TV actor Sidharth Shukla has won Bigg Boss 13, and fans are waiting to see what his next move is. The Bigg Boss trophy can definitely serve as a launchpad for some interesting work. It has known to kickstart or revive careers even of contestants who didn’t go on to win the show.
While some make the most of their win, not all are able to sustain their popularity post the show. Here’s looking at where the winners of each of the previous 12 seasons are right now.
Rahul Roy (Season 1)
Model-actor Rahul Roy, who is best known for 1990 hit romantic film Aashiqui, left behind some well-known celebrities like Rakhi Sawant, Ravi Kishan and Roopali Ganguly to win the first season of Bigg Boss. After years out of the limelight, he was seen in a supporting part in the film Cabernet in 2019. He also stars in the film Agra which is due to release later this year. Earlier in February, he appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show with his Aashiqui co-star Anu Aggarwal to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.
Ashutosh Kaushik (Season 2)
After winning MTV Roadies 5 in 2007, Ashutosh participated in the second season of Bigg Boss in 2008. He was then offered to host another reality show, Dil Jeet Jayegi Desi Girl. He also appeared on TV shows like Comedy Circus and movies such as Zila Ghaziabad and Kismat Love Paisa Dilli. But Ashutosh was never really able to cash in on his Bigg Boss win.
Vindu Dara Singh (Season 3)
Actor Vindu Dara Singh won Bigg Boss in 2009 when Amitabh Bachchan was the host. He later appeared in TV serials like Hanuman, Shhh…. Phir Koi hai, Ramayana, etc. He has played parts in movies like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Partner, Khushboo, Kambakkht Ishq, Maruti, Housefull etc. He also dubbed for the character of Frozone in the Hindi version of the 2004 animated film The Incredibles. A little known fact about Vindu is that every year, he actively campaigns for his favourite Bigg Boss contestant. This year it was Siddharth Shukla.
Shweta Tiwari (Season 4)
Popular TV actor Shweta Tiwari bagged the Bigg Boss trophy in 2010. She received tremendous support from fans throughout the season. Known for portraying Prerna Bajaj in Star Plus's hit show, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Shweta appeared in Bollywood films like Mere Dad Ki Maruti in the following years. Recently, she was seen playing the lead in Alt Balaji original Hum Tum and Them. Currently, she is the lead of the show Mere Dad Ki Dulhan on Sony Entertainment.
Juhi Parmar (Season 5)
Actor Juhi Parmar, who is best known for her role as Kumkum in Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan, won Bigg Boss in 2011. She recently posted a throwback picture from the Bigg Boss season finale on social media.
Gauahar Khan (Season 7)
Model and actor Gauahar Khan, who made her film debut with Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year in 2009, won Bigg Boss in 2013. Post that she also appeared on Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5, and ended up as a semi-finalist. She also went on to star in supporting parts in films like Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) and period drama Begum Jaan (2017).
Gauahar is an ardent Bigg Boss follower and has often been inside the house as a guest. Recently, the actor landed up in a controversy when she supported Asim Riaz above Sidharth Shukla. “Truly the qualities that a winner should’ve possessed, were in Asim! His journey video said it all ! #MyWinnerASIM ......” she had tweeted.
Urvashi Dholakia (Season 6)
Kasautii Zindagii Kay fame Urvashi Dholakia won the title of Bigg Boss in 2012. Her character Komolika (from Kasautii Zindagii Kay) is one of the most iconic characters of Indian television. Later, in 2016, she played an important part in the show, Chandrakanta — Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha. In 2019, she participated in Nach Baliye 9 with ex-boyfriend Anuj Sachdev.
Gautam Gulati (Season 8)
TV actor Gautam Gulati, who is best known for his comical role in TV shows like Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and Diya Aur Baati Hum, participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 8 in 2014 and emerged as the winner. He recently had a guest appearance on the sets of Bigg Boss season 13 where he was seen cuddling with Shehnaz Gill.
Prince Narula (Season 9)
Having won MTV Roadies 12 and MTV Splitsvilla 8 in 2008, king of reality shows, Prince Narula, also went on to win Bigg Boss in 2015. After his win, he also appeared in TV serials such as Badho bahu, Naagin, and Laal Ishq. In October 2019, Prince married Yuvika Chaudhary, who he had met and fallen in love with during Bigg Boss. The two participated in Nach Baliye 9 and won that too.
Manveer Gurjar (Season 10)
A farmer by profession, Manveer Gurjar, wrote history by becoming the first non-celebrity contestant to win Bigg Boss in 2016. Manveer did not get into the entertainment industry post his win. He is currently working for the development and betterment of the Gujjar society. Manveer is also associated with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He is rumoured to be marrying Nibhita Kaul, who was also a Bigg Boss season 10 contestant.
Shilpa Shinde (Season 11)
After being ousted from Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai, Shilpa Shinde became hugely popular for being the most entertaining contestant during Bigg Boss season 11 and went on to win the show, beating her close rival on the show, Hina Khan. But it did not really help her land any projects on TV because of her previous history of controversies. The actor did team up with Sunil Grover for a comedy presentation on the web during IPL 2018. Last year, she was seen ardently supporting Sreesanth, who was one of the favourite contestants of Bigg Boss 12. In February 2019, Shilpa joined the Indian National Congress.
Dipika Kakar (Season 12)
Famously known as Simar from the hit TV show Sasural Simar Ka, which she starred in till 2017, Dipika Kakar Ibrahim bagged the Bigg Boss season 12 trophy in 2018, beating her closest rival and brother on the show, Sreesanth. Just a month later, Dipika landed a lead part Star Plus’ daily soap, Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum, which went on to become a hit. The actor had also made her Bollywood debut in 2018 with JP Dutta’s Paltan, just before entering the Bigg Boss house.
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