Juhi Parmar
TV actress and winner of 'Bigg Boss 5', Juhi Parmar.Official site Bigg Boss 5

Actress Juhi Parmar, who was declared winner of the popular television reality show of the fifth season of "Bigg Boss", has returned home after staying in the controversial house for 98 days (while under 24-hour surveillance from 55 cameras) without any connection to the outside world. Her initial reaction, to the humdrum of daily life as we know it, was that it "felt nice" after hearing the honk of a car horn on Sunday morning.

"The first sight was of lots of human beings, and what a relief it was! I heard the horn of the car, and felt so nice for the first time, and more than the people who waved at me, I was waving at them!" said Juhi, quoted by The Times of India.

The winner, who is married to fellow television personality and businessman Sachin Shroff, added she was quite numb. Her family said they were proud of her for winning the show.

The 31-year-old is now looking forward to working in the entertainment industry and added she would love to have a baby. Juhi, who won the Miss Rajasthan title in 1999, shot to fame after her role in the television serial "Kumkum". On a more personal note, she said she felt like she'd lost a few kilogrammes, while on "Bigg Boss" and was glad to be back in shape. She also thanked the show, saying she felt a lot of positive changes within her. She explained the show had taught her to forgive and forget.

"I want to enjoy working to the fullest and concentrate on that before anything else, so that when the baby comes, I am able to give my full time to motherhood too," said Juhi, quoted by The Times of India.

Juhi beat the other four finalists on the show - actor and model  Amar Upadhyay, Indo-Norwegian model Mahek Chahal, MTV's VJ Siddharth Bhardwaj and actor Akashdeep Saigal to claim the title.

"I am happy and thankful to the audience....I supported the truth since the start of the show and everyone has seen it. My family was my biggest support system. Whenever I was weak, I used to think of my parents, my husband and my in-laws," said Juhi, quoted by The Economic Times.

Juhi received Rs. 1 crore in prize money and is the second female contestant to win the show after model and actress Shweta Tiwari, who won the previous season.

The Saturday night finale also saw dance performances by Indo-Canadian adult film star Sunny Leone, Bollywood actors Rakhi Sawant, Malaika Arora Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan.