother and mother were inconsolable after his death. Its true that in Mumbai its easy to get carried away by the glitz and the glamour of Tinselworld but Nanajis death was surely a reminder that during a crisis, it is only your kith and kin who stand by you.
The other episode which has had a long-standing impact on my life is entering the house of Shilpa Shettys show, Bigg Boss (two months ago). The grooming, the clothes, the makeup and being on camera 24x7 has changed my life and bolstered my career for good. I lost weight though I was not on a diet in the house. I guess I worked hard as an inmate.
Being on national television (Bigg Boss on Colors) also made my emotional side visible to people: I laughed, cried and fought, depending on the situation.
I am being flooded with very good film offers after being voted out of the house. I am looking for meaty roles and now, I can see them coming to me. My next release will be Dil Kabaddi (this winter), directed by Anil Sharma where I play an aerobics instructor. Also, Im close to signing a deal with a pretty big Bollywood banner and I do hope that my film career will be set on an uphill journey thereafter.
(As told to Nandini Guha)