Controversyâ€™s favourite child Mika Singh has been eliminated from Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao just two weeks after joining the show in the jungles of Malaysia. Mika and Jay Bhanushali, both wild card entries, were in the bottom two last week and had to face the Maha Jungle Challenge. Mika decided to quit and asked to leave the show so Jay would get another chance. But as this is against the rules of the show, Mika had to take on challenge, and finally lost out to Jay. He talks about his experience on the show:
How was your experience in the jungle?
My friends had kept a bet that I wouldnâ€™t last more than three-four days in the jungle. They told me I would fight with everyone since the living conditions are quite difficult. But I loved the jungle experience. It has made me realise that I can live without the help of any entertainment. In spite of living a luxurious life and having four hatte-khatte (strong) bodyguards, I lived in the jungle without an A/C or a fan. I cooked food, lit a fire, guarded the fire giving up a nightâ€™s sleep, shared a bathroom with eight others. I bathed in the open and even ate breakfast on time, which I have never done in my life.
Why did you call it quits?
I consider Jay my younger brother. I had promised right at the beginning that I would never fight against Jay or Chitrashi. I like to keep my word. I had an adventure for 14 days and I am very happy with the experience. If it was anybody else against me, I would have foughtâ€¦ I would have wanted to fight. Haar kisi ko pasand nahi hai na… Other people in the jungle need to stay back for various reasonsâ€¦ money, popularity, visibility, etc. They all deserve to stay.
Do you think people now know the real Mika?
Yes. I am a simple man. When everybody heard about my entry, they thought there would be fights and controversies but none of those happened. I was what I am in real life. In little time, I made friends and became the jungleâ€™s leader. I tried my best to keep my cool too. Aman and Akashh never liked each other. But I made sure I spoke well of Aman to Akashh and vice-versa. Now both of them are comfortable with each other.
What do you think of the contestants â€“ any favourites or rivals?
I got along well with everybody and they all liked me too. I kept them entertained with my music, which is very important to me. With my arrival, they got a colourful life. Mona is a sweet girl, no matter how much work you give her she would be ready to do it. Anaida was very moody. Marc had a back problem but he would still do his work. Chetan is a 6â€™ 3â€ baby. He is overgrown in size but still a child at heart. He would call me â€˜Mickeyâ€™â€¦ heâ€™s great, a very enthusiastic and unique character. Akashh too was good. People think he is an angry person, but heâ€™s a sweet guy. He thinks he is the only one who works in the camp, and that nobody else does any workâ€¦ (laughs). Chitrashi is a sweet girl. We entered the camp together so we hit it off immediately.
What about your fight with Chitrashi?
Chitrashi is nice but I guess she took me very lightly. When I would assign her any work, she would refuse to do it. If Marc assigned her the same work, she would take it up instantly. I didnâ€™t like that attitude. She is very childish and I had to make her stay within limits. The fight I had with her was a small one and after that everything was normal.
Who is the weakest in the jungle?
We three â€“ Jay, Chitrashi and I â€“ are the weakest links. All the other contestants are very strong and have the attitude to stay in the jungle. For Chitrashi, itâ€™s like an outing, a picnic; she has come here for fun.
Who should win the show?
Chetan. He is the most deserving of them all. Akashh is good at physical tasks and Marc at eating. Chetan is a mixture of both. He has the capability of doing all the tasks well. I think he should win the show.
Anything that surprised you about the contestants?
I have seen girls gossiping. But after coming here I was shocked to see the boys â€“ Chetan, Marc and Akashh â€“ gossip too. Out of the 24 hours, they would be gossiping for 16 hours. Every night, they would gossip for three hours. And nothing major, just in general things. They would speak really fast, if they are not gossiping they would use sign language. But Aman is very smart; he knows everything about everybody, their weaknesses, strengths etc…
Will you miss the jungle?
Mein toh miss karunga hi, par I think the people there will miss me the most. My presence will be missed. There is nothing in the jungle; itâ€™s very difficult to survive. I think if I was given good food for six months, I could survive that long. I need good food for survival.
Report By: Sonali Joshi