It has never happened in the history of Bigg Boss, now in its ninth season. No BB contestant has been so disturbed about being locked indoors that he/she has pleaded with the host to send them home. While interacting with host Salman Khan over the weekend, actress Rimi Sen broke down and begged him to allow her to go home. She was not happy about having being saved from elimination, even though she made it clear from day one that she wanted to leave the show (but can’t because of a stringent exit clause).
Surprisingly, even when she went into the Bigg Boss house, no one from her family came to see her off. The actress has no siblings, lost her father a few years ago and lives with her mom Sanghamitra in Mumbai. While Rimi’s breakdown was distressing for viewers and people from the industry who have known and worked with her, her mother is unfazed. Sanghamitra, who stays with the actress in Andheri tells us, “I watch the show every day so I don’t miss her. Also, I’ve heard that she’s getting lot of votes.”
About her daughter sobbing on national television, even as Salman tried to console her. Mama Sen says, “Salman bheeshon bhalo manush (Salman is a wonderful man)! Rimi has known him since the Kyun Ki days. I am a very practical person. I didn’t cry when I saw her crying. Rimi has always been a strong girl, independent and confident by nature, even as a child. She’s a national scholar, has learned dancing since the age of three, is an accomplished Odissi dancer and has been working since she was 14. She has always made her own decisions. I am sure she knows what she is doing and how to take care of herself.
She adds that she wouldn’t like to advise Rimi on anything. “She is a big girl. Who am I to give her advice? Even if I did, it wouldn’t get through to her as she has no connect to the outside. I came to know that she had signed up for the reality show only when the producers came home to get the contract signed. I don’t want to interfere in her life in any way. She has always been like my guardian angel, even as a child…”
When asked why she was absent on the first day of the show, she shrugs, “I am a very religious person and we had Mahalaya then (the week before Durga Puja). I have also taken initiation (diksha) from the Ram Krishna Mission and am involved in their work. I am busy with that.” She adds, “There are many cameras inside the house that everyone comes to know what’s happening.”
Does she miss her daughter? She says, “If Rimi got married and went abroad after that, it would be the same, no? Of course, not that it would happen — Rimi has no desire to get married.” Would she like her to stay till the end? “It depends on her. Rimi is an intelligent girl and she will decide what she wants to do. While she has friends, nobody is very close. Even I am like that.” Would she enter the BB house when asked by the channel, Sanghamitra replies unequivocally, “No.”