The 28-year-old Punjabi girl Shweta Mehta who grabbed eyeballs during the MTV Roadies Rising Season 14 audition. She was the petite-fit girl who stunned the judges and TV audiences when she did squats with cricketer Harbhajan Singh mounted on her shoulders.
After months of adventure and excitement, Neha Dhupia’s gang member Shweta Mehta has emerged as the champion beating Prince Narula’s champ Baseer Ali.
The Haryana based 28-year-old Shweta Mehta was rejected thrice before participating and winning the reality show.
“I had auditioned for Roadies thrice in the past but did not make it to the show. But I never gave up. I pushed and worked hard on myself. I developed my body. The spirit of chasing my dream didn’t let me lose my focus. I believe in living in the moment and not thinking about future. I wanted to bring my dream to reality. So I took the challenge head- on and auditioned again, only with the intention of winning the show. And I did,” said Shweta.
The journey that began in Jhansi came to a full circle, when roadies Shweta and Baseer fought their last battle at the ultimate battleground Kurukshetra. An engineer by profession, 28-year-old Punjabi girl Shweta moved to Bangalore and joined an IT company.
That’s when she realised she wanted to do something different in life so that she could have an interesting tale to tell her grandchildren. Having found her calling in fitness and body building, Shweta soon became a known face in the fitness circuit. She also won the Jerai Women’s Fitness Model Championship 2016. And the rest, as they say, is history.
During her struggling days there was a time when Shweta has to sold out TV and sofa of her home due to survival. Shweta, who had studied at Daphodils School, Fatehabad, was initially a software engineer, but her destination was a bit different. After going to the gym with a friend, she made fitness as her career.
Though, Shweta is a Bikini Fitness Athlete today, but while growing up she was not allowed to wear sleeveless dresses and capris. When she first shot in a bikini and showed the pictures to her mother, the latter didn’t speak to her. Her mother said Shweta’s dad would get livid on seeing the bikini pictures.
However, Shweta mustered courage and decided to speak to her father and to her surprise he appreciated her pictures. “My family has been my pillar of strength. They have supported me in all my decisions. I worked in a IT sector and earned 50-70K a month and one day I decided to leave all that to pursue my dream. My family stood by me. I was financially broke and to top it, my relatives used to get proposals for me. When I shot some pictures in bikini, the first thing I did I showed it to my mom. She was very upset and didn’t speak to me for a month thinking my father will get angry. I decided to deal with things myself and called my dad, he asked me to send the pictures to him. When he saw the pictures, he told me I looked beautiful. That was the day, I never looked back. I don’t take any credit for my win, it all has happened because of them. Being a businessman and from Haryana there were times when people called him names, but my father never stopped me from chasing my dream. I am very thankful to them. They are proud of me today,” explained Shweta.
After winning Roadies Rising, Shweta now wants to try her hands at other reality shows like Bigg Boss and Khatron Ke Khiladi. But has no plans of taking up acting.