Fashion mogul Rohit Bal, 53, has lost his partner to a girl. Early Thursday morning, fashion news blog Fashionscandal.com carried a post saying that Lalit Tehlan has married fellow model of Iranian descent, Manizhe Karimi, aka Mandy. The piece was accompanied by a copy of their marriage certificate, issued at the Arya Samaj Mandir in Saket.
Bal, Tehlan’s live-in partner of three years, has nothing to say. “Lalit is the best person to respond to this. As for our relationship, I’d rather not comment,” he says. Tehlan, too, gets defensive. “Who I marry or date shouldn’t bother anyone,” he says.
However, his new love, Mandy, is more forthcoming. “Lalit and I have been together since New Year’s Eve,” she says. When asked about the marriage, “It’s a personal decision. His past really doesn’t matter. I’m his present.” Though Tehlan refuses to confirm the marriage, the Mandir authorities confirm it. “The marriage took place on February 18. The families weren’t there, but 2-3 witnesses were,” says Dr PS Dabas, the president.
Friends of Bal and Tehlan are surprised. “I’m shocked. Last I knew, they were very much together,” says choreographer Aparna Bahl.
“I recently met Rohit and Lalit and I didn’t know they’d split. Even Mandy was there” says Deepak Badhwar, a close friend.