New Delhi, Nov 2 (Calcutta Tube) TV actress Sara Khan is set for a sticky situation. While she has been gladly warming up to actor Ashmit Patel on ‘Bigg Boss 4’, now her long-time beau, actor Ali Merchant, is entering the reality show Wednesday for a weeklong-stay.
Sara, who is popular for her role in ‘Bidaai’, has been in a widely publicised relationship with Ali since the past three years. But upon entering ‘Bigg Boss 4’, her behaviour suggested all isn’t well between the two.
Sara also started getting closer to co-participant Ashmit, and even shared a goodnight kiss and some candid moments in his arms. It seems like Ali has crumpled under the pressure of the Ashmit-Sara proximity and is entering the show to set things right.
Sara had been shifted to a secret room in the ‘Bigg Boss’ house last week, and she had been witnessing Ashmit’s cuddly moments with Pakistani actress Veena Malik from the secret room.
But now Sara is back in the house, but little does she know that even before she can confront Ashmit for his behaviour, her own boyfriend Ali will be there to settle scores with her on the show.
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