Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Have you thought of writing a book
on your experiences?
A. Yes, in fact I'm working on my autobiography
with the help of a ghost writer. I want to clear a lot of misconceptions
about my past. I also want to tell the truth in the book. I don't
want to hide anything about my past.
Q. Publishers must be falling over each
other to get the rights?
A. Negotiations are going on. I'll take up whatever
offer seems the best. But I'll take a call on the publisher only
after I finish writing.
Q. Have you watched Anurag Basu's "Gangster"?
Was it a portrait of your life?
A. Yes I have. It had nothing of Monica Bedi
in it. I don't think it was my story. At the time when film released,
my extradition had happened. So everyone presumed it was Monica
Bedi's life in the film. But it had nothing to do with my life.
When you read my biography you'll know the truth.
Q. It was said that Bollywood producers
earlier gave you roles out of fear?
A. I disagree. I've done more than 20 films in
various languages. Surely all of them couldn't be given to me
out of fear. I hope from now, on whatever work I get will be on
Q. We've all been watching you on television.
What took you back to the "Bigg Boss" experience?
A. The first time when I went into the House
I really enjoyed myself.
Q. But you seemed pretty sad the first
A. I wasn't sad. I was quiet. I'm a very shy
and quiet person by nature. When I went back, I tried to be more
friendly and talkative. I think I spoke a little too much this
time to make up for the last time ...In fact I was nominated the
first time for eviction because the housemates said I wasn't friendly
and didn't mix. The second time I tried to be as friendly as possible.
Q. People say you went to "Bigg
Boss" so that Bollywood would notice you and sign you?
A. I didn't go there for producers to notice
me. Of course, it was my way of letting the world know I'm back
and ready to work. But the main reason I took up this show was
to let people know the real Monica. Because of all that I've gone
through in the past I needed to let people see the real me. I
got this opportunity at the right time to show the real me.
When I was evicted during the third week at "Bigg
Boss", then itself I could see a major change in people as
to how they looked at me. When I was at public places, people
came up to talk to me. I liked that.
Q. There was a a wall of fear surrounding
A. "Bigg Boss" gets the credit for
breaking that barrier. If I didn't get a chance on this show it'd
have been very difficult for me to put forward the real me. Press
interviews couldn't do that for me. On "Bigg Boss" I
couldn't be artificial at all. Sooner or later the real me had
to show up. And it did.
Q. What next?
A. I'm getting good work. I'm happy for that.
So I'll continue to be a part of this field (Bollywood).
Q.Is Mumbai your home now?
A.Yes, I love Mumbai. And I'd love to continue
in this field. I've my own home in Mumbai now.