Big plans in real life

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Big plans in real life

Stepping ahead:  Sameer Soni

“People have been speculating that I'll be marrying Neelam in December. But that's not true. Technically, if I am able to stay in Bigg Boss till the end, there's no question of a wedding within this year. But after Bigg Boss, I do look forward to it,” said Sameer before entering the fourth season of the reality show.

What was Neelam's reaction when he gave a nod to Bigg Boss 4?

“Oh well, she was very supportive but kept giving me the jitters by making me feel as though I am going for the Kargil War! She was making it tougher for me…but I was cool and I'll just think I’m on a vacation,” he quipped.

Lately, Sameer has been making frequent appearances in Bollywood movies - he featured as a gay fashion designer in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion and was applauded for his portrayal of a director in Karan Johar's I Hate Luv Storys. Now, he says he is ready to take his I Hate Luv Storys’ role seriously in real life.

“I had been working on a script since a long time. The script is ready, done and final. I have to approach the actors I have in mind. But now all that will happen after Bigg Boss. And yes, I will be directing the project as well. At least that's the plan,” said the actor, who was an investment banker in New York, before making a foray into showbiz.
The smart and suave Sameer is a pleasant surprise on a show like Bigg Boss, which is usually a pot full of controversial names.

But the actor reveals that he has been declining the show for the past three
years.

“This is my first reality show. I had been offered various dance shows in the past and was even asked to do Bigg Boss in all past seasons. But honestly, I wasn't ready to be judged so openly by the public. The fear of being judged was holding me back, but now here I am to fight the fear of being judged. Over the years, I have come out of it.”

“Now I want the audience to see my personal side. I want to show what I am,” he added.

For Sameer, the biggest challenge of being in a show like Bigg Boss is its very concept – living with 13 other strangers in a locked up house with no communication with the outside world.

“I have been living alone for the past 15 years. I have had all the space to myself. So how I get along with the people and share my space will be a big challenge.”

Unlike many others, who boldly claim that the show is a platform to get an image makeover or to boost their dull careers, Sameer says his entry on the show has nothing to do with his profession.

“Professionally, I’m on a roll. My two recent films have been successful and I am very satisfied. This show is for my personal growth,” he said.

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