Had it not been for Mukesh Ambani’s quick thinking, he would probably have not been able to convince Nita to marry him so soon after they met.
In an interview to Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla on the opening show of NDTV Good Times’ The First Ladies with Abu Sandeep, which airs at 10 pm today, Nita recalled Mukesh’s proposal: “This was our sixth or seventh meeting... I was still very undecided... I had said, ‘I need to graduate and let’s think about it later’... and we were driving on Peddar Road [Mumbai] in his green Fiat and there’s a signal at Peddar Road and he stops the car there and this is at 7.30, peak time traffic, and I said, ‘What’s happening’ and he says, ‘Will you marry me?’ I said, ‘Mukesh! I really don’t know...’
He says, ‘Will you marry me?’ And there was this huge traffic at the back... so he says, ‘Tell me, otherwise I am not going to start the car...’ I said, ‘Yes, I will... I will.’”
“I was hooked by Mukesh, I was booked by Mukesh and I was cooked by Mukesh,” Nita said to another question. “Mukesh calls me his true life partner.... I just enjoy being Mukesh’s wife.”
She reminisced about the time she mistook Dhirubhai Ambani’s phone call to her as a prank call. “My father-in-law saw me at a dance performance. The next day, I got a phone call and the caller said, ‘I’m Dhirubhai Ambani... may I talk to Nita?’ I said, ‘It’s a wrong number’ and put down the phone. Then he called again... and I said, ‘If you’re Dhirubhai Ambani, then I’m Elizabeth Taylor.’”
As part of the show’s segment on ‘Confessions’, Nita was asked who came to mind when she heard these three words — love, kiss, kill. “Love means Mukesh”. Kiss: “My 17-year-old son refuses all hugs and kisses (I miss that now).” Kill: “I don’t think I want to kill anyone — I can’t even kill rats and cockroaches in my house!”
Asked to choose between the Khans, Shah Rukh and Aamir, Nita thoughtfully answered, “Rishi Kapoor has been my all-time favourite.” In a Q&A through video, Shah Rukh Khan asked Nita, “What is the the one thing that you would like to be remembered for.... Something you haven’t done yet?” Nita answered: “I always wanted to devote a certain part of my life to dance — my true being is to be a dancer.”