From be­ing a per­sona non grata in the TV in­dus­try to be­com­ing the na­tion’s favourite, Bigg Boss win­ner Shilpa Shinde says she isn’t keen on do­ing TV se­ri­als any­more

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Last year, I was fight­ing bat­tles on many fronts and this year, I am janta’s cha­heti (au­di­ences’ favourite),” says Shilpa Shinde. Her ca­reer and life went through up­heavals in the past one year, yet the de­ter­mined ac­tor stuck to her stance and faced the world. Thrilled with the new ca­reer in­nings, Shilpa talks about her post-vic­tory phase, and her ca­reer in tele­vi­sion and films.

Have things changed af­ter you won the re­al­ity show?

I had never ex­pected such a rush of emo­tions, which are like that of an ac­tor post giv­ing a block­buster. Wher­ever I go, peo­ple want to come and meet me. At times, I feel a bit suf­fo­cated too, as I am un­able to be nor­mal and my­self. To­day, I am show­ered with gifts daily. I don’t want to ac­cept them but the fans are send­ing them with so much love. I am over­whelmed with the love and af­fec­tion of peo­ple. Girls have writ­ten let­ters call­ing me their in­spi­ra­tion, which has touched my heart.

In a year, things have changed for you dras­ti­cally. Last year, you were deal­ing with dif­fi­cult times on the pro­fes­sional front af­ter your exit from a com­edy TV show, and now you are be­ing cel­e­brated...

Life is full of ups and downs. One needs to stay pos­i­tive in life, no mat­ter what. When I was go­ing through the tough time, peo­ple told me to change the vaastu of my house but I never felt that what was hap­pen­ing with me was bad. I just kept mov­ing for­ward. I was fight­ing the sex­ual ha­rass­ment case last year and this year, I won a pop­u­lar show. I be­lieve what­ever has to hap­pen, will hap­pen, you just need to stand up for your­self.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful ca­reer on tele­vi­sion, you are ap­par­ently now, not keen on do­ing tele­vi­sion se­ri­als. Is that true?

I have done enough TV and I don’t think I would be able to do TV se­ri­als any­more. There is a lot more that one can do. Sure, TV has made me what I am to­day, but af­ter a long ca­reer on TV, I was cor­nered and treated [badly] in the TV in­dus­try (af­ter ex­it­ing from the com­edy se­rial). I don’t think I should do se­ri­als any­more. I have a lot of sel­f­re­spect. In a TV show, there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion about shar­ing screen space. Chhota parda, chhoti soch, un­like films where you get due credit as per your role. I would like to ex­plore an­chor­ing in re­al­ity shows, I have of­fers for web shows and might also do a Marathi film. I don’t want to be wasted in a film. The ban­ner, star cast and my role has to be good.

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