Shubha Poonja: Bigg Boss was a life-changing experience
The actor talks about her life-changing experience in Bigg Boss Season 8
Shubha Poonja says her stint in the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada Season 8 has been a life-changing experience and has made her more careful about her script choices. “Bigg Boss has given me love from family members. My fan base has tripled and I have gained a lot of women fans. This is something new for me. From now on whatever I choose, I will make sure that it will draw viewers,” says Shubha, adding, “People liked me in Moggina Manasu, however, they did not show the same interest in my other films. In films, the audience like you based on your character. But in a reality show, they gauge you based on your personality,” she says.
The actor is waiting for the release of Tridevi, a heroine-centric film, followed by the thriller Rhymes ready for release. “The only other project I have signed and yet to begin shooting is Ambuja. This is a horror thriller, which I’m waiting for to take off. After that I will make sure I prioritise content which will attract the family audience,” she says.
When she was offered a spot in the reality show, Shubha had a lot of apprehensions. However, it was her fiance, Sumanth Bilava, who insisted that she participated. “He told me that I should not hesitate to experiment with something new. He felt it was an opportunity for me to show the people of Karnataka the real me. Looking back, it was the best platform for people to get to know me. It was an amazing experience, and it has changed my perspective on life. Today, I value the people around me and people in general. I am so grateful for everything I have, even it is as simple as a packet of biscuits,” she shares.
For Shubha, the Bigg Boss house was an emotional ride. However, Season 8 was different with the contestants locked in the house at a time when the outside world was on lockdown too. The actor, who missed Sudeep on the show, was heartbroken when the show got evicted. “We were not aware of the gravity of the situation. All of us were very sad to learn that people are losing near and dear ones. I heard stories of those who couldn’t save lives. I felt it was not about money anymore. Technicians working for the reality show had to put their life at risk. Considering the grave situation, we felt it was better to come out,” says Shubha, adding that it was a pity that they couldn’t interact much with Sudeep. “He treated us like kids and explained the do’s and don’ts. He brought smiles to our faces. We didn’t have anyone to correct us during the last three weeks when he could not host the show, after which things came to a standstill,” says Shubha, who is otherwise calm and happy, and is learning to enjoy life without a phone.