When Juhi Parmar emerged as the winner of "Bigg Boss 5" and stepped out of the controversial house Saturday night, it was to be greeted by a crowd, car horns, and hullabaloo, but she sighed with relief. Post her victory and a cash prize of Rs.1 crore, she has no immediate plans to start a family, but she hopes to get good work in the TV industry.
"It was a fantastic experience!!!" an excited Juhi, who pipped actress Mahek Chahal and Siddharth Bhardwaj, told IANS.
"The first sight was of lots of human beings, and what a relief it was! I heard the horn of the car, and felt so nice for the first time, and more than the people who waved at me, I was waving at them!
"My family was there, my husband (Sachin Shroff), my mother and my mother-in-law... I was quite numb, but they are all so proud of me. And I am proud of myself that I could win this show in a dignified way," she added.
The 31-year-old, who became the second female to win "Bigg Boss", after actress Shweta Tiwari emerged victorious in the last season, says she would love to add a member to her family. But not anytime soon.
"I think I will start thinking about planning my family after sometime, not so quickly. One important reason for this is that I know for a fact that after 'Bigg Boss', I can look forward to some great work in the industry.
"I want to enjoy working to the fullest and concentrate on that before anything else, so that when the baby comes, I am able to give my full time to motherhood too," she added.
Juhi, who became a popular name after "Kumkum", and featured in reality shows like "Nach Baliye 3", "Saas Vs Bahu", "Pati Patni Aur Woh" and "Maa Exchange", hopes to get a mixed bag of work.
"I have always loved both - fiction as well as reality shows. Fiction has been my love forever, but I think reality shows keep the excitement ticking always... But yes, it's been a long time since I have done a fiction show, so I am looking forward to one or two!" said the actress, who feels she has lost weight and is back into shape post "Bigg Boss 5".
The show has caused other alterations in the actress too.
"I can feel a lot of positive changes in myself thanks to the show. It has taught me how to forgive, get over things and how to let go. It has made me value a lot - my family, my work, my surroundings... all of that from which I was kept away in the show," said Juhi, whose patient demeanour made her stand out among the contestants.
"Bigg Boss 5" began with 13 contestants Oct 5. As per the show's format, the participants were made to stay in a secluded house, sans any communication with the outside world.
People plot and plan to win the show, but Juhi suggests no strategy is the best strategy for a show like this.
"If you think of a strategy and go for a show like this, you will end up being happy only for a few days. After that, all strategies will fizzle out. You have to be natural with your emotions, have your moments of anger, moments of love and moments of fights �and go with the flow.
"What's important is to not keep grudges, not to keep anything in the heart. That will make you a winner in the hearts of people, even if not on the show," she added.
Winners of past seasons of "Bigg Boss" were Rahul Roy, Ashutosh Kaushik, Vindu Dara Singh and Shweta, respectively.