Ex-contestants Pooja Bedi and many others believe that Mahek has a strong backing in the form of show co-host Salman Khan. Zee News reports that Mahek clarified that Salman Khan has never used his star status to effect eviction or re-entry decisions.
She said, “It would be unfair to say that I have been selected as the wild card entry because of Salman Khan. Yeh sarasar jhooth aur bakwaas hai (This is absolute non-sense and false). My supporters saw me being humiliated on the show. If I'm back, it is only because of them and not because of Salman."