Salman Khan calls second runner-up Priyanka Chahar Choudhary the 'real winner' of Bigg Boss 16; Ankit Gupta breaks down after her unexpected eviction

The 16th season of Bigg Boss came to an end with MC Stan winning the coveted trophy and prize money of Rs. 31.80 lacs. Shiv Thakare and Priyanka Chahar Choudhary were the first and second runners-up respectively. It came across as a major shock when Priyanka, hailed as the potential winner of Bigg Boss 16, was voted out leaving Stan and Shiv in the Top 2. While her eviction was unexpected and heartbreaking, the actress took it sportingly and exited the house with a smile and not tears.

When Priyanka's eviction left everyone on the stage heartbroken, host Salman Khan said her friends and family members should be proud of her for taking the elimination sportingly. Ankit Gupta, who was a participant in Bigg Boss 16 with Priyanka, got emotional and broke down. When Salman asked him if he is proud of her, Ankit said, "I'm very proud of her. Bura isiliye lag raha hai kyunki voh first time apne liye kuch kar rahi thi. Main uss ghar mein tha sirf uske liye. I never said I wanted to win, main uss ghar mein jeetne ke liye nahi gaya tha. Main sirf use jeette hue dekhne gaya tha." 

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Salman told Ankit, "Isse badi jeet nahi ho sakti the way she has come out. Yeh grace hai, Ankit. Iss time pe koi bhi toot jaata. Abhi Archana toot ke aayi hai na. She wanted this more than Archana but look at the way she came. Par yaha pe aakar aaplog ko dekhkar shayad toot jaye but vaha baithke settle ho jayegi and what next? Kal kya hai?"

He further added, "Mujhe lag raha hai shayad aap apne aap ko iske liye zimmedar thehra rahe ho." Ankit said no and shared, "Mere hone ya na hone se uske game pe koi farak nahi pada. Mere nikalne ke ek-do din tak voh thodi weak ho gayi thi but usne khud ko gracefully sambhala hai. Pehle din se ladi hai, akele ladi hai aur main khudko nahi responsible manta."

Priyanka and Ankit are rumoured to be dating. Before Bigg Boss 16, they were co-stars in Colors' show Udaariyaan. They're popularly known as PriyAnkit among fans.