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HIGH ON BIG BOSS

Actor, model, ad film director, fashion choreographer and photographer, event manager, entrepreneur…truly, Kaushal Manda’s palette boasts of distinct hues. Adding another prestigious feather to his cap is the dazzling trophy of the reality show Bigg Boss Telugu Season 2! Undoubtedly, his killer instinct, never-say-die and bindaas attitude…...and above all, the sense of adventure to take the untrodden path helped him survive in an alien world and face the challenges. His huge fan base Kaushal Army speaks for his popularity on social media. Currently on a meet and greet tour with his beloved fans across the country, the handsome hunk shares a few bytes…

BIGG BOSS
Watch the previous seasons?
I have watched a couple of episodes of Bigg Boss Hindi Season 1 and a few promos of Bigg Boss Telugu. Hence, I did not have the real hang of the show’s format when I walked in.

Your strategy?
I followed my wife Neelima’s advice - “Be yourself and creative. It is important to follow your heart.” So, my reactions were from the heart.

Why did you enter the house?
Just to win hearts! During initial interactions with my fellow contestants, I found out that participants had come on board either to experience this mega show or start a new relationship or maintain an existing one. Except for Tejaswi, none of them were there to win the title.

Unforgettable incidents
Once a contestant accused me of touching her inappropriately during a task while actually my mind was pre-occupied with the task. I had no such intentions. Geetha Madhuri witnessed everything and stood by me. Later, the accuser apologised.

Tell us about Kaushal Army
The contestants with the sole intention of targeting me put lemon juice and turmeric in my eyes and even ice in my pants. But I still fought through like a one-man army. It was after this incident that Kaushal Army came into existence. Shaan Patel of Ranga Reddy started this group to support me. I came to know about its existence after Pooja Hedge and Ram Charan brought it to my notice. I had imagined a group of nearly 10,000 members. My mind was blown when I came to know that it crossed 40 lakh.

You have dedicated your prize money to cancer affected mothers. Why?
I lost my mother Mrs.Lalitha to breast cancer. Somewhere, financial constraint was a major issue. So I did not want anyone to go through the same plight I underwent.



REWIND
Formative years
Born and brought up in Vizag, I lived in BHV Township. I studied at BHV High School and later pursued B.Tech from AU. I was a brilliant child- be it in academics or sports; occupying the top positions. I was a national level badminton player and even played with the likes of Chetan Anand.

TV
My father Mr.M.Sundaraiah is a renowned theatre artiste and won numerous awards. I did a lot of plays with him. He directed & played a lead role in series Evanni Chedanunchu. And I played his son’s role. That was my first stint as a child artiste. Later, I got a lead role in Gemini TV’s show Chakravakam. It was the talk of the town & the only serial to reach 18 TRP. My character garnered many fans.

Modelling
My uncle told me about the Grasim Mr.India contest when I was 18. I then clicked a few pictures and sent it to the organisers, got selected and won the Best Catwalk, Best Photogenic Face and All India Top Six Contestant.

First film
I contested at Star Tourism Contest, judged by director K.Raghavendra. Though I didn’t win the contest, he offered me a role in Raja Kumarudu starring Mahesh Babu.

Work done till date
I started a model management & ad film company- The Looks Production in 1999; I promoted 5000 models and introduced a few to the film industry. I am the only multi-tasker to act in 82 films and 1000+ads and walk in 520 ramp shows. I have choreographed 270 ramp shows, directed 230 ad films and held 290 events. I have hosted Dance Baby Dance on Gemini TV too. I directed an ad Star Cards which was the first to touch 1 billion views on YouTube.



UP & CLOSE.
Do you read what the critics write about you?
I am my own critic, so I am least bothered. People will always criticise, so it is best to turn a deaf ear.

Any plans of foraying into politics?
I am getting good offers but haven’t given it much thought. I want to deep dive into welfare activities. I have started Kaushal Army Foundation to help the underprivileged.

What next
My priority now is to meet all those who supported & voted for me. I have been signed as an ambassador for more than 12 brands. I am shooting for that. I plan to start an academy to provide a common platform for the upcoming talent. It will be a one-stop hub for the film fraternity.

RAPID FIRE
Favourite word: Actually
…emoji: Love
…pizza topping: red jalapeno
Twitter or Instagram
Both
Three things no one knows
I am quite efficient in managing the house, love to spend time with my children & an out-and-out workaholic
Easiest way to piss you off
Attitude
Morning person or night owl
Night owl

 
 
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