After actor Isha Koppikar’s long relationship with actor Inder Kumar went kaput, she never thought she’d find love again. But one man knew she was the woman he’d been waiting for. She stood him up on one occasion and they met only twice in two years. But restaurateur (and recently Survivor India participant) Timmy Narang persisted and finally married her in 2009. And now, he can’t stop talking about their marriage.
Was it love at first sight?
Isha: We met at the gym in 2005 but I was just out of a tumultuous relationship so we remained friends. Also, I was bothered because Timmy was so rich. I usually don’t like rich men because I feel they believe they can buy love but Timmy wasn’t like that. On June 21, 2008, we started dating and on November 29, 2009, we married.
Timmy: Isha took me as a close friend and I respected that. But I also told her how I felt about her and in 2008 it happened.
Did sparks fly on the first date?
Isha: My first date with Timmy was with 20 other people! I was supposed to meet him alone but he didn’t call, so I made plans with my friends. But he called and I landed up with 20 people. That day I felt really, really good about Timmy.
Who proposed and what was it like?
Isha: Timmy got down on his knees and asked me to marry him. Coming from a guy who lives in a Mr Bean, Mickey Mouse world, it was romantic. For him, champagne, candles and flowers is not a romantic setting, Disneyland is!
Timmy: I was on my knees! How much more romantic can it get?
Did marriage change you?
Isha: Oh yes. In this industry, you need someone to comfort you after a hard day’s work. Now someone is always there by my side.
Timmy: I have to look pretty all the time to match Isha’s good looks!
The pressures of a marriage are...
Isha: The biggest challenge for me was space. But Timmy and I are mostly travelling for work. So when we happen to be in Mumbai together, we love being with each other.
Timmy: Mostly we are away with work commitments and don’t have much time together.
If you’re attracted to someone else?
Timmy: It’s okay to be attracted to people. It’s healthy as long as it stays for the moment and doesn’t threaten your marriage.
Isha: Timmy is a harmless flirt and I like that about him. I work in an industry full of good looking men and it would’ve been difficult for me had he not given me my space as well.
How do you deal with insecurities?
Isha: Timmy is rich, good looking and well spoken. He’s had his share of affairs. I’m not threatened by his past.
Timmy: It’s an effort both partners have to make and once you have that understanding, it’s easy to overcome small insecurities.
Is infidelity a deal breaker?
Isha: Yes. I wouldn’t even forgive a meaningless drunk night escapade.
Timmy: Yes, definitely. Marriage is a deep commitment and can’t be demeaned by infidelity.
Plans for the future?
Both: Have babies.
Know thy partner
Isha and Timmy try and guess each other’s likes and dislikes.
Isha: Eggs (Correct)
Timmy: Fish and eggs (Correct)
Isha: Creed by Creed (Correct)
Timmy: Burberry (Correct)
Mountains or beaches
Isha: Beaches (Correct)
Timmy: Both. She loves travelling (Correct)
We asked Isha and Timmy to rate each other on a scale of 1 to 10.
Here's what they said…
Timmy: She’s a perfect 10
Isha: I’ll give him a 9 because he still needs to match up to my level of cleanliness.
From HT Brunch, February 12
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