NEW DELHI, 22 July-2014, Ritika Chopra/ET Bureau: Can one man’s loss be the same man’s gain? That’s what seems to have happened in the case of Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas, after his humiliating loss to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year when he even lost his security deposit. While his party is still picking up the pieces since its electoral drubbing in Lok Sabha polls, the poet-turned-politician seems to have turned into a celebrity much in demand, thanks to the recall value he gained by taking on Gandhi in Amethi.
Production company Endemol, for one, wants Vishwas in its hit reality TV show Bigg Boss, and has reportedly offered him Rs 5 crore for it. Before that, Vishwas will give a talk on leadership to Google employees at its headquarters in Silicon Valley this month and deliver a lecture on politics at the Stanford University in California. The AAP leader is also making his debut in the film industry by penning a song that will be sung by Asha Bhosle His performances abroad have increased and, according to sources, his charges too.
“Yes, I will be going to Stanford University to lecture on the topic ‘Changing mood of Asian political upbringings’ and to the Google headquarters to talk about leadership on July 29,” Vishwas told ET. He also confirmed that Endemol has approached him to star in the new season of Bigg Boss beginning in September, but refused to share more details. Sources close to him, however, told ET that the AAP leader has been offered Rs 5 crore by Endemol and he has decided to join the show.
Managing Director and CEO of Endemol India, Deepak Dhar, chose to neither confirm nor deny this.
Vishwas has no qualms in attributing his new-found popularity to his face-off with Gandhi. “It’s a fact that certain sections which did not take me seriously were forced to sit up and notice when I decided to contest against Rahul Gandhi. My campaign in Amethi was covered by international media and voters had started asking Rahul some uncomfortable questions,” he said.
The AAP leader had camped in Gandhi’s constituency Amethi for three months before elections. His intensive campaign, however, could not make a mark among the voters there and he polled only about 25,000 votes.