"I was very scared. I told my dad I won't do it"
Sumbul Touqeer Khan said she never watched Bigg Boss until she received an offer to be on the 16th season of the show.
Soon after receiving the offer, she watched a few clips but was so scared that she considered turning down the offer.
Revealing that she watched a few clips of Bigg Boss 13, Sumbul said:
“Actually, I do not have a particular reason.
“When I got the offer, I asked my father and then when he asked me to watch the previous seasons. I had never followed or watched Bigg Boss. I was like ‘what is happening! what is this?’
“I was very scared. I told my dad I won’t do it, but he convinced me that I can do it. Finally, I decided to take it up.”
On host Salman Khan, the TV actress said:
“I am scared of him as a host because he scolds a lot on weekend episodes and I do not want to be scolded. I want to stay there with love.”
Sumbul is known for her work on the show Imlie but she was also seen in Article 15.
Recalling the time she spent with director Anubhav Sinha and the film’s star Ayushmann Khurrana, Sumbul explained:
“I can’t even express, it was huge for me. I was nervous but Ayushmann talked to me out (of my nervousness). I remember I taught them the flossing dance step as well.”
Sumbul also spoke about the lack of work during the Covid-19 lockdown and getting an offer for Imlie.
“I had no work and was about to break down when I got the offer for Imlie. I even refused when I got the first offer.
“They then asked me to send across a second audition and I even recorded that half-heartedly.
“When they liked it and called me finally, that is when I realised I must make best of the offer at hand.”
At just 17, Sumbul Touqeer Khan is the youngest contestant on Bigg Boss 16.
“I am the youngest Bigg Boss 16 contestant. I was never the studious type. You could get anything from me but studies.”
“Even my father was not too strict regarding studies, though he was for dance. I never had the pressure to score 90 or 99% in school.
“In fact, all the kids who danced with me had low percentage. But, there was no stress, papa was not stressed at all. That way, school life was not tough for me.”
Since the premiere of Bigg Boss 16, Sumbul has quickly emerged as a fan favourite among viewers.