MUMBAI—The “Aap Ka Colors” show “Bigg Boss 11” was won by Shilpa Shinde in its Grand Finale on Jan. 14. For Shinde, this was a solid triumph after her controversial exit from the perennially-running &TV show “Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hai.” But what is infinitely more interesting is that she is the second Shilpa (and someone also with a six-letter second name beginning with “Sh”) to win this franchise. Years ago, our very own Shilpa Shetty had triumphed in “Celebrity Big Brother” (in UK in 2007), the original show of which “Bigg Boss” is a licensed adaptation!

The show saw Hina Khan and Vikas Gupta as first and second runners-up respectively. After capturing the imagination of audiences nationwide with never-seen-before content, the 11th season concluded on a high. Shinde played the game, aced the tasks and survived in a house full of strangers to walk away as the winner.

Apart from the coveted “Bigg Boss” trophy presented by the host, Salman Khan, she won a prize money of INR 44 lakh.

As Shinde walked in through the doors of “Bigg Boss 11,” she was weighed down by the baggage of being India’s favorite but ex-bhabhiji. Faced with her biggest nemesis Gupta on day one itself, she never shied away from telling her side of the story. Funny, quirky and full of life, Shinde soon proved to be one of the strongest contenders of this season. Her equation, constant battle and finally, friendship with Vikas Gupta, made her popular with the viewers, thus earning her the love of the entire nation. As she progressed from being a bhabhi to taking on the mantle of being a Maa, her humility and mature outlook also won her appreciation from the host.

Undermined and misunderstood, Shinde was often blamed for not partaking in any task, but she managed to stay true to the game, and when commenting on the victorious moment, Shilpa Shinde said, “To be able to hear your name in the voice of Bigg Boss as a winner is the best feeling that one can ever experience. It is a show that has made me more respectful towards myself. I have learned a lot on this show, and more than that, I have grown stronger as person and as a human being. The immense love and warmth from a lot of people has got me here to this stage.”

She went on, “I had decided that if ever in my life I need any kind of support, I would turn to Salman Khan, but destiny had other plans and ultimately brought me here. I am overwhelmed at this moment, and glad I had this opportunity to work with Aap Ka Colors.”

Manisha Sharma, programming head, added, “This season has been the most challenging and exciting for us and the benchmark for yet another big season is set for next year.” Abhishek Rege, CEO, Endemol Shine India, said, “The season has been extremely gratifying and exhilarating. We brought alive a theme that had not one, but two parallel ecosystems running simultaneously. We would like to congratulate Shilpa Shinde for winning the show, and a big thank you to all our viewers for their unending support.”

The Grand Finale was a night to remember! With a gamut of extraordinary performances and spellbinding acts, the evening saw the best of cinema and TV come together for an entertainment extravaganza. As “Swag Se Swagat” echoed through the walls, Salman Khan shook a leg with the finalists – Shilpa Shinde, Hina Khan, Vikas Gupta and Puneesh Sharma. Adding to the star power, Akshay Kumar graced the finale episode.

As Akshay entered the house to evict a contestant, ex-contestants Hiten Tejwani and Arshi Khan sizzled on stage with a romantic dance number, and Priyank Sharma and Luv Tyagi brought in some high energy with their dance moves. Dhinchak Pooja, Sapna Choudhary, and Benafsha Soonawala were also part of this gala event.

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