Actors Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai became the much loved jodi on the small screen and the whole nation got to know the details of their love story when they came together as contestants on a TV reality show. Surviving endless ups and downs, misunderstandings and putting their trust at stake, the recently married couple say they came out much stronger as a couple. Sukish, as they’re fondly called by their fans, are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day after marriage and we make them recall the memories of their first meeting and spill the beans about their love life and what keeps them going.
When was the first time you met?
Kishwer: I was shooting for my show and he used to come there to meet some friends. I heard Suyyash for the first time, when he was making Vivian Dsena hear a song that he had sung and he had recorded it on his phone. I heard it and was impressed with his singing. That’s how we started talking, exchanged BB PIN, and the whole night we spoke on the phone.
Suyyash: We first met on January 9, 2011 on the sets of Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani.
Did you go out on a formal first date?
Kishwer: We didn’t go for any date as such but from the very next day, we started meeting. He started coming on the sets very regularly. This time, he would come for me but Vivian used to feel that Suyyash had come to see him. It used to be really funny because Vivian had no idea and this went on for quite some time.
Suyyash: We used to meet otherwise also, whenever she wasn’t shooting. We would go for lunches, dinners and movies. Finally we realised one day that there is an age gap between us (Suyash is 27, and Kishwer is 35) so we wanted to put a full stop to it but we couldn’t, and just went with the flow and left things on fate.
Who proposed ?
Kishwer: Nobody proposed to each other as such. We kind of understood what was happening between us.
Suyyash: There was no proposal from either side. We both just knew that this was it.
What was the first gift you got from each other?
Kishwer: When he took me to the Golden Temple (Amritsar)
Suyyash: When she gifted me my first Bangkok trip
Did Bigg Boss give a new turn to your relationship?
Kishwer: All my couple friends used to say that we’ll end up breaking up if we go on the show. But we did what we wanted to and went for it. We decided to be ourselves and not pretend. We actually realised our strengths, weakness together how we are and how we support each other.
Suyyash: We became much stronger than what we were before going in the house because we saw each other reacting and supporting each other in different situations in the show.
What’s your idea of love and romance?
Kishwer: To sit at home, just cuddle up and watch movies and shows together. Also go out for dinners and drive or just plan a getaway for a day or two.
Suyyash: Play the guitar and sing songs for Kish.
What do you mostly fight about, if at all?
Kishwer: We hardly fight because we give so much space to each other. We have those one-minute fights where we shout at each other and the next minute, we are fine.
Suyyash: We fight over random and silliest of things. Once her phone camera was not working and she picked up a fight with me, I don’t know why.
And who makes up after a fight?
Kishwer: If he feels that he was at fault, he’ll say sorry and if I feel so, I apologise.
Suyyash: Obviously me! Even if it’s her fault, I make up for it.
Do you check each other’s mobile phones or emails?
Kishwer: No we don’t do that at all. We both know each other’s passwords but if there’s anything, he’d tell me.
Suyyash: We used to do it earlier but now we don’t because we don’t need to.
What was the first thing you said to each other after you got married?
Kishwer: I love you Mr. Rai.
Suyyash: I love you Mrs. Rai.
What’s the most irritating thing about each other?
Kishwer: His anger.
Suyyash: Her snapping.
And one thing you adore about each other?
Kishwer: I adore the person that he is – caring, loving and very family oriented. He’s genuinely a very nice human being and I just love that about him.
Suyyash: Her quality to adjust and how she has started cooking for me.
Tell us one physically attractive thing about each other
Kishwer: His eyes and his hair.
Suyyash: Her lips.
One actor/actress you can cheat your partner with?
Kishwer: Ranbir Kapoor.
Suyyash: Disha Patani.
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