Aamir has changed a lot after marriage: Sanjeeda Sheikh

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2016 13:45 IST
Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Sheikh knew each other for seven years before getting married. (HT)

Valentine’s Day is an occasion to celebrate love. On this special day, we speak to television couples Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan (married for 12 years), and Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Sheikh (married for three years) about their relationships and some memorable moments.

Aamir Ali-Sanjeeda Sheikh

Between the two of you, who is the more romantic one?
Aamir: She is more romantic than me. I have become more romantic post-marriage.
Sanjeeda: I am. I have known him since the last 10 years. He has changed a lot after marriage. He was never an expressive person, and I think I have helped him become one. I am very vocal about what I feel, and wanted my partner to be like that as well. Now, he has become an expert in surprising me. For me, romance is all about spending quality time with your partner. When we were dating, after shooting for 16 hours, I would ensure that I spent at least one hour with him every few days a week.

What do you love about your spouse and what would you like to change?
Aamir: I love her positive attitude towards life. It’s amazing. I hope she stops being so touchy. Perhaps it’s a girlie habit (laughs).
Sanjeeda: I love his honesty, and the way he treats me. I want him to remain the way he is. My friends tell me that they want a boyfriend or a husband like Aamir. I would like him to be less hyper though. He is a cleanliness freak, which is good, but I am not as particular.

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What’s the craziest thing you have done together?
Aamir: We aren’t crazy people. But one morning, we decided to go on a trip and booked tickets to Thailand. It was an impromptu plan.
Sanjeeda: We did a reality TV show that focused on our relationship. That was crazy. But, it was also fun and beautiful, and helped us overcome our fears.

What is your most memorable moment together?
Aamir: One of our special moments is the way I proposed to her. I am a shy person, and I can’t do romantic things. I am very casual, and might have just popped the question casually. But I felt that since she was so special, I should make the proposal special for her. I went down on one knee, presented her a ring, and took her for dinner. When I was on my knee, I was hoping no one else was watching me (laughs).
Sanjeeda: The day he proposed to me was magical. I don’t know how he became so filmi that day. It totally impressed me.

Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan

Hiten and Gauri are married for 12 years. (HT)

Between the two of you, who is the more romantic one?
Hiten: I am. I used to buy her flowers every day. Post marriage, we realised that the white lilies I bought her would stay fresh for a week. So, I started getting her flowers every few days then.
Gauri: He is more romantic. He used to get me flowers earlier. But since the last few years, he has become busy. So now, I buy flowers myself, as I love having them in the house.

What do you love about your spouse and what would you like to change?
Hiten: She is a huge support and never makes a big deal out of it. She takes care of me, our kids and everything else. I am mostly shooting. But when I am at home, I realise that there is so much to do — managing the house and taking care of the kids. She does so much for all of us. I love that. I would like her to worry less. I keep telling her that everything will work out [in life].
Gauri: I love his simplicity. He is genuine and down to earth, even though he’s such a successful person. I am a control freak and have OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder). Most men don’t keep their room tidy, and if Hiten wants one thing from the wardrobe, he removes many things and doesn’t put them back in. That irritates me.

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What’s the craziest thing you have done together?
Hiten: It wasn’t crazy, but romantic. We went on a vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and stayed at the beach all night, drinking wine and chatting. It was a lovely experience in the moonlight. We had the whole beach to ourselves. The next day, we also took two kayaks into the sea. While that was fun, we realised how dangerous it was once we were far away from the beach. We managed to return somehow.
Gauri: We have two crazy kids. Bringing them up is fun and amazing.

What is your most memorable moment together?
Hiten: There have been many moments since the first day I saw her, including our first date and the day I proposed to her. I went to her shooting, and proposed to her with a ring. She wasn’t expecting it. It was a surprise.
Gauri: He came to my set to propose to me. It surprised me.

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