Roop Bhinder has made her mark in the very first battleground, Roadies 6 (Hell Down Under) and Roadies X (Battle for Glory). Talking to her made me realize how real the girl is. WIthin minutes we were chatting like we’ve known each other for a long long while and this was probably the cause why we spoke without hesitance about the show.
Roop was the runner up in the very first battleground installment. She was instantly the viewers favorite. She made an amazing impact on the internet fanbase.
Q: How did you discover battlground?
A: I started watching Roadies from season 4, when my mom insisted. After that, I joined Roadies community on Orkut which turned out to be the official community on the social network. We used to discuss about roadies and I was instantly liked by everyone. There, on the community, I saw the announcement of battleground and I thought about giving it a try.
Q: What was the best thing about battleground?
A: I made a lot of friends. Aniket, who won the first installment is a very good friend of mine.
HELL DOWN UNDER.
Here, we see the runnerup of battleground, winning our hearts and even the judge’s hearts in the auditions. She was quick, she was smart and she was clear as crystal. Her journey on the season had mainly ups but a very unfortunate down that led to the back to back elimination of all of her friends after that.
Q: Why did people label you as the “mastermind” in the season?
A: I was actually a little bit of a mastermind. Till the episode that I survived, I tried to make sure that none of the members of my team should get eliminated. And I actually succeeded in that plan. Till I tried to save Natasha from one voteout.
Q: Explain the circumstance of your voteout.
A: It is actually a very funny scenario. I tried to convince Tammana to not vote Natasha out, which turned her and all her support against me. The funny part is, even Natasha voted me out!
Q: Do you have anything to say to her about that incidence?
A: Not really. I think she understood the game well and played it nicely and I actually really admire her for that.
Q: Who are you in contact with from season 6?
A: Bobby, Samrat, Pradeep and Sandeep are probably one of my closest friends from the season. But Bobby is my best friend. We still talk to each other daily.
Q: You weren’t friends with Palak in season 6 in wide contrast to season 10. Why?
A: 4 years ago, Palak used to be very immature and annoying. She wouldn’t stop talking and was very loud. I confess, I was behind her very first voteout. But in season 10 I got to share a room with her and I found out about her true nature. She is a very genuine person and I really respect her.
Q: Who is your most favourite Roadie from Hell down under?
A: Definitely Samrat and Sufi.
BATTLE FOR GLORY
Here we see a very casual and relaxed Roop, living the moments on the show and enjoying the bits. Not involved with politics and still labelled as the mastermind.
Q: How did you and Mohit become friends?
A: To be honest, I hadn’t followed season 8 and I didn’t know who Mohit, Suchit and Avtar were. Mohit is a very mature person and I immediately became friends with him.
Q: Why were you guys picking on Avtar when he didn’t actually force Palak to go in the coffin?
A: As it was shown in the first part of the finale episode and Mohit said it himself, that after Palak went inside, Avtar was laughing his evil laugh which really annoyed us all that he’s reacting this way when a person is sacrificing her position in the show.
Q: Explain the spontaneity with which you exclaimed Avtar to leave the show in Palak’s place.
A: Avtar used to always say that he’d go if Palak ever gets voted out. I just used that opportunity and said it in front of him. He still says that he’s very scared of me. He’s a sweet guy and we often talk on BBM.
Q: Explain the thoughts going in your mind before and after the boxing task.
A: I stepped in the ring considering all the factors that Ramandeep is like a little sister, I will try and hit her less. But when I first recieved a punch across my face, I realized I am gone. Ramandeep hammered me more than she boxed me and I got a large bruise on my shoulder which I didn’t mention on screen.
Q: What was going through your mind when you were forced to go into battle after the boxing task?
A: “Aasmaan say giri, khujoor main atki”. I was already in such pain and shock that I couldn’t really use that axe well. I was really tired. But it was alright. I had had a great journey all over so I was satisfied with myself.
Q: Favorite roadies in season 10?
A: Definitely Palak and Mohit. They performed in every single task.
Season 7 : Best performers packed in one season but a very badly made season overall. The show was nothing without Raghu
Season 8: A great season from start till semi-finale
Season 9: Greatly planned but mostly horrible contestants. I loved Diyali!
Season 10 : Definitely the best season yet. Even better than season 6, I must say!
Swati’s comments on Geetika : I was very annoyed that she could talk this way about a girl! I did what I would normally do in any other situation.
Ramandeep: Ramandeep is like a little sister to me. She is really like a child.
Raghu : A very well learned and an amazing person. I was glad I was given a chance to know him better. This season, he was on camera most of the times and interacted with us more. We had lots of fun and most of it, ofcourse, gets lost in the editing.
Palak winning the show: Palak really deserved to win the show. To all the people who say she did not perform well, I say she performed better than Ramandeep and Suchit in this season and she played smartly as well. She deserved to win the show 100%.
My Observation about Roop.
She is very down to earth. Very simple. And a very genuine human being. During my 1.5 hour long conversation with her, I didn’t find a single gesture that made me feel unwelcomed. It was my first interview and it went amazingly well because of this awesome and gem of a person. I wish her all the best in her life and thank her, from my part and for every other roadie out there, for being so mature about the show and taking your ups and downs like a sportsperson. For teaching us that Roadies is just a game show that does not trascend human connection and love. For maintaining that level of respect and not letting politics and back stabbing overcome your gameplay. Observe that during her course of journey, she never once cried on screen, never backstabbed friends and never took elimination weakly and I believe that speaks volumes about the heart that beats in her thorax.
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