While signing up for Bigg Boss Telugu was a way to try out something new for Archana and Prince, both contestants in the first season of the show, the eventual fame has left them overwhelmed. While neither of them won the title of the show, they did leave an impact and got many people talking about them. And that’s probably one reason Diwali this year is very special for both of them.
Has life really changed for them post the popular reality show? “If Bigg Boss had to change something, I would say it would be a blast. But I don’t want a blast because I am totally against the use of crackers!” shares Prince, laughing.
Archana elaborates, “There have been a lot of changes since leaving the house, especially from people’s perspective. I am glad everyone loved the person I am. When I go out, women come up to tell me how they felt bad when I cried. It’s surreal that people related in such a way.”
But there sure is a dash of hype around them now, and they are making the most of it. Prince explains, “Bigg Boss has made life exciting. I am enjoying all the attention from various quarters. At the same time, the fame feels like a weapon I can use. My voice has a value and I want to use it to make a difference. That’s why, I am taking this opportunity to tell people to promote an eco-friendly and noise free Diwali!”
Archana is glad that things have transitioned in a positive way. “Bigg Boss has done a lot of good things for people in the house. Recognition for instance. It’s brilliant. This Diwali has brought me closer to the people, who have applauded my work. In fact, on the work front too, good things are happening,” she reveals.
Interestingly, both of them have similar views on celebrations during the festival. Archana is for a pollution-free Diwali, just like Prince. “The lighting of lamps and decorating the house is the most beautiful part of the festival. As a kid, crackers were a major part of the celebration too. But now, with increasing number of people and the reduction of space, along with noise and air pollution, I want to support a Diwali which is safe for the environment,” she shares, adding, “I know people wouldn’t want to stop it completely but I’d recommend being responsible when doing it.”
On what the festival means to them, Prince explains, “Sweets are the essence of this festival for me! I was never a huge fan of crackers, even from a very young age. At one point I realised that bursting crackers doesn’t make sense. I’d rather spend that money on someone in need! Also, I have a pet at home and I have seen him struggle through the festivities because of the sound pollution. However, I love the diyas and lights and the vibrant atmosphere that is synonymous with the festival.”
Archana adds, “I am excited about the food too! It will be a complete fest. Loads of sweets! I will be gorging on all the pindi vantalu being made at home. This will be a special Diwali.”