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She’s a huge star, I am a smaller actor: Abhinav Kohli

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 17, 2012
First Published: 14:11 IST(17/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:35 IST(20/10/2012)

Shweta Tiwari was in the news recently for her divorce from actor Raja Chaudhary. She even celebrated the decision with her boyfriend Abhinav Kohli at a grand party. We talk to him about the divorce, his relationship and life with Shweta.

How are you feeling now that Shweta’s divorce is final?
It’s a relief and we are both very happy that it has come through. It has paved the way for our relationship to go further. It was long overdue; the divorce case has been on for five and half years, preceded by seven years of a traumatic marriage.

You have been dating for over three years and been a pillar of strength for Shweta.
When you love someone you are there for them, no matter what. It’s natural for me to be with her all the time. I never thought that she would fall for me, so when we started dating, it was a big surprise. She’s my girl and protecting her from any harm is my duty.

Did you feel that you were competing with her for fame?
Many actor-couples have such misunderstandings. I don’t mix my personal and professional lives, so there are no such issues. She is a bigger star, there’s no doubt about it. But when it comes to our personal relationship, we are equals. It doesn’t bother me that she gets more attention professionally. I am a smaller actor compared to her and I know I cannot compete with her professionally.

Is it true that you are planning a December wedding.
Yes, we thought about it, but her brother is in England and won’t be able to make it, so we are thinking of another month. Shweta didn’t have a proper ceremony at her last wedding and this is my first, so both of us want all the rituals, ceremonies and a proper Punjabi wedding.

Rumour is that you are in a live-in relationship and also that you are secretly married.
That’s not true. We would never get married without a final divorce. As for living together, I have my house in Lokhandwala and she has hers in Malad. There are days when I do stay over but not daily. Yes, when she was in Bigg Boss, I did stay with her family, as she wanted someone she could trust to take care of her daughter.

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