Bigg Boss 13 was won by actor Sidharth Shukla in 2020, and in a new interview, first runner-up Asim Riaz claims the show was scripted because the producers did not want him to win.
However, in his most recent interview, Asim Riaz claimed that the BB producers ensured he did not win by changing the format of the show at the last minute. This has enraged fans of late Sidharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill’s brother.
It’s been three years since Sidharth Shukla’s Bigg Boss 13 victory, after which the late actor and Shehnaaz Gill, who appeared together on the Salman Khan-hosted show, gained a devoted fan base.
Asim Riaz was the season’s first runner-up. In a new interview, Asim claims that Sidharth, who died in 2021, won the show after the Bigg Boss producers changed the format of the show at the last minute to ensure that only Sidharth won.
Fans of the late actor, as well as Shehnaaz’s brother, have slammed Asim’s statement. Some felt Asim should not have mentioned Sidharth Shukla unfairly winning the trophy because he is no longer alive.
During a recent interview, Asim Riaz told Siddharth Kannan, “Mere dauran unhone kya kiya just because they didn’t want to make me win… they declared aaj hi hum online voting khol denge,” according to a video that has gone viral on social media. 15 minutes… jeetana hai jeetao jisko (The Bigg Boss makers just did not want me to win, they opened voting in a new way just so Sidharth could win).
Just say you don’t want to see me win, man. You made it so obvious that we had no choice but to believe you did it… whatever. But I was like, “OK.” The video appears to have piqued the interest of Shehnaaz’s brother Shehbaz Badesha, who tweeted, “Some people like it.”
Speaking to Siddharth Kanan, Asim Riaz recalled how the actor appeared in his dream before his death. “He came in my dream bro, I swear,” Asim said. I was aware of it previously (it had happened). I received a phone call from one of my cousins; Ruhaan called me up while watching mujhe bola bhai news on Karna (he asked me to turn on the news), but he didn’t tell me because he knows how emotional and sensitive I am.” “I spent 140 days with him in that house and I was really connected because I had no friends outside and aisa connection kisi se hua hi nahi,” he continued. Kabhi bhai, Matlab ladna toh 4-4 din, hasna toh 4-4 din (I didn’t have a connection with Matlab ladna toh 4-4 din).
Some people still don’t understand sher ek hi hai aur ek hi rehta hai😂
— Shehbaz Badesha (@ShehbazBadesha) February 26, 2023
A Sid fan wrote, “Spitting information? Lol.. The purpose of live voting was to get voot app installs from TV viewers. It had absolutely nothing to do with Asim or anyone else. Sidharth was the clear winner in both online and live voting. He should only blame the channel for the fact that he had to lose twice.”
“Clear as Real One & Only #SidharthShukla,” said another.
However, some came out in support of Asim and asked netizens to watch the entire video. Someone wrote, “THE NATION ADORES ASIM RIAZ. He was very direct in his criticism of Bigg boss.”
Some internet users felt that Asim should not have spoken about Sidharth winning the trophy unfairly because he is no longer alive.
After Sidharth died of a heart attack in 2021, Asim Riaz, who had a strained relationship with the actor on Bigg Boss 13, posted a couple of photos of the two of them together on Instagram, writing in the caption, “I’ll see you in heaven, brother… Sidharth Shukla, rest in peace.”