Anup Jalota on Jasleen Matharu: She Should Have Gone Into Bigg Boss with Mika Singh

Anup Jalota on Jasleen Matharu: She Should Have Gone Into Bigg Boss with Mika Singh

Anup Jalota opens up on the ‘fake’ relationship with Jasleen Matharu at the Bigg Boss house
Anup Jalota on Jasleen Matharu: She Should Have Gone Into Bigg Boss with Mika Singh
Anup Jalota with Jasleen Matharu

A broken marriage behind him notwithstanding, Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota’s spotless reputation has suffered a setback with the scandal involving model Jasleen Matharu in the Bigg Boss house. This week Jasleen was evicted from the Bigg Boss house. She now claims that her much-flaunted relationship inside the Bigg Boss house was a prank. Anup who has steadily claimed Jasleen was his student shrugs,  “When I came out of Bigg Boss, I very clearly said the so-called relationship was a publicity stunt. Now  Jasleen wants to call it a prank. If this is her idea  of  fun, then she should have gone to Bigg Boss with Mika, not me.”

Not that Jalota is complaining. “She benefited from our association on Bigg Boss. I benefited from going to  Bigg Boss.  Today youngsters who didn’t know my work are singing Aisi laagi lagan.  I also lost weight, slept 8-9 hours every night and relaxed more than I remember doing. So Bigg Boss was a paid holiday for me. Now I am back to the grind. Last night I came home at  3 am after Shatrughan Sinha’s birthday party. It’s  7 am now. And I’ve to catch a  flight. So I am back living my hectic life. But no complaints.”

Anup Jalota would like his fans to put the ‘Jasleen’ episode behind them. “I am trying to forget the whole episode. When I  was out of Bigg Boss, the first question that my mother asked me was who was Jasleen and what was going on between her and  I in Bigg Boss. I  told her we were enacting a  play. It is very difficult to explain to someone of my mother’s generation that nowadays any publicity is good publicity. I  just want to put the episode behind me. Reputations are made and unmade at the drop of a  hat these days. Those who know me through  my work would not let this episode colour their  respect for me.”

In hindsight, Jalota feels he should not have allowed the charade of a relationship to go on for so long. “When I  was evicted from Bigg Boss, I told host Salman Khan that Jasleen was my shishya. She touched my feet in his presence. But I guess she wanted to stay in Bigg Boss for a few weeks more. So she continued to pretend we were in a relationship. It was wrong. But I can’t hold it against her. She had  to do what she had to do to get noticed.”

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