He has been in the Tamil film industry for almost a decade, and with Bigg Boss Tamil, Ganesh Venkatram has become a household name. Now, he’s busier than ever, juggling films and other brand commitments. Ably supporting him in his endeavours is his wife, TV personality Nisha. In a candid chat, the two get talking about Ganesh’s stint in the house and Nisha’s life outside it. Excerpts:
What was your first reaction when you were offered Bigg Boss Tamil?
Ganesh: Initially, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to be a part of it. I haven’t watched the Hindi version, too. But I knew that there was something to it, considering it was going to be a TV show on a huge scale, and that too, hosted by Kamal Haasan sir. Eventually, I understood the format and realised that the show will help the audience see the real me. She (Nisha) was the one who told me that I should take it up. Nisha: First, I said, mudiyathu, mudiyathu (laughs). But I realised that others, too, should know what kind of a person Ganesh is in real life, his qualities, and that he doesn’t get angry. So, I said poyittu vaanga!
Who do you think was the most innocent person in the house?
Nisha: I would say Ganesh…. (both laugh)
So, were you worried that your husband had to face volatile situations inside the house?
Nisha: It was quite difficult for me to see all that on TV. And more than that, it was a sad thing that I wasn’t able to tell him that people were talking behind his back and that he should keep that in mind. Thankfully, he won a task and I could send him a voice message then. I realised that it was the right chance to tell him that and I did convey what others were doing to him. I think that’s when Ganesh also realised that his housemates had major misunderstanding about him.
How does Ganesh manage to carry the tag of ‘Mr Perfect’ always?
Nisha: I don’t know how he does that. Even when we were dating, people would ask me how he manages to be like this. People said he must be an alien (laughs). Ganesh’s parents are very soft-spoken and they have brought him up the same way.
Ganesh: I think I should add on to that. Just as you embrace your strengths, embrace your flaws as well. That’s part you; you should realise your flaws as well.
Have you ever fought with people?
Ganesh: Of course yes. When I was in college, I used to be a very aggressive person. I had no patience. Vera level it used to be (laughs). But all that changed with time.
Nisha: He would say the same thing even while we were dating. He would say, ‘I was a different person in college’ (smiles). But I haven’t seen him getting angry with anyone till now.
Ganesh: Actually, she is my emotional cushion. She’s balanced and has been a fantastic support system for me. You know, before we started dating, I would send her long messages saying she did the show well and how beautifully she covered up my mistakes. But she would reply to that with a just a ‘K’. Now you know how I developed the kind of patience I have (laughs).