Salman Khan has returned with Bigg Boss 17 and the contestant list this year boasts some interesting names. One of them is of the journalist Jigna Vora who has entered Bigg Boss 17 with a controversial past behind her. For the unversed, she is the reporter whose life was the inspiration behind Hansal Mehta’s Scoop. The role played by Karishma Tanna in the show was based on her.
Jigna was falsely accused in the murder case of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. She was booked under MCOCA and was tried amongst 10 other accused, which also included gangster Chhota Rajan. Due to that, the she had to spend time in jail. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Bubble, Jigna Vora reflected on her jail time and shared how it influenced her prep for Bigg Boss 17. Excerpts:
How does it make you feel that your life is going to be on full display for the next 4 months?
“I feel very energetic and I am having a very good time. In the next 4 months people will get to see the real Jigna. Whatever has been said and written over the years, now they will be able to see the real Jigna.”
Do you feel any anxiety because as a journalist, you bring out people’s story, and this time it’s the reverse?
“Not as such because everything that has to come out, it already has and it is all true. Now, the truth will come out of me, Jigna, as a person.”
Did you see people’s perception changing towards you after Scoop?
“Yes, a lot. People around me always knew how strong I was, but now a lot of people outside my circle see me as an inspiration.”
After having been to jail, how does being locked up inside the Bigg Boss house seems like?
“Going to jail is a completely different experience as it is a place people want to come out of. Here in Bigg Boss, people want to go in. So, the perception and mindset are both very different. There is a lot of uncertainty but I know at the end of four months, I am going to come out. Basically, it’s a game. There are many similarities between the two experiences, but they are both very different from each other. Bigg Boss is more a test of the mental strength as well. Let’s just see how my previous experience is going to help me.”
Surely, being from the media fraternity, there is a sense of connection…
“I’ll be surprised if the media supports me. Till now, 12 years down the line, even after Scoop, the mainstream media hasn’t supported me. Now also, the situation is same.”