Mumbai: The controversial reality show Bigg Boss came to an end on Saturday with Popular TV actress Juhi Parmar winning the fifth season.
   
The show, spread over 14 weeks, came to an end with Juhi beating Amar Upadhyay, Mahek Chahal, Siddharth Bhardwaj and Akashdeep Saigal. Towards the end, her sole rival in the fray was Mahek.
    
"I am happy and thankful to the audience....I supported the truth since the start of the show and everyone has seen it. My family was my biggest support system. Whenever I was weak, I used to think of my parents, my husband and my in-laws," Juhi said.
    
She received Rs one crore in prize money. The reality show has celebrity contestants staying in the `Bigg Boss House' for 14 weeks, cut off from the outside world and under continuous camera surveillance.
    
The winners of previous four seasons were Rahul Roy, Ashutosh Kaushik, Vindu Dara Singh and Shweta Tiwari.     

The grand finale on Saturday saw performances by Indo-Canadian porn-star Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant, Malaika Arora, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan.
   
The fifth season started with one male and 13 female contestants. Bollywood's bad man Shakti Kapoor entered the house with much fanfare, along with actress Pooja Bedi, Nihita Biswas, wife of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, singer-actress Raageshwari Loomba, wrestler Sonika Kaliraman, model-VJ Pooja Mishra, Bhojpuri actress Shraddha Sharma, model-actress Shonali Nagrani, actress Mahek Chahal, Afgani beauty Vida, celebrity transgender Laxmi Tripathi,  Rajasthani dancer Gulabo, anchor Mandeep Belvi and TV actress Juhi Parmar.
    
Amar Upadhyay, Akashdeep Saigal and Siddharth Bhardwaj entered later on. The Big Boss house this time had moved from Lonavala to Karjat.
    
International and national personalities who came on the show as guests were Swami Agnivesh, filmmaker Mahesh Bhaat, Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds and Japenese sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama.
    
There were cat-fights, physical and verbal abuses and romance in the house. Pooja Mishra took the centre-stage, by picking up fights with almost every contestant. She was ousted after a fight with Siddharth Bhardwaj.

Elated on her victory, Juhi said, it is a second inning for her as her 'weighty' issue had kept her away from small screen.
    
"It is like a second inning for me....I wanted to start work but only after reducing weight...getting in proper shape. I was away from work for a year or so. My weight was a big hindrance in my career which I gained due to medical reasons. But there are no excuses accepted in the industry. For me the struggle was to lose weight...my target was that," Juhi said in an interview.
    
"Bigg Boss came my way so I took it up. I thought it was the right thing before I begin work with a rocking start," she said.
     
Before getting into Bigg Boss, Juhi had lost 10 kgs and after going to the show she lost four kgs.
     
"The feeling has yet to sink in. Forget about winning the show I had never expected to be there till finale. I felt as I was not the focal point of the show I may not last longer. As I never picked up fights or anything of that sort," Juhi said.
      
"I was not the silent player. I used to talk, laugh, cry, voice my opinion, stood up for the truth," she said.
      
Juhi feels fights and controversies do not help any contestant in the long run.
      
"If picking up fights and all that was concerned then I wouldnt have won the show. I have hardly had any major fight on the show. It takes you ahead in the show as it does not help you in winning. That is not the mantra," she said.

Being in Bigg Boss was not easy: Akashdeep

TV actor Akashdeep Saigal, who became the third runner up on the reality show Bigg Boss last night, says it was not a cake-walk to stay locked in the house with other contestants.

After Amar Upadhyay and MTV VJ Siddharth, Akashdeep was the last male contestant to enter Bigg Boss season 5.

"I had no gameplan when I entered the show... I have not played games. In fact, it was difficult to make relations in the house as everyone was from a different form of life and had a different way of living. So to gel with everyone was not easy," Akashdeep said here.

"Everyone fought with each other as the circumstances were different in the house... It was not a cake-walk."

Akashdeep had had fights with Siddharth every second day. "He is quite young and hot-blooded. I don't want to say anything about Sid. Everyone had different ways of living...

Situations in the house were such that everyone could lose their temper."

Now at home, Akashdeep is keen to watch how he had appeared to viewers during the show.

Amar remains unfazed by allegation

Popular TV actor Amar Upadhyay, who could not win reality show Bigg Boss last night, says he is not bothered about the allegations of trying to be ‘too cozy’ with female co-contestants.

Contestants on the fifth season of the show Shonali Nagrani and Sunny Leone had earlier alleged that Amar was trying to get a bit too close with them.

When asked about the allegations, Amar said, "The people, I have worked with or those who know me, are aware what kind of person I am. My family knows what I am. In case of Shonali, she has apologised to me hundred times. No one has ever told anything wrong about me, so who is Sunny and who cares about what she says?"

"I am a family person and my family knows how I behave. I have always respected women in my life," he said.

Amar became popular with his character of Mihir Virani on the daily soap 'Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. Bigg Boss was his first reality show.

"I have always openly said that I have played games. I tried to play a smart game I used my mind and not my heart. I tested my patience and I have no hard feelings for any one. I am happy that I am out of the house, but sad that I could not win," he said.

Another popular 'bahu' on the small screen Juhi Parmar won the fifth season of Bigg Boss and Amar says he felt Juhi had a strong chance of winning.

"I knew she would win. Ab India ka beta nahi jeeta toh it was obvious ki bahu jeetegi (India's son did not win so it was obvious that the daughter-in-law would win)," he said.


(JPN/ Agencies)