Next Tuesday, when most of the country will be celebrating Raksha Bandhan, Prakash Raj, the National Award-winning actor for the film
, will tie the knot with choreographer Pony Verma. Of course, both will first complete their Raksha Bandhan duties at their respective homes before reaching Hotel Sahara Star, Vile Parle, where they will get married. After the Punjabi wedding rituals in the morning, the couple is hosting a reception in the evening, which will be attended by their friends and colleagues from Bollywood.
The bride-to-be says that they were hard-pressed for time as Prakash’s production
is due on August 20. The couple has already bought a plush 2,000 square foot apartment in Juhu. “He has a house in Chennai and Hyderabad. And after
, he’s been getting a lot of offers in Bollywood too. Since he likes big houses, we picked this about a month ago,” she informs.
Post the knot
However, they will do up their home only after their honeymoon in Kullu Manali. “Thanks to our hectic work schedules, we’ll get the interiors designed after our wedding functions,” she says, adding that they have other ceremonies lined up in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai too. “Prakash’s mother is a Catholic, so she suggested we have a church wedding. We’re yet to fix the date, but it will be sometime towards the end of September or the beginning of October. Then we’ll have a reception in Hyderabad and Chennai,” she enthuses.
The choreographer, who is working on a couple of films including Hema Malini’s
Tell Me Oh Khuda
, still blushes as she recalls the moment he announced her as his ‘
’ (darling) to the nation, during a popular award ceremony earlier this year. “It was special for Prakash because it was his first popular award in the best actor category. Vidya Balan, who was presenting the award to him, told me that we were married on that day,” recalls Verma, who’s been in a relationship with Prakash for over three years.
While her wedding outfits (
and a fusion design for the reception) have been designed by her friend Suprabha Dey, he opted for a
. “Prakash feels that a
would look very filmi. He wanted to keep it simple,” she concludes.