HT Brunch Game Show: Which reality TV star turned their win into a win?

Rannvijay Singha

Actor, host and winner of Roadies Season 1 (2003)


Rannvijay says his Roadies win didn’t define his career


What were the highlights after the win?

There was no cash prize. We have just received our motorcycles.

How has winning the show changed your life and career?

Thanks to the Roadies, I was exposed to a different world. It also gave me a taste of reality TV shows. But winning has had no impact on my career. There was no fame. I still had to stand in long lines for auditions.

What did you do to turn the win into a long-term advantage?

I focused on things I wanted to do like adventure and stunt shows, rather than ones that offered money or fame.

Your lesson of victory?

It wasn’t victory, but hard and persistent work that helped.

Abhijeet Sawant

Singer and winner of Indian Idol Season 1 (2004)



Abhijeet says it was great achievement

What were the highlights after the win?

I recorded an album of pop music and not cinematographic.

Was there a low point?

Yes, because life comes with weak points.

How has winning the show changed your life and career?

It was one of my greatest achievements at the time.

Did it help you find work?

It gave me a starting point, but it’s a myth that a win on a reality show will mean work.

What did you do to turn the win into a long-term advantage?

I haven’t been inundated with offers, so not much.

Your takeaway?

I believe you cannot change the path you have already taken.

Juhi Parmar

Actor and winner of big boss 5 (2011-2012)


Juhi planned a baby after winning Bigg Boss


What were the highlights after the win?

Winning was the biggest peak.

Was there a low point?

No.

How has winning the show changed your career?

My career was doing well even before the show.

So it didn’t help you get more work?

On the contrary, I planned a baby after the show and took a break from work.

Did you use the win to your advantage?

I didn’t need it, because my career didn’t depend on the series.

Would you have done something different?

No I will not. I had my baby and it’s bigger than any show.

And the winner is…Rannvijay Singha

“Focus on your strengths and don’t rely on sensationalism »

“Our reality winners really don’t do anything great after the show ends. Only a handful of people like Rannvijay have made a career out of their wins,” says Sandiip Sikcand, television producer, theater artist and veteran actor .


“Abhijeet is extremely talented; perhaps the best of all Indian Idol winners so far. But he was unlucky. As a star, Juhi’s fight is different. When a celebrity enters a reality show, people expect them to behave differently,” he adds.

How to use your gain:

• Don’t think you’ve arrived.

• Focus on your strengths.

• Network with the right people.

• The reality show is a launching pad. Go beyond.

• Luck is crucial. So do what you really want.

From HT Brunch, April 3, 2022

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