Reality show marriage on the rocks?

Rakhi Sawant may have gone through the entire pre-shaadi sham by playing the head-to-toe covered, soft-spoken coy Indian bride in Rakhi Ka Swayamvar but she clearly couldn’t keep up with the bhartiya naari image for long. Now, as the shooting of her second reality show based on parenting starts today with Rakhi and her ‘fiancé’ Elesh Parujanwala playing mother and father respectively, the vociferous Rakhi startlingly admits that babies and household chores bore her to death. Also, she says she will marry Elesh only when he becomes financially self-sufficient.

“I’ve a migraine problem. When a child cries, I get a severe headache. I don’t know how I’ll manage for a month with a stranger’s child. On top of that I’ve to cook on the show. I can’t cook to save my life,” she says.

Ask her how she will cope when she has her own kids and Rakhi replies, “Apna bachcha to har koi paal leta hai, jaanwar bhi. I don’t know how I’ll cope. I think I’m going to lose my cool completely. So far people have only seen the good Rakhi Sawant. Now they’ll see the real me. I can’t even use makeup. Can you imagine Rakhi Sawant without makeup?”

She quickly says that she’ll marry Elesh only when he becomes economically self sufficient. “It’s my life and a decision like marriage should be left to me only. Elesh may be the best person in the world but he may not be the best person for me. I don’t want him to be another Abhishek Awasthi in my life. Yes, we’re engaged. I like him a lot. But how can I hand over my life to someone who isn’t earning a proper living? That’s why we’re going on another reality show to see whether we’re really as compatible as we seemed on Rakhi Ka Swayamvar. I didn’t get enough time with him on that show. You and I saw his best face. Now I want to see the real Elesh. I want to marry a man who can support me. When we go to a restaurant he should pay the bill, not me. In India, wives are supposed to be looked after by husbands, not vice versa. He has seen how I live. I don’t want him to come and stay in my house I want to live in his house. I will wait for him to afford a house,” she adds.

In her typical drama queen mode, she bursts into tears and says, “Mere dil mein bahut taqleef hai. Will Elesh be able to support me financially? I don’t want him to be known as Rakhi Sawant’s husband. Mujhe waqt chahiye. I feel I’m stuck in a stormy ocean. I can’t climb the cross just to please the public. He has nothing of his own in Mumbai, not even a home. He needs time to settle down. In the meanwhile people are spreading dirty rumours about me. Ek insaan kitna bardaasht kare?”

Coming back to what she calls the beginning of her good days, Rakhi adds, “I know Elesh is a decent guy. But is that enough? Abhishek Awasthi was so decent but he was always known as Rakhi’s boyfriend.”

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