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Being better halves: the job of celebs' spouses

india Updated: Jun 07, 2007 16:26 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain
Hindustan Times
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Here’s a test for you. What is common between celebrities Perizaad Zorabian, Madhuri Dixit, Shiney Ahuja and Emraan Hashmi? And before you think you have the answer, think again. Each one of them has a spouse from a non-filmi background. Even though the audience dote on their celeb spouses, they remain oblivious to the limelight that their better halves enjoy. The recent addition is Mahima Chaudhary, who married Bobby Mukherjee in a low-profile wedding.

When Joggers’ Park star Perizaad Zorabian married Boman Irani, many confused him with Happy Singh of Lage Raho Munnabhai. While Perizaad is one of the most media savvy stars, hubby Boman who is the managing director of Key Realtors Pvt Ltd, which is better known as Rustomjee Builders, has managed to evade media so far.

“Babes,” Perizaad begins in her pet accent, “Boman is a very private person and I completely understand and honour his feelings.”

On the other hand, Shiney Ahuja’s wife Anu, who is a Delhi girl, is a non-Bollywood person. Ever since Shiney made his debut in the industry, he has been in news. However, his wife chooses to be in the background.

“It’s her choice,” he says, “she loves her role, that of a homemaker,” adding, “It’s the balancing equation. Had she been from the same profession, it would have been monotonous. She is my eternal support. No matter how big I may become, she is the one who keeps me grounded and balanced.”

Emraan Hashmi, better known as the ‘serial kisser’ says that his wife Parveen Shahani understands the nuances of his profession.

“We have known each other since long. She has seen me struggling and growing in the industry. It’s nothing new for her.”

One wonders if she has any issues regarding his kissing scenes in the films?

“No! She understands it’s the character’s demand.”

The evergreen Madhuri Dixit, who has been married for some years to the US-based doctor, Sriram Nene, gives the last word.

“It’s always about the understanding between two people. Profession comes after that.” Talking specifically about her better half, she says, “He has been my biggest support in deciding to make a comeback (in Bollywood).”

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