In 2012 on the finale night, Danish Khan proposed Mahek Chahal on national television. She accepted the ring in front of her good friend and host Salman Khan. Post the show, she moved to Oslo to her family. It was then that she realised that it wasn't working out, they'd constantly argue with each other. she finally decided it was in her better interest to cancel her marriage plans and return to Mumbai for good. Here she talks about her new business venture back in Oslo, why she left Danish and her relationship with Salman.
You went into hiding post Bigg Boss. Comment.
Post Bigg-Boss, I needed to spend some time with my real family and friends so off I went to Oslo, Norway. I've grown up there, I miss the city and my family if I stay away for too long. I began to formulate a business plan with regards to my clothing line, Mahek Chahal clothing.With help from my older sister I acquired a beautiful store in the heart of Oslo and preceded to set-up my first clothing store. It has turned out to be quite a success and I'm extremely proud of it.
You were engaged to Danish Khan, what went wrong?
While many great experiences were taking place post Bigg Boss, my relationship with my fiancé began to deteriorate. Maintaining a relationship across continents turned out to be rather difficult. So, I returned to Mumbai and I decided to call it quits. It wasn't an easy decision, but I had to do it to get my groove back and start a new chapter in my life. I have given that part of my life a permanent closure. I am currently loving the single life!
So have you moved to Mumbai for good ?
Since the success of my clothing label and the opening of my store I was eager to get back to Mumbai, find something exciting to do. Besides, I prefer being in sunny Mumbai when it's freezing in Norway. I've been living and working in Mumbai for over a decade now. I'll always be based here. I've worked extremely hard to make a career in Bollywood and unless Bollywood moves to Oslo for good, I'll be here. Besides, I love this city and I have loads of friends here. There are tremendous work opportunities here I intend to make the most of them.
During the show there was a lot of speculation about you and Salman.
I want to make it quite clear that we are good friends and just like my dear friends, designer Ashley Rebello and model/entrepreneur Shamita Singha, who I turn to for a second opinion, I sometimes ask Mr. Khan as well for his second opinion. His experience is invaluable.
Do you plan to take on more reality shows ?
I'm a person who loves new challenges and reality shows like Bigg Boss are extremely challenging. They tend to bring out the best in me. That's why I managed to reach the finals. The Indian viewers responded to me and showered me with a lot of love and affection. I represent to them a combination of core Indian values while being keenly aware of European sensibilities as well. This is my biggest strength and this is what gives me an edge over the competition. Growing up in Norway has made me extremely fond of adventure and sports. Living in Mumbai has taught me to be street smart and savvy.