Sapna Bhavnani is a force to be reckoned with. Her words are as powerful as her personality and rightly so because she never fails to make a point. She speaks out against what’s wrong and it’s this very attitude that makes her one of the most celebrated women in India.
In her recent interview with The Hindustan Times, the celebrity hairstylist spoke on several topics including her upcoming book Chapter One, reality show Bigg Boss, and the ever controversial, Salman Khan.
Why “Bhai” holds no importance in Sapna Bhavnani’s life:
“This man really misuses people and I don’t have to give him importance…especially in my book.”
Because the actor makes her feel ashamed as an Indian:
“It’s insulting to have an Indian man talk like that on an international platform. I am embarrassed to call myself an Indian when statements like these go out worldwide. I was very vocal about it on Twitter, and everywhere. I got a lot of flak for it, but flak or stalkers and trollers should not be the reason why you should stop voicing the truth.
“It’s (comments on Twitter) insane, if you read some of the crap that was written… you’d know. Before I started blocking them, I was reporting them to Twitter, my point is to get them off Twitter, but when twitter was also not taking necessary action, I had to block them, because I couldn’t let them affect my mental health. These guys are hired by the Khan and political parties… these people have zero followers, but everyday they come to slam you.”
And the threats go back in time to the days of her Bigg Boss stint:
“Actually a lot of people told me, I was warned that you shouldn’t talk about him like that because you could get killed, and I was like, ‘what!’ I had heard rumours, but I have been channelling this ‘no fear’ thing for the past four years and I am not going to let a monkey scare me. I have been through a gang rape, I know what it feels like, I am a surviving member… there is nothing worse you can do to me really.”
And while she courageously opened up about her gangrape, Sapna didn’t let that one tragedy define her life. In fact, she has decided to pen it in her memoir:
“I still don’t know, if I have the guts to talk about my rape, but I can start a new chapter one of my life once it (rape) is out of the system, so there will be a chapter on that too.
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“Being strong doesn’t mean you can’t cry. Just because you are strong you can’t cry, you can’t heal… it’s a phase of healing, which you can’t have. That’s a wrong notion about being strong… they say you are a man you can’t cry, that’s not correct. And this strong woman image that I have, has been a curse in many ways. This is where I want to speak, this is the wrong notion of strength because people think if you are strong you can’t do this.”
As for Bigg Boss, it was an out-and-out “f***-all experience”:
“You have a male chauvinistic f***ing pig as a host of this f***ing show, that insults people, so people watch the show, and people worship him on the show because people want a job in one f his stupid f***-all movies where he dances like a monkey – that’s Bigg Boss in a nutshell.”
However, she is excited about her literary debut which will be published by HarperCollins:
“I wrote chapter one and it was so good I could not do chapter two.. isn’t that life? You are always trying to complete one thing in life and then you move on to the next. So this book is going to be about all the chapter ones in life, everything is a new beginning. People ask me if it is going to be non-fiction or fiction, but, ‘if you can’t tell, I am not telling’.”
Here’s wishing Sapna Bhavnani a whole lot of luck for her new book!