Rafael Ortiz has rightly said that love is not about finding someone to live with but is about finding someone you cannot live without. And, when it comes to VJ/anchor-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana and his love story, one can just be assured about the universal truth behind the saying.
The Vicky Donor actor, who is in the city for a holiday with his pretty wife, Tahira Kashyap - who is an author and a lecturer in Mumbai - talks about their courtship days in Chandigarh, the proposal and the addiction that Tahira is in his life. Well, his lady love gets mushy too and talks about her now successful husband.
How they met
Both Ayushmann and Tahira know each other for the past 12 years now. "I have actually grown up with Tahira. We met after high school and were family friends. We had tuitions together and later pursued master's degrees in Mass Communication at PU together," says Ayushmann.
Tahira chips in, "He was a part of Aaghaaz in DAV College and I was a part of the SD College theatre group. Later, we floated a new theatre group outside our colleges, Manchtantra. Pizzeria in Sector 9, Kashyap canteen and Stu-C on PU campus and Stop n' Stare in Sector 10 were our favourite haunts."
On proposing love
Ayushmann smiles, "I was a shy guy from an all-boys' school and college, and Tahira was the first girl I met and fell in love with and proposed." Tahira says, "Ayushmann formally proposed to me just last year when we got married in November 2011. He did it like a gentleman with a ring, music playing in the background, red roses, wine and a romantic candlelight dinner."
What I love about her…
"Tahira is more intelligent than I am, she keeps me grounded and she is so beautiful."
What I love about him…
"Ayushmann is a sensitive, romantic and a very caring person. He makes sure he gives me enough love and attention to keep me happy."
The last holiday
"We had gone to Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary, a tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu, for three days. We are also going for a small vacation in Thailand before we head back to our respective jobs in Mumbai. Tahira now travels with me whenever I go out for shoots," quips Ayushmann.
The gifts they shared
Tahira says, "One fine day, Ayushmann came to me and asked me to pack bags and we headed to a beautiful vacation down south." Ayushmann adds, "Tahira gifted me a beautiful album wherein she had traced our love story as and how it had happened; strewn with beautiful photographs of memorable times we had together."
Life after Vicky Donor
"Forget about sharing a meal, Ayush and I barely get time to catch morning tea together because he has been loaded with offers after Vicky Donor. However, we still take time out for a drive or a quiet dinner," says Tahira.
On marrying a film star
"We know each other rather too well. I completely trust him and I am comfortable in my relationship. He makes me feel so loved and blessed that there is no scope for any misunderstanding." She crosses her fingers and adds, "Now I am a star wife, so watch out for me making red carpet appearances next year when Ayushmann goes to receive his well-earned awards…"