By Anindita Mukherjee Last Updated:
Ever since September 16, 2018, 9pm has got a whole new meaning. Why so? India’s most controversial reality show, Bigg Boss 12, aired on national television and its loyalists couldn’t keep calm! More so, because this year’s theme is as unique as it sounds, ‘vichitra jodis’, and truly sufficing to the theme, came in one vichitra jodi, 65-year-old bhajan singer, Anup Jalota and 28-year-old, Jasleen Matharu. (Do Read: Anup Jalota Finally Confesses That Jasleen Matharu Used Him To Ride On His Popularity In BB 12)
This couple has been everyone’s ‘treat to the eye’, thanks to their cutesy activities, talks, PDAs and romantic date nights. Things changed when sometime back, inmates thought that Anup ji was evicted out of the house but was kept inside a secret room, from where he could watch over Jasleen’s activities. Jasleen and co-inmate, Shivashish Mishra were seen getting close a couple of times. After a while, Anup ji returned to the house, only to be voted out last week for a final eviction. Post Anup ji’s exit, a lot of interesting facts about the vichitra jodi has been shelled out by none other than the bhajan samraat himself.
In a conversation with BollywoodLife, Anup Jalota stated that he and Jasleen were never a couple but were only maintaining the relationship of guru and shishya. So much so, that Anup ji has requested Jasleen’s father if he can do her kanyadaan (a ritual performed by the father of a bride wherein he gives away his daughter to the groom)! He stated, “Kesar Ji and I had discussed that we would enter in as a guru - shishya Jodi. On stage, Jasleen said we were a couple. She was locked in six days before me. I had no time to react. I thought it might be a strategy and decided to play along. I can act a bit (laughs uproariously). I have told Kesar Matharu if he will let me do Jasleen's Kanyadaan as and when she gets married. He said we will do her Kanyadaaan together."
Post Anup ji’s exit from the Bigg Boss 12 house, the singer straightaway went to meet his mom, who asked him about Jasleen Matharu. And you won’t believe about what he replied! He revealed, “Post my exit, I went straight to visit my mom, who is 85 years ago. The first thing she asked me is who is Jasleen. I told her that she is a ghost and there was nothing of that sort." Anup also stated that the entire ‘couple thing’ was a TRP-grossing measure by the show’s team and channel. He revealed, “Upon entering the house, I stressed upon the fact that she was my student. Whenever questions on our relationship popped up, I always said that we were good friends. However, at no point during the show, we held each other’s hands." (Must Read: Bigg Boss 12 Fame Deepak Thakur Proposes Somi Khan, But Her Reply Left Him Heartbroken)
Talking about the social media hype around this rather odd pair, Anup ji stated, “I can understand people commenting on own family matters but this kind of interest in an individual's life whom you don't know personally is baffling. Of course, there was nothing between Jasleen and me but the interest of common public is shocking.” He further added, “It was a non-existent affair. But I did not know that I was so important. We have seen many couples with huge age difference but this kind of reaction is unwanted. I cannot understand this obsession about other people's personal lives.”
In an interview with SpotboyE, Anup ji also revealed that Jasleen used his fame and popularity for personal interests. To which, he replied, “Of course. That was her idea. She wanted to ride on my popularity--- which she did. I am a very positive person and I feel if I can help someone, I should.”
Despite being such a popular face, Anup ji lasted for only a month inside the house. In an interview with Hindustan Times, this is what he shared about the same, “I have earned huge goodwill and respect in my decades-long career. Fighting does not suit me. I cannot abuse someone and cannot even take any abuse from someone. So, I think that’s where I lacked and was not able to impress the audience. But I had a lifetime experience in the house. I will miss everyone”. (Checkout! Virat Kohli's Reaction Is Epic As Audience Shouts Anushka Sharma's Name At Latest Match [VIDEO])
Will you miss Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu’s cute camaraderie inside the house? You already know where to keep us posted (*wink wink*)!