She is known for her shock value and Rakhi Sawant is now planning her 'swayamvara' - picking a groom and tying the nuptial knot with the chosen one - on a reality TV show.
Rakhi will choose from among 15 grooms on NDTV Imagine's new show Rakhi Ka Swayamvara and and will take the help of viewers to decide on her perfect man. The timing of the show hasn't been announced yet.
The first of its kind show will trace Rakhi's journey from selecting a groom to the marriage ceremony.
Commenting on her decision to marry this way, Rakhi said: "I want to solemnize my marriage in the presence of all my fans who have been supportive of me throughout and what better way than getting married on national television?"
"I am looking for a companion who is warm, affectionate, someone who can dance a little bit, who respects women for who they are, and above all who is punctual. Even Sita had her Swayamvara? so why not me?"
Rakhi says this is the right time for her to settle down.
"Every young woman dreams of a perfect marriage. There is a right time in your life to get married to become a wife and a mother. I'm a cultured Indian woman with good values and I have reached a stage where I need a companion with whom I can share my love, joys, sorrows and success. For me that time is now," she said.
Rakhi has mostly hit headlines for her outspoken ways. Though she has played bit roles in films likeMain Hoon Na and done item songs in films like Krazzy 4 and 1920, she is best remembered for the controversy involving Punjabi singer Mika when she accused him of kissing her forcibly after she had pecked on his cheeks on his birthday.
She was also seen on reality show Bigg Boss where, again, she was in the spotlight for all the wrong things. On the same show, she had declared she was dating dancer-actor Abhishek Awasthi. But they split towards the end of 2008.
Over the duration of the show, the prospective grooms will be brought together under one roof and put through a series of challenges that will test their personality, character, physical fitness, talent and also their compatibility with Rakhi.
All through the series, viewers can help Rakhi decide, by voting for or against the prospective grooms and the final week will present the wedding celebrations.
The show is being produced by SOL Productions Private Limited.
"We are very proud of Rakhi for taking such a bold decision and we hope that she will find happiness at the end of the show," said Fazila Allana of SOL Productions Pvt Ltd.